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Blue Cross CEOs gorge on profits from premiums | KnoxViews

To learn that the CEO of Blue Cross Tennessee received a $2 million bonus is really not news at all. It is merely more of the same, and exactly what we can expect if the Healthcare Industry is expected to "curb" their spending. It just ain't gonna happen.

This is just goes to demonstrate that we MUST have immediate intervention, regulation, oversight and accountability over the Healthcare Marketplace.

I did not need another reason to demonstrate the need for immediate intervention, however for those who do, please read the excerpt below from KnoxViews:

"Blue Cross CEOs gorge on profits from premiums."

"The chief executive officer of Blue Cross of Tennessee got a big salary boost to over $2 million this year. Searches for "salary president ceo blue cross [statename]" will get you the figures for the rest of the states. To keep it simple, though, let's just assume that the 50 CEOs of each Blue Cross operation in each of the 50 states makes roughly what the top guy in Tennessee gets, Tennessee not being exactly one of the wealthiest states. That means we're looking at well over $100 million of our health insurance premiums poured into the homes, yachts, and kids' private schools of a tiny elite instead of going into the provision of health care for Americans." -Vigil Proudfoot, KnoxViews available: http://knoxviews.mobi/node/11418

Obama's plan to come to the table with the Healthcare Industry is being passed off as Healthcare "reform" is a farce. The concept of self-regulation as the newest chapter in healthcare reform effort is a joke, and my concerns continue to grow with each passing day. Since that compromise was made, have any of us seen any movement towards reform or seen our healthcare dollars get more bang for the buck?

Asking or expecting the health industry to reduce costs through self-regulation without accountability is simply ridiculous. Especially when we see reports such as these that show a CEO salary of several million dollars.

Health care is already completely self-regulated and controlled. A person does not have free choice when choosing a provider. Due to an unholy alliance of provider networks, insurance underwriters, pharmaceutical conglomerates and private for profit hospital corporations such as HCA.

By negotiating with providers and developing one-size-fits-all prescription formularies and treatment protocols, we remove the ability for the consumer to make independent informed decisions about the value of various treatment options.

We rely upon one the ratings of physicians who have self-interest in controlling access and information to accurate information through their reliance upon Certification and Licensing Boards. By limiting access into the profession, health care costs are inflated and it is near impossible for the consumer to determine the fair value of a health care service.

Second, the consumer is far removed from the negotiating process, so we do not have a good sense of the fair, free market value of one particular service in comparison to another. All you need to do is look at any EOB (explanation of benefits) report for your last trip to the hospital.

Billing codes are used and assigned through various service departments and the insurance carrier then decides which services are covered and at what rate. They use the terms like “Reasonable and Customary Rates” and then choose to pay 80% of that amount. Therefore, by definition, that 20% must be built in to the billing rates to adjust for the actual (and expected) rate of reimbursement.

Such complicated billing procedures and methods are so complicated and technical that the end recipient of services (the consumer) really has no idea if an X-ray costs $90 or $73. Add into that a separate fee for the radiologist, and sometimes a charge just to use the facility, and even smart people find it difficult to understand.

The bills are then processed by an insurance adjuster who must determine primary and secondary (supplemental) plans and determine who is responsible for what, the end cost and intricate design is truly “priceless.”

Good luck to those people who actually purchased supplemental plans they saw advertised on TV, you have been duped. Giving people (especially the infirm and the elderly) a false sense of security is unfair and unjust.

Without regulation, intervention and enforcement, many people will continue to believe they are prepared and protected from that ultimate for “just in case” scenario that results in major, catastrophic medical loss.

The administrative cost alone on the part of the “Responsible Party” is probably more costly than the initial service they received at whatever hospital for whatever condition.

You cannot apply basic economic theory and free market principles to health care. Health care is fundamentally different and should be considered a public good.

We cannot believe or expect health insurance conglomerates will control their own spending and free from government intervention. We need to do something NOW!

