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June 28, 2013

GENERAL ELECTRIC AVIATION SYSTEMS TO PAY U.S. $6.58 MILLION TO RESOLVE FALSE CLAIMS ACT ALLEGATIONS

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:58 am

LOS ANGELES – General Electric Aviation Systems (GEAS) has agreed to pay $6.58 million to settle allegations that it submitted false claims in connection with multiple Department of Defense contracts, the Justice Department announced today. GEAS, headquartered in Ohio, manufactures and sells integrated systems and components for commercial, corporate, military and marine aircraft. The company operates a manufacturing facility in Santa Ana, California, where certain parts for military aircraft are fabricated and where the conduct at issue in this case took place.

GEAS contracted to manufacture and deliver to the Navy external fuel tanks (EFTs) for use on the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter jet. GEAS manufactured the EFTs at its Santa Ana plant, which it acquired when it purchased another aerospace company in 2007. In March 2008, a GEAS-manufactured EFT failed government testing, which led to a multi-year investigation by the California offices of the Defense Contract Management Agency, the Defense Contract Audit Agency, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Navy Criminal Investigative Service. As a result of that investigation, the United States alleged that GEAS knowingly failed to comply with contract specifications and failed to undertake proper quality control procedures in connection with 641 EFTs it delivered to the Navy between June 2005 and February 2008.

Most of the settlement announced today – $6.25 million – relates to the EFTs manufactured in Southern California.

“Defense contractors agree to provide the government with a quality product, and in doing so, they promise to follow strict manufacturing and testing protocols to ensure that our military receives only the best equipment,” said André Birotte Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California.  “In this case, some of the hardware sold to the government did not meet quality-control standards, and that failure could have put our service members at risk. This multimillion dollar settlement is designed to ensure that General Electric Aviation Systems does not engage in this type of misconduct in the future, and this case should serve as a warning to any government contractor who thinks it can cut corners.”

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MAN SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING, RAPING, AND ROBBING TWO WOMEN HE MET THROUGH PENNYSAVER ADS IN 1980S

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:26 am

SANTA ANA - A man was sentenced today to six years and eight months in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting, raping, and robbing two women whom he met through PennySaver advertisements for apartment rental and furniture sales in the 1980s. James Michael Camp, 59, Anaheim, pleaded guilty June 17, 2013, to two felony counts of rape by force or violence and one felony count of grand theft.

Circumstances of the Orange County Rapes

On July 23, 1980, Camp arranged a meeting with Jane Doe #1 after seeing a PennySaver advertisement she had placed for an apartment for rent in Santa Ana. Camp arranged to take a tour of the apartment with Jane Doe #1 later that evening.

During the tour, Camp approached Jane Doe #1 from behind and choked her. Camp pulled out a knife and threatened to kill the victim. Camp knocked Jane Doe #1 to the ground and forcibly orally copulated the victim. Camp then tied the victim with an electrical cord, raped her, and burglarized the apartment before fleeing the scene. The victim was able to untie herself and contacted the Santa Ana Police Department, who investigated this case.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on July 22, 1981, Camp contacted Jane Doe #2 after he saw a PennySaver advertisement she had placed for patio furniture. Camp arranged to meet with Jane Doe #2 to look at the patio furniture that was advertised for sale. While Jane Doe #2 was in the backyard, Camp went back in the home and pulled out a knife from his pants when the victim went to check on him. Camp grabbed the victim and pulled her into the master bedroom. Camp pushed the victim onto the bed, forced the victim to orally copulate him, and then forcibly raped her. Camp then stole money from the victim’s jewelry box and valuables from her purse and fled from the scene. The Anaheim Police Department investigated this case.

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WOMAN CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TEEN RELATIVE'S 14-YEAR-OLD HOCKEY FRIEND

Filed under: Los Angeles sexual assault attorney — fayarfa @ 12:04 am

WOMAN CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TEEN RELATIVE’S 14-YEAR-OLD HOCKEY FRIEND

SANTA ANA - A woman was convicted today of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy who played on the hockey team of her teenage relative. The defendant was previously convicted in this case of also sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.

Kathia Maria Davis, 46, Laguna Niguel, pleaded guilty today to four felony counts of lewd acts on a child for John Doe #1.

The defendant was previously found guilty by a jury Aug. 9, 2012, of four felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse for John Doe #2, and two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for John Doe #2 and Jane Doe #1.

That jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict regarding the sex crimes against John Doe #1. Davis faces a maximum sentence of seven years and eight months in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration at her sentencing July 30, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-29, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Davis met 14-year-old John Doe #1 and 16-year-old John Doe #2 through her male relative’s hockey team.

On one occasion between April 2006 and April 2008, the defendant let her relative and John Doe #1 drink alcohol in her home during a sleepover. After two of the defendant’s teen relatives fell asleep on the floor, Davis sexually assaulted the victim by kissing and masturbating him in the same room.

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June 27, 2013

U.S. Immigration Official Named in Federal Indictment that Alleges Bribes to Approve Applications for Citizenship and ‘Green Card’

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:49 pm

SANTA ANA, California – An immigration service officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was indicted today on federal charges that allege she took thousands of dollars in bribes from three immigrants who were seeking either citizenship or lawful permanent resident status in the United States.

Mai Nhu Nguyen, 47, of Irvine, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury. The indictment specifically alleges three counts of solicitation and receipt of a bribe by a public official.

Nguyen was arrested on June 6 after allegedly accepting a $2,200 bribe from an immigrant who was seeking United States citizenship.

In addition to the bribe earlier this month, the indictment alleges that Nguyen solicited and took bribes from immigrants in 2011.  In one case, Nguyen is accused of taking $1,000 from an immigrant seeking a “Green Card” and 200 egg rolls from an immigrant seeking citizenship.

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Riverside County Deputy Public Defender Taken into Custody after Being Charged With Defrauding the Social Security Administration

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:31 am

RIVERSIDE, California – An Upland attorney surrendered this morning after being charged with stealing approximately $129,795 in social security benefits.

Audrey Owens, 60, a deputy public defender for Riverside County, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court on June 10 with theft of government property in a scheme that spanned 12 years. Owens is charged with one felony count that carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

Owens was taken into custody by special agents with the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations. Owens will make her initial court appearance this afternoon in federal court in Riverside.

From June 2000 through August 2012, according to the affidavit in support of the complaint, Owens fraudulently obtained social security benefits intended for her grandmother, who died in May 2000. After her grandmother’s death, Owens changed the address of a joint account she shared with her grandmother and continued to receive social security payments intended for her grandmother. Owens allegedly used these social security payments to pay bills and to pay expenses that included contributions to the Riverside County Employee Campaign.

CONTACT: Assistant United States Attorney Jerry C. Yang  /  (951) 276-6221

Central District of California / Release No. 13-086/ June 26, 2013

MAN FACES CHARGES FOR POSSESSING EXPLOSIVE DEVICE MATERIALS AND FIREWORKS AFTER CAUSING EXPLOSION IN HIS GARAGE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:23 am

WESTMINSTER – A man was arrested today for possession of explosive device materials and illegal fireworks after he caused an explosion in his garage. Michael Livingston Parr, 49, Westminster, is charged with one felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, one felony count of possession of materials with intent to make an explosive, one felony count of possession of a zip gun, one misdemeanor count of possession of illegal fireworks, with a sentencing enhancement for possessing 28.5 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to sell. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of six years and four months in state prison. The People will request Parr be held on $500,000 bail and he is expected to be arraigned tomorrow, Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the West Justice Center, Westminster. The time and Department are to be determined.

At approximately 4:35 p.m. on April 2, 2013, Parr is accused of causing an explosion and subsequent fire in his garage. Westminster Police Department (WPD) and Huntington Beach Fire Department were called to Parr’s home after receiving reports of a loud explosion and fire at the residence.

Parr is accused of possessing various chemicals, powders, and other items that are dangerous and highly explosive, including rolls of fuse, specialized containers, homemade mortars, and a tumbler used to refine the powders to make them more explosive.  Parr is also accused of possessing a zip gun and illegal fireworks.

Parr is accused of storing these items on the workbench area of his garage where the fire occurred. Orange County Fire Authority arson investigators and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad were called to the defendant’s residence to assist in the investigation.

The defendant is also accused of possessing packaging materials and a small digital scale along with approximately 33 grams of methamphetamine separated into plastic bags. Parr is accused of possessing a loaded shotgun near the methamphetamine.

