Was it Worth It? Ex-credit Union Manager Gets over 14 Years in Federal Prison for $40 Million Embezzlement

The Edward Martin Rostohar, 62, the former manager of the CBS Employees Federal Credit Union pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud.  The judge sentenced him to 169 months in federal prison for a twenty year embezzlement scheme that caused the credit union to lose $40 million and led the financial cooperative into forced …

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Even Former Elected Officials Commit Crimes; Former Santa Ana Council Member Roman Reyna Pleads Guilty to Election Fraud

Former Santa Ana City Council Member Roman Reyna pleaded guilty to committing election fraud for submitting nomination papers under penalty of perjury that falsely claimed he lived at a residence within Santa Ana Ward 4 in order to run for that Ward’s City Council seat in 2018. Reyna was elected to represent Ward 4 in …

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Paralegal Steals from Clients of Immigration Law Firms: What Was She Thinking?

            Tanya Garcia, 40, of Whittier, CA worked as a paralegal at several Los Angeles and Riverside county immigration law firms. The law firms helped clients with immigration matter such as obtaining asylum, relief from deportation, U.S. residence and citizenship, and work permits. From October 2014 until October 2018, Garcia …

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Coworker Charged With Killing Retired Cal State Fullerton Administrator on College Campus; What Was He Thinking?

The Orange County prosecutor charged a 51-year-old Huntington Beach man with lying in wait and fatally stabbing an administrator at Cal State University, Fullerton.  Fifty one year old, Chuyen Van Vo has been charged with stabbing his co-worker,  Steven Shek Keung, in a CSUF parking lot around 8:30 a.m. Monday. Surveillance video captured the attacker …

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The First of a Kind: Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and to Money Laundering Charges for Running Unlicensed Bitcoin Exchange and ATM

             Kunal Kalra, 25, aka “Kumar,” “shecklemayne” and “coinman” Kalra agreed to plead guilty to four felonies: distribution of methamphetamine, operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, laundering of monetary instruments, and failure to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program.             From May 2015 through October …

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Man Admits He Stole $240,000 from United States Postal Service Trucks

Questions: What were Myron and William thinking? Should they go to federal prison?  For how long?             A South Los Angeles man pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge and admitted to participating in two armed robberies of United States Postal Service trucks carrying tens of thousands of dollars …

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Ex-Doctor Pleads Guilty to Federal Criminal Charges for Illegally Selling Painkillers for Cash at His High Desert Medical Clinic ( Never Sell to a Confidential Informant)

             An ex-physician pleaded guilty  to federal criminal charges for illegally prescribing and distributing the semi-synthetic opioid painkiller oxycodone to undercover operatives who visited the physician’s Victorville medical office. Wendell Mark Street, 67, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of illegally prescribing oxycodone to patients without a …

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Mastermind of $1.3 Billion Investment Fraud (Ponzi) Scheme Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Tax Evasion Charges aka If the Investment Sounds Too Good to Be True, it Is Probably Not a Good Investment.

On August 7, 2019, Sherman Oaks, California native, Robert Shapiro, 61, pled guilty to orchestrating and leading a massive investment fraud scheme, in which more than 7,000 victims suffered financial losses, as well as tax evasion, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349 and 26 U.S.C. § 7201.  Shapiro is the former owner, president, and …

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Former Santa Ana Police Officer Criminally Charged with Using Unreasonable Force, Filing False Reports in Connection with Beating

                 A grand jury charged Brian Patric Booker, 50, of Chino Hills, a retired Santa Ana Police officer with violating the civil rights of a man by using unreasonable force during an arrest and then lying about the incident in official reports. Booker was charged with one felony …

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Former Postal Service Employee Pleads Guilty to Robbery, Firearms Charges in Scheme that Stole Nearly $240,000 from USPS Trucks

            William Crosby IV, 32, a former United States Postal Service employee pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges for participating in one burglary and two armed robberies of USPS trucks carrying cash – incidents that caused nearly a quarter million dollars in losses. He pleaded guilty to two felonies: robbery …

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