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June 26, 2017

Monterey Park Woman Arrested on Federal Charges after Allegedly Injecting Foreign Substance into Woman for Buttocks Enhancement

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

LOS ANGELES – Law enforcement authorities have arrested a Monterey Park woman on federal charges of injecting a currently unknown substance – possibly silicone – into a woman’s buttocks during cosmetic procedures that caused so much damage the woman needed a major operation to correct the problem.

Ana Bertha Diaz Hernandez, 47, was taken into custody late yesterday afternoon by special agents with the United States Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations and investigators with the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Division of Investigation, Health Quality Investigation Unit, Operation Safe Medicine Unit (formerly known as the California Medical Board).

The arrest followed the filing yesterday of a criminal complaint charging Diaz with three felony offenses – receipt of an adulterated and misbranded medical device, smuggling, and misbranding prescription drugs.

According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, a victim identified as “I.T.”, filed a complaint with the California Medical Board after seeking treatments from Diaz to enhance her buttocks. I.T. stated that the product Diaz had injected into her buttocks had migrated to her “back, hips and legs,” the affidavit states. I.T. explained that she had to have surgery and was ultimately hospitalized due to the injections administered by Diaz.

During a series of treatments that cost thousands of dollars, Diaz explained to I.T. that she was injecting a “natural product,” at points claiming the injections were “lamb’s fat.” (more…)

Pasadena Man Indicted in Bank Robbery Spree Attributed to the ‘Dual Valley Bandit’

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

LOS ANGELES – A Pasadena man was named today in a seven-count indictment that charges him with committing a series of bank robberies culminating in an armed robbery in which he allegedly used a loaded shotgun.

Shownee Shon Smith, 41, was charged robbing a Wells Fargo Bank branch in East Pasadena on June 10 while armed with a loaded shotgun.

The Pasadena Police Department responded to alarms and a 911 call from inside the Wells Fargo branch and arrested Smith immediately after he exited the bank.

The indictment alleges that Smith committed six bank robberies between May 15 and June 10. In addition to the Wells Fargo robbery, Smith is charged with robbing branches of US Bank in Burbank on May 15, Wells Fargo in South Pasadena on the same day, Chase Bank in East Pasadena on May 20, Chase in North Hollywood on May 27, and Citibank in Tarzana on the same day. Prior to the Wells Fargo robbery on June 10, Smith had allegedly used notes to demand money from bank employees.

Smith is additionally charged with brandishing a firearm during the June 10 robbery.

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WOMAN SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR PIMPING WOMEN OUT OF IRVINE BROTHELS

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A woman was sentenced yesterday to three years in state prison for pimping women out of luxury Irvine apartments operating as brothels.

Defendant

Charges

Sentence

Jian Zhen Zhu, 42, Santa Ana

Pleaded guilty to the court on Nov. 15, 2016, to felony counts:

  • (3) Conspiracy to commit a crime
  • (3) Pimping
  • (3) Pandering
  • (3) Money laundering derived from criminal activity

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Money laundering transaction over $50,000

Court offer of three years in state prison

Codefendant John Tzu-Lung Lan, 67, Chino Hills, is charged with two felony counts of conspiracy to commit pimping and pandering and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Aug. 11, 2017, in Department C-57, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Circumstances of the Case

Zhu is a pimp who exploits women for financial gain. The victims are often required to turn over payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp.

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June 23, 2017

Orange County Man Who Led Conspiracy that Illegally Imported and Distributed Synthetic Narcotics Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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

SANTA ANA, California – A Newport Beach man who orchestrated a wide-reaching conspiracy that smuggled, manufactured and distributed millions of dollars worth of analogue drugs which were used, among other things, to manufacture synthetic marijuana has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison.

Sean Libbert, 41, was sentenced late last night by United States District Judge Cormac J. Carney.

According to court documents, Libbert organized and led a drug trafficking conspiracy that manufactured, marketed and sold synthetic marijuana – commonly called “spice” – under the brand name of “Da Kine Blend.” When he pleaded guilty last year, Libbert admitted that at least 100 kilograms of synthetic marijuana was manufactured using the analogue chemicals he provided, and that he knew the “spice” was being distributed for human consumption.

Libbert pleaded guilty last November to federal offenses related to the distribution of “spice.” Libbert pleaded guilty to four felony offenses: conspiring to manufacture, possess and distribute controlled substance analogues; conspiracy to smuggle controlled substance analogues into the United States; being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition; and money laundering.

