Monday, April 8, 2013
Six people, including four from Montco, were arrested and charged following a target-specific wiretap investigation.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has announced the arrest of six people stemming from a target-specific wiretap investigation titled "Operation Walled In." In total, law enforcement recovered more than 50 pounds of marijuana, $23,248 in cash, four vehicles and two weapons. Charges for the six people range from corrupt organization to drug and weapons charges. Members of the Montgomery County Detectives, the Pennsylvania State Police, and officers from the Upper Dublin, Hatfield, Upper Providence, West Norriton, Upper Merion, Plymouth Township, Norristown and Pottstown Police departments participated in the investigation. To read the full story on Patch, click here.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A pastor with New Millennium Life Restoration Fellowship was convicted today of fraudulently obtaining more than $6 million in home loans for properties in Schwenksville and Glenmoore.
A former Montgomery County pastor is facing up to 180 years in prison, after he was convicted of mortgage fraud earlier today in federal court. Michael Wilkerson, 47, of Pottstown, along with Denise Haines, 43, of Birdboro, were convicted of devising a scheme to defraud the former Chase Manhattan Bank by fraudulently obtaining $6 million in home loans for properties in Schwenksville and Glenmoore. Wilkerson, whose church – New Millennium Life Restoration Fellowship – has locations in Phoenixville and Spring City, recruited several of his congregants and their families to act as "straw purchasers" for a number of real estate transactions. So long as the congregants signed the loan documents and attended the property settlement, Wilkerson …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The gun was later seized by police following a Jan. 2012 standoff in Telford.
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Tuesday, February 5
A Telford man has pleaded guilty to charges that he illegally provided a gun to a friend who later became involved in a standoff with police. CBS Philadelphia reports that Samuel Sofia, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and providing false information during the purchase of a gun. Prosecutors said the purchase of the bolt-action rifle from a Bucks County gun shop took place two days after Sofia's friend, Emilio Sciortino, had tried and failed to purchase a firearm. According to PhillyBurbs.com, Sciortino was ineligible to purchase a gun because of his past mental health history, which included an involuntary commitment. After obtaining the gun from Sofia, Sciortino held his wife hostage and fired "warning" shots at police from his Telford …