Month: September 2018

Attorney General Becerra Announces Arrests, Charges Against 17 Individuals for $1 Million Robbery Scheme Targeting Apple Retail Stores

SANTA CLARA – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the arrest of and charges against 17 individuals for a robbery scheme targeting Apple retail stores across California that resulted in the loss of over $1 million. The defendants are charged with entering Apple retail stores in large groups wearing hoodies and snatching products on display in a matter of …

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Four Inmates Charged with First-Degree Murder in Beating Death of Fellow Inmate at Federal Prison in Victorville

SANTA ANA, California – An indictment unsealed today charges four prison inmates with first-degree murder in the beating death of another inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution II in Victorville, an offense that carries a potential death sentence. In addition to the premeditated murder charge, all four defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit murder. The …

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Inland Empire Man Surrenders to Face Charges of Filing Bankruptcy Petitions after Being Order to Stop and Found in Contempt of Court

  RIVERSIDE, California – An Ontario man who worked as a bankruptcy petition preparer (BPP) surrendered this morning to federal authorities to face criminal charges of lying to the United States Bankruptcy Court about his role in preparing petitions under assumed names and overcharging his clients – actions he took after repeatedly being ordered to cease …

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Federal Court Shuts Down Pasadena-Based Tax Return Preparer after Finding that Her Fraudulent Returns Cost the IRS Millions of Dollars

  LOS ANGELES – A federal court has issued an order that permanently bars a tax return preparer who operated offices in Pasadena – as well as other cities in California, Colorado and Kansas – from preparing federal income tax returns, United States Attorney Nick Hanna announced today. Maria Del Consuelo Vazquez is the subject of …

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Six People Linked to Santa Fe Springs Street Gang Have Been Convicted of Federal Racketeering and Drug Trafficking Offenses

LOS ANGELES – Six members of the Canta Ranas Organization (CRO) – a violent, Mexican Mafia-affiliated criminal enterprise composed of members and associates of the Canta Ranas street gang – have been convicted of numerous federal offenses, including participating in a racketeering scheme. The six defendants linked to Canta Ranas, a gang that operates primarily in …

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Sentenced to Year in Federal Prison for Concealing Offshore Bank Account from Federal Officials

  LOS ANGELES – A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon was sentenced today to one year and one day in federal prison for failing to disclose to federal authorities a foreign bank account in which he deposited some of the nearly $1.3 million he earned while working in Dubai. Marc Edward Mani, 50, was sentenced by United …

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Indictment Targeting Massive International Cocaine Conspiracy Unsealed with Arrival in U.S. of Extradited Colombian Kingpin

LOS ANGELES – A high-level member of a global drug ring arrived in Southern California last night after being extradited from Colombia on charges that he conspired to transport cocaine worth hundreds of millions of dollars from South America to Mexico for eventual sale in the United States. The extradition resulted from a coordinated, international law …

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New York Man Convicted of Federal Fraud Charges Related to Multi-Million Dollar Pyramid Scheme that Targeted Chinese-Americans

LOS ANGELES – A federal jury has returned guilty verdicts against a New York man who was a high-level promoter of a fraudulent company that solicited more than $200 million for a company that purported to market web-based children’s educational courses, but in reality was nothing more than a pyramid scheme. Daliang “David” Guo, 55, of …

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Ventura Man Arrested on Federal Child Exploitation Crimes

LOS ANGELES – A former music teacher who contracted with a number of school districts in Southern California was arrested today pursuant to a federal grand jury indictment that alleges multiple crimes against children, including the production of child pornography. John Edward Zeretzke, 60, of Ventura, was arrested late this morning without incident by the United …

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California Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 35 Years in Federal Prison for Transporting Heroin and Cocaine to Chicago Aboard Amtrak Trains

CHICAGO — A federal judge has sentenced a California man to 35 years in prison for overseeing an international drug-trafficking organization that used Amtrak trains to ship heroin and cocaine to Chicago from Los Angeles. EDGAR ROQUE, 32, of Paramount, Calif., was the leader of an extensive network of drug dealers that moved thousands of kilograms …

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