Best Defender Bytes: Crime after Crime

April 30, 2018

Colorado Man Faces Federal Charges after Allegedly Driving 15-Year-Old Girl Through Multiple States and Producing Child Pornography

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:51 am

SANTA ANA, California – A previously convicted sex offender from Colorado has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a series of child exploitation charges after allegedly meeting a 15-year-old girl in Colorado, taking her on a 3½-month road trip that ended in Southern California, and producing child pornography that depicted sexual acts with the victim.

Kenneth Wayne Fisher, 42, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was named in an eight-count indictment filed late Wednesday.

Fisher allegedly took the victim through multiple states on a trip that ended on November 16, 2015 after a high-speed police chase that concluded when Fisher ran out of gas on the 405 freeway near Seal Beach.

The indictment charges Fisher with:

· enticement to travel in interstate commerce to engage in criminal sexual activity;

· transportation of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity;

· production of child pornography; (more…)


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:47 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A felon was sentenced to 11 years in state prison today for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, who was waiting on a curb in line for Christmas presents at her elementary school.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Raul Adolfo   Marin Martin, 59, Santa Ana Found guilty by a jury on March 16, 2018, of:

  • One felony count of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Prior strike conviction for a sex offense, committing a serious and violent felony while on probation, and committing a lewd act on a child by a stranger in Orange County
11 years in state prison

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Sept. 13, 2014, Martin digitally penetrated and fondled the breasts of an unconscious 29-year-old woman near Garden Grove Boulevard and Fairview Street in the city of Garden Grove. Witnesses contacted the Garden Grove Police Department, who investigated this case (#14WF3488) and arrested the defendant. On Nov. 12, 2015, Martin pleaded guilty to one felony count each of sexual penetration by a foreign object of an unconscious victim and assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense, and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery. He was sentenced to five years of formal probation and one year in jail, but had credit for time served and was released from custody.
  • On Dec. 12, 2015, 8-year-old Jane Doe and her sibling were dropped off by their mother at the curb of the David Elementary School in Santa Ana to attend a toy giveaway. (more…)

Long Beach Man Sentenced For Kidnapping, Sexually Assaulting Two Girls, Woman

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:44 am

A 31-year-old Long Beach man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for kidnapping two teenage girls and raping a 20-year-old woman in assaults spanning a one-month period, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Samuel Alexander Vasquez was sentenced yesterday by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mildred Escobedo. The defendant was found guilty in February of two counts of kidnapping, three counts of forcible rape and one count each of forcible oral copulation and assault with a deadly weapon.

Deputy District Attorney Emily Spear of the Sex Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

Vasquez kidnapped a 16-year-old girl at knifepoint as she walked in South Los Angeles on Sept. 27, 2016. He then raped her in his car, the prosecutor said.

On Oct. 19, 2016, a 20-year-old woman accepted a ride from Vasquez in South Los Angeles and then she also was raped in his car. (more…)

April 27, 2018

Owner, 2 Employees of Trucking Companies Charged in Illegal Repair of Gasoline Cargo Tanks, One of Which Exploded and Killed Welder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:14 am

LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment that charges three individuals and two Inland Empire trucking companies in a scheme to defeat federal transportation laws that included an illegal repair of a gasoline tanker that resulted in a fatal explosion.

The four-count indictment filed late Wednesday afternoon outlines two years of illegal and unauthorized tanker repairs, culminating with a May 6, 2014 explosion that killed a company welder and severely injured a second worker. Members of the conspiracy also allegedly helped rename the company after federal regulators ordered it to take its cargo tanks off the road.

The indictment charges three individuals:

· Carl Bradley Johansson, who also used variations on his name, such as “Brad Johnson,” 59, of Corona, the owner of the trucking companies;

· Enrique “Henry” Garcia, 43, of Pomona, Johansson’s shop manager, who supervised the welders who illegally repaired cargo tankers; and (more…)

‘Discount Bitcoin Bandits’ Charged with Robbing Would-Be Buyers

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:13 am

A man and woman dubbed the “Discount Bitcoin Bandits” have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from people who sought to buy the cryptocurrency, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Precious Lanay Fitzgerald (dob 6/29/90) was initially charged with four counts of second-degree robbery, two counts of child abuse and one count of grand theft, all felonies, on March 19. Two new charges, one felony count each of grand theft and child abuse, were filed yesterday against her, according to the amended complaint in case BA466388.

Lawillie Joshua Hall (dob 4/2/96) was charged March 19 with two counts of second-degree robbery. Both defendants also face gun allegations, and the charges include prior conviction allegations against Fitzgerald

The pair is scheduled for a preliminary hearing setting on Wednesday, when they are expected to be rearraigned on the amended complaint, in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at $570,000 for Fitzgerald and $200,000 for Hall.

According to prosecutors, the defendants allegedly stole $87,125 from six people from October to February by using online notices and communications advertising the sale of discount Bitcoins then stealing the victims’ payments. (more…)

Man Charged in Downtown Vehicle Attack on Pedestrians

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:13 am

A man who allegedly drove his vehicle into a group of pedestrians in downtown Los Angeles has been charged with felony assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Ryad Boudghenestambo (dob 7/4/84) was charged yesterday afternoon with five counts of assault with a deadly weapon in case BA467562. His arraignment is scheduled for today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

According to prosecutors, Boudghenestambo was asleep early Monday morning in his vehicle in a parking lot at Vignes Street and East Cesar Chavez Avenue when he was awoken by a group of people who had approached his SUV. As the five pedestrians walked away, the defendant allegedly drove his vehicle at the group, hitting and injuring the victims.

