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March 30, 2016

Capital Murder Charge Filed in Robbery, Stabbing of Couple at Valley Village Convenience Store

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

A felon was charged today with killing a convenience store employee and stabbing the employee’s girlfriend and coworker while robbing the store, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Hasaan Blunt (dob 5/18/73) of Van Nuys faces one felony count each of murder and attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder.

Arraignment was continued to April 28 in Department 100 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys Branch.

The felony complaint includes the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery and a special allegation of causing great bodily injury.

Phillip Stirling, assistant head deputy of the Van Nuys Branch, said Blunt also faces two felony counts of second degree robbery and three misdemeanor counts of vandalism of vehicle tires under $400 damage in case LA083099.

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March 29, 2016

Man Convicted of Murdering Child in South L.A.

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

A 24-year-old man was convicted today of severely beating a 13-month-old boy, which led to the child’s death, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

The jury deliberated for less than a day before finding Rodrigo Hernandez guilty of two felony counts: second-degree murder and assault on a child causing death in case TA137386.

Hernandez is scheduled to be sentenced May 11 in Department 4 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton Branch. He faces a maximum possible sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Abigail Baron of the Victim Impact Program, who prosecuted the case, said on June 7, 2015, Hernandez was watching his girlfriend’s toddler son while the mother was in another room in her South L.A. apartment.

Soon after, family members alerted the mother that the child was acting strangely. When the mother went to the child, the boy began to have seizures. Additionally, bruising started to develop on his body, the prosecutor said.

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Woman Sentenced to Prison for Killing Elderly Man at Metro Blue Line Station

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

A 25-year-old woman was sentenced today to 17 years in state prison for fatally beating an elderly man following a dispute in South L.A., the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On Sept. 8, 2015, a jury found Tracy Joy Gomez guilty of voluntary manslaughter in case TA134727.

Deputy District Attorney Shannon Cooley, who prosecuted the case, said on the afternoon of June 13, 2014, Gomez got into an argument with John Whitmore, 65, on the Metro Blue Line platform in Willowbrook.

During the fight, Gomez beat Whitmore, the prosecutor said, and then fled the scene.

Authorities were called and the victim was taken to a hospital for treatment. Seven days later, Whitmore died from his injuries.

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Man Charged With Killing Partner on Skid Row

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

A man was charged today with murdering his partner on Skid Row earlier this week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Daniel Molayem (dob 8/14/76) was charged in case BA445216 with one count each of murder and assault with a firearm as well as a personal use of a handgun allegation. Arraignment was scheduled for April 8.

Deputy District Attorney Lisa Kassabian of the Family Violence Division is prosecuting the case.

On March 23, Molayem is accused of approaching the victim, Courtney Y., in the 500 block of San Pedro Street and opening fire. The victim died at the scene.

The defendant and the victim were in a dating relationship for an unknown time, prosecutors said.

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March 28, 2016

SoCal Doctor Agrees to Plead Guilty to Distributing Addictive Painkiller and Laundering Proceeds of His Drug Trafficking

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:26 am

LOS ANGELES – In a plea agreement filed this morning, a San Gabriel Valley doctor has agreed to plead guilty to a federal drug trafficking charge for illegally distributing the powerful painkiller best known by the brand name OxyContin.

Dr. Daniel Cham, 48, of Covina, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of distribution of oxycodone and one count of money laundering.

In the plea agreement, Cham admits to unlawfully prescribing oxycodone to an undercover agent posing as a patient in March 2014 in exchange for $300 in money orders, which Cham then deposited into a bank account held in the name of another business. Cham made the deposit “knowing that the transaction was designed to conceal and disguise the nature and source of the money orders,” according to the plea agreement.

“Painkillers like oxycodone can be life-threatening to those who abuse them,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Many of the prescription drugs that find their way to the street come from doctors who prescribe them without medical justification. This defendant put lives at risk for money, making him no different than street-level drug dealer.”

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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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