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January 8, 2016

Doctor Who Pre-Signed Thousands of Prescriptions in $20 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

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

LOS ANGELES – The medical doctor at the center of a conspiracy linked to a sham medical clinic in Glendale was sentenced today to nine years in federal prison for his role in a $20 million scheme to defraud the Medicare and Medi-Cal programs.

Dr. Kenneth Johnson, 49, of Ladera Heights, received a 108-month prison term from United States District Judge S. James Otero.

Johnson was sentenced for his role in a scheme that, among other things, fraudulently prescribed expensive anti-psychotic medications and then re-billed the government for those drugs over and over. Johnson pre-signed thousands of prescriptions that were later used to fill millions of dollars in fraudulent prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs.

Observing that Johnson’s involvement in the conspiracy caused “significant loss by any measure,” Judge Otero stated that the sentence was necessary to “deter others from engaging in this type of conduct, especially physicians.”



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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Fresno man was convicted and sentenced yesterday to four years in state prison for pimping and pandering four women in Orange County. Ruben Roshawn Robinson, 29, Fresno, pleaded guilty to a court offer of four felony counts of pimping, four felony counts of pandering, with sentencing enhancements for prior prison convictions for possession of cocaine for sale in 2005, evading a peace officer in 2011, and evading a peace officer and the unlawful taking of a vehicle in 2014, all in Fresno County.

Circumstances of the Case

Robinson is a pimp who exploits 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.

Prior to October 2015, Robinson met the four victims and drove with them to areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Stanton and Anaheim to perform commercial sex acts for his benefit.

Between Oct. 1, 2015, and Oct. 17, 2015, Robinson posted sexually explicit photos of the victims on the internet on websites known for prostitution. During that time, Robinson collected all of the money that the victims received from sex purchasers.



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

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – A youth pastor was arraigned today on charges of sexually assaulting five boys under 16 years old at church events. Brandon Ernis Lee McDade, 30, Mission Viejo, is charged with two felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, four felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child between the ages of 14 and 15, two misdemeanor counts of child annoyance, and sentencing enhancement allegations for committing lewd acts upon multiple victims. If convicted, McDade faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. McDade is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Feb. 5, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department H-7, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

At the time of the crimes, McDade was employed as a youth pastor at Grace Hills Church in Aliso Viejo and had access to children.

Between June 2009, and Dec. 20, 2015, McDade is accused of meeting the victims, all under the age of 16, while they were in his care at the church. McDade is accused of sexually assaulting the victims while the victims were on church property. The defendant is accused of molesting one of the victims at a movie theater in Orange County and molesting another victim while the victim was attending a youth church camp in San Bernardino County.

A parent of one of the victims contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and reported the crime. OCSD investigated this case. The defendant was arrested by OCSD deputies Dec. 9, 2015, and released on $20,000 bond. Further investigation resulted in one additional victim coming forward.


January 7, 2016

Glendale Man Found Guilty of 32 Counts of Stealing and Distributing Avionics Trade Secrets Belonging to Former Employer

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:14 am

LOS ANGELES – An electrical engineer from Glendale has been convicted of 32 counts of violating the Economic Espionage Act for stealing trade secrets belonging to his former employer – a Pasadena-based aircraft avionics company – and distributing the proprietary material to three competitors.

Derek Wai Hung Tam Sing, 44, was found guilty by United States District Judge Christina A. Snyder, who presided over a bench trial in September. Judge Snyder yesterday issued a 28-page ruling in which she convicted Sing of 32 counts and acquitted him of one charge.

Sing worked at Rogerson Kratos (RK) in 2012. Until he was fired by the company, Sing had access to RK trade secrets, and he signed a confidentiality agreement that prohibited him from disclosing any confidential information and trade secrets that belonged to the company. According to Judge Snyder’s ruling, Sing’s “performance at RK was marked by delays in completing assignments, late attendance and an unprofessional attitude.”

After being terminated, Sing retained materials that he had collected while working at RK, despite being specifically asked to return all trade secrets. Instead, Sing “packaged the trade secrets with sufficient supporting documentation and instructions so that other competitor companies would be able to use the trade secrets and reverse engineer RK’s products,” according to Judge Snyder’s ruling, which noted that Sing testified at trial that he “wanted to get back at Rogerson Kratos” for not appreciating his work as an employee.


Four Arrested on Federal Mail Fraud Charges Related to $8 Million Embezzlement from Southland Commercial Laundry Company

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:11 am

LOS ANGELES – Four men from Southern California have been arrested on charges that they embezzled more than $8 million from an industrial launderer based in Gardena that provided finishing services for Citizens of Humanity, a manufacturer of high-end designer jeans.

Luis Mariano Rodriguez, 48, of East Los Angeles, the one-time president of CM Laundry, LLC, and three associates were taken into custody yesterday morning for allegedly causing the laundry to pay fraudulent invoices that contained fictitious and inflated charges, and concealed Rodriguez’s role in the underlying transactions.

Since 2007, CM Laundry has been owned by Citizens of Humanity, LLC, a Huntington Park company that manufactures more than 1 million pairs of high-end denim jeans every year.

