Month: February 2021

DA Gascon’s Office Does Not Want People to Submit Requests for Resentencing

DA Gascon’s Office does not accept calls, emails, letters, etc. about individual cases. The DA’s Office cannot respond to requests or concerns about individual cases or requests for resentencing made by incarcerated persons, family members, attorneys, and/or other representatives at this time. If someone wants to get resentenced, the person should participate in rehabilitative programming and avoid …

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Man Pleads Guilty to Fraudulently Getting Over $500,000 in COVID-19 Jobless Relief

          Bonifacio Jastilana Marinas, 50,  a San Dimas man pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal mail fraud charge that he obtained more than $500,000 in COVID-19-related unemployment benefits in the names of foreign nationals he falsely claimed were local real estate agents hit hard financially by the pandemic.From April 2020 to August 2020, …

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Political Donor Gets 12 Years in Prison for Lobbying and Campaign Contribution Crimes, Tax Evasion, Obstruction of Justice

          A federal judge sentenced Imaad Shah Zuberi, 50, of Arcadia,  venture capitalist and political fundraiser, to 144 months in federal prison for falsifying records to conceal his work as a foreign agent while lobbying high-level U.S. government officials, evading the payment of millions of dollars in taxes, making illegal campaign contributions, and …

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Smuggling Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Sold as Herbal Products Gets South Korean Man 4 Years in Federal Prison

A federal judge sentenced Nam Hyun Lee, 62, a.k.a. “Daniel Lee,” a South Korean man living illegal  in the U.S., to 46 months in federal prison for illegally importing bulk quantities of erectile dysfunction drugs that he marketed as herbal male sexual enhancement products that earned him millions of dollars. Lee pleaded guilty to one count …

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DISBARRED ATTORNEY GETS 15 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR STEALING FROM CLIENTS

A federal judge sentenced Shant Ohanian, 38, a disbarred lawyer to 180 monthsin federal prison for stealing more than $4 million from his clients through various ways including collecting fees for work he never performed. Ohanian pleaded guilty in June 2019 to one count of wire fraud and has been in federal custody since the following month, when his …

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Did the Man Sell ‘Ghost Guns’ Out of His Hookah Lounge?

          The feds charged Hovik Dagesian, 39, with illegally selling firearms – including several “ghost guns” – out of his downtown Los Angeles business,  DTLA Hookah Lounge, four times between October 30, 2020 and January 8, 2021, Dagesian illegally sold 10 firearms, including an AR-15-style short-barreled rifle with no serial number..   Dagesian had no federal firearms …

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Man Who Extorted Sexually Explicit Images from Women on Facebook Gets 18 Months in Federal Prison

          A federal judge sentenced Jorge Esteban Sanchez Ramos, 24, to 18months in federal prison for blackmailing female friends and acquaintances on Facebook by threatening to publish nude photographs and videos of them unless they sent him more sexually explicit images. Ramos pleaded guilty in June 2020 to one count of stalking.           …

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