Elyssa Durant
Nashville, TN

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Article 4 of 27, Article ID: 8701080525


Published on 02/06/1987, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

MOST CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST 2 MASTRONARDOS

TEXT: A federal court judge yesterday dismissed most of the charges against John V. Mastronardo and his father, Joseph V. Mastronardo Sr., two of seven defendants accused of running a multimillion-dollar gambling and money- laundering operation based in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court Judge Anthony J. Scirica left intact 36 of 42 charges against Joseph Mastronardo Jr., 36, the son-in-law of former Mayor Frank L. Rizzo and the man prosecutors say masterminded the alleged sports-bookmak i

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Article 5 of 27, Article ID: 8802160950

Published on 07/29/1988, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

FIVE SQUAD PROSECUTOR HINTS AT A MURDER PLOT

TEXT: A federal prosecutor alleged yesterday that some of the six former members of an elite Philadelphia police drug unit who have been indicted on racketeering charges plotted last year to kill a witness during the federal tax-evasion trial of another colleague.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. Pucci made the allegation during an arraignment for Ronald Giongo, one of the six Five Squad members who were indicted July 19 by a federal grand jury on charges of stealing drugs and more than $40

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Article 6 of 27, Article ID: 8901040756

Published on 01/18/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

DEFENSE ATTACKS RYAN'S CONFLICTS IN DRUG-UNIT TRIAL

TEXT: The defense in the federal racketeering trial of six former Philadelphia police officers focused yesterday on the differences between Leo Ryan's testimony and his earlier statements.

A key government witness and former police officer, Ryan was cross-examined for a third day, questioned about his turbulent marriage, his one-time addiction to Valium and his relationships with the men who once worked with him in Five Squad, the now-defunct drug unit.

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Article 7 of 27, Article ID: 8901130287

Published on 02/25/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

HUND FINISHES FIVE SQUAD TESTIMONY

TEXT: Former police officer Charles A. Hund 3d underwent his final day of cross- examination yesterday as the defense in the racketeering trial of six former narcotics officers continued trying to portray him as the epitome of corruption.

Hund, 39, has given seven days of pointed testimony against six of his former colleagues in Five Squad, a now-defunct drug unit.

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Article 8 of 27, Article ID: 8901140718

Published on 03/03/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

FIVE SQUAD DEFENSE OPENS CASE

DEFENDANT'S CHILDREN CONTRADICT HUND

TEXT: The son and teenage daughter of former Philadelphia narcotics officer Ronald Giongo Sr. took the stand yesterday in U.S. District Court to help defend their father against charges of corruption.

Ronald Giongo Jr., 24, said he frequently had to lend money to his dad. He said that his father never owned a new car, and that the family home in the mountains was just a small trailer on a chunk of property, half of which was swamp.

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Article 9 of 27, Article ID: 8901150905

Published on 03/09/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

FIVE SQUAD DEFENSE ON ATTACK

SAYS EVIDENCE 'REEKS OF DOUBT'

TEXT: The defense in the federal racketeering trial of six former Philadelphia narcotics officers yesterday blasted away at the government's case, contending that the evidence boiled down to the unbelievable testimony of two crooked cops and three dozen drug dealers.

"The evidence is fit for a cesspool and it reeks of doubt," declared defense attorney John Rogers Carroll, who represents defendant John Wilson, the man who headed Five Squad, a now-defunct drug unit.

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Article 10 of 27, Article ID: 8901180025

Published on 03/15/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

CENTER CITY DEFENSE LAWYER FACES 26 FRAUD AND INCOME TAX CHARGES

TEXT: A federal grand jury yesterday accused a Center City lawyer of carrying out two complex schemes to defraud his mortgage company and his creditors by providing false information and misstating personal assets.

David E. Shapiro, 40, a defense lawyer who lives in Huntingdon Valley and has offices in the Lewis Tower Building on South 15th Street, was charged with 16 counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of transferring and concealing property of a bankruptcy estate.

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Article 11 of 27, Article ID: 8902130232

Published on 07/07/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

GUILTY PLEA IS ENTERED BY LAWYER

TEXT: A Center City lawyer yesterday pleaded guilty to defrauding his mortgage company and his creditors by providing false information and misstating personal assets.

David E. Shapiro, a criminal-defense lawyer with offices in the Lewis Tower Building on South 15th Street, pleaded guilty to all 26 counts of a federal indictment that charged him with fraud and tax violations in connection with the schemes.

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Article 12 of 27, Article ID: 8903150570

Published on 11/15/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

EX-LAWYER GETS PRISON FOR 2 SCAMS

TEXT: A suspended Center City lawyer was sentenced yesterday to two years in federal prison and five years' probation for carrying out two intricate schemes to defraud his mortgage company and his creditors by providing false information and misstating personal assets.



