A Berks County accountant has been accused of targeting Mennonite and Amish Communities in a massive Ponzi scheme. The Department of Justice charged Philip Riehl of Bethel Township, Berks County, with securities and wire fraud, stemming from an investigation into a Ponzi scheme worth approximately $60 million. The alleged fraud targeted members of the Mennonite and Amish religious communities in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and is one of the largest Commonwealth-based schemes in history. Riehl is alleged to have fraudulently solicited tens of millions of dollars from his accounting clients and others, and placed them in a bogus investment program. He then diverted funds from the program to Trickling Springs Creamery, a Franklin County–based business of which he was majority owner. The creamery announced it was ceasing operations in September, 2019 and filed a bankruptcy petition in December.
A Port Trevorton man faces assault charges stemming from an incident last month in Snyder County. During an investigation on January 22nd, State Police encountered 23-year-old Lowell Hoover on Old Route 15 in Chapman Township. Hoover was holding a knife when confronted by troopers. After demands to drop the knife, Hoover displayed a handgun and pointed it at the troopers. He was taken into custody on charges including aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
Authorities in Huntingdon County have charged three area teens with dissemination of intimate images. State Police arrested the juveniles after an incident January 28th on North Shaver Street in Mount Union. A 13-year-old male along with two females, ages 13 and 14, were charged for disseminating nude photos.