SANTA ANA, California – A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment that now accuses a Laguna Beach man of defrauding victims out of more than $3 million in an investment fraud scam related to green energy.
Month: July 2016
LOS ANGELES – Two men who earned the moniker the “Cowboy Gun Bandits” for brandishing a large-caliber revolver during a series of robberies – starting with gas stations and culminating in a bank robbery that netted them over $55,000 – were convicted today in federal court.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A parole agent was arrested yesterday on charges of exchanging embezzled California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) funds for narcotics prescribed to a parolee. Scott Patric Keblis, 49, Chino, is charged with one felony count of embezzlement by a public employee and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. If convicted on all counts, Keblis faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison and one year in county jail, and would be ineligible to ever hold any office of honor, trust, or profit in California. Keblis was released from custody today after posting $20,000 bond. The defendant’s court date is to be determined.
LOS ANGELES – A former special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was sentenced today to 10 months in federal prison for accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from a Korean businessman.
SANTA ANA, California – An Orange County man who allegedly posed as an agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an attempt to extort money from at least one female victim made his first federal court appearance this afternoon after being charged with impersonating a federal officer.
LOS ANGELES – A longtime employee of two Los Angeles-area businesses involved in earring manufacturing was charged today with wire fraud for stealing approximately $2 million from the companies.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three (DCA), granted the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) five writ petitions filed with the DCA, in response to the orders issued in December 2015, by the Honorable Richard M. King, “Order Denying Motion to Disqualify Judge.” The respondent, Orange County Superior Court, filed its response to those writ petitions by the Jan. 15, 2016, deadline. The OCDA’s writ litigation was handled by by Senior Deputy District Attorneys Stephan Sauer and Brian Fitzpatrick of the Appellate & Training Unit.
WESTMINSTER, Calif. – A striker was arraigned Friday, July 22, 2016, for the robbery of five Fountain Valley grocery and drug stores by threatening cashiers with a firearm. John Allen Wagner, 48, Westminster, is charged with five counts of second degree robbery. Wagner faces sentencing enhancement allegations for two prior strike convictions for residential burglary in 1987 and federal bank robbery in 1991, both in Orange County. If convicted, Wagner faces a maximum sentence of 175 years to life in state prison. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on August 1, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-2, West Justice Center, Westminster.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Six defendants were charged today with the stabbing murder of a man in a San Juan Capistrano park. Ashkan Dezhangfard, 21, Brion Cairo Hyde, 22, and Anjelica Marie Shibata, 28, of San Juan Capistrano, Siavash Hosseinaliarhani, 18, and Ryan Timothy Huebner, 20, of Laguna Niguel, and Myles Emmanuel Jones, 22, Laguna Hills, are each charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder by lying in wait. The defendants each face a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. The defendants’ court dates are to be determined.
SANTA ANA, California – An Orange County man who admitted that he attempted to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and making a false statement in a passport application was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison.