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Report Suspected COVID-19 Fraud

The United States Attorney’s Office asks that members of the public are urged to report suspected fraud schemes related to the coronavirus and COVID-19 by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or sending complaints to the NCDF e-mail address, disaster@leo.gov. The NCDF enters complaints into a centralized system that can be accessed by …

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West Hollywood Man Admits to Modern Art Fraud Scheme Using Fake Works for Sale, Collateral for Loans, and Write-Offs on Tax Returns

            Philip Righter, 43, a West Hollywood man, will plead guilty to federal criminal charges that he sold bogus art he claimed was created by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. He also admitted using fake paintings as collateral for loans on which he later defaulted, and using fraudulent pieces for …

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Ex-CEO of Irvine Financial Services Firm Sentenced to over 10 Years in Prison for Stealing $3.5 Million from Mostly Elderly Investors

            A federal judge sentenced the former CEO of an Irvine-based financial services and insurance company, Mehmet Fatih Biyikoglu, a.k.a. “John B.,” 53, of Palm Desert, to 121 months in federal prison for defrauding elderly victims who thought their money was being invested in a certificate of deposit at a …

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PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO COURT OPERATIONS

In response to concerns regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19, and in light of local, state and federal emergency declarations based upon the virus, Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, announced today the following recommendations to all judges and commissioners of the Court. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020:  1. …

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Guns and Alcohol Do Not Mix: San Bernardino County Man Who Brought Assault Rifle into Restaurant after Being Denied Alcohol Gets 10 Years in Federal Prison

A federal judge sentenced Francisco Alvarado Felix, 33, of Hesperia, a convicted felon who brought an assault rifle into a restaurant and brandished it at the manager after employees refused to serve him an alcoholic beverage to 120 months in federal prison.             Felix and a friend visited a BJ’s Restaurant and …

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Inland Empire Man Who Stole Doctors’ Identities to Obtain Medication Later Sold on Darknet Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

       A federal judge sentenced Christopher Lazenby, 29, of Homeland in Riverside County man  to 120 months in federal prison for running a narcotics distribution outfit that, in part, stole at least nine doctors’ DEA numbers and dates of birth that he used to obtain oxycodone and other prescription medications that he later sold …

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Mexican National Who Ran Stash House and Laundered Money for Group Linked to Sinaloa Cartel Sentenced to over 5 Years in Prison

A federal judge sentenced Edgar Limon, 39a A Mexican National who was charged in the first major narcotics trafficking indictment resulting from an investigation by the Los Angeles Strike Force to 63 months in federal prison for his role in an international narcotics network that transported 21 pounds of pure methamphetamine across the United States-Mexico border …

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Canadian National Who Conned U.S. Senior Citizens out of Money via ‘Grandparent Scam’ Gets 41 months in Federal Prison

            A federal judge sentenced  Clifford Kirstein, 29, of Montreal, a Canadian telemarketer, to 41 months in federal prison for conning American senior citizens by impersonating their grandchildren over the telephone and asking for financial help to get the purportedly distressed relatives out of trouble in a foreign country. She must also repay $56,258 in restitution to eight …

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Ex-Los Angeles City Councilman In Big Trouble – Arrested by the Feds for Charges of Obstructing Public Corruption Probe, Making False Statements

Mitchell Englander, 49, of Santa Monica, a former Los Angeles city councilman, surrendered to FBI agents this morning to face criminal charges that he obstructed an investigation into him accepting cash, female escort services, hotel rooms and expensive meals from a businessman during trips to Las Vegas and Palm Springs, and later lied to the FBI …

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San Fernando Valley Woman Gets Over 3 Years in Prison for Running $11.5 Million Sleep Study Scam Bilking UPS and Costco

A federal judge sentenced Anna Vishnevsky, 52, of Valley Village, the former owner of a Studio City medical clinic, to 37months in federal prison for submitting  more than $11.5 million in bills to health care benefit programs for unnecessary – and sometimes nonexistent – sleep studies, primarily for employees of United Parcel Service, Inc., and Costco …

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