Former Customs and Border Protection Officer Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Running Illegal Firearms Business, Tax Evasion

            Wei Xu, 56, a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection watch commander at the Long Beach Seaport pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges for running an illegal gun-selling business, unlawfully possessing more than 40 machine guns and other prohibited firearms, failing to disclose his foreign financial interests and contacts …

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Former Cheerleading Coach Sentenced to 78 Months in Federal Prison for Sexually Assaulting an Intoxicated Woman on a Cruise Ship

A federal district court judge sentenced Anthony Paul De La Torriente, 30, of Simi Valley, a former cheerleading coach, to 78 months in federal prison for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman on a cruise ship bound from Long Beach to Ensenada, Mexico during the summer of 2015.   A federal jury found De La Torriente guilty …

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Ex-U.S. Navy Contract Official Sentenced to More than 5 Years in Prison for Bribery Scheme Where He Netted $1.2 Million in Kickbacks

A federal judge sentenced Fernando Barroso Sr., 69, a former civilian employee of the United States Navy who was a senior procurement official for Naval Base Ventura County and who received $1.2 million in illegal kickbacks to 70 months in federal prison. Barroso pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of subscribing …

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Former Hollywood Digital Marketing Executive & Professional Poker Player Charged with Embezzling $22 Million from His Employer

Dennis Blieden, 29, a former executive at StyleHaul Inc., a digital marketing company that represents “influencers” on YouTube and Instagram, has been arrested for embezzling $22 million from his employer and using the stolen money for buy-ins at professional poker tournaments, crypto-currency investing, and other personal expenses. He has been charged with 11 counts of …

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Man, Who Stole a Critically Endangered Ring-Tailed Lemur, Pleads Guilty to a Federal Crime

            Nineteen year old Aquinas Kasbar pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of stealing a ring-tailed Lemur, an endangered species. He faces a year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine. On July 27, 2018, Kasbar broke into the Santa Ana Zoo after it had closed for the day. Using …

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Man Gets 15 Years for 14 Burrito Shaped Methamphetamine Packages

Fourteen burrito shaped methamphetamine packages landed Ricardo Renteria in federal prison for 180 months. On February 3, 2018, the police pulled over Renteria because he drove his white Chevrolet Tahoe  erratically and evasively. Renteria consented to a search of the vehicle and the police found a black garbage bag on the floor behind the driver’s …

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Get a License Before You Export Semiconductor Chips with Missile Guidance Applications to China

            A jury found Yi-Chi Shih, 64, an electrical engineer, guilty of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), mail fraud, wire fraud, subscribing to a false tax return, making false statements to a government agency, and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to a protected computer to …

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Health Insurance Refuses to Pay for Cosmetic Procedures

            Israel returned Linda Morrow, 67, to the United States after Morrow was named in a 31-count federal grand jury indictment.  Israel determined that Morrow entered Israel  on a fraudulent Mexican passport. Linda Morrow and her husband, David Morrow, 74, were arrested in Israel. David Morrow, who pleaded guilty in …

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The Man Who Talked Too Much Gets Charged with a Federal Crime of Distributing Fentanyl Causing Death

A federal grand jury charged Edwin Oliva, 28, with distribution of fentanyl resulting in death.  Oliva talked to the police and told them an acquaintance came to his house after midnight on February 28. Oliva said he gave the acquaintance fentanyl, a drug that killed her. Oliva should have claimed his Fifth Amendment right to remain …

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Not a Good Idea to Post Child Pornography on Facebook after Illegally Reentering the United States after Deportation

             The feds indicted 50 year old Jose Ramon Aguilar-Moreno, a Salvadoran national who was deported from the United States in 2003 after being convicted of sexually abusing a child, for illegally reentering the United States and posting child pornography on Facebook. Even worse, he failed to register as a …

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