David E. Shapiro, 41, who practiced criminal law in the Lewis Tower on South 15th Street, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Louis C. Bechtle to perform 1,000 hours of community service.

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Article 13 of 27, Article ID: 9102110275

Published on 07/20/1991, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

FORMER GRAY ACCOUNTANT CHARGED WITH MISREPRESENTATION ON LOAN

TEXT: A Center City accountant who formerly worked for U.S. Rep. William H. Gray 3d was charged yesterday by federal authorities with one count of wire fraud, alleging that he made misrepresentations when he applied for a bank loan in 1984.

Neil B. Godick, 50, had emerged two years ago as a key figure in an investigation involving Gray. After news reports about the inquiry, the Justice Department - in a highly unusual move - announced that Gray was not a target of an investigation.

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Article 14 of 27, Article ID: 9102220459

Published on 09/16/1991, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

A SMALL-TIME BONFIRE OF VANITIES BURNS 170

TEXT: Despite the confidence he inspired in his clients, aspiring investment mogul Donald Matthew Greth never moved with Wall Street's rich and powerful.

He ate no power lunches with the likes of Ivan Boesky or Michael Milken. He had no fancy high-rise office. His D.M.G. Investment Systems and Common Unity Fund Systems had no glossy brochures or detailed prospectuses.

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Article 15 of 27, Article ID: 9102220734

Published on 09/17/1991, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

PYRAMID DEFENDANT GETS 21-MONTH TERM

TEXT: A Montgomery County man who promised investors fantastic financial returns in a crude pyramid scheme that fell apart after taking in more than $1.5 million was sentenced yesterday to repay the money and spend 21 months in federal prison.


Donald Matthew Greth, 36, called the punishment "a sentence I deserve," after leaving the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Charles R. Weiner in Philadelphia.

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Article 16 of 27, Article ID: 9103060724

Published on 11/14/1991, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

EX-GRAY ACCOUNTANT ADMITS 1984 FRAUD

TEXT: A Center City accountant who once worked for former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray 3d pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to one count of wire fraud, admitting that he made misrepresentations when he applied for a bank loan in 1984.

Neil B. Godick, 50, had emerged two years ago as a key figure in a federal investigation involving Gray. After news reports about the inquiry mentioned Gray, the Justice Department announced that the congressman was not a target of an investigation

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Article 17 of 27, Article ID: 9201080398

Published on 02/07/1992, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

FORMER GRAY EMPLOYEE IS GUILTY OF LYING ON LOAN FORM

TEXT: A Center City accountant who once worked for former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray 3d was placed on probation for five years and fined $25,000 yesterday for lying about collateral when he applied for a bank loan in 1984.

Neil B. Godick, 50, received the sentence from U.S. District Judge Herbert J. Hutton, who also ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service during his probation term.

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Article 18 of 27, Article ID: 9402010506

Published on 06/09/1994, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

AFTER BUSINESS DEAL GOES AWRY, A RUSSIAN PARTNER LIVES IN FEAR

THE RISKS OF CAPITALISM CAN MEAN DIFFERENT THINGS IN U.S., SIBERIA.

TEXT: For Philadelphia businessman Neil B. Godick, his foray into Siberian capitalism represents a business deal gone awry. But for Alexander Brodsky, the Russian who worked with Godick, it's much more.

It is, says Brodsky, a dispute that has left him in desperate straits, facing possible retaliation from Russian racketeers.

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Article 20 of 27, Article ID: 9501220910

Published on 04/17/1995, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

IRS TRIES TO IMPROVE ITS RATE OF COLLECTION

ACCORDING TO EXPERTS, WHERE THERE'S A TAX, THERE'S A WAY TO CHEAT.

TEXT: Today is tax day. Listen to how easy it was for one man to rip off the Internal Revenue Service:

"My company filed a total of 9,000 returns in 1992, for tax year 1991, which netted my customers approximately $8 million in total refunds. Of that total, I would guess that roughly half of the returns contained false information about dependents, wages or filing status. That year . . . I recognized how easy it was."

