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August 30, 2013

SEVEN SEX PURCHASERS CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR SOLICITING COMMERCIAL SEX

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:15 am

SANTA ANA – Seven sex purchasers were convicted and sentenced yesterday, Aug. 26, 2013, for soliciting commercial sex from women in exchange for money. Primitivo Nava, 41, Santa Ana, Israel Ruiz, 29, Garden Grove, Jesus Flores, 39, Santa Ana, and Jonathan Perralta, 21, Westminster, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution and were sentenced to three years of informal probation, 10 to 15 days in jail with the possibility of CalTrans in lieu of jail, and must submit to AIDS testing and education.

David Flores, 32, Aliso Viejo, Pedro Gonzalez, 33, Garden Grove, and German Lopez, 41, Garden Grove, pleaded guilty yesterday to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution. Flores and Gonzalez also pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving without a valid driver license and Pedro Gonzalez pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended or revoked license. David Flores and Lopez were sentenced to three years of informal probation, 10 days in jail with the possibility of CalTrans in lieu of jail, and must submit to AIDS testing and education. Gonzalez was sentenced 45 days in jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education.

Between May 15, 2013 and June 10, 2013, defendants David Flores, Gonzalez, Lopez, Peralta, and Ruiz, were arrested as part of a covert operation by the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD). The defendants approached an undercover officer, whom they believed to be a prostitute, in the area of Harbor Boulevard and along East First Street in Santa Ana. The defendants solicited sex in exchange for money with the undercover officer.

On June 17, 2013, Jesus Flores drove up to a woman, whom he believed to be a prostitute, standing in a hotel parking lot in Santa Ana. Flores briefly spoke with the woman before she entered his vehicle and they drove off together. An SAPD officer, who witnessed the interaction, stopped the vehicle and arrested Flores for soliciting sex.

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MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON FOR SETTING FIRES IN YORBA LINDA AND ANAHEIM

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:10 am

SANTA ANA – A man was charged today with arson for setting fires in Yorba Linda and Anaheim. Gabriel Michael Castillo, 19, Anaheim, is charged with five felony counts each of arson of forest, three felony counts of arson of another’s property, and one felony count of receiving stolen property. If convicted on all counts, Castillo faces a maximum sentence of 13 years and eight months in state prison. The People will request the defendant be held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment today, Aug. 27, 2013, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Between May 29, 2013, and May 31, 2013, Castillo is accused of starting three vehicle arsons in Anaheim.  No injuries were reported during these fires.

At approximately 12:20 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2013, Castillo is accused of starting a brush fire near Weir Canyon Road in Anaheim. Three hours later, Castillo is accused of starting three separate additional brush fires in Yorba Linda. At approximately 3:30 p.m., the defendant is accused of starting another fire west of California State Route 241 in Anaheim. Castillo is accused of driving his Ford sports utility vehicle (SUV) close to the scene of the fires. Later that day, law enforcement found the Ford SUV with a stolen watch and mobile phone inside.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Anaheim Police Department, and the Anaheim Fire Department jointly investigated this case. On Aug. 25, 2013, Castillo was arrested.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Christopher Duff of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.

Orange County District Attorney / Case # TBA / August 27, 2013

Operator of Venetian Resort in Las Vegas Agrees to Return Over $47 Million after Receiving Money under Suspicious Circumstances

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:08 am

Las Vegas Sands Corp. to Avoid Criminal Prosecution after Cooperating and Agreeing to Continue to Strengthen Internal Compliance Programs

LOS ANGELES – The Las Vegas Sands Corp., which operates the Venetian-Palazzo hotel complex in Las Vegas, has agreed to return $47,400,300 to conclude an investigation into the casino’s failure to alert authorities that a high-stakes gambler, who was later linked to international drug trafficking, made numerous larg and suspicious deposits with the casino.