The other three defendants arrested yesterday by special agents with the FBI and officers with the Los Angeles Police Department are:



Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:07 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former office manager was convicted and sentenced today for embezzling money from a Catholic school’s fundraising program. Adela Maria Tapia, 40, Tustin, pleaded guilty to a court offer of two felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement, 13 felony counts of money laundering with sentencing enhancement allegations for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, and property loss of over $200,000. Tapia was sentenced to four years and eight months in state prison stayed pending the completion of one year in jail and five years formal probation over an objection by the People, who argued for a state prison sentence without the possibility of probation. Tapia was also ordered to pay over $438,000 in restitution.

In September 2006, Tapia was hired as the scrip card coordinator at the Holy Family Cathedral School (HFCS) in Orange. The scrip card program is utilized by HFCS to raise funds for the operating costs of the school by selling scrip cards, which act similarly to gift cards, to school families or parishioners at face value. HFCS purchases scrip cards at a discount and their profit is based on the difference between the purchase value and sale value of the scrip cards sold. The scrip card program raises approximately $200,000 for the school each year.

Between September 2006 and September 2011, Tapia took cash payments from school families that purchased scrip cards and deposited the money into her own personal bank account.

The defendant took scrip cards, kept in a safe at HFCS, and sold them to her family members, one of whom is an ordained deacon at another parish in the Catholic Diocese of Orange. Tapia kept the money from the scrip cards sold to her family members for her own personal use. Tapia used the money she received from selling scrip cards to purchase luxury clothing and goods from department stores and private school tuition.


January 6, 2016

Man Sentenced to Prison for Killing Woman Over a Parking Spot

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:58 am

A 23-year-old man was sentenced today to 13 years in state prison for killing a woman at a Santa Fe Springs swap meet parking lot, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On Aug. 14, a jury found defendant Reggie Cervantes guilty of one felony count of voluntary manslaughter in case VA137338.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio also found true that the defendant was previously convicted of second-degree robbery in 2009 and receiving stolen property exceeding $950 in value in 2010.

Deputy District Attorney Andrea Mader, who prosecuted the case, said on Oct. 17, 2014, the victim, Elizabeth Yanez, drove to a Santa Fe Springs swap meet with her two adult children.

As the family was looking for a parking spot, Yanez reportedly got into an argument with Cervantes, who was in a separate vehicle.


Two Charged in Pasadena Gang Shooting at Fast Food Chicken Restaurant

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:55 am

Two men have been charged in connection with the shooting of a man at a fried chicken restaurant last week in Pasadena, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Deputy District Attorney Stefan Mrakich of the Hardcore Gang Division said Robert Julio Arnaud, aka Chucky (dob 10/29/88), of Los Angeles, faces one count of attempted murder.

Co-defendant Jose Garcia, aka Flaco (dob 4/30/83), of Azusa, is charged with one count of accessory after the fact, knowledge of crime.

Garcia is scheduled for arraignment today in Department D of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pasadena Branch. Arnaud pleaded not guilty yesterday and is scheduled to return on Jan. 26 in Department J.

Case GA097819 includes allegations that both defendants committed their crime on behalf of a criminal street gang and that they were both convicted in 2008 of assault with a deadly weapon. The complaint alleges Arnaud used a handgun in the commission of the crime and that Garcia also was convicted of attempted robbery in 2004.


January 5, 2016

Owner of Three Los Angeles Clinics Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Medicare Fraud

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:26 am

The former owner and operator of three medical clinics located in Los Angeles was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for his role in a scheme that submitted more than $4.5 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California, Assistant Director in Charge David Bowdich of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division and Special Agent in Charge Chris Schrank of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) Los Angeles Region made the announcement.

Hovik Simitian, 48, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud on Aug. 18, 2015, and was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell of the Central District of California, who also ordered Simitian to pay $1,668,559 in restitution to Medicare.

Simitian owned and operated Columbia Medical Group Inc., Life Care Medical Clinic and Safe Health Medical Clinic, three medical clinics in Los Angeles.  In connection with his guilty plea, Simitian admitted that from approximately February 2010 through June 2014, he and his co-conspirators paid illegal cash kickbacks to patient recruiters who brought Medicare beneficiaries to the clinics.  Simitian also admitted that he and his co-conspirators then billed Medicare for lab tests and other services that were not medically necessary or were not actually provided to the Medicare beneficiaries, which they supported with false documentation they created.  Simitian admitted that he submitted a total of $4,526,791 in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicare paid $1,668,559 on those claims.


Three Sentenced for Chatsworth Street Racing Crash That Killed Two

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:20 am

Two drivers and a third man involved in organizing an illegal street race were sentenced today for their roles in the race in which two spectators were killed, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Moira Curry said Karen Gary Balyan, 43, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison. He pleaded no contest on Dec. 22 to two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and admitted to fleeing the scene during the commission of the crime.

Balyan also entered a no contest plea to one misdemeanor count of assault with a deadly weapon.

A second co-defendant, Irael Valenzuela, 39, was sentenced to a year in jail and five years formal probation. A four-year prison sentence was suspended. Additionally, his driver’s license was suspended and his Nissan GTR which he drove on the illegal street race was ordered destroyed.

Valenzuela entered a no contest plea on Dec. 22 to two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.


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