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March 28, 2016

Highest-Ranking Navy Official Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Accepting Bribes from Foreign Defense Contractor in Massive Bribery and Fraud Scheme

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:23 am

The highest-ranking official charged in a massive Navy bribery scandal was sentenced in federal court today to 46 months in prison for giving classified information to a foreign defense contractor in exchange for prostitutes, luxury travel and other gifts.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy of the Southern District of California, Director James B. Burch of the Department of Defense’s Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Director Andrew Traver of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and Director Anita Bales of Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) made the announcement.

U.S. Navy Capt. Daniel Dusek was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino of the Southern District of California, who also ordered Dusek to pay a $70,000 fine and $30,000 in restitution to the Navy.  He was ordered to report to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on June 15, 2016.

Dusek, 49, pleaded guilty in January 2015 to a single count of conspiracy to commit bribery.  Dusek admitted that he used his influence as Deputy Director of Operations for the Seventh Fleet, headquartered in Yokosuka, Japan, and later as executive officer of the USS Essex and the commanding officer of the USS Bonhomme Richard, to benefit Leonard Glenn Francis and his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA).  For decades, GDMA provided port services to U.S. Navy ships and in return, Francis plied Dusek with meals, alcohol, entertainment, gifts, dozens of nights and incidentals at luxury hotels and the services of prostitutes, Dusek admitted.

Underscoring his importance to the conspiracy, in an email to one of his employees, Francis wrote: “(Dusek) is a golden asset to drive the big decks (aircraft carriers) into our fat revenue GDMA ports.” (more…)

Monterey Park Physician Sentenced In Insurance Fraud, Illegal Prescribing Case

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:20 am

A Monterey Park pediatric physician was sentenced today to four years in custody and ordered to pay more than $132,500 in restitution to Medi-Cal after pleading to insurance fraud and prescribing drugs with no legitimate medical purpose, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dr. Thomas Lin, 46, will surrender at 6 p.m. today to begin his two-year jail sentence. Upon his release, he will be under mandatory supervision for the remaining two years of custody, said Deputy District Attorney Keith Koyano of the Major Narcotics Division, who prosecuted the case.

Prosecutors said Lin provided diet pills known as phentermine, a controlled substance, through his pediatrics clinic known as “Kid’s M.D.” on Atlantic Boulevard in Monterey Park.

Over the course of several months in 2012, investigators from the California Medical Board posed as new patients and were able to secure phentermine with little or no physical examination by Dr. Lin. Investigators received the drug either by paying his front office staff or receiving the drug for free.

Lin pleaded no contest in December to the two felony charges in BA414836.

Los Angeles County District Attorney / BA414836 / March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Obtains $1.1 Billion Judgment Against Predatory For-Profit School Operator

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:06 am

LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that her office has obtained a $1.1 billion judgment against defunct Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (CCI) for their predatory and unlawful practices. While CCI filed for bankruptcy in May 2015, this judgment can help secure further relief for struggling students.

Former Corinthian Students should visit the Attorney General’s Interactive Tool for tailored information to help them locate needed resources and relief.

In October 2013, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris led the charge against CCI and its subsidiaries that operate Everest, Heald, and Wyotech colleges, filing suit seeking to put an end to abusive practices that left tens of thousands of students under a mountain of debt and useless degrees. CCI filed for bankruptcy in May 2015. Today, the Court granted a default judgment against CCI.  In the judgment, the Court ordered restitution on behalf of students in the amount of $820,000,000 and civil penalties totaling $350,025,000, for a total of $1,170,025,000 in monetary relief.

“For years, Corinthian profited off the backs of poor people – now they have to pay. This judgment sends a clear message: there is a cost to this kind of predatory conduct,” said Attorney General Harris. “My office will continue to do everything in our power to help these vulnerable students obtain all available relief, as they work to achieve their academic and professional goals.”

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Flight Attendant Who Allegedly Tried to Bring nearly 70 Pounds of Cocaine through Security at LAX Arrested on Federal Drug Charges

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:03 am

LOS ANGELES – A JetBlue flight attendant who allegedly attempted to use her credentials to bring nearly 70 pounds of cocaine through a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday was charged today with a federal narcotics trafficking offense.

