Month: January 2019

Federal Prosecutors Unseal Indictments Naming 19 People Linked to Chinese ‘Birth Tourism’ Schemes that Helped Thousands of Aliens Give Birth in U.S. to Secure Birthright Citizenship for Their Children

            SANTA ANA, California – Following the arrests this morning of three defendants who allegedly operated “birth tourism” outfits that catered to Chinese clients, federal authorities today unsealed indictments that charge a total of 19 people linked to three schemes that operated across Southern California and charged clients tens of thousands of dollars to help them give …

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Camarillo Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison for Scheming to Obtain Unemployment Benefits Through Sham Companies

            LOS ANGELES – A Ventura County man has been sentenced to 168 months in federal prison for participating in a massive fraud scheme that used dozens of nonexistent companies to collect nearly $5 million in unemployment benefits for phony employees who never performed any work at the fake entities.             Jack Benjamin Hessiani, a.k.a. “Jack Herrera,” …

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LOS ANGELES DENTIST PLEADS GUILTY TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD CHARGES STEMMING FROM FALSE AND FRAUDULENT BILLINGS

WASHINGTON – A Los Angeles, California-based dentist pleaded guilty on Thursday to a March 2018 indictment charging him with health care fraud arising from his false and fraudulent billings for crowns and fillings, which were never provided to patients.  Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Nicola T. …

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Correctional Officer at Federal Prison Facility in Victorville Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Sexually Abusing Female Inmates

            RIVERSIDE, California – A former correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for sexually abusing several female inmates while on duty.             Apolonio Gamez, 41, of Lake Elsinore, was sentenced late Monday by United States District Judge Jesus G. Bernal. In addition to the prison term, …

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Hemet Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Identity Theft Scheme that Claimed More than $800,000 in False Tax Refunds

RIVERSIDE, California – An Inland Empire man has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for his role in scheme that stole victims’ identities and used them to claim more than $800,000 in fraudulent tax refunds. Raymond Salazar, 55, of Hemet, was sentenced Monday by United States District Judge Jesus G. Bernal. Salazar was further …

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Chinese National Who Stole Trade Secrets while Working for Medical Device Companies Sentenced to Federal Prison

SANTA ANA, California – An Irvine engineer who stole trade secrets belonging to two former employers, both of which develop and manufacture medical devices used to treat cardiac and vascular ailments, was sentenced late this afternoon to 27 months in federal prison.             Wenfeng Lu, 46, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Andrew J. …

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Three Men Charged in ‘Swatting’ Schemes in which Admitted Hoax-Maker Targeted Individuals, Schools and a Convention Center

            LOS ANGELES – Three men allegedly conspired with admitted “swatter” Tyler Rai Barriss to make hoax reports of bombs and murders to police departments, high schools and a convention center across the United States, according to three indictments unsealed today.             The three new cases allege that the men agreed with Barriss to make false reports …

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Former L.A. Sheriff’s Deputy Found Guilty of Lying to FBI Agents as Part of Cover-Up of Attack of Visitor to Men’s Central Jail

LOS ANGELES – A former deputy with Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department was convicted today on federal charges of lying to the FBI about the beating of handcuffed man at the Men’s Central Jail in 2011.             Byron Dredd, 36, was found guilty of making false statements to the FBI, a federal felony offense that carries a …

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MAN CHARGED WITH COLD CASE RAPES OF WOMAN AND GIRL IN 1990S AFTER BEING IDENTIFIED THROUGH DNA *Third sexual assault victim discovered during the investigation

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged today with the cold case rapes of a woman and girl in the 1990s after being identified through DNA. A third victim was discovered during the investigation. Kevin Konther, 53, Highland, was charged in an amended complaint with two felony counts each of forcible rape, forcible oral …

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