Month: February 2019

Gang Member Charged with Triple Murder at Torrance Bowling Alley

A 47-year-old man was charged today with killing three men at a bowling alley in Torrance last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Deputy District Attorney John Chang said Reginald Leander Wallace (dob 6/13/71) of Los Angeles faces three counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count of possession …

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Corona Lawyer Found with Illegal Guns, Silencers, Hand Grenade and Fake FBI Credential

LOS ANGELES – A California lawyer and former Rialto police officer was indicted today by a federal grand jury after he was found with a fake FBI credential, a hand grenade, silencers and several illegal firearms, including a loaded AR-type semiautomatic rifle. Sergio Lopez de Tirado, 43, of Corona, was named today in a five-count indictment …

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February 14, 2019: Man Sentenced for Attacking Tourists at Hollywood & Highland

A 57-year-old transient was sentenced today to nine years in state prison for trying to kill a Russian tourist and attacking his family at Hollywood & Highland in 2015, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Donald Offerman pleaded no contest to one count each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon …

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Ex-Accounting Manager Charged with Embezzling $36 Million from a Company Client Has Been Extradited from Costa Rica

            LOS ANGELES – A former accounting manager who is facing 10 wire fraud counts for allegedly embezzling more than $36 million from his employer’s client and then using the bulk of the ill-gotten funds to pay off tens of millions of dollars of his credit card debt has been extradited to the United States from Costa …

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Ex-Cheerleading Coach Who Committed Sexual Assault on Cruise Ship Found Guilty of Two Felonies

            LOS ANGELES – A former cheerleading coach has been found guilty of two federal felony charges for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman on a cruise ship bound from Long Beach to Ensenada, Mexico during the summer of 2015.             Anthony Paul De La Torriente, 30, of Simi Valley, on Wednesday was found guilty by a jury …

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Ex-Fannie Mae Employee Found Guilty of Multi-Million Dollar Scheme Involving Property Listings and Approval of Below-Market Sales

SANTA ANA, California – A former employee of Fannie Mae in Irvine has been found guilty of federal fraud charges related to bribes and kickbacks she took from brokers in exchange for Fannie Mae real estate listings and her approval of discounted sales of Fannie Mae-owned properties.             Shirene Hernandez, 46, of Corona, was found guilty …

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Vineland Boys Street Gang Targeted in Federal Racketeering Indictment that Alleges Violence, Extortion and Narcotics Trafficking

            LOS ANGELES – Law enforcement authorities this morning arrested 25 members and associates of the San Fernando Valley-based Vineland Boys street gang who are charged in five federal grand jury indictments that allege a wide range of criminal activity, including shootings and assaults that targeted rivals, extortion and methamphetamine trafficking. The five indictments charge a total …

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Federal Indictments Target South Los Angeles Street Gang Involved in Drug Trafficking, Extortion and Attempted Murder

            LOS ANGELES – Authorities have arrested 11 members and associates of the South Los Angeles-based Florencia-13 (F13) street gang on federal racketeering, narcotics and firearms charges. One of the indictments unsealed today alleges that defendants linked to the gang trafficked methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and other drugs in their territory and attempted to smuggle narcotics into the …

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South Bay Man Who Trafficked Hundreds of Pounds of Cocaine from Mexico Sentenced to More than 11 Years in Federal Prison

            LOS ANGELES – A Torrance man who led a drug ring that used couriers to traffic hundreds of pounds of cocaine from Mexico into the United States and Canada has been sentenced to 135 months in prison on federal felony drug- and money laundering-related charges.             Richard Manuel Pimentel, 45, received the sentence of 11 years …

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Jewelry District Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

            LOS ANGELES – A precious metals trader based in the Los Angeles Jewelry District pleaded guilty today to a money laundering charge after being caught in an undercover operation where he agreed to conceal what was described to him as more than $200,000 in drug trafficking proceeds.             Saeed Elyahouzadeh, 53, of Westwood, who owns and …

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