Score:   0.9568
Docket Number:   ED-PA  2:18-cr-00053
Case Name:   USA v. AHR
  Press Releases:
PHILADELPHIA – First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that defendant Philip Ahr, 68, of Radnor, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 151 months’ incarceration and 10 years’ supervised release by United States District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson after pleading guilty to three counts of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography. His sentence requires him to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

The defendant, who created online aliases like “DaddyX” and “DaddyXX” to commit these crimes, was originally arrested by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, and then later by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of an online investigation into the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children.

For more than four years, the defendant communicated online with hundreds of other child offenders, distributing horrific images of children being sexually abused and collecting an extensive supply of the unlawful videos and images. He did so at all times of the day and night and from various locations and devices, including at his home, his place of employment, and using his government-issued iPad which he had received as President of the Board of Commissioners in Radnor Township. During the same time that he was committing these offenses, Ahr also involved himself in numerous community service activities that were geared toward and gave him access to children of the same age that he sexually exploited as part of his crimes.

“The defendant’s days of exploiting his position of trust in our community for his perverse gratification are over,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Williams. “Child sexual exploitation is appallingly pervasive, exacerbated by the easy availability of online file sharing, and it demands an aggressive response. We stand ready with our federal partners to identify and prosecute individuals that perpetuate this abuse.”

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce the sexual exploitation and abuse of children. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rotella.

PHILADELPHIA – The federal indictment against Philip Ahr, a/k/a “DaddyX” and “DaddyXX,” of Radnor, Delaware County, PA, was unsealed today in federal court.  The indictment charges Ahr with two counts of distribution of child pornography, two counts of receipt of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography, all stemming from his trafficking in hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on the Internet.  The indictment charges Ahr with committing these crimes for almost three years, beginning in 2013. 

Ahr’s initial appearance in federal court was held today.  The Honorable Lynne A. Sitarski detained him on the Government’s request pending a detention hearing scheduled for February 26, 2018. 

If convicted, Ahr faces a statutory maximum sentence of 100 years’ incarceration, a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment, 5 years up to a lifetime of supervised release, a $1,250,000 fine, and $10,500 in special assessments. 

The case was investigated by the FBI, Task Force Officer Kenneth Bellis and Special Agent Jennifer Morrow, in conjunction with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC).  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rotella.

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Data imported from FJC Integrated Database
Date Announcement: Jan. 30, 2018
Branch: Politician
Country: USA
Continent: North America
Reason: Fired
Comments: has been charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography, criminal use of communication facility, and abuse of children
Additional data courtesy @ResignationAnon 🐸 and resignation.info  
Score:   0.5
Docket Number:   ED-PA  2:13-mj-01405
Case Name:   United States v. PHILIPPOPOULOS
Score:   0.5
Docket Number:   ED-PA  2:19-cr-00072
Case Name:   USA v. NARDUCCI et al
  Press Releases:
PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Philip Narducci, 56, of Philadelphia, and James Gallo, 44, of Philadelphia, entered pleas of guilty today before Judge Timothy Savage on several counts relating to making and collecting upon extortionate loans.  Narducci is a member of the Philadelphia organized crime family La Cosa Nostra (LCN), and Gallo is his associate.

At the hearing, the defendants both admitted that Narducci made usurious and extortionate loans involving tens of thousands of dollars to an unnamed borrower.  When the borrower failed to make weekly interest payments – sometimes with an interest rate above 80 percent - Narducci used threats of violence and actual physical assault to force the borrower to repay the loans.  One such incident occurred at Chick’s Philly, a bar and restaurant operated by Narducci, on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia.  In one particularly disturbing exchange, Gallo told the borrower he should be scared of Narducci, saying, “He’s a killer you f***ing idiot.  He’s killed f***ing eight people.”

“Philadelphians deserve to be safe and live without the fear or threat of violence, especially from unscrupulous defendants like these,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “My Office takes organized crime in this District very seriously, and will investigate and prosecute it to the fullest extent of the law.”

“This organized crime network threatened the safety of our neighborhoods by extorting and assaulting Philadelphians,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “Thanks to strong collaboration between our law enforcement partners, we were able to put an end to this criminal behavior and keep the people of Philadelphia safe. We will continue working together to investigate and prosecute organized crime wherever we find it.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, and is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney John S. Han of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, and Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan B. Ortiz.

PHILADELPHIA – An indictment was unsealed today against a member of the Philadelphia organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (LCN) and his alleged associate. The indictment charges various crimes involving the making of extortionate loans, conspiracy, and collections of loans by extortionate means. 

The charges were announced today by United States Attorney William M. McSwain; Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; and Michael Harpster, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Division.

The defendants charged in the 15-count indictment are Philadelphia LCN Family member Philip Narducci, 56, and his associate James Gallo, 44.

Both defendants were arrested today and will make initial court appearances in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia at 1:30 pm. EST. 

According to the indictment, Narducci allegedly made usurious and extortionate loans involving large amounts of money to a borrower.  As set forth in the indictment, when the borrower failed to make weekly interest payments, Narducci allegedly used physical violence through assault and threats of violence to force the borrower to repay the loans.  The indictment also alleges that, at Narducci’s direction, Gallo collected weekly interest payments on the usurious loans from the borrower and used threats of violence to facilitate the collections. 

