Month: April 2020

Lawyer Agrees to Plead Guilty to a String of Crimes, Including Paying Bribes to Two Federal Law Enforcement Officials

             Edgar Sargsyan, 39, an attorney with law offices in Beverly Hills, agreed to plead guilty to five federal offenses – one related to a credit card “bust-out” scheme, and the others related to more than $250,000 in bribes he paid to two federal agents for assistance that included sensitive law enforcement information. The feds charged …

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Ex-FBI Agent Arrested on Conspiracy Charge Alleging He Accepted Bribes Paid by Lawyer Linked to Armenian Organized Crime Figure

           Federal agents arrested Babak Broumand, 53, of Lafayette, California, ho retired from the FBI last year after 20 years as a special agent was arrested today on a federal criminal charge alleging he conspired to accept more than $200,000 in cash bribes and gifts in exchange for providing sensitive law enforcement …

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Covina Man Arrested on Federal Charge Alleging He Cyberstalked and Threatened Violence Against Teenage Girls via Social Media

            Special agents with the FBI this morning arrested Carl Bennington, 33, of Covina, a San Gabriel Valley man and online promoter of the involuntary celibate (incel) subculture on a federal cyberstalking charge that he conducted an internet harassment campaign against two teenage girls who rejected his sexual advances.The complaint alleges that, from at least February 2016 …

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Chipotle Mexican Grill Agrees to Pay $25 Million Fine to Resolve Charges Stemming from More Than 1,100 Cases of Foodborne Illness

Southern California-Based Company Agrees to Pay Largest-Ever Fine in a Food Safety Case and Implement a Comprehensive Food Safety Compliance Program            Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has agreed to pay a $25 million criminal fine and institute a comprehensive food-safety program to resolve criminal charges that it adulterated food that sickened more than 1,100 people across …

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Opinion analysis: With debate over adherence to precedent, justices scrap nonunanimous jury rule

In 1972, the Supreme Court ruled that the Sixth Amendment guarantees a right to a unanimous jury – but that defendants in state trials do not have such a right. Today, by a vote of 6-3, the justices reversed course, holding that the Sixth Amendment establishes a right to a unanimous jury that applies in both …

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Orange County Pastor Agrees to Plead Guilty to Orchestrating $33 Million Fraud that Conned Investors

     Kent R.E. Whitney, 38, pastor of the Westminster-based Church of the Healthy Self has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges that he orchestrated a church-based investment scam that took in more than $33 million, Whitney agreed to plead guilty to a two-count information charging him with mail fraud and filing a false federal income tax …

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Train Operator at Port of Los Angeles Charged with Derailing Locomotive Near U.S. Navy’s Hospital Ship Mercy

The federal government arrested  Eduardo Moreno, 44, a train engineer at the Port of Los Angeles for allegedly running a locomotive at full speed off the end of rail tracks near the USNS Mercy. The feds charged MOreno with one count of train wrecking as a result of an incident Tuesday afternoon.Moreno admitted in two separate interviews with …

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U.K. Man Charged with Shipping Mislabeled and Unapproved ‘Treatments’ for Patients Suffering from COVID-19

           Frank Richard Ludlow, 59, a British man was charged with smuggling into the United States mislabeled drugs supposedly to be a treatment for those suffering from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Ludlow was charged with one count of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum sentence of …

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Former USC Admissions Official Will Plead Guilty to Running Fraudulent Scheme to Admit Unqualified International Students

            Hiu Kit David Chong, a  35 year old former University of Southern California admissions official will plead guilty to a wire fraud charge in a scheme to obtain USC graduate school admission slots for unqualified international students in exchange for thousands of dollars in cash. Hiu Kit David Chong admitted that he caused false college transcripts with …

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