Monday, February 15, 2010

Public Education

No money to refile my app with Metro Public Schools. I don't have the application fees or the fee Metro charges all applicants to pay to process the application fees; the fees for fingerprinting, the FBI background check, or to update my transcripts with the certification office.



A Masters degree is an education does not translate into a career when you are through.

According to the Director ofSchools and the State Board of Education told me on several occasions, before I become a Certificated Teacher I mst submit my permanent record to some lady who rubber stamps shit all day long and then yells at you because you checked the wrong box for on a 13 page appplication form.

Some six months later or so you may hear back if y are approved and then come back for more bullshit and paperwork After paying in excess of $100 dollars in fees to the FBI online, by credit card, yo may receive an invitation to try out the next academic term before yo can actually "audition" for the part of a para-professional who gets paid less than all the Mexicans in the back of that pick-p that jst got pulled over on suspicion of being an illegal alien who is ctting trimming the trees otside a fat hose in Belle Meade for one of the Frists or Vanderbilt Honorees. 

Pulled over on ssppicion of being an alien? Give me a fucking break. Mayor Dean's Brag Shee

287(g) code ICE.

So I pander each day hoping to get a call in time from a school I cqn get to in nder 20 minutes at a high risk school urban school district. I am less qualified than a the cafeteria staff.  

No slip of notarized paper for me. Do not pass go. 

Return with a note fro the Board of Education with a better applcation on file. Once we determine yo ar qualified enogh to be a permanent substitute as a more qualified applicant before we kick your ass out to another disaster area 3-6 months from now.

Then yo will start all over again with a new group of paraprofessionals cutting their gums at the chance to work at a better school after the next lawsit and rezoning plan of all metro districts.

Fck re-zoning. This is not choice, this is flat ot segregation..  When we do another "re-zoning" plan for all students, teachers, adminstrators and personnell will be shifted all over Davidson County

Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Until then, you may work as a part time employee after filling out all of these forms and signing away your first born chld in blood on the dotted line.

Hourly employees may not work for more than 20 days at any given school, yet failure to work at least three is grounds for dismissal.

Class dismissed.

Go to 10.


So I got lucky and was called inn on an emergency at a Alternative Learning Center on the very last day of the academic year. I got my three days.

At $10.46/hour my entire income for tax year 2009 was $235.35. No benefits. No security.

The application fee is non-negotiable.

Once dedicated toward empowering youth through education, I now despise every god damn idiot who tells me I am not trying hard enough. 

I was also drawn toward misunderstood children and adolescents. I speak their langage. Music therapy? Fine. Art therapy? perfect. creative writing, brilliant. Show me what yo can do, and I'll make it better.  I'll make you better. As a therapist, a crisis counselor and an advocate, we'll do it togetther. Right?

Wrong.

Do not pass go.

Go to 10.


I have a knack for connected with the lost: I speak their language.

SORRY DRAFT COPY-- MUST GET  at least two hour before I start up all over again.

OUCH.

FUCK YOU! 
Voter Apathy: January 7, 2008, p. 2

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Last year, it was the election commission... this time it was the Board of Ed who failed to secure the personal information, social security numbers, and financial data of local students and employees.

- insert figure about here re; ACT DATA REPORTED 2007 -SKEWED -


The Tennessean openly discusses the salary of Metro teachers in the The Tennessean. The reporter makes it sound like she has uncovered some profound secret: Teachers are underpaid. No shit?

The papers seem to gloss over the magnitude if the situation of teacher pay and mobility within Metro Nashville. I wasted a ton of money at Vanderbilt and almost as much in the Ivy League. By investing in a useless program and a worthless degree, I am the first to admit I have made some bad choices, but now I am asking for some advice.
I can't find a job.I can not afford the $100 complete the application, or find transportation to get to an interview.

I am beyond broke. I am so far in debt that I do not even bother to open my mail since it consists only negative balances, bank statements, and letters from collection agencies and the Department of Education. I actually got SUED and evicted for $4.50. Legal Aid told me to call my Daddy. I'm 36. ALL support and custody child support was terminated on August 15, 1988. The Jewish Federation. 

