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April 30, 2013

Two San Gabriel Valley men plead guilty in New Hampshire in vehicle export case

Filed under: Uncategorized — fayarfa @ 7:37 pm

The United States Attorney’s Office in New Hampshire today (Monday, April 29) announced guilty pleas from two San Gabriel Valley men involved in an illegal scheme to purchase high-end motor vehicles under false pretenses, title and register them in New Hampshire, and unlawfully export them to China for resale at a substantial profit. The press release is attached as a .pdf file.
Questions about the case (particularly questions about obtaining better-quality versions of the photos in the press release) should be addressed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Hampshire at the phone number/email listed at the top of the press release.

California Department of Justice / Press Release / Monday, April 29, 2013 4:22 PM



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

SANTA ANA – A woman was convicted today of torturing a man, with whom she had a romantic relationship, by cutting off his penis after tying him to his bed following an argument. Catherine Kieu, 50, Garden Grove, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of torture, one felony count of aggravated mayhem, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife. She faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison with the possibility of parole at her sentencing June 28, 2013, in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Kieu and 60-year-old John Doe had a romantic relationship and lived together in Garden Grove. 

On the night of July 11, 2011, Kieu and John Doe had an argument over the possibility of a friend staying with them at their home at a later date. The defendant then prepared dinner for the victim and laced it with Ambien without the victim’s knowledge.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. John Doe became tired as a result of being drugged and went to bed. As he slept in his bed, Kieu tied the victim’s legs and arms to the four corners of the bed with nylon ropes. When John Doe awoke, the defendant pulled down his pants, grabbed the victim’s penis, and severed it with a knife. Kieu then took the penis to the kitchen, threw it into the garbage disposal, turned it on, and mutilated the organ.                                                  (more…)


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:01 am

SANTA ANA – A stepson was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in state prison for the stabbing-murder of his mother’s cancer-stricken third husband in a conspiracy to financially profit from his insurance and 401(k) death benefits. Thomas Dayton Aehlert, 43, Gold Canyon, AZ, pleaded guilty Oct. 7, 2011, to one felony count of second degree murder.

The victim’s wife, Sandra Jessee, 62, formerly of Placentia, was found guilty by a jury in a re-trial Dec. 7, 2011, of one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain and one felony count of conspiracy. She was sentenced March 23, 2012, to life in state prison without the possibility of parole.

Thomas Joseph Garrick, 37, Laguna Hills, was charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain and one felony count conspiracy to commit murder. Garrick was found not guilty by a jury on all counts, Feb. 14, 2013, despite arguments by the People that Garrick stabbed and murdered 56-year-old Jack Jessee and was accused of the following:

In the spring of 1998, Sandra Jessee’s third husband of 15 years, Jack Jessee, was diagnosed with cancer. Sandra Jessee wanted to move to Arizona, where Aehlert had recently moved. The victim did not want to leave California, where his adult children lived.                                                         (more…)

April 29, 2013


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

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to receive the death penalty for sexually assaulting and murdering a woman, raping three others, and physically assaulting a sixth victim after being linked to the crimes through DNA and forensic evidence. Waymon Livingston, 29, Stanton, was found guilty the jury Feb. 27, 2013, of one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of sodomy, three felony counts of forcible rape, and one felony count of aggravated assault. The same jury found that the defendant should phase the death penalty on March 13, 2013.  

On Aug. 21, 2005, Livingston is accused of forcibly raping Jane Doe #1, a prostitute, in an Anaheim parking lot. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict regarding this victim. On Oct. 25, 2006, the defendant raped Jane Doe #2, a motel housekeeper, in Stanton. On May 7, 2007, Livingston strangled and raped Jane Doe #3, a private masseuse, in a Costa Mesa motel room.

The Orange County Crime Laboratory analyzed evidence from the crimes, and Livingston was linked through DNA to the three rapes. He was arrested at his home in Stanton by the Anaheim Police Department (APD) on Oct. 11, 2007.

On Oct. 29, 2007, while in custody for the three rapes, Livingston was linked through DNA to an additional crime. On Sept. 9, 2007, Livingston murdered 21-year-old Sacramento resident Melissa G., a prostitute, in an Anaheim motel room.


California CPA Sentenced to Two Years in Prison and Ordered to Pay Restitution for Role in Stolen Identity Tax Refund Scheme

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:01 am

Masood Chotani, a certified public accountant from Los Angeles , was sentenced today to 24 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. Chotani was also ordered to pay $60,705 in restitution to the IRS.

On June 23, 2010, Chotani was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of engaging in a scheme to file false tax returns with the IRS using the names and Social Security numbers of deceased individuals. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States on January 15, 2013.

According to the indictment and the plea agreement, in 2002 and 2003, Chotani misappropriated employer identification information from his client files and provided them to his co-conspirators, Haroon Amin and Ather Ali. Amin and Ali then prepared and filed fraudulent tax returns falsely stating that these deceased individuals earned wages from which income tax had been withheld. As part of the scheme, Chotani caused 47 tax returns to be filed with the IRS claiming an aggregate of $372,558 in false refunds.   Although the IRS rejected the bulk of the refund claims filed in the scheme, a number of refund checks were issued and delivered to addresses controlled by Amin, Ali, and their co-conspirators, including various mailboxes opened by Ali. Most of these refund checks then were delivered overseas to be deposited in bank accounts in Armenia and Pakistan.   Chotani admitted that he was a knowing participant in this scheme.

Amin and Ali are serving prison sentences of 30 and 37 months, respectively.


