The criminal law realm is not unusual in the legal universe for being broad-based and complex. Many other areas of the law – from personal injury and estate planning to bankruptcy and insurance defense – are also nuanced and entail multiple considerations.
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.
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.
Terrorism continues to be a threat around the world, and multiple acts have been carried out in recent years on American soil. The public has become aware of the risk, and many people are especially concerned about the dangers posed by the radical Islamic group known as the Islamic State. In an effort to combat terrorism and protect American citizens, a number of arrests have been made in recent months. An example is found in the federal charges brought against a Pennsylvania woman whom authorities claim was planning to join the Islamic State.
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.
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.
A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted a Pennsylvania man on six different counts of bank robbery. According to the indictment, the 33-year-old Allegheny County resident robbed six banks between Dec. 1, 2014 and Jan. 16, 2015. If convicted of the federal charges, the accused man could face up to 20 years behind bars and a fine of up to $250,000 per count.
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.
A former medical director for the Lehigh County Prison is facing multiple charges for allegedly making false claims to collect more than $36,000 in tuition grants for his children. He had previously been charged with six counts relating to evading federal taxes while collecting salaries of more than $200,000. He is now facing 11 federal charges, including mail fraud, perjury at a bankruptcy proceeding, wire fraud and failing to file tax returns, according to prosecutors.
The 56-year-old former executive with an educational-service provider is facing federal charges in a U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania for her alleged misuse of her business credit card. The credit card charges surfaced in 2013 when officials at the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV reportedly found excessive personal charges of more than $71,000 on the American Express business account. Many of the purchases included charges at eating establishments, pharmacies, retail stores and department stores that ranged from 2007 until 2013.