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#256 Mar 9, 2013
Strong street rumors prevail that some saloon operators/owners were served subpoenas on Wednesday, Thursday, and perhaps Friday as the follow through to the December 12 slot raids.
The rumor speculates that the State Grand Jury will hear testimony from the subpoenaed culprits in the near future.
The lucky ones got the subpoenas and could be offered a deal. Those not subpoenaed should be concerned because they may be the targets of the investigation and may receive indictments. I think some folks and elected officials may have tears streaming down both legs in anticipation of indictments.
No elected or appointed officials in the Mob Valley were subpoenaed according to street rumor and to date. Does this mean they will be the targets for the investigation and be indicted?
You can lie, fib, blame others but cannot out run the subpoenas or indictments!
Some should not stand near bus lanes.
#257 Mar 13, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll announced her resignation Wednesday, a day after she was questioned by authorities investigating an Internet cafe company that she once represented.
Carroll's resignation letter to Gov. Rick Scott, dated Tuesday, offered no details about her reason for leaving. But Scott's chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, said she was interviewed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers Tuesday regarding her work with Allied Veterans of the World.
She resigned to ensure her ties to the company would not be a distraction for the administration, he said. Carroll, a Navy veteran, had owned a public relations firm that represented that company.
While serving as a state lawmaker, Carroll's ties to the company were also questioned when she proposed a bill that would benefit internet cafes.
Carroll's aides said they had no immediate comment Wednesday.
The owner of Allied Veterans was arrested Tuesday in Oklahoma on charges of racketeering. He is accused of making $290 million after supplying illegal gambling software in Florida and claiming the games' proceeds would benefit a veterans group. Oklahoma authorities say the group actually received only 1 percent of the money. Chase Egan Burns, 37, and his wife, 38-year-old Kristin Burns, both face extradition to Florida to face the charges.
Chase Burns owns International Internet Technologies in Anadarko, about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.
He and his wife were arrested after an investigation that spanned several years and involved the Internal Revenue Service and various law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma and Florida, including the sheriff's office in Florida's Seminole County, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office.
Chase Burns was released from the Caddo County jail Tuesday afternoon on a $500,000 bond. He denied any wrongdoing.
#258 Mar 13, 2013
I think we should stop this election mumbo jumbo and give power to the Machine. Hopefully Mybama starts collectin all these damn weapons from the tax payers. I want to shoot up some dirt like on Rat Patrol beyotches with the weapons you owe me. I have a right to Partay, beyotches!
#259 Mar 15, 2013
D-Day has arrived at the Pittsburgh mayoral and police department fortress. Indictments have been issued and more may follow. The two top officials have been ferreted out and hang their heads in disgrace and some disbelief. This could be topped off with more indictments.
D-Day has arrived at the Turnpike Commission and elected officials fortress. Indictments have been issued and many more should follow based on my reading of the 85 page AG Presentment. How any of the accused or indicted can say that “I did nothing wrong” is a miscarriage of mental stability and reality.
D-Day has arrived at WMASD and Mr. Imbrogno and Dr. Risha were unceremoniously deposed with federal indictments and a plea bargain by Mr. Imbrogno. There could still be some collateral impact from this case.
D-Day arrived for a McKeesport BP owner with a federal indictment with unbelievable years of sentence and up to over a $1 million in fines. This matter is in abeyance or they could be working on some type of a deal.
D-Day arrived for Mr. Huston and his tavern. He is in the process of satisfying his debt to society at the expense of the taxpayers.
D-Day did arrive on December 12, 2012 for the “organized slot machine raids” in SW PA which seemed to be centered in the Port. And, several local witnesses were subpoenaed last week and are testifying at the State Grand Jury this week. One would speculate that indictments will follow in the near future after the jury completes their interview of witnesses. And, it has been rumored that our beloved former mayor and senator said that “Porky was always there when we need him.” Slot machines installed on City property behind the Eden Park Fire Station during the Circus? Wow and Wow!
The state officials called the Turnpike Commission a “cash cow” for facilitating the flow of cash from vendors to the political campaigns of governors and state elected officials.
