Philadelphia Corruption Case

Leads to More Charges

PHILADELPHIA -- A federal grand jury filed more charges Wednesday against the city's former treasurer and a top mayoral fundraiser in a broad corruption probe that involved FBI wiretapping of city officials and their political supporters.

The new indictment accuses former treasurer Corey Kemp of filing false tax returns between 2000 and 2003. It also accuses Ronald A. White, a lawyer and ally of Mayor John F. Street, of making false statements to a bank that loaned him money to buy a $1.3 million home in Florida.

Kemp had been charged in July with accepting payments and gifts from people interested in influencing city business decisions. White and 10 others also were named in that indictment.

In the indictment served up Wednesday, prosecutors said Kemp claimed $8,000 in tax deductions for charitable contributions he never made and failed to report tens of thousands of dollars in payments the government says were proceeds from fraudulent schemes.

Street was not among those indicted, and authorities have declined to explain why they bugged his office in 2003. He has denied any wrongdoing.

* NEW YORK -- A Pakistani man was charged with lying to the FBI about a bogus terrorist plot to destroy the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Tanveer Choudhry, 32, who had a pending application for asylum in the United States, allegedly concocted the story to win favor from authorities.

* LOS ANGELES -- Court-martial proceedings have begun against Maj. Clarke Paulus, 35, the last of nine Marines charged in the death of an Iraqi war prisoner who died after he was dragged by the neck to a pen at a U.S. detention camp. Paulus, 35, was in charge of the Camp Whitehorse jail near Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. He is charged with assault, dereliction of duty and maltreatment in the death of Nagem Sadoon Hatab at the facility in June 2003. He faces as many as 41/2 years in prison if convicted.

* LITTLE ROCK -- A 15th person has died of injuries from an Oct. 9 tour bus crash in east Arkansas. Retired Chicago police Sgt. Herbert Redmond, 62, died Tuesday night at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, state police said.

* LOS ANGELES -- A judge ordered George Russell Weller, 87, whose car plowed into a Santa Monica market last year, killing 10 people and injuring 63 others, to stand trial on 10 counts of vehicular manslaughter.

* ATLANTIC CITY -- Thousands of striking casino-hotel workers voted to approve a contract offer from seven casinos, ending their month-long strike. The contract won 96 percent approval in the vote by about 6,000 striking service employees, including bartenders and housekeepers.

* PHILADELPHIA -- John Wortham was charged with raping eight women in attacks that had seemed unrelated but were linked by DNA evidence and detective work. Test results are due next week on whether the suspect's DNA matches evidence from the attacks, but police said they are confident they charged the right man.

-- From News Services