Philadelphia police announced yesterday that Citywide Vice Enforcement Unit cops have made several prostitution-related arrests.
In the first case, police said an undercover officer investigating a report of possible prostitution-related activities inside a property on Geiger Road near Gantry Road in Northeast Philly was allegedly propositioned Thursday by Irina Bogdanova, 43, of Trevose. She was charged with massage with prostitution, criminal solicitation and massage without a license.
That same day, an undercover cop was allegedly propositioned by a woman at the Ramada Inn on Roosevelt Boulevard near Bennett Road. Jamie Barrera, 31, of Holmesburg, was charged with prostitution, police said. While at the hotel, cops encountered Omar Alvarado, 29, who was allegedly carrying 54 packets of crack cocaine and $401 in cash. The North Philly man was arrested on drug possession charges.
In the March 5 sting, police said, investigators discovered that Brian Moore, 44, of Trenton was holding several women at the Inn of the Dove nearby, forcing them into prostitution several times a day and threatening their lives if they attempted to leave. After a continued investigation, police said, Moore was arrested and charged with promotiong prostitution and human trafficking. He is being held at the Camden County Jail in lieu of $250,000 full-cash bail.
Additional victims of Moore are asked to contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Detective Michelle Chambers at 856-580-6070.
Taxing dilemma for this guy
A Philadelphia tax preparer was arrested yesterday and charged with filing false tax returns.
Edward J. Rorie, 50, is accused of preparing at least 25 false tax returns for the tax years of 2009 through 2011, according to an indictment unsealed by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in prison and a fine of $6.25 million.
- David Gambacorta, Julie Shaw and Morgan Zalot
Report: Jail death was all natural
Authorities in New Jersey say natural causes are to blame for the death of a man in the Burlington County Jail last month.
The county prosecutor's office said in a report that Jerome Iozzia, 50, died of pneumonia, empyema and sepsis on Feb. 25. Officials say he also had a heart condition.
He was the second man to die in the jail since December.
A Burlington County Times report said the man's fiancee, Jasmine Rodriguez, told the county freeholder board on Wednesday that she has been told by someone who was in the jail that his calls for help were not answered. County officials deny that.
Iozzia was being held on charges of aggravated assault, robbery and weapon possession.
- Associated Press