San Fernando Valley Physician Indicted in $6 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

      The feds arrested ilit Gagikovna Baltaian, 58 on criminal health care fraud charges arising from her false home health certifications and related fraudulent billings to Medicare. Baltaian, allegedly operated medical clinics in Tujunga and Reseda. From January 2012 to July 2018, Baltaian falsely certified patients to receive home health care from at least four Los Angeles …

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Federal Employee Charged with a Kidnapping that Resulted in the Wife’s Death

            A grand jury indicted Eddy Reyes, 35,with kidnapping his wife in 2016 in an incident that resulted in her death. Claudia Reyes, 21,  was last seen leaving work on the night of May 6, 2016. After Reyes filed a missing person report four days later, the Santa Ana Police Department conducted …

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Feds Charge Riverside County Man With COVID-Relief Fraud

 Federal authorities arrested Oumar Sissoko, 59, a Temecula man on federal fraud charges that allege he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) after getting more than $7 million in PPP loan funds for his company that repairs potholes. Sissoko allegedly got a $7.25 million loan for his company, Road Doctor California …

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Ex-L.A. Sheriff’s Deputy Who Robbed Marijuana Warehouse Gets 7 Years in Prison

          A federal judge sentenced Marc Antrim, 43,, a  former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy to 84 months in federal prison for orchestrating and leading a $2 million armed robbery – staged as a legitimate law enforcement search – at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse where more than half a ton of marijuana …

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Torrance Man and His Sister Charged in Multimillion Dollar Real Estate Scam Involving Fake Open Houses at Not-for-Sale Homes

    The feds arested Adolfo Schoneke, 43, of Torrance, and his sister, Bianca Gonzalez, a.k.a. Blanca Schoneke, 38, of Walnut,  a Southern California brother-and-sister team  on federal charges alleging they orchestrated a $6 million real estate fraud scam in which they listed homes without the owners’ consent and collected money from multiple would-be buyers for each …

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Beverlywood Man Arrested for Allegedly Bilking Investors by Falsely Claiming to License Latin American Film Rights to Netflix and HBO

Investigators Estimate Victims of Ponzi Scheme Put Nearly One-Quarter Billion Dollars into Company that Has Not Been Repaid           The feds arrested Zachary Joseph Horwitz aka Zach Avery, 34, a Beverlywood man, on a federal criminal complaint alleging that victims put $227 million – investment principal that has yet to be repaid – …

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Ex-Federal Correctional Officer Who Took Bribes and Smuggled Contraband to inmates gets 15 Months in Prison

A federal judge sentenced Paul James Hayes II, 52,  a former Bureau of Prisons (BOP) correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Complex, Victorville to 15 months in federal prison for taking more than $15,000 in cash bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband – including methamphetamine and cell phones – into the complex’s high-security penitentiary.  Hayes was a lieutenant …

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Man Who Killed His Two Boys to Get Insurance Money Gets 212 Years in Prison

           A federal judge sentenced Ali F. Elmezayen, 45, to 212 years in federal prison for intentionally driving his ex-wife and two disabled sons off a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles into the ocean – drowning the boys who were trapped in the car – to collect on accidental death …

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Indictment Alleges Visa Fraud Scheme that Used Surrogate Test-Takers and ‘Guaranteed’ Foreign Student Admission into Colleges

            Yi Chen, aka “Brian Chen,” 33, of Monrovia, pleaded not guilty this afternoon to charges in a 21-count grand jury indictment that alleges conspiracy, visa fraud and aggravated identity theft. The charges stem from a scheme that used bogus transcripts, ghostwritten admissions essays, and imposters who took standardized tests to help foreigners gain admission to …

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