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November 21, 2017

South Bay Man Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Making Death Threat Against United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury has charged a San Pedro man with threatening to murder United States Representative Maxine Waters in a phone call to her Capitol Hill office last month.

Anthony Scott Lloyd, 44, was charged with one count of threatening a United States official in an indictment filed Friday in United States District Court.

Lloyd was arrested in this case on November 9, one day after federal prosecutors filed a criminal complaint that accused Lloyd of making the threatening phone call to Rep. Waters’ office. According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, Lloyd called the Congresswoman’s office on October 22 and left a voicemail laced with expletives and epithets that uses the words “dead” and “kill” a total of four times.

Lloyd, who was freed on a $20,000 bond after his arrest, is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on December 7.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. (more…)

MAN SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON FOR ASSAULTING HBPD OFFICER BY KNOCKING HIM TO THE GROUND AND REPEATEDLY HITTING AND KICKING HIM

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced on Friday to six years in state prison for assaulting an on-duty Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) officer by knocking the officer to the ground and repeatedly hitting and kicking him.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Darryl Keith Headrick, 60, Huntington Beach Pleaded guilty on Nov. 17, 2017, to:

  • Felony aggravated assault on a peace officer
  • Misdemeanor resisting and obstructing an officer
  • Sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury
Six years in state prison

Co-defendant Bryce Headrick, 25, Huntington Beach, pleaded guilty on March 17, 2016, to one felony count of aggravated assault on a peace officer, one misdemeanor count of resisting and obstructing another officer, and a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury. He was sentenced to seven years in state prison.

Circumstances of the Case

  • At approximately 11:20 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2016, Bryce Headrick was riding a bicycle near Beach Boulevard and Clay Avenue in Huntington Beach. (more…)

“Diaper Bandit” Charged with Robbing Stores in Long Beach

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

A 23-year-old man was charged today with stealing diapers from a several stores and leading police on a pursuit, resulting in the injury of a child, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Darrion Tyrone Parker (dob 3/25/94) of Los Angeles pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts in case NA107882: six counts of second-degree robbery and one count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle causing serious bodily injury and resisting an executive officer.

Prosecutors said between December 2016 and November 2017, Parker allegedly pilfered diapers with the threat of force from several super markets and retail stores in the Long Beach area.

On Nov. 15, a store employee reportedly confronted Parker in the parking lot about stealing merchandise before the defendant fled the location.

Authorities were notified and a police pursuit began, prosecutors said. During the chase, Parker allegedly crashed his vehicle into another car and severely injured a 6-year-old passenger. (more…)

November 20, 2017

San Diego Nursing Homes Owned by L.A.-Based Brius Management to Pay up to $6.9 Million to Resolve Kickback and Fraud Allegations

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

LOS ANGELES – Four San Diego-area nursing homes owned by Los Angeles-based Brius Management Co. have agreed to pay as much as $6.9 million to resolve civil allegations that their employees paid kickbacks for patient referrals and submitted fraudulent bills to government health care programs.

The settlement with the four nursing homes resolves an investigation into allegations that their employees paid kickbacks to discharge planners at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego to induce patient referrals to the nursing homes in violation of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.

The investigation examined additional allegations made in a “whistleblower” lawsuit that the nursing homes submitted false claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal for services provided to patients referred from Scripps Mercy Hospital. Bills submitted for patients referred as a result of illegal kickbacks would constitute fraud against the United States and the State of California.

The four nursing homes involved in the settlement are: Point Loma Convalescent Hospital, Brighton Place – San Diego, Brighton Place – Spring Valley, and Amaya Springs Health Care Center in Spring Valley.

These same four nursing homes entered into Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) with the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego in 2016. In the DPAs, the four entities admitted that nursing home employees conspired to pay kickbacks without the knowledge of Brius Management Co. The nursing homes admitted that their employees used corporate credit cards to pay for gift cards, massages, tickets to sporting events, and a cruise on the Inspiration Hornblower that were given to planners at Scripps Mercy Hospital as kickbacks. (more…)

New Indictment in Federal RICO Case Targeting Crips Gang Adds Murder Charge Related to Previously Unsolved Homicide

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury has returned a new indictment in a racketeering case targeting the Five Deuce Broadway Gangster Crips (BGC) street gang that adds a murder charge stemming from a previously unsolved 2012 homicide, Acting United States Attorney Sandra R. Brown announced today.

The “second superseding indictment” charges BGC member Joshua Perez, also known as “Tiny Ange,” in the murder of 37-year-old William Sherman, who was killed after BGC gangsters mistakenly identified him as being part of a group that were members of a rival gang.

The new indictment also alleges that co-defendant Marquis Shaw, also known as “T-Loon,” participated in the attack that resulted in Sherman’s murder. Shaw also faces charges previously filed in the BGC case that allege he committed a 2003 murder of a non-gang member outside of the House of Blues in West Hollywood.