Senator/Mayor Brewster calls the MACM a “cash cow” for the City. The campaign financial reports that list contributors for Brewster and Cherepko look like a City phone directory and vendor list. The correspondence that exhibits “pay for play” is astounding. Solicitor Elash campaigned on the city time for them.
However, the mystery is why the law enforcement authorities give the local political machine a pass or are they the next target? It took the AG some 44 months of investigation to cage the Turnpike Commission crooks. One of the indicted Turnpike employees is local and WAS FREQUENTLY INVOLVED WITH THE MDC CHAIRMAN in organizing political parties at the Palisades for local, county and state candidates.
Where are you AG Kane when the hard working taxpayers of McKeesport need you? Just compare the reported contributions from the vendors and lawyers who get plush professional contracts from the City, MACM, RACM, and MHA. The MHA law department has their own SUV.
We must not forget the dubious project management contract for the MASD and his big contribution to Corett to ensure that Corbett will answer his phone calls.
#260 Mar 15, 2013
Will the indicted Turnpike employees lose their pensions if convicted or continue to collect such when in the cage?
#261 Mar 19, 2013
They will continue to collect and while in the joint they will not be federally taxed on said retirement package. I confirmed this fact on prothonotaries website. Cost me an arm and a leg though. Free site my eye!!!!
#263 Mar 22, 2013
Attorney: Ex-Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper to plead guilty
Friday, March 22, 2013
By Jonathan D. Silver, Liz Navratil and Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bill Wade/Post-Gazette file
Former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper intends to plead guilty after a grand jury returned an indictment against him today charging him with conspiracy and tax evasion, his attorney said this afternoon.
Robert Del Greco Jr. said the evidence against Mr. Harper was "unambiguous." He said Mr. Harper would plead guilty to all five counts contained in the indictment without modification.
"It's a felony," Mr. Del Greco said this afternoon. "It's cost him his career, possibly his pension. I don't know that I could put it any better."
He said his client's actions were indefensible, that the "lure of the account" proved an "irresistible temptation."
Another of Mr. Harper's attorneys, Robert Leight, said Mr. Harper has not taken the investigation well.
"He's lost 20 pounds in the last month," Mr. Leight said. "He's very upset. He's humbled. He's affected. It has affected his mental health."
Mr. Del Greco said there have been no discussions of a plea bargain.
This morning, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell announced a federal grand jury handed the indictment after months of meetings and testimony.
The grand jury foreman said 17 members were present and at least 12 voted to indict. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar motioned for an arrest warrant.
#264 Mar 22, 2013
Ahhhh....because it is legal for anyone to contribute to candidates they believe in and support, second nothing has happened here because all of the people you just mentioned dont break the law. If they do, DUI, they pay just like everyone else. All facts. FACTS DOT COM. Jealousy is so so ugly
#265 Mar 22, 2013
Sure the man is likely guilty . But like everything else in this Valley - he's a sacrificial lamb.(like our teacher fired in school sex scandal) They got a head for the noose & now the heat is off . Do you think Ravenstahl just suddenly decided he didn't want to be mayor anymore ? Watch him resurface somewhere still sucking a living out of County taxpayers .
#266 Mar 22, 2013
The US Attorney said the investigation is continuing. But who is left to investigate, except the mayor?
You are right our beloved teacher Ms. D was fired and the others walked or got rewarded thanks to the teachers union and connected officials. She was assulted but the MASD or Ms. D did not file charges with the MPD?
#267 Mar 23, 2013
The political corruption Hall of Shame list goes on:
Harper, Pgh PD, the Pork & his cohorts, Imbrogno, BP Owner, Risha, Orie sisters, Fumo, Veon, DeWeese, Habay, the "Skip," Perzel, Homestead Drug Ring bust, and the Turnpike Commission “pay 4 play” cartel. WOW!
Will any more of the powerful and esteemed and revered be added to the Hall of Shame list this year with persistent street rumors of ongoing investigations and subpoenas?
The mob valley is ripe for picking by the appropriate law enforcement authorities and they are in a harvesting mode.
