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September 10, 2015

Imposter Attorney, Two Others Charged in Marriage Fraud Scheme

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:12 am

LOS ANGELES — A Santa Fe Springs man who posed as an attorney and his daughter were arrested this morning for allegedly orchestrating an elaborate immigration fraud scheme in which Chinese nationals paid tens of thousands of dollars to be “married” to United States citizens.

A federal criminal complaint filed yesterday alleges that Chinese nationals paid up to $50,000 to enter into sham marriages in the hopes of obtaining lawful permanent resident cards – often referred to as “Green Cards” – that would allow them to legally reside in the United States. The affidavit in support of the complaint outlines a scheme in which the purported attorney and his daughter lined up U.S. citizen “spouses” for their clients, coached the couples on how to make the marriages appear genuine when questioned by immigration authorities, prepared and filed immigration petitions, and created fraudulent paper trails for the “couples” — including phony apartment leases, wedding photos, bank statements and income tax returns.

The two defendants arrested this morning are:

•           Jason Shiao, also known as “Jason Zheng” and “Zheng Yi Xiao,” 65, who allegedly posed as an immigration lawyer; and

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Woman Charged with Killing Mother in Covina

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:08 am

A 43-year-old woman has been charged with fatally stabbing her mother at a Covina senior living facility, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Athina Sumi Rivera (dob 2/18/72) of Los Angeles has been charged with one count of murder in case KA110622. The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, during the commission of the crime

Rivera is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department F of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch.

Prosecutors will ask bail be set at $1.02 million. On Sept. 7 Rivera was reportedly staying the night in her mother’s room at a senior living center in Covina, prosecutors said.

During the middle of the night, the defendant allegedly awoke and stabbed her mother, Margaret Yamaguchi, several times, prosecutors said.

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Taekwondo Instructor Convicted of Child Sex Abuse

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:05 am

A 50-year-old Las Vegas man was convicted yesterday of sexually abusing female students in California and Nevada, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

After a two-week jury trial, Marc Scott Gitelman (dob 8/20/65) was found guilty of three felony counts: oral copulation of a person under 18, unlawful sexual intercourse and lewd act upon a child in case KA106849.

The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 26 in Department L of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch. Gitelman faces up to four years and eight months in state prison. Gitelman also will have to register as a sex offender for life.

Deputy District Attorney Kelsey McKeever-Unger, who prosecuted the case, said at the time of the crimes, Gitelman was a top ranked Taekwondo instructor. He had his own school and taught at several community centers and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

According to the prosecutor, between 2007 and 2013, Gitelman traveled with students for tournaments throughout California and Nevada.

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September 9, 2015

FORMER MARINE TO FACE TRIAL FOR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES STABBING-MURDER OF PREGNANT WOMAN

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:31 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former Marine will face trial tomorrow for the stabbing death of a woman and her unborn child. Ahmad Rashad Siddiqi, 27, Alexandria, Virginia, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder by lying in wait and one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, Siddiqi faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, the defendant was a former Marine living in Alexandria, Virginia. Siddiqi was involved in a long-distance dating relationship with 24-year-old Soraya Faroqi, who was a civilian translator in Afghanistan and provided interpreter services for U.S. troops. Faroqi had returned to Orange County from Afghanistan on Dec. 13, 2011, and was in her first trimester of pregnancy.

On Dec. 18, 2011, the defendant is accused of flying from his home in Virginia to Orange County to talk with Faroqi about the status of their relationship. On Dec. 19, 2011, Siddiqi is accused of meeting with the victim in the Westminster apartment of Faroqi’s friend.

During a discussion of their relationship inside the apartment, the defendant is accused of chasing Faroqi from the apartment with a knife. He is accused of pushing her into the bushes in a nearby carport and repeatedly stabbing Faroqi as her friend screamed for him to stop. Faroqi and her unborn child died as a result of the injuries.

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MAN CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR CAUSING CRASH THAT KILLED MOTORCYCLIST AND DRIVING AWAY FROM SCENE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:27 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was convicted and sentenced today for causing a crash that killed a motorcyclist and driving away from the scene without rendering aid or assistance. Antonio Carranza, 74, Anaheim, pleaded guilty to one felony count of hit and run with death and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. He was sentenced to one year in jail and three years formal probation.

At approximately 1:15 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2014, Carranza was driving westbound on Adele Street and approached a stop sign at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard. Carranza attempted to make a left turn at the intersection as 41-year-old Fernando Velasquez rode his motorcycle southbound on Anaheim Boulevard. Carranza pulled forward through the turn and stopped as the victim swerved right to avoid colliding into the defendant’s vehicle. The victim lost control of his motorcycle and struck a parked car and was thrown off his motorcycle where he struck a tree and died at the scene. The defendant continued through the intersection and failed to render aid or assistance to the victim and drove away from the scene.

The Anaheim Police Department (APD), who investigated this case, identified the defendant’s vehicle which was captured on surveillance video from local businesses in the area and arrested him two days after the crash.

