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March 20, 2018


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A parolee gang member was sentenced on Friday to 60 years to life in state prison for attempting to murder a Fullerton Police Department (FPD) officer by shooting him several times at close range during a traffic stop.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Marcos Allen Bush, 34, Santa Ana Found guilty by a jury on March 15, 2017, of the following felony counts:

  • Attempted murder
  • Shooting from a motor vehicle
  • Assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a peace officer
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • (3) Shooting at a residence

Sentencing Enhancements

  • Personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury
  • Personal use of a firearm
  • Causing great bodily injury
  • Prior strike conviction for criminal threats in 2008
Sentenced on March 16, 2018, to

60 years to life in state prison

Circumstances of the Case

  • At the time of the crime, Bush was documented member of an Anaheim criminal street gang and on parole for assault with a deadly weapon with force likely to cause great bodily injury, criminal threats, and domestic violence.
  • At approximately 12:15 a.m.on March 17, 2013, Bush was driving in Fullerton with an unidentified passenger and was pulled over in a traffic stop by an FPD officer.
  • The officer approached the driver side door and contacted Bush. The windows of the vehicle had a dark tint and the officer could not see into the back seat area of the vehicle.
  • As the officer stood closer to the car to determine how many occupants were inside, Bush pulled out a firearm and shot the officer at point-blank range in the chest.
  • The officer was wearing a ballistic vest, which prevented the bullet from penetrating his heart.
  • As the officer stepped back, Bush fired out the window at the officer several more times, shooting him twice in the arm, once in the leg, and once grazing his hip.
  • Bush fired several more times and hit residences in the area, then sped away and fled the scene.
  • The officer fired two rounds at the suspect vehicle as it sped away.
  • FPD investigated this case and identified Bush as a suspect.
  • On the afternoon of March 17, 2013, FPD located Bush at an apartment in Anaheim.
  • As the Anaheim Police Department and FPD attempted to arrest Bush, the defendant ran from officers, discarding a firearm and bullets as he ran. The defendant was caught and arrested soon after.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Gary Logalbo of the Gang/TARGET Unit prosecuted this case.

Orange County District Attorney /
Case # 13NF0945 / March 19, 2018

Man Sentenced For Kidnapping, Murder of Long Beach Infant

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

An Oceanside man was sentenced today to life in state prison for kidnapping and murdering an infant girl in Long Beach three years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Anthony Ray McCall (dob 12/4/85) received five life sentences as well as 141 years and eight months in prison. Earlier this month, he was found guilty of one count each of first-degree murder, kidnapping and attempted kidnapping, and four counts of attempted murder. Jurors also found true all of the allegations in the case, including gun use and infliction of great bodily harm.

Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes of the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

McCall snatched 3-week-old Eliza De La Cruz from her Long Beach home on Jan. 3, 2015. Her body was discovered the next day in a trash bin in San Diego County. He also attempted to kill the infant’s mother, father and uncle.

On Feb. 6, 2015, McCall tried to kill a 23-year-old woman and kidnap her 4-month-old baby boy in an El Segundo hotel. (more…)

Alleged Gang Members from Houston Charged in Bank Jugging Case

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

Seven Houston residents have been charged with conspiring to follow and then rob bank customers, a practice known as bank jugging, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Arraignment for two of the defendants, Darrian Dejuan Haywood and Adrian Deon Caldwell, is scheduled for today in Department 4 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Torrance Branch.

The defendants operated out of a motel in Inglewood where they conspired to rob bank customers in Torrance, Van Nuys and Rowland Heights, according to details in the criminal complaint. Case YA097532 was filed Jan. 19.

The charges include attempted second-degree robbery, second-degree burglary of a vehicle and conspiracy to commit robbery with allegations that all of the crimes were committed for the benefit of and in association with a criminal street gang.

Those charged in the complaint are as follows: (more…)

March 19, 2018


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:48 am
Raul Marin Martin, 59, Santa Ana Found guilty by a jury today of:

  • One felony count of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Prior strike conviction for a sex offense, committing a serious and violent felony while on probation, and committing a lewd act on a child by a stranger in Orange County
21 years in state prison Sentencing

April 27, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

Department W-9, West Justice Center, Westminster

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A felon was convicted yesterday of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl,who was waiting on a curb in line for Christmas presents at her elementary school.

