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Elwyn employees arrested for orchestrating $920k kick-back scheme

Media, PA – Today Pennsylvania State Police Acting Troop Commander Lieutenant James J. Hennigan and Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced the arrest of four individuals who operated a kick-back scheme that involved the manipulation of the Elwyn organization’s time keeping system, stealing nearly $1 million dollars over a 21-month period. The announcement comes at the conclusion of a long-term investigation by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Francis Pawlowski and John Eissler and prosecution of the case led by Assistant District Attorney William J. Judge, Jr.

In addition to identifying 37 individuals who face charges for perpetrating varying levels of fraud against the Elwyn organization, the fraud investigation has resulted in the arrest of four individuals who were employed as supervisors at Elwyn including, Tyloneous Wilson, 40, Karriemah Williams, 34, Lakiea Gay, 36, and Terrance Chatman, 28. The individuals face felony theft charges.

On May 30, 2017, the Pennsylvania State Police in Media was notified of an internal investigation that had commenced at the Elwyn organization, headquartered in Middletown Township. Accountants had observed an excessive amount of overtime being paid to multiple employees at several Elwyn housing sites throughout Delaware County. An investigation into the fraud was immediately launched. Through the course of the investigation, it was discovered that four supervisors were manipulating the time keeping system and fraudulently adding extra hours and shifts to their respective employee’s time sheets. Elwyn employees are required to clock in upon arrival at work, and clock out upon completion. The extra hours did not correlate with the clocking in and out times.

Based on the review and comparison of the employee punches, supervisor edits, work schedules, and employee sign in sheets, investigators determined the extra hours to be fraudulent. Further investigation revealed that four supervisors, Tyloneous Wilson, Karriemah Williams, Lakiea Gay, and Terrance Chatman, made special arrangements with their subordinates. The supervisors would edit the subordinates’ time sheets and input extra overtime. The supervisors would not require the subordinate to work the extra hours, and in return the subordinates would either pay their supervisor with a portion of the proceeds or perform extra job-related favors. These supervisors managed more than 37 employees at ten different offsite locations throughout Delaware County. In total, as part of the kick-back scheme, they stole a total of $920,004 from Elwyn.

“Following the discovery of suspicious, fraudulent activity, Elwyn immediately launched an internal audit and review, and contacted authorities,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “As the result, an intensive forensic investigation was launched by the Pennsylvania State Police, resulting in the arrest of 41 individuals who will be held accountable for their unmitigated greed. Four of those individuals are supervisors who we hold to a higher standard of conduct, including setting an example to their colleagues. Instead of helping others, as is the very mission of their employer, Elwyn, these individuals took advantage of their position of authority, orchestrating an elaborate kick-back scheme for their own selfish gain and profit. I commend Elwyn investigators, and PSP Trooper Francis Pawlowski and Trooper John Eissler for their diligent work on this case.”

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161
KATAYOUN M. COPELAND      LT. JAMES J. HENNIGAN
DISTRICT ATTORNEY            ACTING TOOP COMMANDER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 16, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252

Chester man convicted of firearms charge for illegal gun possession

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Donnell Williams, 27, was convicted and found guilty of convicted felon in possession of a firearm, following his arrest by the Chester Police Department Narcotics Unit on December 22, 2017.

Following a two-day jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. Capuzzi, Sr., Donnell Williams, 27, of the 3000 block of W. 6th Street in Chester, was found guilty Friday, January 11, 2019, of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a felony of the second degree. The arrest and investigation was conducted by Officer Marc Barag of the Chester Police Department and the case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney William Judge on behalf of the Commonwealth.

On December 22, 2017 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Officer Marc Barag of the Chester Police Narcotics Unit received information that Donnell Williams also known as "Dezzy" was in possession of a firearm in the
1100 block of Brown Street, which is a known drug and high crime area where numerous arrests have been made in the past, including for illegal guns. This area has also known for numerous shootings and shots fired calls in the preceding days.

