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 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.
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.
In a case that has connections to multiple states but was filed with a federal court in Pennsylvania, a man and his attorney are accused of defrauding investors in connection to a concert promotion business. The men now face federal charges of conspiracy and wire fraud in the matter, which could bring serious legal ramifications if a conviction is obtained. One of the men is also awaiting trial in another case, in which authorities allege that investors and a major university were bilked out of nearly $200,000 related to promotions for a Stevie Wonder concert.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania filed charges against a New Jersey businessman and a former company vice president after they were accused of being involved in a kickback scheme. The report stated that the 54-year-old New Jersey man and the former vice president, a 65-year-old Oregon man, allegedly made more than $14 million from the scheme.
A 30-year-old California man pleaded guilty on Oct. 3 for his role in a nationwide auto loan fraud scheme that was discovered in 2013 in Pennsylvania by the Secret Service, where several of the fraudulent loan activities took place. in the scheme, the man used real vehicle identification numbers and false tax documents to secure auto loans on vehicles that were not for sale.
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.
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.
A man who pleaded guilty to being involved in a swindle that involved an international trading program that never existed was scheduled to be sentenced in a Pennsylvania court on Aug. 14. According to the report, the man, who was based out of Fort Meyers, Florida, was indicted in December of wire fraud. He ultimately pleaded guilty to the charges in March.