Laid-off PHA workers eligible for unemployment, after all

Laid-off workers of the Philadelphia Housing Authority were stunned last week when they went to apply for unemployment compensation and were told they weren't eligible.

But the crisis was short-lived. By Friday, the necessary records had been found. And applications were being processed as usual. The PHA announced on Jan. 9 it was laying off about 350 employees, or 22 percent of its workforce. The cuts were expected to save the agency about $24 million a year in wages and benefits.

Anyone who applied to the PHA for unemployment compensation last week is asked to report it to the Unemployment Compensation Service Center: 215-856-6990 and toll-free, 888-313-7284. Hearing-impaired employees can call 888-334-4046.

20-year-old man killed

in North Phila. shooting

A 20-year-old man was killed in North Philadelphia Monday night. Police said Domingo Torres was shot in the upper body shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Westmoreland Street near Front. Torres, of Cumberland Street near 5th, died at Temple University Hospital at 11:50 p.m. Police have no suspects in his slaying.

Bryn Mawr advertising exec indicted in 600G tax evasion

Joseph Moderski, 69, of Bryn Mawr, has been indicted on charges of evading more than $600,000 in income taxes for the years 1999-2004.

He also is accused of defrauding the city and an advertising company, JCDecaux, of about $180,000 in advertising fees, half of which would have gone to the city.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan said Moderski operated through J.C. Moderski Inc., which was engaged in securing and maintaining display-advertising business in the Philadelphia area. He withheld information from the firm's accountants to perpetrate the alleged fraud, Meehan said.

Staff and wire reports