“Our citizens deserve to be safe and live without the fear or threat of violence,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “My Office takes organized crime in this District very seriously and will prosecute it to the fullest extent of the law.”

Each charge of making extortionate extortions of credit, conspiracy to collect extensions of credit by extortionate means, and collections of extensions of credit by extortionate means making extortionate extensions of credit, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

The case is being investigated by the FBI, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney John S. Han of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section.           

An indictment is merely an accusation and each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty. 

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Data imported from FJC Integrated Database
Score:   0.5
Docket Number:   ED-PA  5:20-cr-00048
Case Name:   USA v. RIEHL
  Press Releases:
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Philip Elvin Riehl, 68, of Bethel Township, Berks County, PA, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges related to a Ponzi scheme he operated worth approximately $60 million. The fraud targeted members of the Mennonite and Amish religious communities in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, of which the defendant is a member.

The defendant was charged in January 2020 with one count each of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud, one count of securities fraud, and one count of wire fraud. Riehl, a Berks County–based accountant, fraudulently solicited tens of millions of dollars in investments, from his accounting clients and others who are mostly Mennonite or Amish, into an investment program that he operated.

Riehl then diverted funds from the program to Trickling Springs Creamery, LLC, a Franklin County–based creamery of which he was the majority owner. Riehl also fraudulently solicited direct investments in Trickling Springs Creamery. The defendant made material misrepresentations about the safety and security of these investments in his program and about the performance of the program, as well as misrepresentations and omissions about the creamery’s business and financial condition. Trickling Springs Creamery announced it was ceasing operations in September 2019 and filed a bankruptcy petition in December 2019. Investor losses are estimated to be around $60 million, making this one of the largest Pennsylvania-based Ponzi schemes ever.

The entire scheme is what is commonly referred to as “affinity fraud,” which typically involves investment scams that prey upon members of identifiable groups, such as religious or ethnic communities. These types of scams exploit the trust and friendship that exist in groups of people who share common interests or beliefs.

“Riehl’s victims trusted him to handle their investments with honesty and integrity. Instead, he took advantage of their trust based on their mutual religious affiliation,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “In some cases, the defendant swindled individuals out of millions of dollars. It is only natural for members of a tightly knit community to want to take care of one another, but Riehl wasn’t concerned with taking care of anyone but himself and he doesn’t deserve the loyalty of his victims now. These types of devastating crimes must be reported, and the guilty parties must be held accountable under the law.”

“Investment fraud can be devastating for its victims, with nest eggs or even life savings lost in a flash,” said Tara A. McMahon, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “When criminals are willing to exploit trusting members of their own church or community in such a way, it adds significant insult to that financial injury. Philip Riehl repeatedly misled his investors, drawing them into a giant Ponzi scheme that swallowed up some $60 million of their money. The FBI is gratified to help hold him accountable for his crimes and bring some measure of justice for his victims.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Rinaldi. The U.S. Attorney’s Office appreciates the assistance of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Philip Elvin Riehl, 68, of Bethel Township, Berks County, PA, was charged by Information with conspiracy, securities fraud, and wire fraud, stemming from an investigation into a Ponzi scheme worth approximately $60 million. The alleged fraud targeted members of the Mennonite and Amish religious communities in Pennsylvania and elsewhere and is one of the largest Pennsylvania-based alleged Ponzi schemes in history.

Riehl, an accountant, is alleged to have fraudulently solicited tens of millions of dollars in investments, from his accounting clients and others, into a bogus investment program that he operated. Riehl then diverted funds from the program to Trickling Springs Creamery, LLC, a Franklin County–based creamery of which he was the majority owner. Riehl also fraudulently solicited direct investments in Trickling Springs Creamery. The Information further alleges that Riehl made material misrepresentations about the safety and security of these investments in his program and about the performance of the program, as well as misrepresentations and omissions about the creamery’s business and financial condition. Trickling Springs Creamery announced it was ceasing operations in September 2019 and filed a bankruptcy petition in December 2019.

The allegations constitute what is sometimes referred to as “affinity fraud,” which typically involves investment scams that prey upon members of identifiable groups, such as religious or ethnic communities. These types of scams exploit the trust and friendship that exist in groups of people who share common interests or beliefs. The victims of Riehl’s alleged scheme were generally members of the Mennonite or Amish religious communities who wanted a safe and secure investment, operated within their community and in a manner consistent with their religious principles. The charges note that Riehl was a co-religionist in the Mennonite religious community.

 “These investors were looking for honesty and integrity when deciding where and with whom to invest their money,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “According to the Information, Riehl presented himself as a trusted member of their religious community, only to betray that trust and swindle them out of tens of millions of dollars. It is only natural for members of a tightly knit community to want to take care of one another, but Riehl did not care about anyone but himself. Fraudsters must be held accountable under the law – no matter what community they belong to – for justice to prevail.”

“So long as there are people with money to invest, there will be swindlers ready to take their money under false pretenses,” said Michael T. Harpster, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “But it is particularly loathsome when these criminals exploit trusting members of their own church or community. According to the Information, Philip Riehl repeatedly misrepresented what he was doing with his investors’ money – people who took him at his word. The FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who engage in such financial fraud.”

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 45 years in prison, a $5,500,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, forfeiture, and mandatory restitution.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Rinaldi. The U.S. Attorney’s Office appreciates the assistance of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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