After entering a not guilty plea to fraud charges last year, the attorney for the founder of an online Pennsylvania charter school is asking a federal judge to dismiss the charges against his client. A motion filed by the defense claims that some of the evidence includes illegal recordings of telephone conversations in which attorneys gave the defendant legal advice. The defense motion characterizes the conversations as protected by attorney-client confidentiality rules.
A Pittsburgh-area business has gotten tangled in the recent hacking of Target stores throughout the United States. Hackers are believed to have installed malware in the checkout system for about 1,800 stores. It's estimated that, during the holiday season, the hackers accessed 40 million credit card and debit card numbers, along with the personal information of 70 million customers.
The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is based in Philadelphia and has jurisdiction over courts in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Recently, with regard to an alleged string of pharmacy burglaries, the federal appeals court ruled that investigators violated a man's Fourth Amendment rights by placing a GPS tracking device on his van without a warrant.
The complexities of a federal drug case exceed that of a state drug case due to the constitutional and evidentiary issues that come along with such a charge. The prestige of a federal case brings aggressive prosecution and a thorough investigation into the matters of the case. Ultimately, prosecutors will seek long prison sentences, and that is why the defendants of any federal drug trafficking charges must secure proper legal representation.
A hunting accident has led to a 10 to 25-year prison sentence for a 49-year-old Pennsylvania man. The accident happened last November when the 49-year-old defendant was hunting with some friends on a plot of land he owned.
A criminal defendant was arrested outside a Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas by the FBI. He was about to walk into the courtroom to face charges from state prosecutors. The state charges resulted from allegations that the defendant fraudulently obtained jackpots from The Meadows Racetrack and Casino worth nearly a half-million dollars. The federal allegations that prompted the pre-trial arrest involve the Meadows as a well as casinos in Las Vegas. According to an article in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, federal authorities say that this defendant may have stolen as much as $1.4 million in total.
State and federal prosecutors announced charges last month against members of an alleged international criminal conspiracy to use an internet banking Trojan to steal millions from U.S. bank accounts. Nine people in New York and one person in the Pittsburgh area have been arrested so far. Counting state and federal charges, more than 80 people could be charged.
The paper trail began in 2008, when police searched an auto-body shop in North Philadelphia. They expected to find stolen vehicles, and they did. But they also found something they did not expect. They found stockpiles of building supplies with bills from Home Depot made out to the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Needless to say, the PHA does not officially sanction chop shops, so what were these supplies doing there?