Month: March 2019

California Man Sentenced In Deadly Wichita Swatting Case

WICHITA, KAN. – A California man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in federal prison for making a hoax call to Wichita police that resulted in an innocent man who had no connection to the defendant or his co-conspirators being shot and killed by police, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Tyler Barriss, 26, Los Angeles, Calif., …

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Credit Union Manager Who Allegedly Embezzled $40 Million from His Employer Faces Bank Fraud, Identity Theft Charges

            LOS ANGELES – A long-time manager at CBS Employees Federal Credit Union is in federal custody on a criminal complaint alleging he embezzled $40 million from his employer over two decades and spent the money on gambling, expensive cars and watches, and travel by private jet.             Edward Martin Rostohar, 62, of Studio City, has been …

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Brothers Who Allegedly Ran Unlicensed Financial Advisory Business Out of Their Parents’ Encino Home Face Wire Fraud Charges

LOS ANGELES – Two brothers who allegedly operated an unlicensed investment advisory business out of their parents’ Encino home were arrested today on federal wire fraud charges for an alleged scheme in which they used false account statements to hide multi-million dollar losses of their investors’ funds.             Motty Mizrahi, 46, of Encino, and Sassi Mizrahi, 53, …

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March 28, 2019: Man Sentenced for DUI Wrong-Way Crash That Killed Brothers

A 40-year-old man pleaded no contest today for driving his pickup truck on the wrong side of the 405 Freeway and crashing head-on into a car, killing two Palmdale brothers, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Deputy District Attorney Morgan Mallory said Rodney Deshone Wright of San Fernando entered his plea to two …

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Fugitive Who Allegedly Obtained $9 Million in Fraudulent Real Estate Loans Surrenders to Federal Agents

LOS ANGELES – A long-time international fugitive who is charged with nine felonies for allegedly participating in a $9 million bank fraud scheme against Wells Fargo has been taken into federal custody in Los Angeles.             Napoleon Olarte, 41, formerly of Reseda, lived in South America as a fugitive since approximately 2011 and was indicted by …

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Two L.A. County Crews Who Allegedly Used Darknet to Traffic Narcotics Face Federal Criminal Conspiracy Charges

            LOS ANGELES – Members of two alleged Los Angeles County crime rings have been charged in separate federal criminal cases alleging they conspired to use the Darknet to illicitly and secretly sell methamphetamine and other illegal narcotics nationwide, including one shipment of heroin in a stuffed animal that led to the fatal overdose of a customer …

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CONVICTED BOMB MAKER SENTENCED TO 19 YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS IN STATE PRISON FOR TRANSPORTATION AND POSSESSION OF DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES IN BREA

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Convicted bomb maker Saleh Abdallah Ali was sentenced today to 19 years and four months in state prison for the transportation and possession of destructive devices in Brea. Saleh Ali, 48, Salinas, was convicted on March 4, 2019, of two felony counts each of use of a destructive device with the …

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March 20, 2019: Lake Los Angeles Man Sentenced for Fatally Shooting Wife

A Lake Los Angeles man was sentenced today to 50 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting his wife in February 2018, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. A jury convicted 37-year-old Michael Daniel Mayberry of one felony count each of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon …

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March 20, 2019: Woman Charged With Murdering Daughter Whose Body Was Found in Hacienda Heights

A mother was charged today with the murder of her 9-year-old daughter whose body was found in a bag in Hacienda Heights last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Taquesta Graham (dob 5/12/90) was charged in case KA120432 with one count of murder. She is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department …

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Accountant Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge for Running Ponzi Scheme that Cheated Investors Out of More than $27.5 Million

LOS ANGELES – A certified public accountant pleaded guilty today to a federal wire fraud charge for running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded her victims, many of whom were clients of her accounting firm, out of tens of millions of dollars over a span of two decades.             Carol Ann Pedersen, 66, of Long Beach, entered …

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