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September 2014 Archives

11 Pennsylvania residents plead guilty to welfare fraud

It was reported on Sept. 24 that 11 people who were accused of taking advantage of welfare agencies in Pennsylvania were sentenced in August. It appeared that the individuals illegally received assistance from multiple welfare agencies including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, cash assistance and Subsidized Day Care.

Pennsylvania AG announces insurance fraud sweep

The attorney general of Pennsylvania announced on Sept. 22 that 27 individuals had been taken into custody in a sweep following a statewide effort to combat white collar crime. The individuals are to be charged with various forms of insurance fraud ranging from forging prescriptions to claiming disability benefits while working. Kane said that insurance fraud costs the economy billions of dollars each year.

Storeowners face drug charges

On Sept. 17, a 33-year-old business owner in Pennsylvania pleaded not guilty to drug charges brought on by federal prosecutors. The Glenshaw man is accused of conspiring to distribute heroin with two alleged members of a gang. The charges were filed in 2012, and the storeowner could receive 10 years to life in federal prison if he is convicted.

Federal drug trafficking laws apply to Pennsylvania

The penalties for the trafficking or distribution of illegal drugs in Pennsylvania, such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine or methamphetamines, are generally governed by both state and federal controlled substance laws. These laws and statutes outline the various factors involved with determining how to both prosecute and sentence each particular drug trafficking case.

Pennsylvania man misses hearing after allegedly injuring himself

A 54-year-old Pennsylvania man who was accused of stealing from his client reportedly missed his Sept. 9 hearing after he injured himself. According to the report, authorities found the man in his home later the same day with what they believed were self-inflicted knife wounds. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Don't touch the goodies! Groom arrested after touching waitress

Last weekend at a wedding reception on the Gateway Clipper, it is alleged that the groom placed his hands on the derrière of a waitress and ended up going to jail after engaging in a fight with her boyfriend. Although he was charged with assault on the boyfriend, resisting arrest and responding police, the consequences could have been far more severe. Touching the buttocks of a woman without consent is considered an indecent assault, which is a misdemeanor of the second degree, but more importantly a Tier I sex offense, requiring the offender to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

Pennsylvania man agrees to plea deal in mortgage fraud case

A 49-year-old man pleaded guilty on Sept. 2 to a count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The man founded a mortgage broker business called Great American Equity Mortgage that from August 2002 to June 2008 would defraud lenders. This was done by providing false information on mortgage applications.

Police accuse 2 of importing counterfeit sport jerseys

Authorities have reportedly accused a father and son from Pennsylvania of selling counterfeit sport jerseys bought in China. Their indictment alleges that the men imported more than $8,500 worth of jerseys from manufacturers in China between August 2007 and July 2014. While both could potentially face prison, sources say that the elder of the two could face a harsher penalty because he has also been charged with smuggling.

Pennsylvania fire chief faces 10 years in prison

It was reported on Aug. 28 that a Pennsylvania fire chief who was accused of stealing approximately $45,000 from the volunteer fire department for which he worked pleaded guilty to the associated federal charges. The 50-year-old man was facing additional state charges after he was accused of stealing from funds that were meant to cover some of the fire department's bills, but it was stated that these charges would be dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Pennsylvania physician accused of health care fraud

A Tioga County physician was charged with health care fraud and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance on Aug. 22. According to the report, the physician was accused of providing prescriptions for narcotics without a legitimate medical purpose between January 2010 and July 2013.

Woman convicted of possessing child pornography

Some readers may be aware that a 43-year-old woman from Pennsylvania was recently convicted of possession of child pornography. Her sentencing is scheduled to take place in December. She was taken into custody in August 2013 after police accused the woman of downloading the images in question onto a computer and misrepresenting them as belonging to her husband in an attempt to incriminate him. As a result, she was also charged with lying to police.

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