The US Attorney, Federal Agents, AG, State Police, DA, County Police and other law enforcement entities are all on top of their expertise this year. We thank them for their services to society and making SW PA less corrupt.
Continue to apply the heat to the bad guys and gals.
#268 Mar 25, 2013
I could not help noticing that the "Skip" and the "Pork contibuted to local candidates. The "Skip" seemed to be a "gala party maker" for the Palisades afairs for local, county and state candidates.
The "Pork" was always there when the MDC needed him for $ponsor$hip of many affairs. The gift hams were canceled this Christmas season due the unexpected December 12 busts.
Seems that the MDC may have suffered a litte set back.
#269 Mar 25, 2013
Corrupt politicians should be treated like the traitors they are. Hang the bastards. Look how the Turnpike Commission siphoned off whatever money was needed for a good time.
Anyone who was ever affilated with the turnpike commissioner should be forced to pay a levy until the stolen funds are returned. Start with Joe Brinmierer and his rotten family.
#270 Mar 25, 2013
George David, Pennsylvania County Sheriff, Allegedly Threatened To Cut Off Campaign Volunteer's Hands
By JOE MANDAK 03/25/13 03:04 PM ET EDT
Beaver County Sheriff George David was arrested for allegedly threatening a volunteer and reporter.
PITTSBURGH — A county sheriff threatened to cut off the hands of a political campaign worker, pulled a gun on a newspaper reporter and then intimidated underlings and other witnesses so they wouldn't confirm the encounters to journalists and investigators, police and prosecutors said Monday.
Beaver County Sheriff George David delivered expletive-fueled rants and uttered a racial slur to his alleged victims, according to a nine-page grand jury report supporting the charges.
"Shake my hand. I'll cut your ... hands off and I'll eat them. I'll cut your hands off," David told a Democratic campaign worker whom the sheriff believed had spoken ill about him behind his back, according to the grand jury.
David, a 65-year-old Democrat from Aliquippa, was arrested Monday at his office in Beaver, about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, and arraigned by a district judge who set a preliminary hearing April 1. He was charged with simple assault, witness intimidation, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, official oppression and obstructing the administration of law.
The sheriff does not have a listed home telephone number. His office referred calls to solicitor Myron Sainovich, who didn't immediately return messages. The county commissioners issued a statement saying they had no authority over David, because he's an elected official.
The campaign volunteer didn't report David's November 2011 threat to law enforcement for fear of losing his county job, authorities said.
When an online news website, the Beaver Countian, reported on it the following June, David then allegedly threatened the volunteer again.
In April, David allegedly also threatened the website's owner and lead reporter, John Paul Vranesevich, who had written about a controversy involving the purchase of deputies' uniforms.
Seated behind his desk, with two other deputies present, David allegedly threatened Vranesevich and complained about other stories written by J.D. Prose, a reporter for the Beaver County-Times. Referring to Prose, David put a blackjack on his desk and told Vranesevich he would beat Prose "worse than I used to beat the (blacks) in Aliquippa," using a racial slur, authorities said.
The grand jury said that encounter reached a "crescendo" when David began shouting, "If I knew I was going to die today, I would blow their ... brains out" – referring to Prose and county Prothonotary Nancy Werme, who David reportedly doesn't like, the grand jury found.
As the sheriff repeated that statement, witnesses said he took his gun from his holster and screamed at the online journalist, who previously had a good relationship with David.
"I'll blow your ... brains out, too," the sheriff said, according to the grand jury.
Vranesevich ran from the courthouse and told the grand jury he called the county detectives and also called Prose and Werme to warn them of David's remarks.
Afterward, two deputies wrote reports denying "that anything inappropriate happened during the meeting," the grand jury wrote, with one telling the panel he did so for fear of losing his job. Both deputies also told state troopers that David did nothing appropriate, before the deputy told the grand jury that David had asked him to lie.
"In the weeks and months following the incident, the sheriff repeatedly reiterated to at least one deputy that `it never happened,'" the grand jury wrote. "This was understood as an effort on the sheriff's part to ensure that he maintained the deputy's loyalty and prevented the truth from being disclosed."
