SANTA ANA, California – A Lake Forest woman who participated in a real estate investment scheme in which Southern California investors collectively suffered nearly $3.5 million in losses has pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Month: January 2017
A 39-year-old gang member was sentenced yesterday afternoon to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for a fatal drive-by shooting committed more than 20 years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
A Marin County, California man was convicted today by a federal jury in the Northern District of California of identity theft and conspiring to file fraudulent income tax returns, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch for the Northern District of California.
LOS ANGELES – Two brothers who owned a West Los Angeles pharmacy were found guilty by a federal jury today of operating a years-long narcotic drug trafficking, money laundering and tax fraud conspiracy that illegally sold prescription narcotics to black market customers across the United States.
A 68-year-old general practitioner in Encino has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting two female patients, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.
In the first case brought by the District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit, a judge today overturned the conviction of a former security guard charged with killing a young woman in Palmdale after prosecutors said there was newly discovered evidence that pointed to his innocence.
DeAndre Cortez Way, better known as rapper Soulja Boy, was charged today with illegally possessing firearms, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Fresno man was convicted and sentenced to 10 years and eight months in state prison this week for human trafficking, pimping, and pandering a woman and a minor. Justus Isaiah Morris, 20, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, to a court offer of one felony count of human trafficking, one felony count of human trafficking of a minor, one felony count of pimping, one felony count of pimping a minor, one felony count of pandering by procuring, one felony count of pandering with a minor over 16 years old by procuring, and one felony count of carrying a loaded unregistered firearm in public. In addition to prison, Morris was sentenced to mandatory lifetime sex offender registration and was ordered to have no contact with the victims.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A police officer was charged today with stealing money from fellow officers out of a collection of donations intended to purchase a gift for a retiring colleague. Mario Ricci, 48, Los Angeles, is charged with one misdemeanor count of petty theft. If convicted, he faces a maximum of six months in county jail. Ricci is scheduled to be arraigned on March 6, 2017, in Department W-4, West Justice Center, Westminster. The time is to be determined.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was arraigned today for the special circumstances murder of two women and setting fire to the victim’s house after removing the bodies. Christopher Ken Ireland, 37, Huntington Beach, was charged on Jan. 4, 2017, with two felony counts of special circumstances murder with sentencing enhancements for multiple murders, one felony count of arson of an inhabited property, and one felony count of aggravated mayhem. If convicted, Ireland faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without parole. He is being held withoutbail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Feb. 16, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster.