SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a preliminary approval of settlements resolving allegations that LG, Hitachi, Panasonic, Toshiba, and Samsung, companies all based in Japan or Korea, fixed prices on critical components of televisions and computer monitors from 1995 to 2007. Those critical components, known as Cathode Ray Tubes or CRTs, were used to display images on computer monitors and televisions screens before they were replaced by flat screens. The court has approved the settlement pending valid objections submitted within 60 days.
Month: March 2016
A California man who was a vice president of a wholesale equipment company pleaded to fraud charges today in connection with a bank fraud scheme that resulted in more than $9 million in losses to a California bank.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was arraigned today for placing pipe bombs near public places in Anaheim and possessing materials to construct additional pipe bombs. Donald Paul Busteed, 45, Anaheim, is charged with three felony counts of possession of a destructive device in a public place, one felony count of explosion of a destructive device, and one felony count of intent to unlawfully make a destructive device. If convicted, Busteed faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and eight months in state prison. Busteed was charged and arraigned today and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on April 8, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3,North Justice Center, Fullerton.
LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and five district attorneys today announced a $8,500,000 settlement with Wells Fargo Bank over privacy violations that included recording consumers’ phone calls without timely telling consumers they were being recorded, as required by California law. The investigation into Wells Fargo and the subsequent settlement were the result of the work of the Attorney General’s Office and the office of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, along with the Consumer Protection Divisions of Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis and Ventura County District Attorney Gregory D. Totten.
As part of the settlement, which is in the form of a stipulated judgment, Wells Fargo will pay civil penalties totaling $7,616,000 and will reimburse the prosecutors’ investigative costs of $384,000. In addition, Wells Fargo will contribute $500,000 to two statewide organizations dedicated to advancing consumer protection and privacy rights.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A transient man has been charged for the stabbing murder of an acquaintance on a bike path in Irvine. Dennis Thomas Monson Jr., 37, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement allegation for the personal use of a knife. If convicted, Monson faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. Monson was charged today and is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, April 1, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
A felon was charged today with killing a convenience store employee and stabbing the employee’s girlfriend and coworker while robbing the store, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
A 24-year-old man was convicted today of severely beating a 13-month-old boy, which led to the child’s death, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
A 25-year-old woman was sentenced today to 17 years in state prison for fatally beating an elderly man following a dispute in South L.A., the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
A man was charged today with murdering his partner on Skid Row earlier this week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
LOS ANGELES – In a plea agreement filed this morning, a San Gabriel Valley doctor has agreed to plead guilty to a federal drug trafficking charge for illegally distributing the powerful painkiller best known by the brand name OxyContin.