David was allowed to remain free after his arraignment, but was ordered by a district judge to have no contact with the alleged victims, to surrender his blackjack, and not to carry a firearm.
#272 Mar 30, 2013
Alexis Wright, Zumba Teacher, Could Get Jail In Prostitution Case After Guilty Plea
By DAVID SHARP 03/30/13 08:21 AM ET EDT
Alexis Wright appears with her attorney, Sarah Churchill, Friday, March 29, 2013 in Cumberland County Court, in Portland, Maine. Wright, a dance instructor accused of using her Zumba fitness studio as a front for prostitution pleaded guilty Friday to 20 counts in a scandal that captivated a quiet seaside town.(AP Photo/Portland Press Herald, John Ewing, Pool)
PORTLAND, Maine -- The dance instructor who used her Zumba fitness studio as a front for prostitution faces jail time after pleading guilty in a case that captivated a quiet seaside town known for its beaches and picturesque homes.
The plea agreement, which calls for a 10-month sentence, spares Alexis Wright from the prospect of a high-profile trial featuring sex videos, exhibitionism and pornography. She's scheduled to be sentenced on May 31.
Wright quietly answered "guilty" 20 times on Friday when the judge read the counts, which include engaging in prostitution, promotion of prostitution, conspiracy, tax evasion and theft by deception.
"We're very satisfied with it. It's an appropriate outcome, given the gravity of her actions," Assistant Attorney General Darcy Mitchell said after the brief court hearing.
The 30-year-old Wright was accused of conspiring with insurance agent Mark Strong Sr. to run a prostitution business in which she kept detailed records indicating she made $150,000 over an 18-month period. She was also accused of using a hidden camera to record sex acts without her clients' knowledge.
She was originally charged with 106 counts. All the counts in the agreement were misdemeanors, including three counts relating to welfare and tax fraud that were reduced from felonies.
Strong, 57, of Thomaston, was convicted this month of 13 counts related to promotion of prostitution and was sentenced to 20 days in jail. He was originally charged with 59 counts.
The scandal became a sensation following reports that Wright had at least 150 clients, leading to a guessing game of who might be named publicly in the coastal town of Kennebunk. Attorneys who have seen the client list say it included some prominent names. Those who have been charged so far include a former mayor, a high school hockey coach, a minister, a lawyer and a firefighter.
Working together, Strong and Wright represented an unusual pairing.
Wright had attended college classes and ran dance classes for the local parks and recreation program before opening her studio in Kennebunk. But she was also engaging in paid-sex acts in the studio, in her apartment and in her office, law enforcement officials said.
Overseeing the operation and watching the sex acts live on his office computer 100 miles up the coast was Strong, a married father of two who ran a successful insurance agency in Thomaston.
It came as no surprise that Wright would seek a plea agreement because evidence presented in Strong's trial was so overwhelming. A video played for jurors showed Wright engaging in sex acts with a man who then inquired about her rate before leaving $250 cash on her massage table
#273 Apr 4, 2013
#274 Apr 6, 2013
Is that the same address for your cohorts burial location?
#275 Apr 7, 2013
I checked the website and Mr. Larry Skiba is in FCI Fairton near Phila and is projected to be released in March 2020 at the ripe age of about 68.
#276 Apr 14, 2013
Does anyone know the status of the slot machine raids?
It seems like business as usual in most of the raided places. Who helped to get the fix in?
When is the AG going to subpoena the city for information? The Pork was a big contributor to the political campaigns of the cohorts in power?
#277 Apr 16, 2013
Yes, I Know. I have told all of you morons on here... this had NOTHING to do with the Port.. it is all about Money Laundering for other syndicates outside of the area. The cash flow was being legitimized through these machines and NONE of the owners of where the machines were placed had any idea. This investigation is having a HUGE impact on the entire east coast. The PORT is not even on the radar for this. It was not part of the investigation.. it was only involved because the machines taken were placed there. There were over 700 machines of all kinds confiscated all over western PA. Secret Service is involved, FBI, State Police Fed Dept of Revenue Agents as well as ATF. BAV was not the only vending company involved.. this has hit several states.
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