Crime

Crime

Dover man gets 6 months in federal prison for impersonating a U.S. Marshal

A Dover man was sentenced to six months in federal prison for impersonating a federal officer. According to court documents, David Perrera, 50, called a sheriff’s Office in Tennessee from Delaware pretending to be a member of the U.S. Marshals Service.  Perrera used this false identity to obtain personal information about another person, including that person’s address and...

Man arrested in connection with home improvement fraud case in Hockessin

New Castle County Police have arrested a man in connection with charges of home improvement fraud. Police launched an investigation earlier this year  after a 62-year-old resident of the Pierson's Ridge Development in Hockessin said a man took money for several large landscaping projects. Several of the projects were not completed and materials were purchased  without being delivered. Arrested earlier this...

Two shot near site of Middletown-Appo football game

Middletown Police are  investigating a shooting that occurred in the area of Bunker Hill Road east of Choptank Road on Friday night. At about  9:15 p.m. Middletown Police were in the area when they heard shots being fired. Two gunshot victims were located in the area and transported to ChristianaCare Newark Campus  with non-life-threatening injuries. Initial reports indicated that one person...

Guest view: The case for governor to order an impeachment special session

By Nancy Willig To maintain public confidence in Delaware state government, Governor Carney needs to call the General Assembly into “special session” to initiate the impeachment process of State Auditor Kathy McGuiness for her three misdemeanor convictions while in office. Delaware Constitution, Title VI, Impeachment and Treason:§ 1. The House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeaching; but two-thirds...

Two injured in shooting on Delaware State University campus

Two  Delaware State University students were injured in an on-campus  shooting  early Saturday morning in Dover. The students were taken to a hospital for  further treatment. University police and local law enforcement are investigating.  No details on the condition of the students were releassed. University President Dr. Tony Allen issued the following: "First, let me say that my thoughts this morning are...

Seaford man sentenced for collecting Social Security benefits of deceased client

A Seaford man was sentenced to 30 days in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for defrauding the Social Security Administration of nearly $150,000. According to court documents, Marques Fountain, 42, collected another man’s SSA retirement benefits. The man, for whom Fountain served as a caretaker passed away in 2009. Social Security continued to deposit the deceased man’s...

MD woman gets 2 years probation for embezzlement scheme that contributed to demise of women’s health practice

A Port Deposit, MD woman, was sentenced to 24 months of probation, including six months of home confinement; to repay victims $138,000 in restitution, and to complete 250 hours of community service in connection with embezzlement from a now-defunct women's health practice.U.S. Attorney for Delaware, David Weiss, expressed unhappiness with the sentence. The sentence followed a jury verdict...

Judge upholds 2 of 3 misdemeanor convictions for state auditor McGuiness

Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness will head into the primary race for State Auditor with two misdemeanor guilty verdicts on her record. Delaware Superior Court Judge William Carpenter threw out one of three guilty verdicts from a Kent County jury earlier this summer, but turned down a request for a new trial. That sets the stage for McGuiness to...

Sussex outlet shoplifting suspects jailed

Delaware State Police have arrested three New York residents on shoplifting charges. State police identified the trio as 24-year-old Jennifer Ramirez-Sanchez of Flushing, NY; 24-year-old Sophia Gonzales of Flushing; and 51-year-old Nubia Garcia of Brooklyn, NY. On Thursday afternoon., troopers on patrol in the area of the Bayside Outlets were informed by a witness that several female subjects had shoplifted clothing from the Columbia...

Wilmington daycare center owner pleads guilty to tax evasion

A Wilmington woman pleaded guilty in federal court this month to three counts of tax evasion.   According to court documents, Brenda Mathis, the owner of LJ’s Playpen Academy, a Wilmington daycare center, failed to declare all of the income received by the daycare on  corporate tax returns.  As a result, the daycare underpaid taxes in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Mathis...

Bear truck driver found guilty in plot to kidnap Michigan governor

A Bear resident was one of two men found guilty in Michigan federal court in connection wth a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, media outlets reported. Barry Croft and Michigan resident Adam Fox were convicted in a second trial, after the jury became deadlocked. Croft was also convicted of an explosives charge. Two other men accused in...

Newark man pleads guilty to charge stemming from federal probe into scheme to obtain oxycodone

Maurice Bertrand, 34, of Newark pleaded guilty just before jury selection was set to begin in a federal trial to one count of fraudulently obtaining oxycodone, and one count of attempting to fraudulently obtain oxycodone. In September 2019, Bertrand was charged in connection with his scheme to present forged prescriptions written under the name of a...

Delaware joins 50-state anti robocall task force

Delaware is joining a nationwide Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force of 50 attorneys general to investigate and take legal action against  telecommunications companies responsible for bringing a majority of foreign robocalls into the United States. This bipartisan nationwide Task Force has one goal- cut down on illegal robocalls. “Robocalls are a nationwide problem that Delawareans — including me — deal with every...

Senate passes McGuiness removal resolution, but House won’t go along

The Delaware Senate Monday passed a resolution calling for the removal of State Auditor of Accounts Kathy McGuiness. However, the House will not take up the matter making the Senate vote moot. House leadership, including Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf,  issued the following statement Monday: This isn’t taking decisive action: it’s political theater. I have no intention of calling the House into session to...

Couple from Bear convicted in drug money laundering case that included the discovery of a hidden bunker

A  federal jury convicted a couple from Bear on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and  related offenses. In one instance the money was used to construct an underground bunker at their home. Prosecutors said the activity came in connection with an eight-year scheme to launder drug proceeds.  The jury separately found that thirteen properties were involved in the money...