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Article 21 of 27, Article ID: 9503070976

Published on 11/28/1995, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

DOCTOR AND STAFF ACCUSED OF SCAM

PROSECUTORS SAY JACK A. DANTON AND FIVE OTHERS

DEFRAUDED 13 INSURANCE COMPANIES OF $4 MILLION.

TEXT: By March 18, 1992, it was no longer business as usual in the office of Northeast Philadelphia osteopath Jack A. Danton.

The FBI had ordered Danton to bring his patients' files for review by a federal grand jury looking into insurance fraud. Federal prosecutors say Danton responded quickly, if not legally. They say he and a secretary went through patient files, destroying some documents and hiding others.

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Article 22 of 27, Article ID: 9701110100

Published on 01/10/1997, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

INSURANCE FRAUD TRIAL BEGINS

PROSECUTORS SAY HUNTINGDON VALLEY OSTEOPATH JACK

A. DANTON WAS A PARTICIPANT IN A MASSIVE SCAM.

TEXT: A massive insurance fraud case that has brought down several doctors and lawyers in recent years reopened in federal court yesterday with the trial of a doctor alleged to be a key participant.

Huntingdon Valley osteopath Jack A. Danton is accused of playing a major role in an 11-year scheme to defraud insurance companies of about $4 million by inflating claims for people injured in accidents.

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Article 23 of 27, Article ID: 9702120056

Published on 02/11/1997, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

AREA DOCTOR CONVICTED OF MAIL FRAUD

THE JURY DEADLOCKED ON A RACKETEERING CHARGE AGAINST

OSTEOPATH JACK DANTON. HE COULD BE RETRIED.

TEXT: Huntingdon Valley osteopath Jack Danton was found guilty of mail fraud yesterday for participating in a scheme that defrauded insurance companies of $4 million. But the jury in federal court deadlocked on more serious charges of racketeering and interstate transportation of a security.

The verdict was a letdown for federal prosecutors, who had compiled a wealth of evidence against Danton in a five-year investigation that culminated in his trial in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

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Article 24 of 27, Article ID: 9708200038

Published on 08/19/1997, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

PHYSICIAN IS SENTENCED IN SCAM

JACK A. DANTON OF HUNTINGDON VALLEY RECEIVED FIVE

YEARS AND WAS ORDERED TO PAY MORE THAN $400,000.

TEXT: Huntingdon Valley physician Jack A. Danton blamed his secretary for continuing a $4 million health insurance scam long after he had withdrawn from any illicit activities.

But a federal judge didn't buy it.

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Article 25 of 27, Article ID: 9909160152

Published on 09/15/1999, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

PHILA. EXECUTIVE TIED TO SCHEME

THE SEC SAID HE SIGNED LETTERS THAT OVERSTATED THE

VALUE OF ACCOUNTS MANAGED BY PRINCETON ECONOMICS.

TEXT: A Philadelphia securities executive enabled a Princeton money manager to hide more than half a billion dollars in losses by its Japanese clients, according to federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

William H. Rogers, who was recently suspended as head of futures trading at Republic New York Securities' Philadelphia office, signed up to 200 letters that "falsely overstate" the value of accounts managed by Princeton Economics International, of Princeton, N.J., according

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Article 26 of 27, Article ID: 9909220101

Published on 09/21/1999, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

LONGTIME JANNEY CHIEF TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN

TEXT: Norman T. Wilde Jr. has been running Janney Montgomery Scott since Richard Nixon moved into the White House. Now at age 69, he says it's time to go.

Wilde will step aside Dec. 31 as chief executive of the 800-broker, $12 billion-asset firm - one of the few big financial companies still based in Center City - in favor of Janney's chairman, Rudolph "Rick" C. Sander. Sander, an Upper Darby native, attended night school at Villanova and Penn, then rose through the ranks at the old Philadelphia b

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Article 27 of 27, Article ID: 9909250146

Published on 09/24/1999, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

ACCUSED FINANCIER TRIED TO LIQUIDATE COMPANY

U.S. PROSECUTORS GOT A COURT ORDER TO STOP THE MOVE BY

MARTIN ARMSTRONG, ACCUSED OF BILKING JAPANESE INVESTORS.

TEXT: Martin A. Armstrong Jr., the financial guru accused of bilking Japanese investors out of about $1 billion, may have attempted to thwart U.S. prosecutors by trying to liquidate his New Jersey company in a West Indies island court.


