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July 2014 Archives

Former racetrack employee pleads guilty to falsifying information

A 63-year-old man who is a former employee of a Pennsylvania racetrack pleaded guilty to wire fraud on July 22. According to prosecutors, the man, who worked at the Penn National Race Course, was falsifying horse workout times between 2008 and October 2013.

Pennsylvania businessman charged with defrauding U.S. government

A Pennsylvania businessman who was is the majority owner of NP Precision was reportedly charged on July 17 for fraud. According to the report, the U.S. government accused the 59-year-old man of defrauding them in the amount of around $1.2 million. The business was contracted by the government to manufacture and produce hardware components that are used in military aircraft.

Former Pennsylvania school CEO seeks to have charges dismissed

It was reported on July 12 that the founder and former CEO of a charter school in Pennsylvania who was accused of fraud reportedly requested to have the charges that were brought against him dismissed. According to the report, the accused man claimed that his conversations with the attorneys whom he was seeking advice from during the investigation were recorded by federal agents.

Ex-cop pleads guilty in Pennsylvania drug case

A 38-year-old man formerly employed as a police officer in Hughestown has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to his alleged involvement in a drug trafficking scheme. The Moosic resident was a member of the Houghestown Borough Police Department at the time of the alleged crimes, and the charges against him in part relate to the abuse of his position of trust as a member of the department.

Former Pennsylvania prison medical director facing fraud charges

A former medical director for the Lehigh County Prison is facing multiple charges for allegedly making false claims to collect more than $36,000 in tuition grants for his children. He had previously been charged with six counts relating to evading federal taxes while collecting salaries of more than $200,000. He is now facing 11 federal charges, including mail fraud, perjury at a bankruptcy proceeding, wire fraud and failing to file tax returns, according to prosecutors.

Administrator faces federal, local charges

The 56-year-old former executive with an educational-service provider is facing federal charges in a U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania for her alleged misuse of her business credit card. The credit card charges surfaced in 2013 when officials at the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV reportedly found excessive personal charges of more than $71,000 on the American Express business account. Many of the purchases included charges at eating establishments, pharmacies, retail stores and department stores that ranged from 2007 until 2013.

Ex-company owner receives 7-year prison sentence

A top administrator with a Pennsylvania construction company received a seven-year prison sentence for submitting false documentation to a federal program to promote minority business owners. In addition, the court sanctioned him more than $27,000 in what prosecutors believe is the largest fraud case of its type related to the federal minority program. He was previously convicted of charges of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering for incidents between 1993 and 2008 after he reportedly claimed that a firm owned by minorities was fraudulently used to obtain a $36 million contract for Pennsylvania construction work.

Trio detained in alleged prescription-pill scam in Pennsylvania

According to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, authorities detained three men on suspicion of insurance fraud and other offenses related to a scheme involving fake prescriptions for pain pills. The men were reportedly detained in a sweep that resulted in charges filed against six additional Pennsylvania residents and one citizen of West Virginia.

Pennsylvania ambulance firm owners charged with fraud

The owners and manager of an ambulance company based in Bucks County have been charged with Medicare fraud. The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia charged the two brothers who own the company and their cousin, a company manager, on June 26. This makes the eighth ambulance company in the Philadelphia area to be indicted since 2011, with a total restitution of $20 million fined across the cases thus far.

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