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September 2015 Archives

Dismissal of charges for Pennsylvania professor

In a recent blog post, the arrest of a professor of physics at Temple University was discussed. The Chinese national was arrested and charged with wire fraud in connection to his longstanding relationship with Chinese governmental agencies and individuals. While his arrest has no doubt brought on a great deal of expense, stress and fear, an announcement was recently made that federal authorities in Pennsylvania are now seeking the dismissal of charges in the case.

Fraternity hazing death could lead to charges for 37

Many Pennsylvania residents will remember the death of a 19-year-old Baruch College freshman during an alleged hazing incident. The death took place in a Poconos home rented by the fraternity Pi Delta Psi. That incident and the resulting loss of life has led to a plan to bring criminal charges against as many as 37 individuals.

Dealership settles white collar crimes charges

An independent car dealership operating out of several Pennsylvania cities has reached a settlement agreement on multiple federal crime charges. The dealership was accused of white collar crimes in connection with the lease terms offered to customers, as well as the condition of the cars offered for lease. The settlement will allow the dealership to avoid trial in the matter, but requires compliance with the agreed-upon terms within a period of 90 days.

Fraud charges for man who posed as attorney

A Pennsylvania man is facing serious federal charges based on a claim made by authorities that he has been practicing law for more than a decade without being a licensed attorney. The man, 62 years of age, is at risk of punitive repercussions if he is convicted on charges of making false statements, mail fraud and wire fraud. The maximum penalty on those charges includes fines of up to $1.5 million, as well as 75 years in federal prison.

Former state official will enter guilty plea on fraud charges

A former executive on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is expected to enter a guilty plea in relation to federal charges associated with that role. The 50-year-old Harrisburg resident was charged with fraud in his dealings with various vendors that help stock the approximately 500 liquor stores under the control of the Board. The dates of those actions range from 2002 to 2012.

Trial for priest charged with child pornography, sex crimes

Pennsylvania readers may remember coverage of scandalous federal sex charges made against a Catholic priest. The man, now 70 years of age, has been jailed since he was charged last fall, but the case is moving forward this week with the beginning of federal jury selection. As the man prepares to defend against the charges of sex crimes and child pornography, many across the state are watching to see how the matter is resolved.

Man set to fight federal sex trafficking charges

A man accused of acting as a pimp to four girls is taking steps to fight those charges. The 40-year-old Pennsylvania man has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit the same. His criminal defense may face a difficult battle as federal and state prosecutors and law enforcement have made a commitment to ending the child sex trade in the region.

Comments made on Facebook lead to federal charges

Yet another case is making its way through federal court in which social media comments have been taken as legitimate threats. A Pennsylvania man stands accused of serious federal charges after he posted comments on Facebook that, while distasteful, may have been interpreted a bit too literally. The case may serve to clarify the issue of free speech in relation to the public good.

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