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Manhattan Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Fraud Offense in Movie Investment Scam that Cost Overseas Investors $14 Million

         A Manhattan Beach man, Adam Joiner, pleaded guilty to a fraud charge and admitted bilking foreign investment groups out of $14 million by falsely claiming the money would be used to produce a feature film that Netflix would distribute. He faces 20 years in federal prison.  (Doubtful that he will get 20 years)         …

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Chef Charged With Multiple Counts of raping a member of the military in 2018 after she dined at the Seal Beach restaurant where he worked.

The Seal Beach Police arrested a former Chef, Darryl Lee Matanane, 55 in Midland, Texas. The police identifed Matanane as a suspect in the February 18, 2018 sexual assault. He was released pending further investigation.  After further investigation, the police arrested him. The prosecutor charged Matanane with six felony counts in connection with the February 2018 …

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MAN COULD NOT HIDE FROM THE IRS: BEVERLY HILLS BUSINESSMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS FAILED TO REPORT OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS CONTAINING MILLIONS

A federal district court judge sentenced Beverly Hills businessman, Teymour Khoubian, to 21 months in prison for filing false tax returns, which failed to report his offshore accounts in Germany and Israel and the income earned on those accounts. Khoubian filed false tax returns for tax years 2009 and 2010, which failed to report foreign …

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Don’t Mess with Crime Victims: South Florida Jury Convicts Man Who Cybserstalked and Threatened Families of Parkland Victims

A federal jury in South Florida convicted Brandon Michael Fleury, 22, of Santa Ana, California, of cybserstalking and sending a kidnapping threat to families of victims of a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.  (18  U.S.C. §§ 875(c), 2261A) Fleury faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Fleury used thirteen different Instagram accounts, using …

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More Fake Test Takers: San Fernando Valley Man Admits Guilt in English Proficiency Exam Scheme for Chinese Nationals Seeking Student Visas

             Liu Cai, 24, a Woodland Hills man, pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges in connection with a scheme where Chinese nationals fraudulently obtained student visas by hiring people with fake Chinese passports to take an English proficiency test on their behalf. A 26-count federal grand jury indictment charged six …

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Watch Out for Drug Dealers Peddling Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals Made with Fentanyl: Three Men Charged in Scheme to Distribute Fentanyl-Laced Pills that Caused Overdose Death of Rapper Mac Miller

Cameron Pettit, 28, of West Hollywood; Stephen Walter, 46, of Westwood; and Ryan Reavis, 36, a former West Los Angeles resident who relocated to Lake Havasu, Arizona earlier this year, were charged in a three-count indictment. All three defendants are charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances resulting in death and distribution of fentanyl resulting …

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Seventy Year Old Man He Will Probably Get Out When He Turns 90: San Fernando Valley Swindler Gets 20 Years in Federal Prison for Conning Elderly Victims Out of Their Homes and Money

            Michael “Mickey” Henschel, 70, of Van Nuys, whom the feds called a long-time con artist got 240 months in federal prison for running a multimillion-dollar real estate scam that conned elderly people out of their homes, gouging them with fraudulent threats of litigation and extorting monthly payments for illegal …

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Don’t pay money upfront to get rid of debt:Inland Empire Man Gets 6 Years in Federal Prison for Bogus Debt-Elimination Services that Cost Victims $1.6 Million

                  A jury found Diamond guilty of 15 counts of mail fraud affecting a financial institution and 15 counts of wire fraud affecting a financial institution.  The judge sentenced James Ignatius Diamond, 69, to 70 months in federal prison for defrauding hundreds of victims, mainly distressed homeowners …

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Watson Murder – Do not Drink and Drive: Man with Prior DUI Conviction Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder of 10-Year-Old Girl While Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

A jury found Adam John Kanas, 39, of San Clemente, guilty of second degree murder for killing 10-year old Kendra Geddis on August 15, 2016, after driving erratically at 80 mph, swerving across several lanes on the I-405 in Seal Beach, and slamming into the back of the Tesla Geddis was riding in.  Kanas killed …

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Ed Buck Is Looking at a Mandatory Minimum Stentence of 20 Years Because the Feds Arrested Him for Fatally Drugging a Man

            The feds arrested  Edward Buck, 65, of West Hollywood for allegedly  providing methamphetamine to a man who died after receiving the drug intravenously. A federal criminal complaint charges him with one count of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death. The complaint alleges that Buck provided methamphetamine that directly resulted …

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