After receiving the information, Officer Barag and assisting offices approached the area of Terrill and Brown Streets and observed a large group of individuals loitering, who quickly looked towards the area of 1107 Brown Street and yelled "Cops!” At this time, Donnell Williams was observed quickly walking onto the street while grabbing the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. Officer Barag exited his vehicle and asked Williams to stop. When asked what he was doing, Williams stated, "I was taking a piss, Barag." While checking the area, a black .45 cal Rock Island Armory handgun was recovered on the ground next to the foundation of 1107 Brown Street under a loose pile of dry leaves in the side yard where Williams had exited. After waiving his Miranda rights, Williams stated, "Come on, Barag. You know we be stashing guns around here in case the opps (meaning rivals) come through." Williams was transported back to Chester Police Headquarters for further processing. The firearm was confirmed as stolen and submitted as evidence.

“Mr. Williams, a convicted felon, is now facing charges for carrying a stolen, illegal firearm. We commend Officer Marc Barag and the Chester Police Department for taking yet another illegal gun of the street and commend Assistant District Attorney William Judge for successfully prosecuting this case,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “Our office will continue to aggressively target illegal guns and work to stop individuals who perpetrate violence and crime in our communities.”

 

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND JOSEPH A. RYAN
DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 14, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252

 

Chester man convicted of first-degree murder in 2015 shooting death

Media, Pa -- Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland announced the conviction of Vincent Clark, 28, who was found guilty of first-degree murder and firearms charges, in the shooting death of 33-year-old Michael Collier outside of a home on the 200 block of Engle Street in Chester on May 31, 2015.

Following a jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge James P. Bradley, a guilty verdict was delivered Friday afternoon, convicting Vincent Clark, 28, of the 1200 block of Clover Lane, of first-degree murder in addition to firearms charges including person not to possess a firearm and firearms not to be carried without a license. The investigation was led by Detective Victor Heness of the Chester Police Department and Detective Thomas Scarpato of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID). The case was prosecuted by Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Michelle Thurstlic-O'Neill. Sentencing will take place on March 18, 2019.

On Sunday, May 31, at 9:46 p.m., Chester Police was dispatched to the area of 3rd and Engle Streets for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, a man, who was later identified as Michael Collier, was found face down, bleeding profusely from multiple gunshot wounds, in front of a residence on the 200 block of Engle Street. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the homicide was immediately launched and the crime scene was processed. As the result of the investigation, along with the witness testimony from five individuals, it was confirmed that on the evening of May 31, 2015, Vincent Clark ambushed the victim, Michael Collier, who he shot 15 times, on the 200 block of Engle Street, outside of the home of the victim’s sister.

“We are extremely pleased to announce a guilty verdict in this case, which is the result of many hours of hard work by Chester Police Detective Victor Heness, CID Detective Thomas Scarpato, the Chester Police Department and Assistant District Attorney Michelle Thurstlic-O'Neill whose excellent prosecutorial skills resulted in a first-degree murder conviction in this case,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “Mr. Clark now faces life in prison for ambushing and ruthlessly gunning down the victim outside his sister’s home, leaving him for dead in the street,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “While we are satisfied with this conviction, we know that that this guilty verdict will not bring back the victim, Michael Collier, or undo the emotional trauma this act of violence has caused to his family and the surrounding community. As a result of excellent teamwork, along with assistance from the community, this individual will finally face the consequences of his actions.”

 

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND JOSEPH A. RYAN
DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 11, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610-891-4252

 

Upper Darby man sentenced to 6 to 12 years for illegal firearm and intending on distributing over 1,000 pills and 13 pounds of marijuana

MEDIA, PA --Today District Attorney Katayoun Copeland announced that Donte T. Williams of Upper Darby, was sentenced to 6 to 12 years incarceration after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges that were the result of an investigation that uncovered approximately 13 pounds of marijuana, more than 1,000 prescription pills including Percocet, Adderall, Xanax, along with various other controlled substances, and an illegal firearm. The arrest and investigation were conducted by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the Delaware County Narcotics Task Force and the Upper Darby Township Police Department.

Donte Williams, 31, of the 700 block of Burmont Road, pleaded guilty on November 26, 2018, to possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. Capuzzi, Sr., to 6 to 12 years in state prison, in addition to five years of consecutive probation. He was also ordered to forfeit the firearm and $66,619 to the Commonwealth.