Perez, 26, and Shaw, 43, allegedly are prominent members of a BGC clique known as the Gremlin Riderz, a violent enforcement arm that acts as the gang’s hit squad, which includes enforcing discipline among the gang’s members and carrying out acts of retaliation against rival gangs.

The new charges in the indictment accuse Perez of committing murder in aid of racketeering and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence that caused death. Each of these offenses carries a mandatory sentence of life without parole in federal prison. (more…)

Man Sentenced For Raping, Torturing Woman on Skid Row

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

A 58-year-old man has been sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting and torturing a woman last year at his Skid Row apartment, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Chris Harris was sentenced yesterday by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edmund Clarke Jr. Jurors found Harris guilty last month of one count each of forcible rape, forcible rape acting in concert with others, forcible oral copulation and torture.

Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson of the Human Sex Trafficking Section prosecuted the case.

Harris met the 31-year-old victim on Skid Row after she voluntarily left a shelter. Between September and December 2016, Harris raped the woman repeatedly at his apartment and recruited three others from the area to rape her in exchange for drugs, the prosecutor said.

Harris also severely beat the woman. When police found her, she was in a near comatose state and had a broken vertebra, ribs and facial bones. (more…)

November 17, 2017

FORMER TEACHER AND ELDER FOR JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES CHURCH CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TEEN BOY

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

FULLERTON, Calif. – A former teacher and elder for a Jehovah’s Witnesses church was convicted yesterday of sexually assaulting a teenage boy he met at church.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Jason Morris Gorski, 44, Fort Mill, South Carolina, Pleaded guilty yesterday to the following felony counts:

  • (2) Lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under 14
10 years in state prison Sentencing

Jan. 26, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton

Circumstances of the Case

  • Prior to April 2007, Gorski was employed as a school teacher at the now-closed Southwestern Longview Private School in Long Beach for approximately four years. He met John Doe at the school. (more…)

Man and Woman Charged in Connection With Fatal Crash in Torrance

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with a car crash that killed one person and injured another at Hawthorne and Del Amo boulevards in Torrance, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Dickinson said Monte Lashawn Collins (dob 3/4/98), of Long Beach, faces one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and two felony counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in injury.

Collins also faces five misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage and one misdemeanor count of driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. The complaint also alleges Collins fled the scene after committing a vehicular manslaughter.

Additionally, case YA097210 charges Karin Taylor Dixson (dob 9/27/98), of Los Angeles, with one felony count of accessory after the fact to a vehicular manslaughter.

Arraignment is scheduled for today in Department 4 of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Torrance Branch. (more…)

Man Convicted of Elder Abuse, Burglary in Pomona

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

A 25-year-old man pleaded no contest today to breaking into his grandfather’s Pomona home and severely beating the elderly man, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Sammeon Christian Waller entered his plea to two felony counts in case KA115541: elder abuse and first-degree burglary, person present.

Waller is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 6 in Department N of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch. The defendant faces seven years in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Sandra Jimenez, who prosecuted the case, said police were called on June 9 to conduct a welfare check on an 82-year-old Pomona man who had not been seen for several days.

When police arrived at the home, they discovered the elderly victim with significant injuries to his body and he was taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the prosecutor. (more…)

November 16, 2017

Attorney General Becerra Announces Embezzlement, Theft Charges Against Couple That Booked Student Trips To Japan

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

SAN DIEGO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan today announced that a Florida couple was indicted in San Diego Superior Court on multiple charges related to a cancelled high school band trip to Japan. Bradley Matheson, 52, and Margaret Matheson, 43, together operating as Harmony International, have been charged with 93 felony counts and 2 misdemeanor counts, including embezzlement, failing to maintain passenger funds in a trust account, and failing to provide refunds. The total loss to the high school band students and their families is $99,000, and 32 victims are identified in the indictment.

In a joint prosecution, the Attorney General’s Office and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit worked collaboratively to investigate the case and take it to a grand jury, which handed down the indictment on October 20, 2017. Defendant Bradley Matheson was arrested in Miami, Florida by the Miami-Dade Police Department on November 10, 2017. He will appear in a Florida state court tomorrow. An arrest warrant has been issued for Margaret Matheson, who is currently at large and out of custody. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the California Department of Justice at (800) 952-5225 or (916) 210-6276.

“The California Department of Justice is committed to protecting students and their families from predatory practices,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Today’s action is an important step toward justice for the San Diego area families affected by this scam.”

“These defendants took money from the students and their families, then turned around and spent it on business and personal expenses instead of honoring their agreement,” said District Attorney Summer Stephan. “Our Consumer Protection Unit’s investigation has been thorough, and it’s our hope that these charges will not only hold the defendants accountable but will also result in restitution for the victims.” (more…)

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