Month: March 2019

Three SoCal Men Arrested in Scheme in Which Chinese Money Allegedly Funded Seven Inland Empire Marijuana Grow Houses

            LOS ANGELES – Three men were arrested this morning on federal charges alleging they took part in a scheme that used millions of dollars wired from China to purchase seven residential homes in San Bernardino County that were converted into illegal marijuana grow houses.             The three defendants arrested today pursuant to a federal criminal complaint …

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Former U.S. Navy Contract Official Pleads Guilty in Bribery Scheme in Which He Received more than $1.2 Million in Kickbacks

LOS ANGELES – A former civilian employee of the United States Navy who was a senior procurement official for Naval Base Ventura County pleaded guilty in federal court today and admitted receiving kickbacks totaling more than $1.2 million.             Fernando Barroso Sr., 69, of Oxnard, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge John F. Walter to …

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March 5, 2019: Ex-School District Food Services Director Pleads Guilty to Conflict of Interest, Forgery

A former director of food services for the Los Angeles Unified School District pleaded guilty today to charges that he illegally approved contracts and forged a signature on a district application, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. David Glenn Binkle (2/28/62) entered his plea to three felony counts of conflict of interest and …

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WOMAN CONVICTED OF DEFRAUDING VICTIMS WHO DONATED CASH AND SUPPLIES INTENDED FOR FIREFIGHTERS DURING HOLY FIRE

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A woman was convicted on Friday of defraudin! g victims by soliciting and keeping donations of cash and supplies intended for firefighters during the Holy Fire. Ashley Bemis, 28, San Juan Capistrano, pleaded guilty on March 1, 2019, to one felony count of grand theft, four felony counts of second degree …

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Two Mexican Mafia ‘Secretaries’ Found Guilty of RICO Charge for Being Street Intermediaries for Member of Violent Prison Gang

            LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles man and his long-time girlfriend have been found guilty of racketeering conspiracy for collecting and storing extortionate “taxes” for the man’s brother, an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member, and for acting as the brother’s eyes and ears on the street, delivering coded messages to him, including one message that resulted in …

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March 4, 2019: Alleged Gang Members Charged in Burglary Ring Targeting Elderly, Asian Victims

CORRECTION: The next court date is for pretrial hearing. Six grand jury indictments unsealed today charge 31 alleged gang members with participating in a residential burglary ring that targeted dozens of elderly and Asian victims across the county, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. The defendants face a total of 93 felony counts, …

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Victorville Correctional Officer Arrested on Federal Charges Alleging He Took Bribes and Smuggled Contraband into Prison

            RIVERSIDE, California – A Bureau of Prisons (BOP) correctional officer who was a lieutenant assigned to investigate wrongdoing by inmates and officers at the Federal Correctional Complex, Victorville, has been arrested on federal charges alleging he took thousands of dollars in cash bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband into the prison.             Paul James Hayes II, …

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Crew Who Allegedly Robbed Eight Inland Empire AutoZone Stores Indicted on Federal Conspiracy, Robbery and Firearms Charges

            RIVERSIDE, California – A federal grand jury today returned a 13-count indictment today against two men and a woman from Moreno Valley who allegedly committed at least eight armed robberies at AutoZone stores in the Inland Empire and made off with more than $11,000 in cash.             Daeon Raishawn Cox, 20; Dashon Raymond White, 24; and …

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