Pursuant to an agreement signed by officials with Las Vegas Sands last night, the company will return the money to the United States within 10 days. In exchange, federal prosecutors have agreed not to prosecute the casino for failing to file Suspicious

Activity Reports for casinos (SARCs), which are required when a customer is involved in a transaction the casino knows, suspects, or has reason to suspect “had no business or apparent lawful purpose or was not the sort in which the particular customer would normally be expected to engage, and the casino knew of no reasonable explanation for the transaction after examining the available facts.” The Bank Secrecy Act requires casinos with annual revenue of at least $1 million to file SARCs, which are then analyzed by appropriate government agencies to investigate possible violations of the law.

The United States Attorney’s Office agreed to conclude a criminal investigation and not seek an indictment after Las Vegas Sands agreed to return the money and after prosecutors determined that the casino completely cooperated with the investigation – which included making full disclosures related to its conduct and failure to comply with federal law, as well as conducting a thorough internal investigation – and that the casino has made extensive efforts to enhance its internal compliance program.

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August 29, 2013

DRIVER CHARGED WITH KILLING TWO MEN IN HIGH-SPEED CRASH AFTER RUNNING STOP SIGN IN SANTA ANA

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:58 am

SANTA ANA – A speeding driver has been charged with killing two people by crashing into their car after running through a stop sign in Santa Ana. Jorge Ocampo, 21, Santa Ana, is charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, one felony count of hit and run with permanent injury or death, one misdemeanor count of driving without a valid license, and sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison. Ocampo is being held on $100,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned today, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

At approximately 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2013, Ocampo is accused of driving at a high rate of speed and blasting loud music in an Audi sedan on Cabrillo Park Drive in Santa Ana.  When he reached the intersection at Fruit Street, Ocampo is accused of failing to slow or stop at a posted stop sign and illegally driving through the intersection. He is accused of crashing into a Nissan sedan, which was legally making a left turn in the intersection.

Ocampo is accused of killing two victims, the driver of the Nissan, 54-year-old Alejandro Bravo, and 50-year-old passenger Juan Jose Luna Castro. Both victims died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Ocampo is accused of leaving his vehicle at the scene and fleeing on foot. He is accused of failing to render any aid to the victims or notify police or paramedics about the crash.

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OFFICER MANAGER CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING OVER $360,000 USING ALTERED PAY CHECKS

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

FULLERTON – An office manager for the Anaheim Police Association (APA) was convicted today of embezzling over $360,000 from her employer by changing the amount on her paycheck after it had been signed by her bosses. Cindy Ann Su’a, 47, Whittier, pleaded guilty to a court offer to 117 felony counts of forgery, 23 felony counts of computer access fraud, and two felony counts of willful failure to file tax returns with sentencing enhancements for over $100,000 loss, aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, and property loss over $200,000. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 11, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

Over the objection of the People, Cindy Su’a is expected to be sentenced to four years in state prison, pay $363,000 restitution to APA, and pay $105,000 restitution to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

Cindy Su’a’s husband John Su’a, 47, Whittier, pleaded guilty today, Aug. 26, 2013, to a court to two misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file tax returns. Over the objection of the People, he was sentenced to 150 days in jail, three years of probation, and ordered to pay $105,000 restitution to FTB.

At the time of the crime, Cindy Su’a was the office manager for the Anaheim Police Association and was responsible for all check writing, company credit cards, and bookkeeping. She was the only paid employee with an approximate salary of $65,000 annually.

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Man Arrested at LAX with Nearly 40,000 Bogus Erectile Dysfunction in Golf Bag Sentenced to 2½ years in Federal Prison

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:02 am

LOS ANGELES – A Koreatown man was sentenced this afternoon to 30 months in federal prison for smuggling nearly 40,000 counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills that were discovered in a golf bag and other luggage when he entered the United States at Los Angeles International Airport.

Kil Jun Lee, 73, who resides in the Koreatown district of Los Angeles, was sentenced by United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson, who said the sentence, in part, was due to the threat to public health posed by the counterfeit pills.

