A Philadelphia man believed to be involved with a counterfeit cash checking ring faced jail time after pleading guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit thief by deception, theft by deception and identity theft. A Montgomery County judge sentenced him to up to 23 months in jail, up to three years in probation and $13,000 in restitution fees. The man was given credit for 10 months served in jail while waiting for charges to be brought down. His jail sentence for the theft crimes was set to begin on Mar. 15 to be served during weekends.
A Pennsylvania man, 19, was taken into custody on Feb. 7 for an alleged attack against his girlfriend and her mother. He had reportedly fled the scene, but authorities say they found him near the apartment complex where his girlfriend was residing. He reportedly made suicidal comments to the police and faces several charges, including aggravated assault.
In Pennsylvania, authorities in the Centre County area wrapped up a two-year drug probe by charging 10 people of taking part in a heroin distribution ring. Drug trafficking and related charges were lodged against seven men aged 25 to 40 and three women who were 20 to 38 years old. The investigation conducted by the state attorney general's Office Bureau of Narcotics Investigation in concert with local police began in March 2012. The target of the probe was a large of amount of heroin the attorney general said was being run through the county.
Police have arrested a former Collingdale council member who they believe stole millions of dollars from his employer. The council member allegedly took $2.9 million from Wescott Electric in Aston where he had been working as a project manager. Authorities say that some of the money financed Bryan's gambling at a Pennsylvania casino, and the rest may have paid for a large number of lottery tickets.