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Sept. 13, 2014, Martin digitally penetrated and fondled the breasts of an unconscious 29-year-old woman near Garden Grove Boulevard and Fairview Street in the city of Garden Grove. Witnesses contacted the Garden Grove Police Department, who investigated this case (#14WF3488) and arrested the defendant. On Nov. 12, 2015, Martin pleaded guilty to one felony count each of sexual penetration by a foreign object of an unconscious victim and assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense, and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery. He was sentenced to five years of formal probation and one year in jail, but had credit for time served and was released from custody.
  • On Dec. 12, 2015, 8-year-old Jane Doe and her sibling were dropped off by their mother at the curb of the David Elementary School in Santa Ana to attend a toy giveaway.
  • While their mother looked for a parking space, Jane Doe and her sibling got in a line which had formed on the curb, to wait for Christmas presents. Martin approached the victim and sexually assaulted her by inappropriately touching her.
  • A witness approached the defendant and confirmed that Martin was not related to the victim. The witness then waited with the victim and her sibling for their mother to arrive.
  • The witness and the victim’s mother reported the crime to the Santa Ana Police Department, who investigated this case and arrested the defendant at the scene.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Kristin Bracic, Sexual Assault Unit

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 15CF2779 / March 16, 2018

Chief Executive and Four Associates Indicted for Conspiring with Global Drug Traffickers by Providing Encryption Services to Evade Law Enforcement and Obstruct Justice

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

Vincent Ramos, the chief executive of Canada-based Phantom Secure, and four of his associates were indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges that they knowingly and intentionally participated in a criminal enterprise that facilitated the transnational importation and distribution of narcotics through the sale and service of encrypted communications.

This is the first time the U.S. government has targeted a company and its principals for knowingly and intentionally conspiring with criminal organizations by providing them with the technological tools to evade law enforcement and obstruct justice while committing transnational drug trafficking.

“With one American dying of a drug overdose every nine minutes, our great nation is suffering the deadliest drug epidemic in our history,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Incredibly, some have sought to profit off of this crisis, including by specifically taking advantage of encryption technologies to further criminal activity, and to obstruct, impede, and evade law enforcement, as this case illustrates.  The Department of Justice will aggressively prosecute not just drug traffickers, but those who help them spread addiction and death in our communities. I want to thank the FBI, DEA, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, Washington State Police, the Bellingham and Blaine Police Departments, and all of our law enforcement partners around the world, including Australia, Canada, Panama, Hong Kong, and Thailand for their hard work on this case. Today’s indictment sends a clear message that drug traffickers and criminals cannot hide, because we will hunt them down and find them wherever they are.”

“When criminals go dark, and law enforcement cannot monitor their phones or access evidence, crimes cannot be solved, criminals cannot be stopped and lives can be lost,” said U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman. “As a result of this groundbreaking prosecution, we will disable the communication infrastructure provided by a criminal enterprise to drug traffickers and other violent criminals. Phantom Secure was designed to profit off of criminal activity committed by transnational criminal organizations around the world. We are committed to shutting these criminals down.” (more…)

Correctional Officer at Federal Prison in Victorville Arrested on Charges of Sexually Abusing Female Inmates

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

RIVERSIDE, California – A correctional officer employed by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at the Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing two female inmates.

Apolonio Gamez, 40, of Lake Elsinore, was arrested Thursday afternoon and is expected to make his initial court appearance this afternoon in United States District Court in Riverside.

Gamez is charged in a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday that accuses him one count of sexual abuse of a ward.

According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Gamez engaged in sexual activity with one inmate on two occasions in September 2016 while he was on duty as a correctional officer.

Gamez allegedly directed a second female inmate to engage in a sexual act with him in May 2017 after he caught her attempting to steal food from a storage facility. Gamez alleged threated to send the victim to the “hole,” and then directed her to engage in sexual activity, which the victim did not resist because “she felt frozen and powerless with fear,” according to the affidavit. (more…)

March 16, 2018

Doctor who Illegally Distributed Prescription Painkillers and Laundered Proceeds Sentenced to 160 Months in Federal Prison

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

SANTA ANA, California – A San Gabriel Valley doctor who pleaded guilty to a federal drug trafficking charge for illegally distributing the powerful opioid best known by the brand name OxyContin was sentenced today to over 13 years in federal prison.

Dr. Daniel Cham, 49, a Covina resident who formerly operated a clinic in La Puente, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Andrew J. Guilford.

