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June 24, 2011
TRENTON - A Bucks County woman has admitted stealing more than $400,000 from Dow Jones & Co. Federal prosecutors say Jacqueline Bucco, 32, of Bensalem, faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 13. Bucco pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal complaint charging her with wire fraud. She admitted she accessed a dormant internal system that contained company funds and transferred money to three bank accounts she controlled. Bucco worked at the Dow Jones office in Monmouth Junction for about two years before leaving the firm in March.
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September 26, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
STANDING BEFORE U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez, former Municipal Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr., 61, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of mail fraud and one count of honest-services wire fraud. "Are you guilty of committing these crimes?" Sanchez asked. "Yes, your honor, I am," Waters responded. Yesterday's plea came on the heels of Waters' immediate voluntary resignation from the bench, which he submitted Tuesday. Waters had been under federal investigation for more than a year, and charges were brought yesterday in the form of a document called an information, as opposed to an indictment.
NEWS
August 30, 1996 | By Kristin Vaughan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For years, Bob Landau has fought the system here, crusading against what he perceives as the ills of township government and school district policies. Some hail him as a reformer; others call him a pest. But his years as an activist stood Landau in good stead this month when he pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges. Instead of sending Landau to jail - he could have faced five years in prison - U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle 3d sentenced him to five months in a halfway house, to be followed by five months' house arrest.
NEWS
December 16, 2009 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County criminal investigator's romance with a mortgage broker has cost her her job and could send her to prison for obtaining a fraudulent loan, officials said. Asha Ritchards, 31, of Sicklerville, appeared yesterday in U.S. District Court in Camden, where she tearfully pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and admitted she lied on loan applications for a house her then-boyfriend used as a rental property. "She fell in love with this guy. He's a smooth-talking, handsome guy," defense attorney Leonard S. Baker said.
NEWS
June 3, 1997 | By Julia C. Martinez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The former president of a Blue Bell insurance brokerage accused by fellow executives of absconding with the company's money was charged in federal court yesterday with stealing $600,500 in cash and fleeing to the Cayman Islands in 1995. David G. Bockius, 33, back now and living in Springfield, claims the money was stolen from him in Jamaica, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Goldberg said after the charges were announced. The prosecutor said Bockius was arrested May 16 and released five days later after putting up a real-estate bond that included his house, his father's house and a 1964 Corvette.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
AMY DUNNE is still missing and moviegoers are eager to find out what happened to her. "Gone Girl" stayed atop the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates yesterday. "Dracula Untold" bit into second place with $23.4 million. "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," debuted in third with $19.1 million, so it was a not so terrible, horrible weekend. "Annabelle" claimed fourth place in its second week of release with $16.3 million, followed by the Robert Downey Jr. - Robert Duvall drama "The Judge," which debuted with $13.3 million.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA One question will take center stage Monday when Masai Skief is sentenced for embezzling from the charter school he ran: Did he forfeit a chance at a lower sentence by continuing to steal money from the school - even after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud? Skief, 32, son of the late founder of the Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, pleaded guilty in federal court in August to embezzling $88,000 from the charter and from the Harambee Institute, a related nonprofit.
SPORTS
February 29, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF REPORT
The arraignment for two high school friends of disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy is scheduled for this morning in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. Thomas Martino and James Battista, who were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month, will appear before Judge Carol Amon. Donaghy, a Drexel Hill native, pleaded guilty before Amon in August to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and transmitting betting information. He is to be sentenced April 18. Martino, 42, of Marcus Hook, is charged with lying to the grand jury in 2007.
