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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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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
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
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.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A charter school mogul was charged today in a multimillion-dollar fraud case by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Dorothy June Hairston Brown, who received accolades for students' test scores and gained notoriety for collecting large salaries and suing parents who questioned her actions, was indicted on multiple counts of wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering. Brown, 75, and four executives from her charter schools, were charged with defrauding three charter schools of more than $6.5 million in taxpayer funds.
NEWS
August 18, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a $1.4 million fraud scheme involving construction projects at military facilities in New Jersey, federal prosecutors said. James Conway, 45, of Lackawanna County, was a regional manager for a construction company that handled projects at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the Picatinny Arsenal. While in that job from 2009 to 2015, he steered subcontracts to a business he owned secretly. His company was called Walsh Construction, and Conway signed the subcontracts as the fictitious owner, Keith Walsh.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia charged a former lighting manager at QVC Inc., the West Chester-based TV and online shopping network, for allegedly orchestrating the submission of $1.8 million in bogus invoices between 2006 and 2013. Douglas S. Rae, a 58-year-old Bethlehem man, faces 20 years in prison, an $8.75 million fine and paying full restitutiton on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, federal prosecutors say in court documets filed last week.
NEWS
November 7, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
They calmly sat in the second row of Courtroom 12A on Thursday, while the 90-minute PowerPoint presentation from hell was played. As gruesome details of the Tacony dungeon master's scheme were retold, some in the packed room sobbed. But the four victims of Linda Weston who were there were stoic. The hearing to sentence Weston, who enslaved and tortured disabled adults so she could steal their benefits checks, was a formality. She pleaded guilty to 196 federal counts in September and accepted a prison term of life plus 80 years.
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.
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August 18, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a $1.4 million fraud scheme involving construction projects at military facilities in New Jersey, federal prosecutors said. James Conway, 45, of Lackawanna County, was a regional manager for a construction company that handled projects at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the Picatinny Arsenal. While in that job from 2009 to 2015, he steered subcontracts to a business he owned secretly. His company was called Walsh Construction, and Conway signed the subcontracts as the fictitious owner, Keith Walsh.
NEWS
July 15, 2016
A 48-year-old Chester County woman was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for fraudulently selling more than $3.5 million in telecommunications equipment that did not belong to her, prosecutors said. Juanita L. Berry, of Phoenixville, worked as a consultant for an Indiana company and sold the company's new and used equipment to a Florida company from 2008 to 2011, prosecutors said, adding that she kept the proceeds for herself. Berry was convicted following an a11-day trial in federal court in Trenton of four counts of wire fraud and two counts of tax evasion.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A former congressman, a parade of government staffers, and even a hotel doorman cycled through the witness stand Friday as the defense case began in the federal corruption trial of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) and four codefendants. Lawyers for the accused hoped each could put a little polish back on their clients' reputations after three weeks of tarnishing government testimony. But prosecutors showed little patience for the pursuit. Asked if she had an opinion of Fattah's character, Elizabeth King, Fattah's former legislative director, eagerly replied: "I absolutely do. "He is a truthful person who does good things for the right reasons," she said.
NEWS
June 5, 2016
A 36-year-old Atlantic County woman was sentenced Friday in federal court in Camden to six years in prison for scamming owners of timeshares in a $3 million scheme, prosecutors said. Ashley Lacerda of Egg Harbor Township was convicted of one count of mail fraud and four counts of wire fraud in 2013 along with three other codefendants, including her husband, Adam, 32. Prosecutors said Adam Lacerda founded a company in Mays Landing, Vacation Ownership Group L.L.C., that offered fraudulent consulting services to hundreds of timeshare owners.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - A federal judge on Friday denied a request from an unindicted accomplice in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure case to block prosecutors from disclosing the individual's identity to the news media. U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton did, however, extend to Tuesday a deadline for prosecutors to make public a list of individuals they say joined the alleged criminal conspiracy but whom the government has not charged. In the interim, the "unindicted coconspirator," identified in court papers as John Doe, appealed the judge's decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia.
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Mark Fazlollah, and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
John H. Estey, a former top aide to Gov. Ed Rendell and a prominent player in city and state politics, will plead guilty to wire fraud, his lawyer and federal prosecutors said Friday, the latest turn in a pay-to-play corruption probe that already snared Pennsylvania's former treasurer. According to people familiar with the case, Estey has been secretly cooperating with investigators, possibly for years. He was caught in 2011 in an FBI sting by agents posing as businessmen seeking his influence with state legislators, according to court filings in Harrisburg.
NEWS
April 21, 2016
A Philadelphia woman was indicted Tuesday on charges of stealing more than $102,000 in Social Security benefits paid to her grandmother after her death. A federal grand jury found that 47-year-old Martha Stanley took her grandmother's Social Security payments for nearly nine years after her death. Stanley had lived with her grandmother, identified in the indictment only as M.S., until she died in June 2005. Social Security payments continued to be deposited in M.S.'s bank account until March 2014, and were withdrawn by Stanley, the indictment alleges.
NEWS
November 7, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
They calmly sat in the second row of Courtroom 12A on Thursday, while the 90-minute PowerPoint presentation from hell was played. As gruesome details of the Tacony dungeon master's scheme were retold, some in the packed room sobbed. But the four victims of Linda Weston who were there were stoic. The hearing to sentence Weston, who enslaved and tortured disabled adults so she could steal their benefits checks, was a formality. She pleaded guilty to 196 federal counts in September and accepted a prison term of life plus 80 years.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia charged a former lighting manager at QVC Inc., the West Chester-based TV and online shopping network, with orchestrating an alleged $1.8 million fake-invoice scam. Douglas S. Rae, 58, of Bethlehem, could face 20 years in prison, an $8.75 million fine, and payment of full restitution on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and money laundering, federal prosecutors said in documents filed last week. Rae submitted $900,000 in fake invoices directly to QVC through two companies he controlled, Lighting Equipment Sales & Service Inc. and Lighting Products International Inc., according to the indictment.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia charged a former lighting manager at QVC Inc., the West Chester-based TV and online shopping network, for allegedly orchestrating the submission of $1.8 million in bogus invoices between 2006 and 2013. Douglas S. Rae, a 58-year-old Bethlehem man, faces 20 years in prison, an $8.75 million fine and paying full restitutiton on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, federal prosecutors say in court documets filed last week.
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