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MAN CONVICTED OF AIDING THREE INMATES ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY BY PROVIDING ESCAPE ITEMS AND GETAWAY RIDE

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was convicted today of aiding three inmates in their escape from jail by leaving a knife and other items outside the jail to assist in their escape, then providing a getaway ride.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Loc Ba Nguyen, 51, Costa Mesa Pleaded guilty to the court to felony:

  • Smuggling weapons into a correctional facility
  • Aiding a prisoner’s escape
  • (2) Sending an article useful for escape into a prison

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Personal use of a knife
One year in county jail (court offer)

Circumstances of the Case

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TWO MEN ARRAIGNED FOR PIMPING AND PANDERING VICTIMS FROM HAWAII AND NEW YORK IN COSTA MESA

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Two men were charged and arraigned today for pimping and pandering victims from Hawaii and New York in Costa Mesa.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Tyshawn Johnson, 30, Buffalo, New York

Marco Marcellus Mowry, 34, Honolulu, Hawaii

Felony

  • (3) Pimping
  • (3) Pandering

Eight years and eight months in state prison

Pre-trial

June 30, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

Mowry and Johnson are accused of being pimps who exploit women for financial gain. The victims are often required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp.

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June 22, 2017

MAN CONVICTED OF ATTACKING FEMALE JOGGER IN ANAHEIM HILLS WITH THE INTENT TO SEXUALLY ASSAULT HER

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was convicted today of attacking a woman on a jogging trail with the intent to sexually assault her.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Mario Orlando Montano, 59, Anaheim Found guilty by a jury today of the following felony counts:

  • Assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense
  • Assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury

Sentencing Enhancements Found True

  • Great bodily injury to a sexual assault victim
  • Great bodily injury
11 years in state prison Sentencing

Aug. 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

Department C-36, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

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BOOKKEEPER CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING OVER $1.3 MILLION A LAW FIRM

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A bookkeeper was convicted yesterday of embezzling over $1.3 million from a law firm and issuing unauthorized checks for her own benefit.

Defendant Charges Maximum Exposure Court Date
Shawna Renee Barretto, 43, Anaheim Pleaded guilty on June 20, 2017, to the following felony counts:

  • (22) Computer access fraud
  • (21) Falsifying records
  • (7) Grand theft
  • (2) Identity theft
  • Theft from elder

Sentencing Enhancements

  • Aggravated white collar crime over $500,000
  • Property loss over $1.3 million
32 years in state prison Sentencing

Feb. 5, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Department C-57, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

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Palmdale Mayor, Two Consultants Charged in Public Corruption Case

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

Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford has been charged with illegally receiving more than $60,000 a year from local consultants and failing to publicly disclose the income on economic statements, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Ledford (dob 6/24/53) was charged in case BA458328 with one count each of conspiracy and conflict of interest and three counts of perjury.

Also charged are Kimberly Anne Shaw (dob 9/2/55) of Yorba Linda and Susan Burgess Miller (dob 6/26/48) of Las Vegas. Both Shaw and Miller face the same conspiracy count as well as one count each of embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds.

Ledford is expected to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The case was filed for warrant today.

Between Aug. 1, 2009 and May 3, 2017, the defendants utilized various shell companies to pay Ledford approximately $5,200 a month, according to the criminal complaint.

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June 21, 2017

Orange County Man Arrested on Federal Charges Related to Illegal Importation of Ozone-Depleting Refrigerant R-22

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

LOS ANGELES – A Garden Grove man was arraigned this afternoon on an indictment that charges him with illegally importing a large shipment of a highly regulated chemical compound known as R-22 under the pretense that he was actually bringing into the United States a safe refrigerant that does not destroy the ozone layer.

Mahmoud Alkabbani, 63, the owner of USA Car Parts in Garden Grove, pleaded not guilty this afternoon to the nine-count indictment. A trial date was set for August 8.

Alkabbani was arrested Friday evening at Los Angeles International Airport after he returned to the United States from a trip abroad. At today’s arraignment, he was ordered released on a $30,000 bond.

R-22 is R22Chlorodifluoromethane, sometimes known as HCFC-22, a refrigerant gas and class II ozone-depleting substance. Pursuant to international treaty, the use of R-22 is being phased out around the world. In the United States, pursuant to the Clean Air Act, only parties with unexpended “consumption allowances” are allowed to import the chemical.

According to the indictment, Alkabbani entered into an agreement with a Chinese company to purchase R-22, which was packaged in cylinders bearing counterfeit “Glacier” trademarks. The 2013 contract with the Chinese company listed the product as R-134a – which is not regulated by the Clean Air Act and does not deplete the ozone layer – but a second, secret agreement called for the Chinese company to actually sell R-22 to Alkabbani.

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