Marsha Reynolds, 31, of Jamaica, New York, was taken into custody this afternoon after she surrendered herself to the Drug Enforcement Administration at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Reynolds was charged in United States District Court this afternoon with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine after she allegedly abandoned 68.49 pounds of cocaine after being directed to a secondary screening area at LAX on Friday.

The affidavit in support of the criminal complaint alleges that Reynolds approached the Known Crew Member security checkpoint in Terminal 4 at LAX Friday evening. After showing her official badge and identification to the Transport Security Administration officer on duty, Reynolds was randomly selected for additional screening. Reynolds was then escorted to a secondary screening area. Upon arriving at this checkpoint, Reynolds dropped her luggage, removed her shoes, and fled the area, running down an upward-traveling escalator and away from TSA officers.

According to the affidavit by an FBI agent, law enforcement officials followed protocol to determine that Reynolds’ luggage did not contain explosives or any dangerous devices. An LAX police officer then conducted an inspection of the bag and discovered a total of 11 individually wrapped packages which were later determined to contain cocaine.

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Arizona Truck Driver for Manslaughter in Bus Crash that Left One Man Dead on Fort Irwin Army Base

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:01 am

RIVERSIDE, California – An Arizona man was indicted today on federal charges of involuntary manslaughter for his role in a fatal bus crash that allegedly occurred because he parked his truck on a highway on the Fort Irwin Army Base in the Mojave Desert.

Steven Kilty, 49, of Apache Junction, Arizona, was named in a single-count indictment that charges him with involuntary manslaughter, a felony offense that carries a penalty of up to eight years in federal prison.

On the evening of June 2, 2014, Steven Kilty was delivering equipment to the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin. Kilty arrived at the base the night before his scheduled delivery, and he parked his tractor-trailer in the right lane of road on Fort Irwin property, according to investigators, who determined that Kilty turned off the lights on the truck and failed to place any warning devices or reflectors near his truck.

At approximately 5:00 a.m. on June 3, prior to sunrise, a commuter bus bringing people to Fort Irwin collided with the parked truck. As a result of the collision, one man was killed and seven people suffered major injuries.

The indictment alleges that Kilty was illegally blocking traffic on the roadway and that he failed to place any warning reflectors, both of which are violations of the California Vehicle Code. This “grossly negligent” operation of the truck “imperiled the lives of others,” according to the indictment.

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March 24, 2016

California Man Indicted for Traveling to Thailand and Sexually Abusing Minor Boys

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

A resident of Montrose, California, was indicted today in a superseding indictment by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on charges of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places and sex trafficking of a minor, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California announced today.

Paul Alan Shapiro, 69, was originally indicted on April 22, 2015, on charges relating to his travel to Thailand and illicit sexual conduct with minor boys.

According to the indictment, in February 2010, Shapiro traveled from Los Angeles to Thailand, where Shapiro paid minors as young as 14 years old small amounts of local currency in order to engage in various sex acts with them.  Shapiro also allegedly took photographs of himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct with the boys.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations is investigating the case.  Trial Attorneys Austin M. Berry and Amy E. Larson of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) are prosecuting the case.

The charges and allegations contained in an indictment are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Hack into U.S. Defense Contractors’ Systems to Steal Sensitive Military Information

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

LOS ANGELES – A Chinese national pleaded guilty today to participating in a years-long conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of major United States defense contractors, steal sensitive military and export-controlled data, and send the stolen information to China.

Su Bin, who is also known as Stephen Su and Stephen Subin, 50, a citizen and resident of the People’s Republic of China, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Christina A. Snyder.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, Assistant Director Jim Trainor of the FBI’s Cyber Division and Assistant Director in Charge David Bowdich of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division.

A criminal complaint filed in 2014 and subsequent indictments filed in Los Angeles charged Su, a China-based businessman in the aviation and aerospace fields, for his role in the criminal conspiracy to steal military technical data, including data relating to the C-17 strategic transport aircraft and certain fighter jets produced for the U.S. military. Su was initially arrested in Canada in July 2014 on a warrant issued in relation to this case. Su ultimately waived extradition and consented to be conveyed to the United States in February 2016.

