Month: May 2020

Feds Arrest Hollywood Executive on Fraud Charges that Allege He Pocketed Money from COVID-19 Relief Program

            The feds arrested William Sadleir, 66, formerly of Aviron Pictures, on federal fraud charges that allege he applied for $1.7 million in loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), falsely certified that the money would be used to finance the operations of other Aviron entities, and then used some of the relief …

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L.A. County Man Convicted of Child Sex Abuse Pleads Guilty to Possessing Federal Child Pornography

           Jesse Beltran, 35, who had a prior state court conviction for child sex abuse pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.  In 2008, Beltran was convicted of child molestation and spent eight years in the California state prison. While still on parole, in May 2019, the FBI searched him home and found a smartphone …

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Texas Woman Pleads Guilty to Narcotics and Money Laundering Conspiracy Charges for Opioid Pill Mill that Shipped Drugs Interstate

             Angela Gillespie-Shelton, a.k.a. “Boss Lady” and “Angotti”, 54, of Houston, Texas woman who helped lead an interstate narcotics trafficking ring pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges arising out of an opioid buy-back scheme in which a doctor at a Los Angeles clinic prescribed opioids to putative patients that the clinic bought back and sold …

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Encino Man Gets 9 Years in Prison for Leading Conspiracy to Distribute Opioids via Sham Clinics and Corrupt Doctors

A federal judge sentenced Minas Matosyan, a.k.a. “Maserati Mike,” 40, of Encino to 108 months in federal prison for leading a conspiracy to distribute powerful prescription opioids via sham medical clinics that hired corrupt doctors who wrote fraudulent prescriptions to black market customers.          The feds arrested Matozyan in August 2017 under a federal grand …

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Two Arrested on Federal Criminal Complaint Alleging They Participated in Murderous Cross-Border Kidnapping Conspiracy

            The feds arrested Briana Matla, 20, a former Colton resident, a United States citizen who now resides in Mexico and her boyfriend, Sanchez, on a federal criminal complaint alleging they collected ransom money as part of a kidnapping conspiracy where California residents were kidnapped in Mexico and two of them were murdered.  The complaint alleges that …

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Inland Empire Man Will Plead Guilty to Producing Sexually Explicit Images and Videos of Children

            A San Bernardino County man, Chaunta A. Bashir, a.k.a. “taytheonly,” 26, of Chino, will plead guilty to a federal criminal charge that he produced dozens of sexually explicit images and videos of children, including of one victim who was 3 years old at the time. In his plea agreement, Bashir admitted that from June 2015 to October 2018, …

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Four Women Fall for Santa Monica Man’s Online Romance Scam

Antonio Mariot Wilson, a.k.a. “Dr. Tony Mariot” and “Brice Carrington,” 57, a Santa Monica man will to plead guilty to a federal fraud charge for a romance scam in which he deceived women he met online and elsewhere into investing tens of thousands of dollars into his sham sound design and software companies, only to take …

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FEDS ORDER CALIFORNIA HAND SANITIZER COMPANY TO STOP MARKETING UNAPPROVED NEW DRUGS

    A federal court ordered a California company to stop distributing unapproved hand sanitizer products as new drugs. Innovative BioDefense Inc., of Lake Forest, California and company CEO Colette Cozean and distributor Hotan Barough must stop distributing “Zylast” hand sanitizer products until the company obtains U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval or removes disease-specific claims from …

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