Princeton Economics International Ltd., the firm run by Armstrong at the heart of the investment turmoil, filed for bankruptcy last Friday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where it is incorporated.

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Article 4 of 31, Article ID: 9708200038

Published on 08/19/1997, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

PHYSICIAN IS SENTENCED IN SCAM

JACK A. DANTON OF HUNTINGDON VALLEY RECEIVED FIVE

YEARS AND WAS ORDERED TO PAY MORE THAN $400,000.

TEXT: Huntingdon Valley physician Jack A. Danton blamed his secretary for continuing a $4 million health insurance scam long after he had withdrawn from any illicit activities.

But a federal judge didn't buy it.

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Article 6 of 31, Article ID: 9702120056

Published on 02/11/1997, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

AREA DOCTOR CONVICTED OF MAIL FRAUD

THE JURY DEADLOCKED ON A RACKETEERING CHARGE AGAINST

OSTEOPATH JACK DANTON. HE COULD BE RETRIED.

TEXT: Huntingdon Valley osteopath Jack Danton was found guilty of mail fraud yesterday for participating in a scheme that defrauded insurance companies of $4 million. But the jury in federal court deadlocked on more serious charges of racketeering and interstate transportation of a security.

The verdict was a letdown for federal prosecutors, who had compiled a wealth of evidence against Danton in a five-year investigation that culminated in his trial in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

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Article 7 of 31, Article ID: 9701110100

Published on 01/10/1997, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

INSURANCE FRAUD TRIAL BEGINS

PROSECUTORS SAY HUNTINGDON VALLEY OSTEOPATH JACK

A. DANTON WAS A PARTICIPANT IN A MASSIVE SCAM.

TEXT: A massive insurance fraud case that has brought down several doctors and lawyers in recent years reopened in federal court yesterday with the trial of a doctor alleged to be a key participant.

Huntingdon Valley osteopath Jack A. Danton is accused of playing a major role in an 11-year scheme to defraud insurance companies of about $4 million by inflating claims for people injured in accidents.

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Article 9 of 31, Article ID: 9503070976

Published on 11/28/1995, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

DOCTOR AND STAFF ACCUSED OF SCAM

PROSECUTORS SAY JACK A. DANTON AND FIVE OTHERS

DEFRAUDED 13 INSURANCE COMPANIES OF $4 MILLION.

TEXT: By March 18, 1992, it was no longer business as usual in the office of Northeast Philadelphia osteopath Jack A. Danton.

The FBI had ordered Danton to bring his patients' files for review by a federal grand jury looking into insurance fraud. Federal prosecutors say Danton responded quickly, if not legally. They say he and a secretary went through patient files, destroying some documents and hiding others.

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Article 11 of 31, Article ID: 9501220910

Published on 04/17/1995, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

IRS TRIES TO IMPROVE ITS RATE OF COLLECTION

ACCORDING TO EXPERTS, WHERE THERE'S A TAX, THERE'S A WAY TO CHEAT.

TEXT: Today is tax day. Listen to how easy it was for one man to rip off the Internal Revenue Service:

"My company filed a total of 9,000 returns in 1992, for tax year 1991, which netted my customers approximately $8 million in total refunds. Of that total, I would guess that roughly half of the returns contained false information about dependents, wages or filing status. That year . . . I recognized how easy it was."

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Article 13 of 31, Article ID: 9203050983

Published on 11/14/1992, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

SUBURBAN DRUG RING HELPER IS SENTENCED

ALAN I. ROOMBERG LAUNDERED MONEY FOR DRUG DEALER

FRANK J. FORLANO. HE RECEIVED A 2 1/2-YEAR JAIL TERM.

TEXT: The former accountant for convicted suburban drug trafficker Frank J. Forlano was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison yesterday for his role in

helping Forlano launder cash generated by the lucrative drug ring.

"This is actually a relief that after nearly 4 1/2 years I can begin to finally pay my debt," Alan I. Roomberg told U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter, referring to the time that has elapsed since Forlano's drug organization began to crumble in August 1988.

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Article 15 of 31, Article ID: 9103060724

Published on 11/14/1991, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

EX-GRAY ACCOUNTANT ADMITS 1984 FRAUD

TEXT: A Center City accountant who once worked for former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray 3d pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to one count of wire fraud, admitting that he made misrepresentations when he applied for a bank loan in 1984.