At least 3 people are using my soical security number, claiming me as an employed ERISA beneficiary, a dependent "child", oh yeah, and, SSA decided to terminate my benefits since they can't figure out what fucking state or which parent i live with.... Let get this out of the way. I was 15.. My mother changed the locks, withdrew my records from the local high school (Port Washington, New York) called my boss, Dave at The Barge on Capri Marina, told him I quit, and #thatwasall

#onmyown






My dad showed me the front door a year later. I got my hair braided on vaction, ordered me out of the house reminded him of John Africa. No contest. I left!



When I found out that someone recently used my social security number to open an account in Jersey City, I was thrilled at the prospect that my credit score might actually go up!

I never dreamed that I would have to apply for a social services grant simply to pay the application fees associated with the job application. I never thought about fees for fingerprinting, TB tests, transcripts, ($15 each from Columbia; Vandy actaully sued me for $3010 to release 'em) Penn State costs $8 on credit- another thing I don't have)

Examination fees, processing fees necessary to apply a position that really only requires a GED.

As an employee of the Metro Nashville Public Schools, I work part-time as an educator at the "Masters + 30" salary level. I earn $10.46 / hour, before taxes without benefits.

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/education-degrees-and-teachers-pay/



That does not go far, and they are currently eliminating employees, so any chance of a raise or future opportunities for advancement seem unlikely during these tough economic times.

I cannot afford additional application fees or costs associated with the Alternative Certification options, and I certainly do not have the resources required to obtain another undergraduate degree just so I can bypass the 6 months of student teaching necessary for Metro to deem me qualified to teach Head Start, pre-k or even adult literacy programs.

The bottom line is this: regardless of good intentions or misguided mentoring, I am a financial burden to you all. I pay taxes out of your taxes. I am absolutely convinced that there must be a better way to live than relying upon government subsidies to keep a roof over my head and Ramen noodles in my tummy.

There is a plethora of young, talented individuals like myself who would be more than willing to work for MNPS or any other company if we could simply access the resources necessary to complete the application. We all know that teacher salary is ridiculous to begin with, so no kudos to the reporter at the Tennessean for pointing out the obvious.

This is the reality I live in. This is poverty. This is why I am hoping that someone out there knows someone or some way that I can contribute more to society than what I am taking. I am a leach on society. I will continue to be a leach on society.

Relying upon the "welfare" of others is a terrible way to live especially when you have something to give back.

People used to laugh when I would inquire about transportation funds, Internet access grants or assisted technology funds and resources...

Surely, the AT&T cable bill could have included a measure to assist the disabled and economically challenged members of our community free or discounted online Internet service. Certainly one of these big companies coming to Tennessee can help by hiring just one over educated, underemployed, and dedicated employee.

I live so far beneath the poverty line that I am willing to work for the necessities in life that I simply cannot afford such as toothpaste and Internet access. I cannot afford the application fees Metro charges for new or returning applicants. I'm not eligible for community training programs or work force development... there are no grant based training programs for people who just made a few bad, BAD investments along the way-- say, for example, a college degree --> $179,000 in student loans.

I am not too proud to beg for a job or take some free advice if it will help me to get from here to there. I need someone; anyone, willing to give me a chance to prove myself. Isn't there anyone who maybe, just may be willing to invest in me?

I think I deserve more out of life than this, and I think if you knew me, you might think so too.


Help me become the person I was meant to be. Try to the see the person I could become.

I have much to contribute, but no resources to get there.


All I want is a chance. All I need is a chance. Is there anybody out there who believes I am worth the investment? Not money. Just Time.

Is there anybody out willing to invest in me?

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Fw: Responding to your message

------Original Message------
From: senator@corker.senate.gov
To: Egmail
Subject: Responding to your message
Sent: Jan 27, 2010 1:45 PM

Dear Ms. Durant,

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office regarding net neutrality. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.