Boudghenestambo’s SUV continued forward and hit a brick fence, where it stopped. Police officers then arrived and arrested him.

The defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of eight years in state prison if convicted as charged. Bail was set at $150,000. (more…)

April 26, 2018

Man Sentenced to Prison for Temple City Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:48 am

A 39-year-old man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in state prison after he was convicted of murder in connection with the killing of a man whose body was found in a car trunk, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On March 23, a jury found Andy Yalau Chen of Baldwin Park guilty of two felony counts in case GA098556: first-degree murder and cultivating marijuana.

Deputy District Attorney Kevin Keeland, who prosecuted the case, said on March 21, 2016, a Monterey Park resident called authorities to report a foul odor coming from a parked vehicle near her home.

When police arrived at the location, they found an unlocked car, the prosecutor said. Police discovered the decomposing body of Chinese national Min Gu in the trunk of the vehicle. The victim had been shot twice, the prosecutor added.

Authorities began an investigation into the homicide and learned that the defendant had been one of the last people in contact with Gu while he was still alive, according to the prosecutor. (more…)

Connecticut Man Charged with DUI, Child Abuse For Crash With Train

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:46 am

A father has been charged with driving under the influence with his two 16-year-old sons aboard and getting into a crash with a Metro train in Santa Monica, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Anthony Manual Beltran Sr. (dob 8/10/63) of Connecticut faces two felony counts of child abuse and one felony count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08 percent or more blood alcohol content causing injury.

Case SA097866 also charges Beltran with two misdemeanor counts of giving an alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 years of age and includes allegations of causing great bodily injury and having a blood alcohol content of .20 percent or more.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges yesterday and is due back on May 16 in Department W31 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.

On April 18, Beltran allegedly drove with his two sons through a red light near Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue and his vehicle was struck by the train, prosecutors said. The defendant and the boys were all injured in the crash, prosecutors added.

Bail is set at $410,000. If convicted as charged, Beltran faces a possible maximum sentence of 30 years in state prison. (more…)

April 25, 2018

Federal Law Enforcement Agent Convicted of Criminal Charges Related to Helping Mexican National Enter the United States

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 8:51 am

LOS ANGELES – A special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has been found guilty of four federal offenses related to assistance he provided to a Mexican national with a criminal record to re-enter the United States.

Felix Cisneros Jr., 44, of Murrieta, an 11-year veteran of ICE who is now on indefinite suspension from the agency, was found guilty late Monday afternoon following a four-day trial in United States District Court.

The jury found Cisneros guilty of four felony counts: conspiracy to aid and assist the entry of an alien convicted of an aggravated felony into the United States, acting as agent of another person in a matter affecting the government, falsification of records in a federal investigation, and making false statements.

According to court documents and the evidence presented to the jury, Cisneros agreed to help a friend’s business associate re-enter the United States after traveling to Mexico City in September 2013. The business associate, Santiago Garcia-Gutierrez, was a lawful permanent resident of the United States, but because of prior criminal convictions and an outstanding warrant for his arrest, he was barred from being legally admitted into the United States upon his return. United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had seized Garcia’s Mexican passport and his “Green Card” when he attempted to enter the United States two months earlier, but he was paroled in –meaning he was temporarily allowed into the United States – pending the resolution of his criminal case. (more…)

Attorney General Becerra Secures $1.6 Million Judgment Against Seller of Lead and Cadmium Tainted Jewelry

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 8:50 am

LOS ANGELES – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced today that the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) secured a default judgment against Luxy Accessory, Inc. (Luxy), a jewelry distributor based in Los Angeles, and its owner Hyun Sook Kim for selling jewelry with excessive levels of lead and cadmium. Much of the jewelry was intended for children, and some was mislabeled as “lead free.” These acts constitute a violation of California’s Metal Containing Jewelry Law and the Unfair Competition Law. They also constitute unlawful advertising. The judgment consists of $1,626,000 in civil penalties and an order to comply with all statutes and regulations applicable to the manufacture, distribution, or sale of jewelry in California.

“We’re holding Luxy accountable, as it should be. Lead and cadmium are highly toxic metals that can cause serious physical and behavioral health problems even at low levels of exposure. This is especially true for our children,” said Attorney General Becerra. “I’ve seen firsthand how working families are too often the victims of the collective damage lead can cause to children. Today’s judgment should send a strong message to all: the California Department of Justice will aggressively prosecute those who violate our laws and jeopardize the well-being of our sons and daughters.”

In 2012, the Attorney General and DTSC jointly sued Luxy and a number of other jewelry distributors for selling jewelry that contained excessive levels of lead. Luxy’s owner and sole proprietor, Hyun Sook Kim, failed to respond to the lawsuit and ignored repeated attempts that were made to contact her. As a result, in 2014, the Attorney General’s Office obtained a default judgment against Luxy for $145,000 in penalties and injunctive relief.

The present case arises from subsequent inspections. Last November, inspectors from DTSC returned to Luxy’s warehouse to inspect all of its jewelry for lead and cadmium. Using field screening devices, the inspectors identified approximately 150 boxes of jewelry suspected to contain excessive amounts of lead and cadmium. DTSC seized the jewelry while conducting laboratory testing to confirm the violations. The Attorney General’s Office obtained a preliminary injunction against Luxy in January to prevent it from selling any more noncompliant jewelry, and the Court has now issued the default judgment after Luxy and its owner failed to appear in court. (more…)

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