Month: July 2021

Which is Worse? Guilty Plea to Bribing County Supervisor or Having to Pay 3.4 Million to the IRS

            The feds charged  Helios Raphael Dayspring, a.k.a. “Bobby Dayspring,” 35,  with one count of bribery and one count of subscribing to a false 2018 income tax return that deliberately failed to report millions of dollars in income to the IRS. The federal prosecutors charged Dayspring with bribery for paying a …

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Verdict Reached in Buck Federal Case – Guilty? or Not Guilty?

     Federal jury found Ed Buck 66 of nine felonies, including giving fatal doses of methamphetamine to two men who died at his apartment. The jury found Buck guilty of two counts of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a drug-involved premises, and two counts of …

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Did the Art Dealer Embezzle Funds from Miracle Mile Art Gallery’s Bankruptcy Estate?

        The feds arrested Douglas J. Chrismas, 77, a noted art dealer on federal charges accusing him of embezzling more than $260,000 from the bankruptcy estate of Ace Gallery, a Miracle Mile-based art gallery, while acting as the estate’s trustee and custodian. The feds claim that Chrismas was the president and CEO of Art and …

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Man Who Lured Women from Canada with False Promises of Helping Their Modeling Careers Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking Offense

            Jerome Terry Jr., 45,, an Illinois man pleaded guilty today to a federal sex trafficking charge, admitting that he lured two 19 year old women from Canada with promises of promoting their modeling careers, but instead used force, fraud and/or coercion to cause the victims engage in commercial sex acts.             …

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Riverside County Man Who Tied to Enter Federal Parking Structure in Downtown L.A. with Several Firearms Named in Criminal Complaint

            The feds charged Erik Christopher Younggren, 34, of Cherry Valley, with attempted possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in a federal facility, a misdemeanor offense that carries a sentence of up to one year in federal prison. Younggren drove to a federal facility in downtown Los Angeles and tried to enter with …

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Former Defense Department Official Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges of Taking Cash to Aid Contractor’s Request for $6.4 Million

          Nizar Farhat, 63, a former Department of Defense civilian official has pleaded guilty to two felony charges for taking tens of thousands of dollars in illegal cash payments from a private contractor to support the contractor’s effort to obtain $6.4 million from the government in connection with construction projects on a Navy base in the …

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Twenty Nine Year Old Man Get Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years in Child Pornography Case

            A federal judge sentenced Fred Joseph Stecher Jr., 29  to nearly 20 years in prison for exchanging child pornography – some of which involved infants and toddlers – with others on the internet. When he completes his sentence, he will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life. The judge also ordered Stecher to pay …

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Federal Authorities Charge Man with Illegally Transporting Fireworks, Including Homemade Devices that Caused Huge South LA Explosion

The feds arrested Arturo Ceja III, a South Los Angeles man on federal charges of illegally transporting tons of explosives he bought in Nevada – including dangerous homemade devices that were detonated by police, leading to a massive explosion that destroyed a specially designed containment vehicle and injured 17 people.             …

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South Bay Man Arrested on Federal Child Pornography Charges Alleging He Paid Impoverished Filipino Boys to Film Sex Acts

          Federal authorities have arrested Billy Frederick, 51,on charges of producing child pornography, allegedly by developing a relationship with at least one boy in the Philippines who performed sex acts online in exchange for money. Frederick allegedly stored in his Google accounts various images and videos depicting child pornography, at least some of which he obtained from …

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