LOS ANGELES – The last of six defendants who conspired to use stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service that sought more than $1.5 million in false tax refunds was sentenced today to 51 months in federal prison.
Month: August 2016
LOS ANGELES – Two doctors who each operated medical offices in Lynwood have been arrested on federal drug charges that allege they issued prescriptions for narcotics and sedatives without a medical purpose.
A former FBI special agent was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for stealing over $136,000 in drug proceeds seized during the execution of search warrants in 2014, falsifying documents and tampering with a witness.
WESTMINSTER, Calif. – A felon from Fresno was arraigned today for pimping a young woman and possessing a loaded firearm with the serial number removed. Adam Rocky Trinidad, 24, is charged with one felony count of pimping, one felony count of pandering by procuring, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon (prior felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance for sale in 2012 in Fresno), one felony count of possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, and one felony count of possession of a firearm with identification numbers removed. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of four years and four months in state prison. Trinidad is being held on on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 7, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster.
A 53-year-old man was sentenced today to 95 years to life in state prison for kidnapping and robbing a 79-year-old woman, and burglarizing the home of another elderly woman, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
LOS ANGELES – Thirty-three defendants were charged as part of a sweep targeting criminal activity that has victimized the United States Postal Service (USPS) and its customers. Most of the defendants charged as part of the sweep are USPS employees who allegedly stole mail, embezzled from the agency or, in one case, failed to deliver nearly 50,000 pieces of mail.
RIVERSIDE, California – Four individuals associated with the Eastside Riva gang – including its leader, Ernie “Gordo” Hernandez, 55 – were arrested yesterday after being charged earlier this week in federal court with distribution of methamphetamine.
FULLERTON, Calif. – A former high school teacher and coach was sentenced to jail for engaging in unlawful sex acts with an underage student. Rebecca Eileen Diebolt, 37, of Brea, pleaded guilty on Jan. 15, 2016, to one felony count of oral copulation with a minor under 16 and one felony count of sexual penetration with a foreign object of a minor. She was sentenced today to 3 years, 8 months in state prison stayed pending successful completion of 5 years formal, supervised probation, completion of 180 days in county jail, and completion of all sex offender terms. Diebolt was also sentenced to mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.
LOS ANGELES – A Long Beach man has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge related to a long-running mortgage rescue scheme that involved nearly $3 million in illegal fees charged to distressed homeowners and about 200 fraudulent bankruptcy petitions.
A 37-year-old man was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for killing a Glendale man in a scheme to collect on his $2.5 million life insurance policy, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.