Neil B. Godick, 50, had emerged two years ago as a key figure in a federal investigation involving Gray. After news reports about the inquiry mentioned Gray, the Justice Department announced that the congressman was not a target of an investigation

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Article 16 of 31, Article ID: 9102220734

Published on 09/17/1991, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

PYRAMID DEFENDANT GETS 21-MONTH TERM

TEXT: A Montgomery County man who promised investors fantastic financial returns in a crude pyramid scheme that fell apart after taking in more than $1.5 million was sentenced yesterday to repay the money and spend 21 months in federal prison.

Donald Matthew Greth, 36, called the punishment "a sentence I deserve," after leaving the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Charles R. Weiner in Philadelphia.

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Article 20 of 31, Article ID: 8903150570

Published on 11/15/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

EX-LAWYER GETS PRISON FOR 2 SCAMS

TEXT: A suspended Center City lawyer was sentenced yesterday to two years in federal prison and five years' probation for carrying out two intricate schemes to defraud his mortgage company and his creditors by providing false information and misstating personal assets.

David E. Shapiro, 41, who practiced criminal law in the Lewis Tower on South 15th Street, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Louis C. Bechtle to perform 1,000 hours of community service.

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Article 22 of 31, Article ID: 8902130232

Published on 07/07/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

GUILTY PLEA IS ENTERED BY LAWYER

TEXT: A Center City lawyer yesterday pleaded guilty to defrauding his mortgage company and his creditors by providing false information and misstating personal assets.

David E. Shapiro, a criminal-defense lawyer with offices in the Lewis Tower Building on South 15th Street, pleaded guilty to all 26 counts of a federal indictment that charged him with fraud and tax violations in connection with the schemes.

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Article 23 of 31, Article ID: 8902110127

Published on 06/27/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

SOURCE: FBI ASKED GRAY ABOUT PHILA. ACCOUNTANT

TEXT: FBI agents who met with Rep. William H. Gray 3d in recent weeks questioned him extensively about a financially troubled Philadelphia accountant who frequently worked for the Democratic congressman, according to a source close to Gray.

The source said the bulk of specific questions put to Gray by the agents concerned Neil B. Godick, president of Godick & Co., a Philadelphia accounting firm that filed for bankruptcy in 1987. One of the creditors in those bankruptcy proceedings has accu

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Article 24 of 31, Article ID: 8901180025

Published on 03/15/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

CENTER CITY DEFENSE LAWYER FACES 26 FRAUD AND INCOME TAX CHARGES

TEXT: A federal grand jury yesterday accused a Center City lawyer of carrying out two complex schemes to defraud his mortgage company and his creditors by providing false information and misstating personal assets.

David E. Shapiro, 40, a defense lawyer who lives in Huntingdon Valley and has offices in the Lewis Tower Building on South 15th Street, was charged with 16 counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of transferring and concealing property of a bankruptcy estate.

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Article 25 of 31, Article ID: 8901130287

Published on 02/25/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

HUND FINISHES FIVE SQUAD TESTIMONY

TEXT: Former police officer Charles A. Hund 3d underwent his final day of cross- examination yesterday as the defense in the racketeering trial of six former narcotics officers continued trying to portray him as the epitome of corruption.

Hund, 39, has given seven days of pointed testimony against six of his former colleagues in Five Squad, a now-defunct drug unit.

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Article 26 of 31, Article ID: 8901040756

Published on 01/18/1989, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

DEFENSE ATTACKS RYAN'S CONFLICTS IN DRUG-UNIT TRIAL

TEXT: The defense in the federal racketeering trial of six former Philadelphia police officers focused yesterday on the differences between Leo Ryan's testimony and his earlier statements.

A key government witness and former police officer, Ryan was cross-examined for a third day, questioned about his turbulent marriage, his one-time addiction to Valium and his relationships with the men who once worked with him in Five Squad, the now-defunct drug unit.

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This will be edited... Because in typical Nashville Style, I would 7.50 to read about this "economic package Mayor Dean put together with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. As someone who has spent the part of my life evaluating various social welfare programs, this make NO sense to me! Put out a press release for god sakes, send a letter or email to those of who are repeatedly denied services these programs are supposed to help! It is just beyond my capacity to understand how you actually spin this shit when there are people like me shouting it the rooftops! Have you NO shame? Don't bother to answer, not as if you might actually take 5 mins to READ an email some "random" constituent sent a year ago early March. Where are Brady's files? Did he leave them behind? Enough. I have had enough. Thank you for giving me such a clear sense just how much you really do value my support and dedication and hard work on your campaign! Excuse me while I go throw up, AGAIN tripping down memory lane.

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THE OFFICE THAT SPIED ON ITS OWN SPIES

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Memos released in full show that Lee Harvey Oswald was used in espionage aimed at the Soviets during 1959 and 1963. On both occasions, Oswald was seeking an instant visa in order to enter a Communist country.

Documents recently released in full reveal that alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was wittingly or unwittingly used in CIA spying activities referred to as LCIMPROVE during the two months before John F. Kennedy was killed. Until the last few years, these documents only existed in less-than-complete form.

LCIMPROVE is defined in two separate CIA documents as "Counter-espionage involving Soviet intelligence services worldwide". The request for the definition of LCIMPROVE by government staffers to the CIA is here (see item #2) The CIA's response is here.

Counter-espionage involves actions taken to detect and counteract espionage. Several CIA memos with the subject line "LCIMPROVE" were written during the two periods of Oswald's life when he was trying to instantly obtain a visa to enter a communist nation.

The LCIMPROVE memos in 1959 dramatically describe the time when Oswald was seeking to defect to the Soviet Union. These memos are also linked to the REDCAP program to induce Soviets and Eastern Europeans to defect to the West.

These REDCAP/LCIMPROVE memos are filled with wild yarns about sex-and-alcohol parties involving Americans and Soviets together in Helsinki. It was days of wine and roses, with each side testing the other. American vice consul William Costille was enticing the Soviet consul Gregory Golub to defect. By all appearances, Soviet consul Golub just wanted to let the good times roll.

Soviet consul Golub was warmed by the camaraderie. Helsinki became the only place in the Soviet borderlands where a foreigner could get a visa in a matter of minutes if you "looked all right". This change in policy came down shortly before Oswald needed to cross the Soviet border from Helsinki.

Oswald was still a Marine when he came to Helsinki. Oswald would probably never have received permission from Soviet authorities in Moscow to enter the USSR. The instant visa from Golub is what made it possible for Oswald to successfully defect to the Soviet Union during October 1959. He married a Soviet woman and returned with his new family to the United States in 1962.

LCIMPROVE documents from late 1963 report on Oswald's quest to get instant visas to visit Cuba and the USSR. The CIA reports on Oswald's visits to the Soviet and Cuban consulates in Mexico City to obtain these visas less than two months before the JFK assassination. Oswald showed up with his visa application at the Cuban consulate on a Friday all fired up to leave for Cuba the following Monday. This was during a time when Mexico City was an "intelligence battlefield" for both sides in the Cold War.

On the lighter side, Oswald was behaving like a clown. He was demanding an instant travel visa to go to Cuba. The American government ban on Cuban travel had begun two years earlier in 1961. Mexico City was the only place in Mexico that an American had any chance to get into Cuba at all. The Cubans were only providing travel visas during time to American travelers when a way station was needed while en route to one's ultimate destination.

In this case, Oswald hadn't even applied for a Soviet visa. Obtaining a visa from the Soviets was going to take four months. Oswald was doing one of the things he was best at - being an impossible person.

Oswald had succeeded in making himself the talk of the town on Embassy Row in Mexico City. Tongues were wagging inside the Cuban consulate at Oswald's rash and rude manners as he tried to convince the employees into giving him a visa to leave for Cuba the following Monday. His flat-out lie to them about having a Soviet visa added more fuel to the fire.

The buzzing of the consulate employees was picked up by CIA wiretaps throughout the building and on every telephone. As a bonus, such an event inevitably worsened relations between Cuba and Oswald's Fair Play for Cuba Committee during a time when a documented CIA-FBI plan to discredit the FPCC was nearing fruition.

The more hidden aspects involved the shadowboxing between the Americans and the Soviets. For years, there was a practice in intelligence circles of slightly altering items in Oswald's biography and using these items as "marked cards" as they passed information back and forth with each other. If an unauthorized person had access to a particular spelling of a name, for example, that "marked card" indicated that there had been a leak. A leaker might be a defector.