In a plea agreement filed yesterday in United States District Court, Su admitted to conspiring with two persons in China from October 2008 to March 2014 to gain unauthorized access to protected computer networks in the United States, including computers belonging to the Boeing Company in Orange County, California, to obtain sensitive military information and to export that information illegally from the United States to China.

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MAN TO FACE TRIAL FOR CONSPIRACY, REVENGE-MURDER, AND ATTEMPTED MURDER OF FAMILY OF CO-DEFENDANT’S EX-GIRLFRIEND

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man is scheduled to face trial today for his role in a revenge-murder and attempted murder conspiracy targeting the family of his co-defendant’s ex-girlfriend. Two victims were murdered and set on fire and a third was left in a coma after suffering life-threatening injuries. Vitaliy Krasnoperov, 30, Hollywood, is charged with two felony counts of special circumstances murder, one felony count of attempted murder, and one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder. He faces sentencing enhancements for multiple murders, murder during the commission of a burglary, and murder during the commission of kidnapping. If convicted, Krasnoperov faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.

This will be the third jury trial against Krasnoperov, a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on May 10, 2011. On Dec. 15, 2011, Krasnoperov was found guilty by a jury of the same charges and was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole Nov. 9, 2012. In January 2015, the defendant’s conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeals, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three. Opening statements are expected to begin between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. today, March 22, 2016, in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Co-defendant Iftekhar Murtaza, 31, Van Nuys, was found guilty by a jury Nov. 22, 2013, of two felony counts of murder, one felony count of attempted murder and one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder with special circumstance sentencing enhancements for multiple murders, and murder during the commission of kidnapping. Murtaza was sentenced to death on March 3, 2015.

Co-defendant Charles Anthony Murphy, Jr., 31, Mission Hills, was found guilty by a jury Dec. 12, 2012, of two felony counts of special circumstances murder, one felony count of attempted murder, and one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder with sentencing enhancements for multiple murders, murder during the commission of kidnapping, and murder for financial gain. Murphy was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole on Jan. 17, 2014.

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March 23, 2016

Central Coast Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Copyright Infringement Offense Related to Online Sales of Pirated Adobe Software Packages

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:13 am

LOS ANGELES – A Lompoc man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of trafficking in counterfeit goods for using two websites to market and sell counterfeit versions of Adobe software

Jeffrey Scott Patterson, 52, pleaded guilty yesterday in United States District Court.

In his plea agreement and in court yesterday, Patterson admitted that, over the course of approximately eight years, he used two websites to advertise and sell counterfeit Adobe software at prices below retail. The software sold by Patterson – sometimes under the assumed name of “Bruce Allen” – included Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite.

“Protecting the business community’s intellectual property from being stolen is an important aspect of protecting our nation’s economy,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime, and all consumers end up paying the costs associated with the theft of intellectual property.”

Patterson offered victims either a digital download or a CD version of the pirated Adobe software. To bypass Adobe’s security protocols, Patterson altered the software and used a “key generator” to give his customers a counterfeit “key code” that must be entered by a user when the software is installed on a computer. Many of the counterfeit key codes failed to work, which prompted numerous complaints to Abode and Patterson.

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L.A.-Area Man Sentenced to over 8 Years in Federal Prison for Two Fraud Schemes, including One that Cost Verizon Wireless $17 Million

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:08 am

SAN DIEGO – The owner of a Glendale-based ride-sharing business was sentenced in federal court today to more than eight years in prison in two separate fraud cases, including one involving the sale of more than 30,000 Apple iPhones fraudulently obtained from Verizon Wireless at substantially discounted prices.

Karen “Kevin” Galstian, 38, of Chatsworth, California, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz to 100 months in the scheme against Verizon Wireless that generated illegal profits of more than $13 million, and 87 months for defrauding Bank of America out of almost $700,000. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Judge Moskowitz also ordered Galstain to pay $17 million in restitution to Verizon and more than $200,000 in restitution to Bank of America.

Galstian pleaded guilty in November in San Diego to one count of wire fraud, admitting that he committed the offense while on pre-trial release in the case involving Bank of America. In that case, Galstian pleaded guilty in January 2014 to bank fraud.

“This defendant persisted in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme even while preparing to go to prison,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Today’s significant sentence and forfeiting the proceeds of his scheme may be the only meaningful deterrents to this defendant’s criminal conduct.”

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