Month: January 2021

Former Baldwin Park City Council Member Pleads Guilty to Bribery and Taking $38,000 to Support a Police Contract

Ricardo Pacheco, a former Baldwin Park city councilmember has pleaded guilty to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes – including $20,000 in cash – from a Baldwin Park Police officer working at the FBI’s direction, in exchange for the councilmember’s political support of the Baldwin Park Police Association’s contract with the city. Pacheco admitted he solicited and …

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Ex-Bank Branch Manager Gets 3½ Years in Federal Prison for Stealing $1 Million from Customer with Dementia

           A federal judge sentenced Marie Fulle, 38, a former Comerica bank branch manager, to 41 months in federal prison for stealing more than $1 million from an elderly customer with dementia, and then using it for her personal expenses, including gambling and buying luxury items.   Fulle pleaded guilty in September 2019 to an information charging her with …

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Federal Judge Sentences Former L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander to 14 Months in Federal Prison

           A federal judge sentenced former Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitchell Englander to 14 months in federal prison for his conduct surrounding his obstruction of a public corruption investigation into his acceptance of gifts – including $15,000 in cash – from a businessman during trips to Las Vegas and Palm Springs in 2017.       …

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Feds Charge West L.A. Man With Stalking Women Doctors at VA Medical Facilities

            The feds charged Gueorgui Hristov Pantchev, 49, of West Los Angeles, who moved to an apartment blocks from the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center with  a federal stalking charge that alleges he harassed two women doctors at the hospital and three other women who work at the VA’s Loma …

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Man Who Worked at Orange Unified School District Gets 6 Years in Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

            A federal judge sentenced Mike Barry Brior, 43, who worked at the Orange Unified School District for 18 years to 72 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography, specifically sending image and video files of explicit sexual conduct involving young children via the Kik instant messaging application. Brior pleaded guilty to …

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Ex-Labor Union President Gets 12 Years in Prison for Embezzling Union Health Plan Funds & Lying to Federal Officials

           A federal judge sentenced John S. Romero, 74, the former president of a Colton-based labor union, to 144 months in federal prison for stealing nearly $800,000 from the union’s health plan trust fund, which he used to pay for personal expenses including legal bills and a car loan for his son’s …

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Senora Gets 12 Years in Federal Prison for Carjacking, Soliciting Murder

          Cheryl Perez-Castaneda, 58 acted as a “señora” – or a high-level female associate for an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member – got 144 months in federal prison for using her power on the street to solicit a murder and for participating in a carjacking attempt that resulted in a shooting. She pleaded guilty in October 2020 to …

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