Thus, Oswald was wittingly or unwittingly involved in a molehunt aimed at at American intelligence officers. Ann Egerter was the main mover in this effort. Egerter was with the Counter-Intelligence Special Investigations Group, or CI/SIG. For years, the CIA and other agencies had been using "marked cards" as a method to see if the CIA itself was being infiltrated by Soviet or Cuban agents. Egerter referred to her group as the "office that spied on spies".

At the same time, REDCAP memos surfaced during the summer of 1963 directed at Kostikov and other Soviet Embassy employees. As mentioned above, REDCAP was a CIA program that encouraged Soviet defections. Soviet vice consul Valeriy Kostikov was the subject of a REDCAP memo written the same day that Oswald first visited the Soviet embassy. The CIA may have wanted to see if Oswald could effectively test the emotional makeup of Soviet vice consul Valeriy Kostikov or another embassy employee. Oswald was a provocateur, in the classical sense of the word. He knew how to get an argument going, as well as how to spur a discussion that might reveal a vulnerability that Kostikov or another embassy employee.

The story is that Oswald came to the Soviet Embassy in late September, buttonholed Kostikov, threw a loaded revolver down on the table, and burst into tears. The purpose of this drama may have simply been to get Kostikov and the other consuls to let down their guard and talk.

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March 7. And now more than ever I am homeless at home.

What kind of a world allows children to go hungry and forces people out on the street because they owe $4.50 in late fees.

Well there are no more late fees or gas prices to bitch about.

There are just memories of my father's last words as I walked into the courthouse alone.

And the knowledge that he didn't lift a finger to stop the two men from removing my clothes as they put all their weight into to middle of my back, forcing my head into a plastic matress that lay on the floor.

They left bruises, abrasions and scars in places no one ever bothers to look... deep inside my heart that still aches for the injustice I have witnessed. Not only on March 7 2002, March 7, 2009, but right now as I lie hear with nothing left but broken appliances, water stained journals I kept over the years.

My body will never heal, that I can live with. But watching my neighbors, friends, collegaues, and community look the other way is much more difficult. Doctorsthat left the wounds untreated, records missing several pages of listing the first 72 hours before I was seen by a medical professional.

While I was kept in a room with no vathroom, food, speakers, or emergency call button to cry for help. Injected with drugs and that were mysteriously absent from any medical chart.

I spent the next 5 and a half months documenting my experience. I took 1,890 photos. I sent out 32,000 tweets.

No one called. No one came. No one cared.

My spirit is every bit as broken as my already fragile bones have been since I was twenty two.

There were my colleagues who lost the medical record that I so carefully preserved on the blank pages of a telephone book.

There was Christina who brought me clothing and the Pastor who promised to visit. I never saw either of them again. There was chamber meeting I so carefully composed myself to give my regrets to the Mayor. The same fucking Mayor who names me on his committee of educators. I haven't forgotten, and trust me, neither will you.

My name is Elyssa.
Elyssa Danielle Durant

Yes, I am the daughter of of the man who did this to you.
Thank you, Daddy. I'm every bit as strong as your dirty cops who beat all those men into the ground in West Philadelphia.

I am sorry for what he has done.
To you, to Mumia, and to the 13 innocents that died on May 13, 1985.
Sometimes I think they were the lucky ones.

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A judge ordered the former Nippers Corner security guard who shot a Marathon Sports bar patron two years ago to begin serving a six-year sentence today.

Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt Jr. sentenced Jeremy Holmes to a six-year sentence with a status review after two years, when Holmes could get probation for the remainder of his sentence. After defense attorneys argued for six years of probation, Wyatt determined Holmes should serve at least two years for the offense.

Holmes was indicted on a second-degree murder charge in September 2008 for the shooting death of Adam Villegas in a Nippers Corner parking lot on May 16, 2008.

An August 2009 trial ended in a hung jury, and in January, Holmes accepted a six-year sentence for pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Holmes contended that Villegas got into his car after a night of drinking and started to pull away as Holmes tried to record his license plate number. Holmes said he then drew his gun and ordered Villegas out of the car.

When Villegas didn%u2019t cooperate, Holmes fired one shot into Villegas%u2019 car hitting him in the neck. Villegas died at the scene.

According to police, Holmes said he felt at risk of being hit by the car.

 

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