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March 2015 Archives

Man to face federal fraud and identity theft charges

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has announced the filing of federal charges against a man whom police apprehended on Interstate 81. The 50-year-old man will face charges of federal fraud and identity theft. The charges come after troopers stopped to assist the man when his vehicle became disabled on I-81 in Butler Township.

Trial to move forward after certain federal charges dropped

Pennsylvania readers may be aware of a large-scale federal case against six former narcotics officers who were working out of Philadelphia. The case centers on a 25-count indictment against the men, who are accused of running what is referred to as a "gangland enterprise," in which they allegedly robbed and beat drug suspects, among other charges. Attorneys for the men recently went before the court to ask that the trial be stopped after it appeared that one of the witnesses for the prosecution had lied before the grand jury.

Firearms charges may rise due to new initiative

In an effort to stem the flow of drugs and weapons throughout Pennsylvania, The U.S. Attorney's office is unrolling a new initiative aimed at the state's highways. The effort, known as Project Safe Neighborhoods, is funded by way of a $44,000 Justice Department grant. Four state prosecutors have been deputized as special assistant U.S. attorneys and will work to examine local firearms cases and determine which ones are suitable for federal prosecution.

Pennsylvania lawmakers facing conspiracy, other charges

When people who hold positions of power are accused of criminal acts, the public often loses trust not only in the individuals themselves but also in the offices they occupy. This negative reaction often occurs as soon as charges are filed, which is often far in advance of the matter reaching a court of law. Such may be the case for several Pennsylvania lawmakers who are accused of conspiracy, conflict of interest and bribery.

Man facing federal charges for child pornography

When an individual is accused of sex crimes connected to children, the response of the community is one of outrage and anger. Once an arrest has been made for child pornography or similar crimes, details about the accused are quickly spread by the media, along with details of the alleged crimes. What many in Pennsylvania fail to realize is that many of these charges never make it before a court of law, and a good volume of those that do result in acquittal or dismissal of the charges. By that time, however, the reputation of the accused has already sustained irreparable damage.

Former Pennsylvania treasurer pleads guilty to federal charges

Many readers are aware that Rob McCord recently stepped down from his position as the Pennsylvania's treasurer amid speculation over accusations of wrongdoing within that office. McCord has now entered a guilty plea to two counts of attempted extortion. As the case moves toward sentencing, many within the state will follow to see what ramifications McCord's acknowledgment of guilt for the federal charges.

Pennsylvania man facing federal firearms charges

A recent arrest has led to multiple criminal charges for one Pennsylvania man. The 43-year-old man was arrested in another state, and is currently awaiting an extradition hearing to determine if he will be returned to Pennsylvania to face the serious charges against him. The most recent arrest was for firearms possession by a felon.

Tax collector enters guilty plea to federal theft charges

According to sources, a Pennsylvania tax collector pleaded guilty to federal theft charges for reportedly stealing in excess of $300,000 in taxpayer funds. The 46-year-old woman served as the tax collector for Spring Garden Township from 1995 until Oct. 2009, with the alleged thefts occurring during 2008 and 2009.

A look at federal computer trespassing laws and penalties

Pittsburgh residents interested in information about internet crime may wish to know more about unauthorized access of federal government computer systems. Depending on the specific circumstances, the penalties for these offenses can be very serious.

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