Two men are facing serious criminal charges after authorities claim that they acted to defraud the University of Pennsylvania. The men each face seven counts of wire fraud, as well as one count each of conspiring to commit money laundering. The story has received a great deal of media coverage throughout the state and beyond.
In a case that has shocked many, a well-respected Pennsylvania professor and department head has been accused of serious federal crimes in relation to his position at Temple University. The man, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was the chairman of the school's physics department prior to his arrest. He is accused of sharing confidential trade secrets regarding American technology with China, the nation of his birth, which has led to him being charged with wire fraud.
A violent episode that took place in early April has led to the arrest of one man and a search for two others. Many Pennsylvania readers will recall media coverage of the kidnapping and beating of an employee of National Watch and Diamond Exchange in Philadelphia. The woman was forced into a van by three men and tortured as the men tried to extract information from her about the store's security. Charges have now been filed in the case.
A businesswoman based in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania has been accused of federal crimes in connection with the transfer of money to an international destination. The charges follow an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Internal Revenue Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The financial crimes charges include the accusation that the 45-year-old woman conspired with others to evade currency transaction reporting requirements. It is also alleged that the money being transferred was gained through illegal activities.
Authorities have arrested a man who is accused of several very serious criminal charges related to his interaction with a 15-year-old girl. Investigators assert that the man, who is 51 years of age, crossed state lines for the purpose of transporting the girl out of Pennsylvania and into a neighboring state. He is accused of interacting with the girl with the intent to engage in sexual acts, which is a federal crime. He is now charged with exploitation of a child, possession and distribution of child pornography and trafficking of a minor for the purpose of sexual activities.
A grand jury indictment has been announced for three men involved in the development of a luxury apartment community for senior citizens. One of those men, a developer for the project, was already charged in January. The new charges are similar in nature to those in the earlier indictment, but add two other individuals, both from Pennsylvania, as co-conspirators. Now all three face federal fraud charges in a case that reaches back to 2009.
An investigation headed by the Pittsburgh office of the FBI has resulted in the arrest of four individuals in western Pennsylvania. Should the case move forward, the four individuals will face charges for violating multiple federal drug laws, and each will have an opportunity to present a criminal defense in a court of law. The FBI claims that the federal drug charges will play a significant role in disrupting the flow of illegal drugs through the state.
Many Pennsylvania residents are aware of a drug case connected to a home owned by former Pittsburgh Steelers player Deshea Townsend. The matter includes allegations of drug trafficking, drug sales, money laundering and even murder. A federal drug case is already underway, and the grand jury recently released a new indictment. Two men are now accused of assisting individuals involved in the case for using drug money to fund the purchase of two properties.
A woman who was once employed as a nanny for Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunitz now faces a range of very serious criminal charges. The 26-year-old Pennsylvania woman was accused of stealing from Kunitz and his wife following an unrelated investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. She now faces a mix of criminal charges and will be prosecuted at both the federal and state level.
Federal prosecutors have accused a Pennsylvania plastic surgeon of interfering with an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The 68-year-old doctor has held a medical license within the state since 1976 and has performed thousands of surgical procedures from his office in Greensburg. As he nears the end of his career, he will have to address federal charges that he knowingly took steps to thwart a DEA investigation.