The victim’s family delivered impact statements to the court today pursuant to Marsy’s Law. The mother of the victim emotionally described to the court how she feels pain that she didn’t imagine was possible and talked about the last phone conversation she had with her son before he died and said in part, “The last thing I said to him was I love you and he said I love you so much more mom, you’re beautiful. I know I’m beautiful because I was beautiful to my son.”

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Woman Convicted of Killing Elderly Man at Metro Blue Line Station

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:23 am

A 25-year-old woman was convicted today of fatally beating an elderly man following a dispute at the Metro Blue Line, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

After three days of deliberations, a jury found Tracy Joy Gomez guilty of voluntary manslaughter in. case TA134727

The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 6 in Department F of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton Branch. Gomez faces up to 22 years in state prison.

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.

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

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September 8, 2015

FORMER VOLUNTEER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR MOLESTING SIX MINOR BOYS AND POSSESSING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Filed under: California Chid Pornography Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former volunteer Sunday school teacher was sentenced today to 60 years to life in state prison for molesting six minor boys and possessing and distributing child pornography. Christopher Bryan McKenzie Sr., 51, Costa Mesa, was found guilty by a jury of 11 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old, one felony count of attempted lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old, four felony counts of using a minor for sex acts, one felony count of attempting to use a minor for sex acts, two felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor, and one felony count of possession of child pornography with sentencing enhancements for substantial sexual conduct with a child and committing lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old against more than one victim.

At the time of the crimes McKenzie worked as a swimming pool cleaner. The defendant was a volunteer Sunday school teacher at Christ Church by the Sea in Newport Beach between 2004 and 2006 and at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa.

On multiple occasions between March 31, 1996, and Jan. 8, 2012, McKenzie committed lewd acts upon six different victims under the age of 14, including but not limited to masturbating, sexually penetrating, and orally copulating the victims. The defendant instructed several of the victims to remove their clothes and took nude photos of the victims under the guise that the photos would be used for modeling a sculpture.

The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) continued the investigation of this case with the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF). In December 2012 investigators found the defendant to be in possession and control of child pornography and was subsequently arrested by NBPD.

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Jury Finds Man Guilty of Sexually Assaulting, Kidnapping 10-Year-Old Girl from Northridge Home

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

A 34-year-old man was found guilty today of 32 felony counts for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

A jury found Tobias Dustin Summers guilty of: 11 counts of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 or under; seven counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child: oral copulation; four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child: sexual penetration; and two counts of sex or sodomy with a child 10 or under.

Deputy District Attorney Laura Knight said Summers also was found guilty of one count each of kidnapping; first-degree burglary; kidnapping to commit rape; forcible lewd act upon a child; aggravated sexual assault of a child: rape; aggravated sexual assault of a child: sodomy; using minor for sex act and possession of matter depicting minor engaging in sexual conduct.

The defendant faces multiple life terms in state prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. 22 in Dept. 101 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The case number is PA076500.

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North Hollywood Man Pleads to Animal Cruelty in Killing of Roommate’s Pet Rabbit

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

A North Hollywood man pleaded no contest today to animal cruelty for killing his roommate’s pet rabbit last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dimitri Diatchenko, 47, entered his plea to one count of animal cruelty before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Jesic. Diatchenko was immediately sentenced to three years formal probation, 60 days community labor and 48 hours of animal cruelty counseling.

Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr said the defendant killed the rabbit on Dec. 6 2014, after the roommate had told the defendant that they should no longer live together. The two previously had a romantic relationship.

After the roommate left the house. Diatchenko skinned the pet, cooked it and ate part of it, while sending her graphic photos of what he did, the prosecutor added.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, North Hollywood Division.

Los Angeles County District Attorney / September 04, 2015

September 7, 2015

MAN LINKED THROUGH DNA SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR 1982 COLD CASE MURDER OF FRIEND TO HIDE PREVIOUS MURDER

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

FULLERTON, Calif. – A man linked through DNA has been sentenced to seven years to life in state prison today for the 1982 murder of his friend after fearing that the victim had discovered a previous murder committed by the defendant, per the sentencing laws in existence in 1982. David Richard Campbell, 70, pleaded guilty to one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement the personal use of a firearm. Campbell is currently in custody in Orange County Jail.

Prior to January 1982, Campbell murdered his friend, William Raber.

On Jan. 2, 1982, Campbell met with his 26-year-old friend, Frank “Bart” Marshall, who mentioned that Raber had not been seen in a while. Campbell felt that Marshall was suspicious about Raber’s murder and decided to murder Marshall by shooting him in the head. He dismembered the victim’s body and discarded the remains in the mountains near Big Bear. The case was investigated as a missing person case, but went cold.

After the murder of Marshall, Campbell murdered John Fischer in Riverside County.

In 1985, hikers near Big Bear discovered fragments of a skull and reported it to authorities, but the remains were unidentified for over 27 years. The skull was identified in 2013 through DNA investigation and determined as belonging to  Marshall.

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