Month: April 2016

Co-Owner of Real Estate Investment Firm Sentenced To Prison for Participating in Fraud Scheme that Ended in Massive Bankruptcy

SANTA ANA, California – One of the owners of a now-defunct Southern California real estate investment firm was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to participating in a fraudulent scheme that ended with the bankruptcy of the company and hundreds of investors collectively losing as much as $169 million.

PAROLE DENIED THREE YEARS FOR INMATE CONVICTED OF 1983 BEATING MURDER OF MAN WHO OFFERED INMATE AND CO-DEFENDANT RIDE

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Board of Parole Hearings (Panel), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation denied parole three years for an inmate convicted of the 1983 beating murder of a man who had offered him and his co-defendant a ride when they were hitchhiking. David Eugene Hayes, 53, is currently being held at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi. Hayes was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of first degree murder. The first degree murder charge was later reduced to second degree murder over the People’s objection and Hayes was sentenced to 17 years to life in state prison. This case was originally filed by then-Deputy District Attorney now current Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas. Deputy District Attorney Jeoff Robinson handled the jury trial for this case.

FRESNO MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR PIMPING AND PANDERING TEEN GIRL

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Fresno man is scheduled to be arraigned today for pimping and pandering a teenage girl who was on a website known for commercial sex and prostitution. Akili Shakur Foster, 18, Fresno, is charged with one felony count of pimping and one felony count of pandering. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison. The People will request he be held on $250,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

TWO MEN CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR CUTTING DOWN TREE HOUSING MIGRATORY, PROTECTED BIRDS

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Two men were convicted and sentenced today for cutting down a tree which housed migratory and protected birds. Stephen John Esser, 47, Dana Point, and David Roger Stanley, 41, Downey, each pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawful possession and destruction of bird nests/eggs, and one misdemeanor count of unlawful taking of migratory nongame birds. They were each sentenced to three years of informal probation, ordered to serve 120 hours of community service in lieu of 15 days in jail, and both defendants were ordered to pay $14,000 in fines and restitution.

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