I understand how important the Internet is for our country and its economy. Americans increasingly rely on the Internet for business, news, and recreation, and I consider ensuring the excellence of American broadband and wireless services to be a worthy goal for this country. The issues surrounding the net neutrality debate are extremely complex. From its inception, the Internet has been based on principles of equal and open access, and changes in technology and increasing access to broadband present challenges to those principles. People and businesses around the world have a vested interest in the stability, speed, and overall "health" of the Internet. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) believes that regulation may be necessary to ensure that high quality and easy access remain broadly available. At the same time, I know that many companies have invested huge sums of money in making the Internet what it is today, and some net neutrality proposals could threaten to stifle innovation and creativity for companies to offer new products as a result of burdensome government regulation.

The FCC published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) regarding net neutrality on October 22, 2009. This NPR seeks to codify six principles to preserve the free and open internet, including, among others, principles of non-discrimination and transparency of network management. The open comment period on this NPR is scheduled to last until January, with the time for responses to comment lasting until March. This means that there will be no final decisions made on the issue of net neutrality until that time at the earliest, short of Congressional action.

As you may know, H.R.3458, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act would require broadband service providers to abide by certain net neutrality principles, and would not allow providers to prioritize or demean Internet content and services. This billwould also prohibit providers from charging higher rates to companies in return for quicker service. Currently, the bill is before the House Energy and CommerceCommittee. Senator McCain has also introduced S.1836, the Internet Freedom Act, which would prohibit the FCC from regulating the internet. Should either of these bills come before the full Senate, the insight and information you have given here will certainly help my staff and me more effectively look into this issue, and I thank you for your input.

Thank you again for your letter. I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me as I serve you in the United States Senate.

Sincerely, Bob Corker United States Senator  
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5 Squad: Philadelphia police engaged a long-standing pattern of appalling public corruption. The fact of this harm is readily ascertainable.


IN THE  UNITED STATES
DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT
OF PENNSYLVANIA


















1 In deciding a motion for judgment on the pleadings under Rule 12(c), a court must “‘view the facts presented in the pleadings and the inferences to be drawn wherefrom in the light most favorable to the . . . non-moving party’” Green v. Fund Asset




Management, L.P., 245 F.3d 214, 220 (3d Cir. 2001), quoting Institute for Scientific Info, Inc. v. Gordon & Breach, Science Publishers, Inc., 931 F.2d 1002, 1004 (3d Cir.1991).

Judgment is appropriate “only if the plaintiffs would not be entitled to relief under any set of facts that could be proved.” Id., citing Consolidated Rail Corp. v. Protlight, Inc., 188 F.3d 93, 95-96 (3d Cir. 1999).



BLANE NEELY a/k/a WALTER MITCHELL : CIVIL ACTION v SIX CONTINENT’S HOTELS, et. al. : No. 02-3890

ORDER-MEMORANDUM

AND NOW, this 15th day of October, 2003, the “Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings of Defendants, Six Continents Hotels, Inc., Holiday Inns, Inc. and John Sweetwood” is granted, Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c).1

This civil rights action arises from the March 1977 arrest and subsequent conviction and incarceration of plaintiff Blane Neely a/k/a Walter Mitchell. On March 17, 1977, plaintiff was a guest at the Holiday Inn in Philadelphia, where defendant Elliott Jurist was the night manager. Second Amended Complaint, 

10, 11. At approximately 11 p.m., Jurist is alleged to have given defendant David Grove, a Philadelphia police officer, access to plaintiff’s telephone records and to have permitted him to listen in on plaintiff’s telephone conversations. Second Amended Complaint,

12. It is further alleged that later that night, Jurist and Grove entered plaintiff’s room and assaulted and robbed plaintiff. Second Amended Complaint,

13, 14. As a cover-up, plaintiff was then arrested, and subsequently convicted and incarcerated based on the testimony of Jurist and Grove.

2 Plaintiff pro se filed the original complaint and, on July 15, 2002, an amended complaint. On January 13, 2003, Cozen & O’Connor was appointed as counsel for plaintiff and immediately moved to amend the complaint. The motion was granted and on February 10, 2003, a Second Amended Complaint was filed.