On April 26, 2018, Detective Steven Bannar of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office CID Narcotics Unit, Officer John News of the Upper Darby Police Department, other officers with the Upper Darby Police Department, along with members of the Delaware County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant Williams’ residence located on the 700 block of Burmont Road in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby Township. When police approached the property, Donte Williams was exercising in the enclosed courtyard area. At this time, police detained Williams, who waived his Miranda Rights and spoke to police, indicating that there was “a lot of weed” in the apartment, in addition to a gun and $10,000 in cash. Inside the apartment, police located a stolen .38 special revolver with a taped grip loaded with five .38 caliber bullets and approximately 13 pounds of marijuana that was contained in a large plastic bin as well as in smaller bags that were pre-packaged for sale. As the search continued, police located thirty different prescription bottles and more than 1,000 pills including Percocet, Adderall, Xanax, and various other controlled substances. Police also located a black digital scale, empty glass vials, bagging materials and a large vacuum sealer along with plastic bags. Police seized a dark blue Mercedes Benz C300 owned by the defendant. A check of Williams’ background revealed he had been previously convicted of a felony drug trafficking offense and a firearm offense, making him ineligible to legally possess a firearm.

“We are currently in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Every day, our loved ones are suffering and dying because of the deadly, addictive drugs being sold by individuals like Mr. Williams who have no regard for their community,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “In this case, due to the excellent investigative work of CID Detective Steven Bannar and Officer John News of the Upper Darby Township Police Department, with assistance from our Delaware County Narcotics Task Force, this drug dealer was apprehended. I would like to also commend Assistant District Attorney Meaghan Wagner who prosecuted this case to ensure Mr. Williams can no longer profit from the misfortunes of others.”

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND JOSEPH A. RYAN
DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 11, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252

Repeat offender convicted in November 2016 Wells Fargo bank robbery

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Victor Lesean Simmons, 48, was convicted and found guilty for the November 10, 2016 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank in Lansdowne, Delaware County. The defendant, who is currently incarcerated, is serving a sentence for a robbery conviction committed in Montgomery County.

Following a jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony D. Scanlon, Victor Lesean Simmons, 48, of the 100 block of East Cheltenham Avenue in Philadelphia, was found guilty of robbery, a felony of the first degree. Sentencing is scheduled for February 19, 2019. The investigation was conducted by Sergeants Kenneth Rutherford and Christopher J. Schiazza of the Lansdowne Police Department and the case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Gina Gorbey on behalf of the Commonwealth. Assistance with the apprehension of the defendant was provided by East Lansdowne, Yeadon Borough and Aldan Borough Police Departments.

On Thursday, November 10, 2016, at approximately 12:17 p.m., the Lansdowne Police Department responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 65 W. Baltimore Avenue for a report of a holdup alarm activation. While in route to the bank, Delaware County Emergency Services (DELCOM) provided a description of the actor and his vehicle. A vehicle matching the description was located by Officer John Meehan of the East Lansdowne Police Department on Baltimore Avenue, traveling eastbound. Officer Meehan activated the emergency equipment in his patrol vehicle and pulled over the defendant, who jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to flee. With assistance from surrounding departments, including Officer Kevin McDermott of the Lansdowne Police and Officer Nick Dellassandra of the Yeadon Police Department, Officer Meehan took the defendant into custody. Officers searched the defendant and located bank bait money on him.

As part of the investigation into the robbery, Sergeant Christopher Schiazza of the Lansdowne Police Department spoke to a female victim who is a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank. She stated that she was approached by the defendant who banged against the bank counter glass and demanded that she give him money, asking for “hundreds in an envelope.” She reported that he told her not to hit the alarm and that a fellow bank employee was standing next to the defendant. She advised that the defendant told her "I got him (her co-worker) don't do anything, I have him." The female victim felt that the male was threatening her co-worker and gave the defendant the bank bait money while hitting the bank holdup alarm. As the defendant left the bank, he told another bank employee “back up off me before I shoot you."

“Mr. Simmons is a dangerous, repeat felon who served a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison for robbery charges out of Montgomery County. His arrest and conviction here in Delaware County is the result of excellent teamwork. We commend Sergeants Kenneth Rutherford and Christopher J. Schiazza of the Lansdowne Police Department along with the responding police officers from Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Yeadon, and Aldan Borough Police Departments who reacted swiftly during a dangerous situation and successfully apprehended the defendant,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “We commend Assistant District Attorney Gina Gorbey whose prosecutorial efforts have ensured that this defendant will not be able to victimize any more bank tellers and patrons for a long time.”

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND JOSEPH A. RYAN
DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 11, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252