Month: September 2018

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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High Desert Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Lighting Fire in Oasis of Mara in Joshua Tree National Park

LOS ANGELES – A Twentynine Palms man today received a statutory maximum sentence of 60 months in federal prison for illegally starting a fire in the Oasis of Mara in Joshua Tree National Park, which damaged historic trees and other resources earlier this year. George William Graham, 26, was sentenced by United States District Judge Manuel …

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Two More Key Players in Ring that Conducted Series of Jewelry Store Armed Robberies Receive Lengthy Federal Prison Sentences

SANTA ANA, California – Two key figures in a ring that conducted a string of violent smash-and-grab robberies at Southland jewelry stores that resulted in the theft of approximately $6 million worth of high-end watches each have been sentenced to over two decades in federal prison. Jameson Laforest, 26, of Inglewood, who participated in the scheme …

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Canadian Man Sentenced to over 11 Years in Federal Prison for Running Telemarketing Scheme that Bilked 60,000+ Victims

LOS ANGELES – The owner of a Canadian telemarketing operation – who was extradited to the United States last year after more than 10 years of litigation in Canada – was sentenced today to 135 months in federal prison for orchestrating a telemarketing scheme that falsely promised credit card fraud protection and defrauded at least 60,000 …

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