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TRYING TO BUY RICIN GETS MAN 42 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON

A federal judge sentenced Steve S. Kim, 41, of La Crescenta, to 42 months in federal prison for attempting to obtain ricin from an online source that he admitted was intended to be used as a weapon. Kim pleaded guilty in September 2019 to one count of violating a criminal statute called prohibition with respect to biological …

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CALIFORNIA RACIAL JUSTICE ACT NEEDS GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE

CALIFORNIA RACIAL JUSTICE ACT NEEDS GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE AB2542 – the California Racial Justice Act – was passed in the final moments of the 2019-2020 legislative session with 26 votes in the Senate and 49 in Assembly. Californians may soon have the opportunity to challenge their arrests, their charges, their trials, and their sentences on the grounds of …

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Jewelry Crew Ringleader Gets About 4 Years in Prison for Stealing About $800,000 Worth of Goods

             A federal judge sentenced Federico ASantiago Quiroz Lucca, 52, a.k.a. Christian Sergio Alessandro Hernandez Valenzuela, rhe ringleader of a prolific robbery crew that targeted traveling jewelry salespeople, following them for many miles at times and stealing about $835,000 worth of goods, to 45 months in federal prison. Lucca also has to pay back $835,000. In December …

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Lobbyist to Plead Guilty in City Hall Bribery Scheme in Which Jose Huizar Supported Developer in Exchange for PAC Donations

           Federal prosecutors today filed criminal charges against Roland Goldman, a.k.a. “Morrie,” 57, of Porter Ranch, a longtime Los Angeles City Hall lobbyist and close associate of City Councilman Jose Huizar with participating in a bribery scheme in which he brokered deals where a developer client agreed to make $50,000 in political donations in exchange for Huizar’s …

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Owner of Investment Firm that Managed Over $1 Billion in Assets Arrested in Federal Case Alleging He Defrauded Investors

The feds arrested Brendan Ross, 47, founder and CEO of  Direct Lending Investments, LLC (DLI), an investment firm that specializes in debt instruments  on federal charges alleging he falsified financial records to fraudulently inflate the value of the funds he managed, allowing him to charge investors millions of dollars in unauthorized fees.         …

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One Less Lawyer in Beverly Hills – Ex Lawyer Admits He Embezzled His Client’s Money and Used It to Pay Off Debt

             Alan F. Broidy, 65, a disbarred Beverly Hills lawyer pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge (interstate transportation of stolen property) for scheming to steal more than $500,000 from a client he represented in bankruptcy proceedings and then use part of the money to pay off a $75,000 debt.              According dy was hired to …

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Pasadena Man Indicted by Grand Jury in Cyberstalking Case Alleging Online and Mailed Threats to Injure, Rape and Kill 10 Victims

            The feds charged Samuel Trelawney Hughes, 31, who is a citizen of the United Kingdom, with 26-counts of making a series of detailed threats to harm, rape and kill 10 victims he met in various social and business settings. Specifically, the feds charged Hughes with seven counts of stalking, nine counts …

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Sylmar Man Indicted on Arson Charges Alleging He Set Hollywood Pizza Restaurant Ablaze During Civil Disturbances in May

            The feds charged Mario Ernesto Alvarado, 42, a Sylmar man with arson by deliberately setting Hollywood’s Pizzeria Mozza restaurant on fire during the civil disturbances that struck the city in late May. During the civil disturbances that occurred in Los Angeles on May 30, Alvarado allegedly walked into a commercial building in …

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O.C. Man Admits Operating Unlicensed ATM Network that Laundered Millions of Dollars of Bitcoin and Cash for Criminals’ Benefit

           Kais Mohammad, 36, a.k.a. “Superman29, a Yorba Linda man will plead guilty to federal criminal charges that he operated an illegal virtual-currency money services business that exchanged up to $25 million – including on behalf of criminals – through in-person transactions and a network of Bitcoin ATM-type kiosks. Mohammad agreed to plead guilty to one count of …

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