Month: February 2019

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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February 7, 2019: Orange County Man Pleads to Stalking Singer

A Fullerton man has pleaded no contest to stalking singer Rihanna when he broke into her Hollywood Hills home last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today. Eduardo Leon (dob 8/30/91) entered his plea late yesterday to one felony count each of stalking and vandalism and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. …

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February 7, 2019: Man Found Guilty of Attempted Murder, Mayhem for Domestic Violence Attack

A 25-year-old man has been found guilty of brutally stabbing his 18-year-old girlfriend in Temple City two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today. A jury found Matthew Fay Echauri of Arcadia guilty late yesterday of four felony counts: one count each of attempted murder and mayhem as well as two …

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Three Federal Cases Allege Illegal Importation and Sale of ‘Herbal’ Sexual Enhancement Pills that Contained Pharmaceutical Drugs

            LOS ANGELES – Four companies and three individuals have agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges related to the illegal importation and sale of $11 million worth of pharmaceutical-grade erectile dysfunction drugs that were falsely marketed as herbal remedies for men.             Federal prosecutors today filed two new cases against distributors of the misbranded drugs. …

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Customs and Border Protection Officer Arrested on Federal Charges Alleging He Operated Unlicensed Business that Sold Guns

LOS ANGELES – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervisory officer has been arrested on federal charges alleging that he engaged in the business of unlawfully selling firearms without a license and sold an illegal short-barreled rifle to an undercover investigator.             Wei Xu, 56, of Santa Fe Springs, an officer at the Los Angeles and …

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February 4, 2019: Direct Marketing Company Settles $8.5 Million Automatic Payment Renewals Lawsuit

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today that direct marketing company Guthy-Renker LLC has agreed to pay $8.5 million and change its sales practices to settle a civil lawsuit alleging unlawful automatic payment renewals. “As new technologies are changing the consumer environment, we must ensure that businesses do not abuse these tools,” District …

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February 1, 2019: Jurors Convict Norwalk Man of Indecent Exposure

Jurors deliberated for less than an hour today before convicting a Norwalk man of two counts of indecent exposure, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Deputy District Attorney Giselle Chang said Dong Hyun Huh (dob 4/20/71) is expected to be sentenced on March 4 in Department 6 of the Bellflower Branch of the …

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Branch Manager for East West Bank Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for Money Laundering Scheme

LOS ANGELES – An East West Bank branch manager who conspired to launder over $25,000 in cash by converting the currency into cashier’s checks was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison. Vivian Tat, 54, of Hacienda Heights, who is a vice president at East West Bank currently on administrative leave, was sentenced by United …

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