As he was sentencing Cham today, Judge Guilford expressed concern “that other doctors haven’t gotten the message of the seriousness of this activity.”

Cham pleaded guilty in April 2016 to one count of distribution of oxycodone, a powerful and addictive painkiller marketed under various names, including OxyContin, Vicodin and Norco. Cham also pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering.


Pro Poker Player Indicted on Fraud Charges Alleging Theft of over $6 Million Dollars in Super Bowl and World Cup Ticket-Flipping Scam

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

SANTA ANA, California – An Orange County man has been indicted on wire fraud charges that allege a $6 million scheme that bilked investors who were promised large profits from the resale of tickets to high-profile sporting events.

Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli, 49, a professional poker player who resides in Aliso Viejo, was named in a two-count indictment returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury.

The indictment alleges that Fazeli ran a Las Vegas-based ticket business called Summit Entertainment, which also operated under the names and From May 2016 through at least May 2017, Fazeli solicited investors in Orange County, Houston and Las Vegas, Nevada to send approximately $6.2 million to Summit to purchase tickets to the 2017 Super Bowl and the 2018 World Cup. Fazeli allegedly told investors that Summit would resell the tickets at a substantial profit and share the proceeds with the investors.

Investors wired more than $6 million to Summit to purchase tickets for last year’s Super Bowl, but after the event Fazeli failed to provide any profit distribution to investors, according to the indictment. Fazeli allegedly falsely told the victims that the ticket sales did not go well because the NFL prohibited their resale and that he was working on a settlement with the NFL.

According to court documents, Fazeli never purchased large amounts of Super Bowl or World Cup tickets as promised. Instead, he used the money for gambling expenses at the Aria and Bellagio casinos in Las Vegas and for personal expenses. (more…)

O.C. Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Wire Fraud Charge and Admits Defrauding Victims of Three Investment Schemes out of $6.8 Million

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

SANTA ANA, California – A Laguna Beach man has pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge and admitted that he stole $6.8 million from victims of three investment fraud schemes.

Peter Heinrich Conrad Reinert, 63, pleaded guilty Wednesday before United States District Judge Josephine L. Staton.

When he pleaded guilty, Reinert admitted running three separate schemes. In one scam, Reinert, who operated the Irvine-based Fazer Technologies, claimed he was developing, among other things, a product that could increase gas mileage for any car up to 150 miles per gallon. In another fraud, this one related to Global Encryption Imaging Corporation, Reinert claimed the company was developing, among other things, anti-counterfeiting technology to be used on state-issued identification documents. In the third scheme, Reinert told victims that another company he ran, Income from Waste Corporation, was developing a technology to convert used tires into oil.

As part of the schemes, to gain legitimacy with victims, Reinert falsely claimed to be a United States Secret Service agent and a United States Marine. Reinert also falsely claimed that companies such as Tesla and General Electric were interested in Fazer’s product – and that Tesla had stolen Fazer’s technology and used it in their cars.

Through various false claims, Reinert induced victims to send him approximately $6.8 million. The victims from these schemes came from around the nation and included farmers from Missouri. (more…)

March 15, 2018

Los Angeles Woman Known on Social Media as ‘Pretty Hoe’ Indicted by Federal Grand Jury on Sex Trafficking Charges

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

LOS ANGELES – A South Los Angeles woman who describes herself on social media as “The Most Hated Hoe in LA” was indicted today on federal sex trafficking charges that include allegations that she used the internet to solicit two minor victims to engage in prostitution.

Melanie Denae Williams, 22, who uses the moniker “Pretty Hoe” on several social media platforms, was named in a five-count indictment returned today by a federal grand jury.

The indictment specifically alleges one count of sex trafficking an adult by force, fraud, or coercion; two counts of sex trafficking of a minor; and two counts of enticement of a minor to engage in prostitution.

Williams has been held without bond in a federal jail since she was taken into custody on February 7 pursuant to a criminal complaint (she was initially arrested by local authorities on December 24). The affidavit in support of the complaint outlines allegations that Williams abused a woman she had recruited through social media to work as a prostitute. In one incident, Williams allegedly ordered the victim to strip off her clothes, and then Williams threw bleach on the woman and beat her with her hands and a broomstick, according to the affidavit.

The indictment makes new allegations of sex trafficking involving two minor females. (more…)

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