3 “A claim may be dismissed as time-barred where it is clear from the complaint that the applicable statute of limitations has lapsed.” Buckalew v. Ebi Companies, 2002

WL 1335110, *1 (E.D. Pa., June 5, 2002) (citations omitted).

4 Molina v. City of Lancaster, 159 F. Supp.2d 813 (E.D. Pa. 2001). See also Bailey v. Tucker, 533 Pa. 237, 261, 621 A.2d 109, (1993)
 
(“it would seem that being subjected to a term of imprisonment is a harm or injury to the person. Nor can there be any doubt the fact of this harm is readily ascertainable upon its occurrence.”)
2

On June 25, 2002, plaintiff filed this civil rights action.2 On February 18, 2003, movants filed an answer to the second amended complaint, asserting a statute of limitations defense, and now move for judgment on the pleadings.

3

 
The parties agree that Pennsylvania’s two-year statute of limitations applies to federal claims arising under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981, 1985(3) and 1986. In general, civil rights claims for false arrest and false imprisonment accrue at the time of the arrest and are timebarred if not commenced within two years of the arrest.4 Plaintiff was arrested in March 1977, and any civil rights claim based on the arrest was time-barred two years later. This case was not filed until 2002, 25 years after the arrest and well past the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations. Plaintiff contends, however, that the statute of limitations this case is tolled by the federal equitable tolling doctrine.

“Equitable tolling may be appropriate where the defendant has actively misled the plaintiff regarding her cause of action, where the plaintiff has in some extraordinary way been prevented from asserting her rights or where she has mistakenly asserted her rights in the wrong forum.” Buckalew v. Ebi Companies, 2002 WL 1335110, at *4 (E.D. Pa, June 5 Plaintiff’s arrest occurred in March 1977. The documented activities of the 5 Squad occurred three years later, during the period 1980 through 1984. See Sentencing Memorandum.

3

5, 2002), citing Lake v. Arnold, 232 F.3d 360, 370 n.9 (3d Cir. 2000); Oshiver v. Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman, 38 F.3d 1380, 1387 (3d Cir. 1994). It is plaintiff’s burden to demonstrate the applicability of equitable tolling, and part of the burden is proving the exercise of reasonable diligence in pursuing the claim. Buckalew, supra, at *4 (citations omitted).

Here, a period of 25 years elapsed between plaintiff’s arrest and his assertion of a federal civil rights violation. Plaintiff argues that he was prevented from asserting his rights “in an extraordinary way” because defendant Grove was a member of the 5 Squad, a group of Philadelphia police officers engaged in “a long-standing pattern of the most appalling public corruption.” United States v. Wilson, No. 88-282, Government Sentencing

Memorandum, at p.2. However, plaintiff does not make out how the 5 Squad prevented him from proceeding with his claim. Also, there is no allegation that the 5 Squad was involved in plaintiff’s arrest.5 In addition to the 25-year delay between arrest and the filing of this claim, there was a 12-year delay after the sentencing of the 5 Squad in 1990.

Whatever influence or effect the 5 Squad may have had was dissipated upon the conviction and sentencing of its members.

“To invoke equitable tolling, [plaintiff] must show that [he] exercised reasonable diligence in investigating and bringing [his] claims.”
New Castle County v. Hallibur NUS Corp., 111 F.3d 1116, 1126 (3d Cir. 1997) (18-month delay in bringing CERCLA claim not excused by equitable tolling; complicated clean-up implementation procedures did not constitute extraordinary circumstances).
"One who fails to act diligently cannot invoke equitable principles to excuse that lack of diligence." Baldwin County Welcome Center v. Brown, 104 S. Ct. 1723, 1726 (1984)

(equitable tolling not invoked where pro se plaintiff ignored specific instructions regarding filing deadlines and filed employment discrimination action after 90-day period permitted by law).

Plaintiff does not attempt to explain the extraordinary delay in filing his claim. In that he has not satisfied his burden of proving diligence in the pursuit of his claim, equitable tolling cannot be sustained.

Plaintiff’s claims are time-barred.

BY THE COURT:

_______________________

Edmund V. Ludwig, J.
 

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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


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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Article 31 of 31, 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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