BOSTON (CBS/AP) Thousands of bridal show exhibitors were jilted in an alleged scam in Boston, according to the FBI, which says a Pittsburgh woman cheated wedding businesses out of thousands of dollars for a “show” that never happened.
Michael Carucci was indicted in 1997 on federal charges that he laundered money for notorious Boston gangster Stephen “The Rifleman’’ Flemmi by helping him buy real estate in Boston’s Back Bay. After a lengthy court battle, Michael Carucci was acquitted of 94 counts. A jury convicted him of a handful of charges, but a federal appeals court overturned his conviction in 2004.
Travis Wray, 39, was laid off from his job in financial services. While he looks for work, he’s been volunteering with groups like the Urban League and helping to launch a group of young Springfield professionals, the sort of effort that he says will bring the city back.
Meanwhile, the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, also unsealed charges against Mr. Weitzman. They include fraud, lying to investors and converting money for his own use. Some of the charges carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and a $5 million fine.
Her former husband, German-born Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, 48, is accused of kidnapping their daughter in July, and taking the child to Baltimore, Maryland, where he’d bought a townhouse near the harbor. His trial began last week in Boston, Massachusetts.