NEWS
July 17, 2013
HOW DO YOU spell "incarceration"? A Delaware County businessman may have been reminded of that yesterday after being sentenced to one year behind bars in a scheme to embezzle millions from the family that runs the country's largest spelling bee. Richard Gleeson, 37, formerly a Merrill Lynch financial adviser in Media, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors said Gleeson helped Michael Scripps of the Scripps Media family, which runs the Scripps National Spelling Bee, steal $3.6 million from family members to fund a lavish lifestyle.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
The U.S. attorney in Philadelphia charged Michael J. Smith, of Springfield, Delaware County, with participation in mortgage fraud that caused losses of $665,000 to lenders. Smith, a former mortgage broker, allegedly participated in a conspiracy with John C. Lucidi Jr. and Eric Maratea, both of whom are charged elsewhere, in a scheme to buy properties, mostly at the Jersey Shore, at inflated prices so that buyers could receive kickbacks of tens of thousands of dollars. Smith was one of the buyers, according to the four-count indictment.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
AMY DUNNE is still missing and moviegoers are eager to find out what happened to her. "Gone Girl" stayed atop the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates yesterday. "Dracula Untold" bit into second place with $23.4 million. "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," debuted in third with $19.1 million, so it was a not so terrible, horrible weekend. "Annabelle" claimed fourth place in its second week of release with $16.3 million, followed by the Robert Downey Jr. - Robert Duvall drama "The Judge," which debuted with $13.3 million.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
STANDING BEFORE U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez, former Municipal Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr., 61, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of mail fraud and one count of honest-services wire fraud. "Are you guilty of committing these crimes?" Sanchez asked. "Yes, your honor, I am," Waters responded. Yesterday's plea came on the heels of Waters' immediate voluntary resignation from the bench, which he submitted Tuesday. Waters had been under federal investigation for more than a year, and charges were brought yesterday in the form of a document called an information, as opposed to an indictment.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
They sat in silent judgment for nearly two months as federal prosecutors laid bare one of the city's long-standing bastions of cronyism. But after acquitting five former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges accused in a wide-ranging, ticket-fixing conspiracy three weeks ago, the jurors who decided their fate want to make one thing absolutely clear: "We hated to see those guys walk," said Mark Nagle, 57, an electronics technician known in court...
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The founder of a chain of day-care centers in Philadelphia was indicted Monday in federal court on charges of stealing money intended to feed low-income children. Tracey Parson, 44, of Sicklerville, Camden County, also was charged with filing a bogus lawsuit against Philadelphia radio personality Tarsha "Jonesy" Jones that allowed Parson to receive a "substantial" settlement from the company that owns Power 99 and led to the reported firing of Jones. Parson founded Kiddie Kare Child Care & Education Center Inc. in 2008 and allegedly conspired with others to defraud the government for more than 21/2 years, from around December 2009 until June 2012, prosecutors said.
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia day-care operator awaiting trial for her role in the death of a 7-year-old in her care told a federal judge Thursday that she used her sister-in-law's identity to hide her extensive criminal past and obtain a state license. Tianna Edwards pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud. Prosecutors said her business, Tianna's Terrific Tots, received more than $1.4 million in state subsidies from 2008 to 2011 - money she would not have received had the state known about her convictions for insurance fraud, shoplifting, and providing false identification to law enforcement.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ON THE AFTERNOON of Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, Gomer Thomas Williams, then an attorney at the Center City law firm Spector Gadon & Rosen, sat in his car near his Philadelphia home, with a shotgun in hand, ready to take his own life. "The guilt was simply too much for me," Williams told a federal judge yesterday. "I couldn't function. I couldn't continue what I was doing. " Williams, 54, stood before U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis, apologizing for stealing $503,361 from four of his trust and estate clients between 2007 and 2012.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA One question will take center stage Monday when Masai Skief is sentenced for embezzling from the charter school he ran: Did he forfeit a chance at a lower sentence by continuing to steal money from the school - even after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud? Skief, 32, son of the late founder of the Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, pleaded guilty in federal court in August to embezzling $88,000 from the charter and from the Harambee Institute, a related nonprofit.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
A YEAR BEFORE the NAACP's national convention comes to Philadelphia, a lawyer for three officers of the local chapter is questioning whether longtime president J. Whyatt Mondesire has mismanaged the chapter's finances. "We're demanding answers," said Gerard Egan, who is representing former political aide Ducky Birts, restaurant owner Sydney Booker and the Rev. Elisha Morris. Egan, a former federal prosecutor, said he is also asking the state attorney general to investigate the matter, which was first reported by AxisPhilly.org.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Philadelphia charter school chief executive Masai Skief has agreed to turn himself over to federal authorities this week while he waits sentencing on embezzlement charges. Skief, 32, CEO of the Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, said in court papers filed Monday that he would not dispute federal prosecutors' allegations he had used a debit card to steal money from Harambee after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges in August. Prosectors asked a federal judge last week to revoke Skief's bail because he had violated his plea agreement, which barred him from having access to Harambee funds.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AN EMOTIONALLY tense jury hopelessly deadlocked yesterday on 54 of 60 counts against charter-school founder Dorothy June Brown in her lengthy federal fraud trial, while unanimously acquitting her of six charges. "Emotions are running very high, tears have been shed and some jurors have experienced sickness," the jury foreman wrote in a note to U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick. Brown, 76, who founded four charter schools, was accused of defrauding them of $6.7 million. Three jurors said afterward that the panel of nine women and three men were split 9-3 on 54 counts.
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