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August 29, 2014

Woman Charged in Metro Blue Line Killing

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

A 23-year-old woman accused of fatally beating a man at a Metro Blue Line station has been charged with murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Tracy Joy Gomez (dob 8/23/90) pleaded not guilty to one count of murder in case TA134727.

The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, brass knuckles, in the commission of the crime. Additionally, the charging document alleges that Gomez was previously convicted of second-degree robbery in 2009.

Today, the defendant appeared before Judge Joel M. Wallenstein at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Compton and her bail was set at $1.06 million.

Prosecutors said on the afternoon of June 13, Gomez reportedly approached John Whitmore, 65, on the Metro Blue Line platform and beat him.

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Redondo Beach Doctor Charged with Selling Narcotics Rearrested

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

A Redondo Beach neurologist charged in June with selling powerful narcotics to undercover police was rearrested Wednesday after police discovered he was continuing to sell drugs despite a court order not to do so, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dr. Gerard Geoffrey Goryl (dob 8/29/55) is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in case number BA428755 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Department 30. Prosecutors will ask that bail for Goryl be set at $1 million.

Deputy District Attorneys Emily Street and John Niedermann of the Major Narcotics Division are prosecuting both cases.

Goryl was rearrested Wednesday outside of his clinic, “A Better Weigh,” in Redondo Beach. The DEA and the Redondo Beach Police Department discovered that Goryl was continuing to sell Phentermine, a Schedule IV narcotic, despite being barred following his arraignment in June on similar charges.

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Woman Accused of Setting Fires in El Segundo Charged With Arson, Terrorism

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

A 63-year-old woman has been charged with setting seven fires last week in El Segundo, including two churches, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Barbara Nania (dob 4/13/51) of El Segundo was charged in case SA088464 with seven counts of arson and one count of terrorism. Nania is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Department 144 of the Los

Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.

Nania is accused of starting the series of fires on Aug. 17 at a yarn store, according to the criminal complaint. She is charged with setting another fire the following day.

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August 28, 2014

Ray J Pleads in Beverly Hills Bar Incident

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:54 pm

The entertainer known as Ray J pleaded no contest plea today to a charge stemming from an incident at a Beverly Hills bar, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Through his attorney, Ray J, whose legal name is Willie Ray Norwood Jr., 33, pleaded to one count of misdemeanor trespassing in case 4WA32033.

Deputy District Attorney Candice Jan prosecuted the case.

Judge Edward Moreton sentenced Norwood to three years summary probation and 50 hours of community service. The defendant also was ordered to attend alcohol therapy and anger management classes.

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Palmdale Couple Charged with Torture, Mayhem for Beating Toddler

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:56 am

A Palmdale woman and her boyfriend have been charged with the beating of her 22-month-old toddler, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson said Rosie Lee Wilson (dob 10/6/93) and Brandon Jerel Williams (dob 11/25/89) both face one count each of assault on a child becoming comatose, torture and mayhem.

Additionally, Williams faces one count of attempted murder and Wilson is charged with one count of child abuse.

Arraignment in case MA064056 was scheduled for late yesterday but was continued to Sept. 9 in Department A01 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch.

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Lancaster Man Charged with Bow-and-Arrow Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:49 am

A Lancaster man was charged today with killing a 23-year-old man with a hunting bow and arrow, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney Robert Sherwood of the Antelope Valley Branch said Garrett Taylor Adams (dob 12/15/90) faces one count of murder.

Arraignment for case MA064049 is scheduled for today in Department A1 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch.

The complaint includes an allegation that Adams used a compound bow in the Aug. 23 killing of Charles Briggs.

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August 27, 2014

South Bay Doctor Pleads Guilty In Medicare Fraud Case, Admitting He Wrote Bogus Prescriptions For Power Wheelchairs And Other DME

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:39 am

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles County physician whose referrals led to more than $1.7 million in fraudulent Medicare billing pleaded guilty this afternoon to participating in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare by writing prescriptions for unneeded durable medical equipment (DME), such as power wheelchairs.

Charles Okoye, a 52-year-old Carson resident, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Appearing before United States District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald, Okoye admitted that he wrote prescriptions for medically unnecessary DME for patients referred to him through Adelco Medical Distributors, Inc., a Gardena-based DME supply company.

Between November 2008 and November 2011, Adelco recruited Medicare beneficiaries and took them to see Okoye, who would issue DME prescriptions – primarily for power wheelchairs – after giving the “patients” a single, cursory examination, according to Okoye’s plea agreement. Adelco then billed Medicare for providing the DME, which the beneficiaries did not want and often never used. In return for these referrals, Okoye received illegal kickbacks for every DME prescription from Adelco’s owner, Adeline Ekwebelem.

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‘Purse Packing Bandit’ Charged in Series of Bank Robberies in Los Angeles Area

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:32 am

A woman dubbed by authorities as the ‘Purse Packing Bandit’ was charged today with multiple counts of robbery for a series of bank heists over the past two years, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Brianna Kloutse (dob 8/23/67) was charged in case BA428673 with nine counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of attempted second-degree robbery. She is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Kloutse is charged with robbing nine banks in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and West Hollywood since October 2012. She also is facing charges in connection with two attempted robberies in December 2012 and March 2014.

Prosecutors said Kloutse often wore a wig, handed a teller a demand note and either flashed what appeared to be a handgun or indicated she had one in her purse. Kloutse was arrested Friday by Beverly Hills police immediately following a robbery at a bank in the 8400 block of Wilshire Boulevard.

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Man Charged in Series of Shootings Around Los Angeles

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:26 am

A Sylmar man was charged today with murder in the fatal shooting of a man in Pacoima, the attempted murder of a couple in West Hollywood and the fatal shooting of two dogs in a series of random shootings that began on Aug. 21, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Alexander Hernandez (dob 5/12/80) is scheduled to be arraigned later this afternoon in case PA081724 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in San Fernando, Department S. Prosecutors will ask that he be held without bail.

Deputy District Attorneys Tannaz Mokayef and Michele Hanisee with the Major Crimes Division are prosecuting the case.

Hernandez is charged with one count of capital murder in the fatal shooting of Gildardo Morales, 48, on Aug. 21. Morales was driving his pickup truck to work when he was shot and killed in the Pacoima area.

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August 26, 2014

Signal Hill Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murders

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

A 49-year-old man was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole after he was convicted of killing two men, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Julian Recana, who prosecuted the case, said on July 2 a jury found Jeffrey Means of Signal Hill guilty of the first-degree murder of Ronald Henry, 67, and the second-degree murder of Hal Dean Shaw, 48.

Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. Additionally, they found true that Means used a jack stand and knife in the commission of the crimes.

The prosecutor said Shaw was discovered bludgeoned to death in his home on June 12, 1996. Eleven years later, Henry was found stabbed multiple times in the neck. The defendant was interviewed by police after Henry’s death and then arrested in connection with the killing, the prosecutor said.

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