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June 26, 2013

Los Angeles Podiatrist Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for his Role in $3 Million Identity Theft and Bank Fraud Scheme

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:12 am

LOS ANGELES – The founder of the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for his conviction on federal fraud charges related to a bank fraud scheme that used stolen identities to cause two financial institution to suffer $3 million in losses.

Dr. Bill Releford, 53, who resides in downtown Los Angeles, received the two-year sentence yesterday afternoon from United States District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. In addition to the prison term, Judge Hatter ordered Releford to pay $218,237 in restitution and a $10,000 fine.

Releford pleaded guilty in May 2012 to participating in a scheme to defraud Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank, specifically admitting that he participated in the scheme to obtain money for his medical practice, which has offices in Beverly Hills and Inglewood.

At yesterday’s sentencing hearing, Judge Hatter told Releford that if he was “man enough to do the crime,” then he had to be “man enough to do the time.” Judge Hatter noted Releford’s attempts to rehabilitate himself – such as Releford’s offer to immediately pay $1,500 in restitution and his recent participation in charitable projects – and said this effort spared Releford from a longer prison sentence.

Releford and five other co-defendants operated a scheme to defraud financial institutions by using stolen identities to establish business lines of credit which were fraudulently drawn down to provide money that was used for their personal expenses. After obtaining stolen personal identifying information – including dates of birth, Social Security numbers, credit profiles and driver’s license numbers from victims with high credit scores, including another physician from Pasadena – members of the conspiracy submitted fraudulent applications for business lines of credit to various banks. Once the applications were approved, the defendants liquidated the credit lines.

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MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING NEIGHBOR BY SHOOTING HIM IN FACE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:05 am

WESTMINSTER – A man has been charged with murdering his neighbor by shooting him in the face. Robert Joseph Price, 52, Garden Grove, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison. Price is being held on $1 million bail and is expected to be arraigned today, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the West Justice Center, Westminster. The Department is to be determined.

At the time of the crime, Price is accused of being a neighbor to 53-year-old Glen Berry and having an ongoing dispute with the victim.

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on June 21, 2013, Price is accused of making noise and lighting fireworks in his backyard, which shares a back fence with the victim’s home. Berry walked to the defendant’s home and knocked on the security screen on the defendant’s door. Price is accused of opening the front door and shooting the unarmed victim in the face through the closed security screen door.

The Garden Grove Police Department responded to the scene and investigated this case. The investigation is ongoing.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Herrera of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

Orange County District Attorney / Case # TBA / June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013

Long Beach Man Charged with Sex Trafficking of Teenage Girl

Filed under: Uncategorized — fayarfa @ 12:53 am

LOS ANGELES – A Long Beach man who allegedly forced a 17-year-old girl to work as a prostitute has been named in a federal criminal complaint that charges him with child sex trafficking.

Ralph Allen Jackson Jr., 40, who was known by the alias  “Mac Wimp,” was arrested by Long Beach Police Department vice detectives last Tuesday night on state charges after they responded to a domestic disturbance call at his residence. Jackson was named in a criminal complaint filed late Friday in United States District Court.

Following Jackson’s arrest last Tuesday, vice detectives determined that the incident involved child sex trafficking and contacted special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Jackson, who is expected be turned over to federal authorities tomorrow, is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court tomorrow afternoon.

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Diamond Bar Man Who Ran Day-Trading Ponzi Scheme that Caused Over $30 Million in Losses Sentenced to Over 12½ years in Prison

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:42 am

LOS ANGELES – The CEO and co-owner of a Diamond Bar investment company was sentenced this morning to 151 months in federal prison for enticing investors to put $49 million into his bogus day-trading venture as part of a Ponzi scheme that caused more than $30 million in losses.

Syed Qaisar Madad, 66, of Diamond Bar, was sentenced to 151 months in prison by United States District Judge Percy Anderson. At the conclusion of today’s hearing, Judge Anderson remanded Madad into the custody of the United States Marshal.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Anderson said that Madad, who had emigrated to the United States in 1972, had squandered the “priceless treasure” of becoming a lawful resident of this country by not fulfilling his “obligation and responsibility to respect the rule of law.”

Judge Anderson will hold a restitution hearing on August 12 to establish the amount Madad should repay his victims, a figure prosecutors believe should be approximately $32.7 million.

Madad pleaded guilty in February to wire fraud and tax fraud, admitting in court that investors lost more than $30 million when his scheme collapsed in March 2011.

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