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(US District Courthouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

Son Says Father Told Him To Fake Small Plane Inspections at a Pa. Airport

Joel Stout, the son, has testified that he forged the signature of an FAA-certified inspector on several occasions because his father, Jay Stout, had told him to.

04/01/2014

(Ingrid Robinson says she is "thrilled" that her efforts led to today's sentencing of the man who defrauded her and thousands of other victims.   Photo by Tony Hanson)

Long Prison Sentence For Swindler Brings Satisfaction to One Victim

“I knew the money was gone,” Ingrid Robinson acknowledged after the sentencing in federal court in Philadelphia. “I did this because I was honoring my daughter.”

03/27/2014

(A Philadelphia police car blocks the driveway of Ironworkers Local 401 headquarters on the day 11 members were indicted.  Credit: CBS-3)

Prosecutor Hints at More Indictments in Phila. Ironworkers’ Union Probe

At a pretrial scheduling hearing in the case, federal prosecutor Robert Livermore said the ongoing investigation of that Philadelphia union has led to new complaints that could generate more charges.

03/13/2014

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Philadelphia Woman Gets Prison Sentence After Long String of Ripoffs

In this case she wrote 244 bad checks for a total of about $36,000, many of them while she was in a halfway house following a previous conviction.

01/30/2014

(The US Courthouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

Judge Tells Jurors In Ligambi Racketeering Retrial To Keep Deliberating

The jury reported to the judge that it had reached a verdict on two of the five counts against alleged mob boss Joseph Ligambi and alleged co-conspirator George Borgesi.

01/17/2014

(Judge John E. Jones III.  US District Court official portrait)

Federal Trial on Pa. Same-Sex Marriage Law Set For June 2014

Judge John Jones III has said that the legal system’s view of sex and sexual identity cases has undergone a “sea change” over the past four decades.

11/22/2013

(The US District Courthouse, 6th and Market Streets, in Philadelphia.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Grandmother Sentenced to 33 Months For Federal Benefits Fraud

“Did it ever occur to you to go out and get a job?” the judge asked the defendant.

10/22/2012

(The federal courthouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Al Novack)

Pa. Home Foreclosure Frauds Net Schemers Long Sentences in Federal Prison

The victims thought they would be able to stay in their homes, paying rent, until they got back on their feet and were able to buy back the property. But they wound up losing their homes instead.

10/01/2012

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Judge Tosses Out Most Funeral Home Regulations in Pennsylvania

Saying they are old and stifle competition, a federal judge sitting in Harrisburg has thrown out most of the laws and regulations governing Pennsylvania’s funeral homes.

05/15/2012

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