A federal jury in May found Lee guilty of three counts of smuggling and three counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods for bringing the phony pills into the United States in February 2012. The retail value of the pills would have been well over $750,000 had they been genuine products.

The counterfeit products – purporting to be Viagra, Cialis and Levitra – were discovered by customs officials at LAX when Lee returned from a trip to China that included a stop in his native Korea. Most of the pills were hidden in a golf bag.

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August 28, 2013

Former Flight Attendant Pleads Guilty to Making False Bomb Threats

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:55 am

LOS ANGELES – A German national who used to work for United Airlines pleaded guilty this morning to making false bomb threats against flights operated by the international air carrier.

Patrick Cau, who is also known as Patrick Kaiser, 40, who recently relocated to Dallas from Los Angeles, pleaded guilty today to one count of false information and hoaxes.

Cau pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II, who is scheduled to sentence the defendant on November 18. At sentencing, Cau faces a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

While Cau pleaded guilty to one felony count, in a plea agreement filed in federal court earlier this month, he admitted making eight bomb threats to United from October 2012 through January 2013.

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Los Angeles Man who Recruited ‘Patients’ from L.A.’s ‘Skid Row’ as Part of $10 Million Health Care Scam Sentenced to Federal Prison

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:51 am

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles man who recruited homeless people from the “Skid Row” section of Los Angeles as part of a widespread scheme to defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal by providing unnecessary health services was sentenced this morning to 18 months in federal prison.

Estill Mitts, 68, who lives near the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, was sentenced by United States District Judge George H. King. In addition to the prison term, Judge King ordered Mitts to pay more than $9.8 million in restitution.

In sentencing Mitts, Judge King stated that Mitts’ conduct was “fueled by greed to enrich himself,” and “breeds contempt for, leads to a lack of confidence in, and threatens the stability of” the Medicare program.

Mitts pleaded guilty in 2008 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. Mitts’ sentencing was delayed a number of times as he provided assistance to the government’s investigation that has led to 11 defendants being charged and convicted.

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FORMER OWNER OF LOS ANGELES MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLY COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY TO $2.6 MILLION MEDICARE FRAUD SCHEME

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:46 am

WASHINGTON – A former owner of a Los Angeles-area medical equipment supply company pleaded guilty today to a $2.6 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. of the Central District of California; Special Agent in Charge Glenn R. Ferry of the Los Angeles Region of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG); and Assistant Director in Charge Bill L. Lewis of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office made the announcement.

Akinola Afolabi, 54, of Long Beach, Calif., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez in the Central District of California to one count of health care fraud.

According to court documents, Afolabi was the owner and president of Emmanuel Medical Supply, a durable medical equipment (DME) supply company located in Long Beach.  Afolabi admitted that from approximately June 2006 through September 2009, he engaged in a scheme to commit health care fraud through the operation of Emmanuel by providing medically unnecessary power wheelchairs and other DME to Medicare beneficiaries and by submitting false and fraudulent claims to Medicare.  Afolabi admitted that he obtained Medicare beneficiary information through various means, including “marketers,” whom he paid to refer Medicare beneficiaries to Emmanuel for the purpose of using that information to submit, and cause the submission of, false and fraudulent claims to Medicare on behalf of Emmanuel.

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August 27, 2013

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 8TH GRADE STUDENT ON CAMPUS AND COMMITTING LEWD ACTS AGAINST TWO OTHER STUDENTS

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:42 am

SANTA ANA – A middle school math teacher pleaded guilty today in the midst of jury trial, after the prosecution rested its case, of sexually assaulting an 8th grade female student while alone with her on campus and committing lewd acts against two other female students. Richard John Rack, 51, San Clemente, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15, one felony count of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under 14, and one felony count of oral copulation of a minor under 16. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration at his sentencing Oct. 18, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-27, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Rack worked as a teacher at Shorecliffs Middle School in San Clemente since 2002. At the time of the crimes, the defendant was a math teacher.

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