HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Earl T. Cook, Jr., age 54, of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, was charged in a criminal information on July 24, 2018, with receipt of child pornography.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the information alleges that Cook received child pornography over the internet between October 2014 and March 2015. Read more by clicking here: Philadelphia FBI


PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that George Barnard, of Newtown Square, was sentenced today to five years in federal prison for defrauding lenders of almost $13 million. Barnard, 47, pleaded guilty to multiple fraud counts in April. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,774,941.89 and to forfeit $4,262,279.38 in proceeds he obtained through his commission of the offense. Read more by clicking here: PhiladelphiaFBI


PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Howard M. Appel, 57, of Wayne, Pennsylvania, was charged today in a criminal information with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

The information alleges that Appel—a former licensed stockbroker with two prior securities-fraud related convictions—secretly acquired large blocks of stock in publicly traded companies, including Virtual Piggy, Inc. (ticker symbol “VPIG”), and Red Mountain Resources, Inc. (ticker symbol “RDMP”), to manipulate the market in those stocks.  As alleged, Appel acquired title to the shares in the names of nominees in order to hide his ownership block from investors and made between $3,000,000 and $4,000,000 from his scheme.  Using nominee accounts was necessary because he previously lost his license and was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) from selling securities or associating with any member firm. Read more by clicking here: PhiladelphiaFBI

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