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June 2014 Archives

48 people detained in Pennsylvania drug sting

According to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, a June 23 drug raid focused on a variety of dealers with connections to two loosely tied organizations that distribute drugs throughout at least three counties in the state. Law enforcement officials detained 48 individuals accused of being drug dealers, including three Birdsboro resents, authorities reported.

Pennsylvania man gets 2 years in theft of 900 cellphones

A Pennsylvania man who formerly worked for Verizon has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment after pleading guilty to the theft of 900 cellphones and accessories in a Newark, New Jersey federal court. The 35-year-old man will also be under supervised release for two years after he completes his prison term and must pay restitution of $303,623. The sentence was announced on June 24.

6 charged in business fraud

On June 6 it was announced that a Pennsylvania family faces numerous charges for fraud related to their alleged illegal dumping of waste products and overbilling of customers. Six people, including the owner of the environmental company, were charged in the Minuteman case after a grand jury indictment.

Doctor wants new trial after conviction

A Pennsylvania doctor is seeking a new trial in his drug case after learning that the lawyer that was representing him was under investigation for suspicion of being involved with drugs. The man's current legal team has relied on the holding in a similar case involving federal charges to help support its legal position.

Fugitive Pennsylvania doctor detained in Panama

A former Johnstown doctor has been detained in Panama and is expected to be returned to the United States. According to federal prosecutors, he will be transported to Pittsburgh to appear before a federal magistrate in relation to health care fraud and income tax charges. The 64-year-old doctor initially came under investigation after the Cambria Country Drug Task Force suspected him of over-prescribing narcotics in 2001, according to a criminal complaint filed on the matter in 2008.

Defense claims breach of attorney-client confidentiality

After entering a not guilty plea to fraud charges last year, the attorney for the founder of an online Pennsylvania charter school is asking a federal judge to dismiss the charges against his client. A motion filed by the defense claims that some of the evidence includes illegal recordings of telephone conversations in which attorneys gave the defendant legal advice. The defense motion characterizes the conversations as protected by attorney-client confidentiality rules.

Pennsylvania man accused of ties to Mexican drug cartel

A 65-year-old man has been accused of being involved with a Mexican drug cartel for nearly two decades. The man, who was born in Mexico but is now a legal citizen of the U.S., is facing federal drug charges. Law enforcement officials conducted a raid on his property.

University of Pennsylvania researcher charged with fraud

A man formerly employed by the University of Pennsylvania as a cancer researcher has been charged for crimes related to the embezzlement and theft of federal grant money and property, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The researcher allegedly funneled money and research equipment purchased with federal grants into a private business that sells DNA research materials while he was employed at the university. An estimated total of $ 656,000 were given towards the man's research through the grants, but the indictment did not state how much money the man allegedly stole.

Man accused of child porn based on IP address

Internet crimes can land you in prison, so if you're charged with one, it's best to seek advice on how to best protect your interests. Web site fraud, Internet sex crimes and child pornography are just some of the things that count as criminal acts on the Internet, but these kinds of charges can be difficult to prove. You may want to consider this case while you think about what to do for yours.

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