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July 21, 2008

Philadelphia Youth Suspected of DUI and Vehicular Homicide Hurts His Defense with MYSPACE Page

Joseph Genovese, Jr., an 18-year old teen from Philadelphia, is suspected of vehicular homicide, resulting in the death of a tourist from St. Louis and severe injuries suffered by her friend last week in South Philadelphia. Police allege that the teen ran a red-light while intoxicated, striking the two victims that were leaving an afternoon Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. Police became aware of Genovese’s Myspace.com profile following the accident. Genovese, who has a pending charge for possession of marijuana, used his mug shot as his profile picture. Also on his profile were...

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Posted in: Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes

July 17, 2008

Philadelphia and New York City Defrauded of Thousands of Dollars

Richard Gottfried, an ex-convict, concealed his criminal past in order to obtain employment as a court-appointed sentencing consultant in both Philadelphia and New York City. He advertised himself as a mitigation specialist, offering his services to criminal defense lawyers, promising to help gather information that would benefit defendants at sentencing hearings. In doing so, he was able to cheat the Philadelphia Court system out of nearly $400,000 and New York City Courts out of $60,000. Gottfried admitted to the Philadelphia scheme, but pled not guilty in New York, to charges of grand...

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Posted in: Federal White Collar Crime

July 11, 2008

Philadelphia to Begin Enforcing Law Requiring the Reporting of Lost Firearms

Mayor Nutter and City Counsel plan to announce that enforcement of a controversial gun law will begin in early August of 2008. The law, which requires gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms within 24-hours of discovering their disappearance, was one of a bundle of five laws signed by Mayor Nutter in April. Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan struck down two of the laws, citing them as unconstitutional, however ruled that groups such as the NRA, local gun-owners, and other plaintiffs, had no standing to challenge the remaining three, which included the requirement to...

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Posted in: Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes

July 9, 2008

Mortgage Fraud Increase Leads to FBI Crackdown

The late 1990’s saw the beginning of a housing boom, brought on by Federal programs which made buying a home easier through government-sponsored loan programs; such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This led to a sharp appreciation in housing values throughout the country; however it also led to a growing rate of mortgage fraud. Mortgage fraud continues to top the list of white-collar crimes throughout the country, and is considered a major factor in the bursting real-estate bubble we see today. Even now that the...

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Posted in: Federal White Collar Crime

July 8, 2008

MONEY LAUNDERING CASES NOW POSE GREATER BURDEN FOR PROSECUTION

The Supreme Court of the United States decided two cases on June 2, 2008, pertaining to charges of money laundering. In the first case, the charge of money laundering could only be applied to profits from an illegal gambling ring, and not payouts to bettors or employees. In the second case, the Court held that money laundering charges cannot be applied to a person simply hiding a large amount of cash in the trunk of a vehicle; the driver was stopped on the way to the Mexican border. According to the Associated...

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Posted in: Drug Crimes, Money Laundering and Racketeering (RICO)