April 26, 2013


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:37 pm

SANTA ANA – A man faces trial Monday for murdering two men by stabbing both victims during a fight in a Lake Forest parking lot. The first victim died shortly after the attack and the second died six days later in the hospital. Justin Alvin Masao Tombleson, 30, Lake Forest, is charged with two felony counts of murder and sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, Tombleson faces a maximum sentence of 67 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday, April 29, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-35, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on June 11, 2011, 26-year-old Elvis Kechechian was at a Mexican restaurant in Lake Forest with 32-year-old friend Hossein Saidian, Kechechian’s brother, and another friend.

Kechechian and his brother became involved in a verbal altercation. During this argument, Kechechian’s brother spit on a woman. The argument escalated between the Kechechian’s friends and the woman’s friends, and they were subsequently asked by the owner to leave the restaurant. The woman called her boyfriend, Tombleson, who was already on his way to the restaurant.

Upon arriving, Tombleson is accused of attempting to assault the victims in the parking lot near the victims’ car. A physical fight broke out between the defendant and victims. When Tombleson’s friends arrive to join the altercation, Tombleson is accused of pulling a knife from his pocket.



Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:34 pm

SANTA ANA – An Anaheim man was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for murdering a man by stabbing him during a dispute over a drug deal and fleeing to Las Vegas. Johnathan Allen Kincaid, 23, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 26, 2013, of one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of robbery and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon

On July 29, 2009, Kincaid met 31-year-old Tayroh Stinson in Garden Grove.  After getting into a dispute about purchasing narcotics, Kincaid murdered Stinson by stabbing him multiple times with a knife.  The victim was transported to the hospital, where he died as a result of his wounds. 

The defendant fled the crime scene and hid in Las Vegas.  On Sept. 4, 2009, Kincaid was arrested in Las Vegas by the U.S. Marshals Service on an unrelated warrant.  He waived extradition and was transported to Orange County, where he was arrested by the Garden Grove Police Department, who investigated this case.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Jim Mendelson of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.

Orange County District Attorney Press Release / Case # Case # 09WF1991 / April 26, 2013


Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 7:30 pm

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 61 years to life in state prison for sexually abusing a female relative for nine years and impregnating her at the age of 11. Mariano Antonio Castro, 58, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 13, 2013, of two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, three felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, one felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, and sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and inflicting great bodily injury were found true.

Between October 2000 and October 2008, Castro sexually assaulted a female relative on a regular basis when the victim was 8 to 17 years old. He engaged in oral copulation and sexual intercourse with the victim.

When Jane Doe was 11 years old, Castro impregnated her. Jane Doe gave birth to a baby girl at the age of 12. Jane Doe kept the baby. Despite the pregnancy, the ongoing sexual abuse of Jane Doe was never reported to law enforcement.

In 2011, Jane Doe began going to a new church and confided in her pastor that Castro had impregnated her as a child. The pastor encouraged Jane Doe to report the sexual assault to the police, and Jane Doe came forward to the Santa Ana Police Department on April 19, 2011.


April 25, 2013

Southern California Physician and Two Co-Conspirators Found Guilty for Roles in $1.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:11 pm

A Southern California physician, a durable medical equipment (DME) supply company employee and a health care professional were found guilty late yesterday by a federal jury in Los Angeles for their roles in a $1.5 million Medicare fraud scheme, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California André Birotte Jr.; Bill L. Lewis, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office; and Glenn R. Ferry, Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Region of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG).

 Godwin Onyeabor, 49, of Ontario, Calif., Sri J. Wijegunaratne, 58, of Anaheim, Calif., and Heidi Morishita, 48, of Valencia, Calif., were each found guilty in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California of one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks.  Wijegunaratne was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and six substantive counts of health care fraud.  Onyeabor was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and 11 substantive counts of health care fraud.

The trial evidence showed that between January 2007 and February 2012, Onyeabor, an officer at Fendih Medical Supply Inc., a DME supply company located in San Bernadino, Calif., and others paid cash kickbacks to Wijegunaratne, a physician, and Morishita for fraudulent prescriptions for DME, including power wheelchairs.  The evidence showed that Wijegunaratne wrote prescriptions for power wheelchairs and other DME that Medicare beneficiaries did not need and sometimes never used.  After receiving prescriptions from Wijegunaratne and Morishita, Onyeabor and others used the prescriptions to fraudulently bill Medicare for the medically unnecessary DME.

At trial, several Medicare beneficiaries testified that they were lured to medical clinics with the promise of free items such as vitamins and juice, only to receive power wheelchairs that they did not need and did not want.  The beneficiaries further testified that their attempts to reject delivery of the power wheelchairs from Onyeabor’s supply company were unsuccessful.


New Charges Added In Los Angeles County Assessor Case

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:00 pm

LOS ANGELES – District Attorney Jackie Lacey today announced that the embezzlement and bribery case against County Assessor John Noguez, his chief appraiser and Arizona tax consultant Ramin Salari was amended to add 41 new counts alleging an additional loss of $9.8 million in taxpayer money.

The amended complaint filed today is part of a continuing investigation into public corruption at the Assessor’s Office. Deputy District Attorneys Craig Hum, Susan Schwartz and Michele Gilmer are prosecuting the case.

Noguez, Salari and Mark McNeil, a principal assessor promoted by Noguez to head the Major Appraisal Division, all pleaded not guilty to charges contained in the amended complaint.

In addition to filing an amended complaint, prosecutors announced that they moved to seize more than $9 million in assets and property belonging to defendant Salari, 50, a tax consultant and campaign contributor to Noguez.


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