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Bill Heltzel

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Bill Heltzel has covered criminal justice, courts, government and sports – as a beat reporter and investigative reporter – for daily newspapers in Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He worked for Bloomberg LP in training and sales. He joined The Business Journal in 2016.

AMA Labs owner gets 5 years in prison for $46.2M fraud

The crimes were not momentary lapses in judgement, prosecutors argued. They were choices made every business day for 30 years.

Six years after killing his wife, Scarsdale lawyer disbarred

Reich's "unexplained failure to report his conviction," the court ruled, "may be relevant to any future application for reinstatement."

Foreclosure filed on City Center garage in White Plains

Last year, LC White Plains defaulted on the garage bonds. It owed $1.67 million but paid only $791,639.

Woodbourne condo developer claims manufactured homes are deficient

Among the missing features, the complaint states, are crown moldings, screens and blinds, exterior siding, smoke detectors, faucets, toilet seats, locks and doors.

Eastchester developer claims it was bilked on project insurance

The developer discovered that it had been paying for a $25 million policy, the complaint states, five times more than they were told to get.

Valhalla company accused of hiding $5.7M meant for union benefits commissions

Tri Health claims that the defendants stopped paying commissions and diverted funds to themselves and entities they controlled because they knew about an impending arbitration award.

Imprisoned Rockland Ponzi schemer Hector May ordered to pay couple $31.6m

Former U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman described the decades-long Ponzi scheme as "marked by extreme cunning, ruthlessness, and utter disregard for the well-being of his victims."

Carting company executive charged again for strip club ‘expenses’

Oxer diverted the money from City Carting, the feds claim, by using a company American Express credit card to pay for strip clubs, escorts, international vacations, clothing, and expenses for an unnamed personal business.

Casabella Contracting fights to regain woman-owned control of business

The slogan on Casabella's trucks asks, "Girls can't do what?"

Blueline Tactical, Elmsford gun shop, aims for bankruptcy overhaul

The gun store is seeking financing, founder Benjamin Rosenshine states in an April 27 affidavit, to "obtain some breathing room while it formulates and puts in place its plan of reorganization."

Bankruptcy trustee says yacht deal defrauded Heritage credit union

TD Bank was owed more than $200,000 but agreed to accept $95,000 to settle the debt. But Brown did not have enough money to pay even the reduced debt, according to the complaint, so he cut a deal with Corts.

South Salem wife of ‘dying’ lawyer questions couple’s disbarments

Samuel Rubin was a patient at Westchester Medical Center preparing for a possible heart-kidney transplant, Margarita Rubin said in a telephone interview, and he could not have seen the papers.

Feds indict sanctioned adviser for embezzling from New Rochelle client

Instead of investing funds, the indictment states, Belardino used the money for payroll and office rent, prior debt, personal travel and credit card charges for mostly personal items.

Three energy projects seek $11.7M in tax breaks from Westchester IDA

YSG Solar Development Co. wants to install more than 28,000 solar panels at the former Philips Research Facility in Briarcliff Manor to generate enough energy to power more than 2,500 homes.

Local men accused of racketeering for Genovese crime family

Ralph Balsamo, 51, of Tuckahoe; Michael Poli, 37, of Hawthorne; and Michael Messina, 69, of New Fairfield, Connecticut were accused of racketeering conspiracy in a superseding indictment unsealed April 27, including loan sharking, extortion and operating an illegal gambling businesses.