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O.C. Lawyer Arrested on Federal Grand Jury Indictment Alleging Illegal Firearms Sales and Methamphetamine Distribution

          The feds arrested Melinda Romines, 41, of Anaheim, and charged her with conspiring to engage in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, possessing an unregistered firearm, and distributing methamphetamine. The grand jury indictment alleges that Romines found firearms available for purchase from black market firearms dealers. She then acted as a …

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Ex-Marijuana Warehouse Employee Gets 14 Years in Federal Prison for Planning $2 Million Armed Heist with Corrupt LASD Deputy

                      A Walnut man, Christopher Myung Kim, 30, got 168 months in federal prison for orchestrating a $2 million armed robbery of a commercial marijuana warehouse where over half a ton of marijuana was stolen. Marc Antrim, corrupt Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy helped him.  Kim also has to pay a $500K fine. In November 2019, a …

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Ex-Chairman of Christian Science Church in Los Angeles Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges of Stealing $11 Million from Church

          The former chairman of the board for the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, of Los Angeles, Charles Sebesta, of Huntington Beach, pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges that he stole more than $11 million in church money via bank accounts for phony companies and tried to cover his tracks by impersonating a real estate …

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Former Tax Lawyer Gets Five Years in Federal Prison for Evading Back Taxes He Owed to Internal Revenue Service

    In October 2019, James Roy McDaniel, 66, of Long Beach, a former tax and estate-planning lawyer pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion.A federal judge sentenced McDaniel to 60 months in federal prison.  McDaniel also has to pay back $1.54 million.  McDaniel, a licensed California lawyer from 1981 until 2004, pleaded guilty to one felony count of subscribing …

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Financial Advisor Gets More Than 11 Years in Prison for Defrauding Over a Dozen Clients in $8.1 Million Ponzi Scheme

A federal district court judge sentenced Li Lin Hsu, a.k.a. Yilin Hsu Lee, 42, of Diamond Bar,  a former Ameriprise financial advisor who ran a Ponzi scheme that defrauded 20 of her clients – including some of her relatives – out of more than $8.1 million to 136 months in federal prison. The judge also ordered …

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South Bay Man Gets Seven Years in Federal Prison for Receiving, Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography

A federal judge sentenced Daniel Patrick Diaz, 35, of Wilmington, 84 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography and distributing the sexually explicit images of children to other Internet users. Diaz pleaded guilty to four counts of receipt and distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.             Diaz admitted in …

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A doctor and the former owner of a Long Beach hospital gets 15 months in federal prison for health care fraud scheme.

SANTA ANA, California – A doctor and the former owner of a Long Beach hospital was sentenced this morning to 15 months in federal prison for taking part in a long-running health care fraud scheme where he authorized sham contracts that concealed over $30 million in illegal kickback payments to physicians who steered spinal surgeries to …

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Ex-Fannie Mae Employee Gets Kicked Into Jail for Taking Kickbacks

            SANTA ANA, California – A federal judge sentenced Shirene Hernandez, 47, of Corona, a former Fannie Mae employee to 76 months in federal prison for a multimillion-dollar scheme to take bribes and to discount sales of Fannie Mae-owned properties to herself and to real estate brokers in exchange for cash kickbacks. She also has to pay back $982,516 …

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Twice Deported Belzean National, Who is Already Serving Time in Prison, Faces Federal Illegal Entry Charges

      A twice-deported Belizean national, Akeem Garnett, 37, a.k.a. “Akeen Dean Garnett” and “Emerson Edmund Hewitt,” who most recently lived in Beverly Hills, and who currently is serving a nine-year sentence in a California prison for a domestic violence-related conviction was charged today with one felony count of illegal re-entry into the United States following …

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Bank Robber Gets Seven Years in Federal Prison for Armed Bank Robberies in Long Beach, SLO County

               A federal judge sentenced Dino Tabar Trias, 45, of Bakersfield, to 84 months in federal prison for robbing banks in Long Beach and San Luis Obispo County while he brandished what appeared to be a handgun at the tellers. He also has to repay $4,001 to the banks. Trias …

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