Northeast Times

Former CLIP employees go on trial on Monday

Five former city work­ers ac­cused of ran­sack­ing homes are sched­uled to go on tri­al on Monday.

Four of nine ori­gin­al de­fend­ants in the case have pleaded guilty.

The nine, who were cur­rent or former em­ploy­ees of the city’s Com­munity Life Im­prove­ment Pro­gram, were ar­res­ted in mid-Decem­ber 2009 and charged with steal­ing cash, jew­elry, fur­niture, weapons and oth­er per­son­al pos­ses­sions from five homes, four of them in the North­east, between mid-2006 and Janu­ary 2008.

The men had been sent to the homes to ad­dress qual­ity-of-life is­sues, but in­stead they stole from vic­tims who were too help­less or too afraid to re­port them, the DA’s of­fice al­leged.

The re­main­ing de­fend­ants are:

• Rycharde “Rick” Si­c­in­ski of the 9300 block of Ger­mania St., an L&I em­ploy­ee who was head CLIP in­spect­or.

• Henry Tur­rentine of the 800 block Brighton St., an L&I em­ploy­ee who served as CLIP crew chief.

• Al­gie Cuffee Sr. of the 100 block of E. Tulpe­hock­en St., a re­tired CLIP sub­crew chief.

• Al­gie Cuffee Jr. of Up­per Darby, Cuffee Sr.’s son. The young­er Cuffee al­legedly sold or gave away guns taken from homes CLIP crews cleaned. He sup­posedly also was on a CLIP crew. 

• CLIP crew mem­ber Jer­maine Ad­derly of the 1500 block of N. Wana­maker St.

In Au­gust 2010, CLIP crew mem­ber La­mont Wil­li­ams, of the 800 block of E. Wood­lawn St., pleaded guilty to of­fi­cial op­pres­sion, crim­in­al con­spir­acy, theft and oth­er charges, ac­cord­ing to As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Shar­on Piper.

In Septem­ber 2010, CLIP crew mem­ber An­thony Scarcia, of the 4200 block of Knorr St., pleaded guilty. 

In March of this year, CLIP crew mem­ber Wil­fredo Cin­tron, of the 3400 block of B St., and  CLIP crew mem­ber Wil­li­am Roldan, of the 7000 block of Rising Sun Ave., pleaded guilty to par­ti­cip­at­ing in a cor­rupt or­gan­iz­a­tion, crim­in­al con­spir­acy, theft, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, il­leg­al trans­fer of a fire­arm and per­jury, said Piper, who ad­ded Scarcia had pleaded his guilt to the same charges.

Five of the men were city work­ers when they were ar­res­ted in 2009. One later resigned, and four were fired.

A grand jury began look­ing in­to CLIP after spe­cial agents from the Gun Vi­ol­ence Task Force tied guns that had been found to be il­leg­ally owned to one of the former CLIP work­ers and then to two of the homes vis­ited by CLIP crews. ••

Re­port­er John Loftus can be reached at 215-354-3110 or jloftus@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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