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July 23, 2015

FATHER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MURDERING INFANT BOY AND COMMITTING LEWD ACTS ON 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:13 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A father is scheduled to be arraigned today for murdering his infant boy and committing lewd acts on a 14-year-old girl. Jordan Peter Mendez, 20, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of committing lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. If convicted, Mendez faces a maximum sentence of 33 years to life in state prison. Mendez is currently being held on $ 1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

Between June 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2014, Mendez is accused of committing lewd acts upon Jane Doe, who was under the age of 14.

On the evening of July 17, 2015, the defendant is accused of watching his son, 3-month-old John Doe, alone while Jane Doe ran errands. The defendant is accused of leaving the home with John Doe and later returning to the residence with the baby. After the defendant returned home, Jane Doe noticed that the infant was struggling to breathe.

At approximately 8:45 p.m., officers from the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) responded to a 911 call at Jane Doe’s residence. The infant was found not breathing in the home and SAPD officers and Orange County Fire Authority paramedics performed CPR on John Doe. The infant was subsequently taken to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and displayed signs of blunt force trauma to the head. The infant died yesterday, July 20, 2015.

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July 22, 2015

MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED ON SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES MURDER CHARGES FOR LYING IN WAIT AND HITTING VICTIM WITH CAR BEFORE STABBING VICTIM TO DEATH

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man is expected to be arraigned today on special circumstances murder charges for lying in wait and hitting the victim with his car and then stabbing the victim to death. Hongli Sun 38, Irvine, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder by lying in wait, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, and sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and the personal use of a deadly weapon.If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Sun is being held without bail and is expected to be arraigned today, July 21, 2015, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

At approximately 1:20 p.m. on July 18, 2015, Sun is accused of being parked in his Mercedes sport utility vehicle (SUV) in a parking lot on Barranca Parkway in Irvine. The defendant is accused of waiting for 54-year-old Xuan Liu with the intent to murder him. Sun is accused of observing Liu walking in the parking lot and intentionally driving his SUV toward him and hitting the victim with the vehicle.

As Liu attempted to stand up, Sun is accused of getting out of his SUV and approaching the victim with a knife. Sun is accused of stabbing Liu.

Witnesses at the scene called 911, and the Irvine Police Department (IPD) and the Orange County Fire Authority immediately responded. The suspect was subsequently located in the parking lot and arrested.

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Key Member of Scheme that Illegally Sought $20 Million Worth of Expensive Anti-Psychotic Drugs Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

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

LOS ANGELES – One of the leaders of a conspiracy linked to a sham Glendale medical clinic was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison for his role in a $20 million scheme to defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal by, among other things, fraudulently prescribing expensive anti-psychotic medications and then re-billing the government for those drugs over and over.

Artak Ovsepian, 33, of Tujunga, one of the leaders of the conspiracy who oversaw the acquisition of drugs with bogus prescriptions, was sentenced by United States District Judge S. James Otero.

Calling the offense “despicable” and “horrific,” Judge Otero noted that the scheme “preyed on some of those most vulnerable members of society, from the mentally ill, to down-and-out veterans, to elderly victims whose identities were stolen, which then interfered with their ability to obtain medical treatment” that they truly needed.

Following a jury trial before Judge Otero in February 2014, Ovsepian was found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to misbrand pharmaceutical drugs, false statements to the federal government, and conspiracy to use other persons’ identification documents in furtherance of fraud.

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Housing Authority of Los Angeles County and the Cities of Lancaster, California, and Palmdale, California, Agree to Settle Fair Housing Claims in the Antelope Valley for $2 Million

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

The Justice Department today announced a settlement with the Housing Authority of Los Angeles County (HACoLA), and the cities of Lancaster, California, and Palmdale, California, to resolve allegations that these parties targeted African Americans with discriminatory enforcement of the Section 8 housing choice voucher program.  The parties have agreed to enter into a court-enforceable agreement that will provide broad relief meant to ensure unbiased enforcement of the voucher program so that African-American voucher holders in the Antelope Valley are not targeted because of their race.

HACoLA, a public housing agency that administers the Section 8 voucher program in Los Angeles County, has agreed to pay $1,975,000 in monetary damages on behalf of itself and the cities, and a $25,000 civil penalty to the United States.  When combined with the department’s previously announced settlement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) for related conduct, this means that a total of $2,675,000 is available to compensate individuals who have been harmed by the discriminatory enforcement of the voucher program.  In addition, many voucher holders who were discriminated against will be eligible to have voucher terminations removed from their public housing record, and a few of those who were improperly terminated will be reinstated to the voucher program.

“Housing choice vouchers, also known as Section 8 vouchers, are meant to help families find homes in neighborhoods that provide greater opportunities for them and their children,” said head of the Civil Rights Division, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta.  “Such families should be welcomed in every community, including those in the Antelope Valley.  No family living in Los Angeles County should fear having housing authority or law enforcement personnel show up at their homes simply because they are African American and use vouchers to pay their rent.”

“Local government officials worked with the Los Angeles County Housing Authority and the Sheriff’s Department to subject African-American families to discriminatory enforcement actions in an effort to discourage them from using Housing Choice vouchers to live in Lancaster and Palmdale,” said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California.  “This type of discrimination is fundamentally wrong and is inconsistent with American values of freedom and equality.  This settlement, together with an earlier settlement with the Sheriff’s department, will ensure it does not recur, and will also provide more than $2.6 million to compensate those harmed.”

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Housing Authority of Los Angeles County and the Cities of Lancaster, California, and Palmdale, California, Agree to Settle Fair Housing Claims in the Antelope Valley for $2 Million

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

The Justice Department today announced a settlement with the Housing Authority of Los Angeles County (HACoLA), and the cities of Lancaster, California, and Palmdale, California, to resolve allegations that these parties targeted African Americans with discriminatory enforcement of the Section 8 housing choice voucher program.  The parties have agreed to enter into a court-enforceable agreement that will provide broad relief meant to ensure unbiased enforcement of the voucher program so that African-American voucher holders in the Antelope Valley are not targeted because of their race.

HACoLA, a public housing agency that administers the Section 8 voucher program in Los Angeles County, has agreed to pay $1,975,000 in monetary damages on behalf of itself and the cities, and a $25,000 civil penalty to the United States.  When combined with the department’s previously announced settlement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) for related conduct, this means that a total of $2,675,000 is available to compensate individuals who have been harmed by the discriminatory enforcement of the voucher program.  In addition, many voucher holders who were discriminated against will be eligible to have voucher terminations removed from their public housing record, and a few of those who were improperly terminated will be reinstated to the voucher program.

“Housing choice vouchers, also known as Section 8 vouchers, are meant to help families find homes in neighborhoods that provide greater opportunities for them and their children,” said head of the Civil Rights Division, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta.  “Such families should be welcomed in every community, including those in the Antelope Valley.  No family living in Los Angeles County should fear having housing authority or law enforcement personnel show up at their homes simply because they are African American and use vouchers to pay their rent.”

“Local government officials worked with the Los Angeles County Housing Authority and the Sheriff’s Department to subject African-American families to discriminatory enforcement actions in an effort to discourage them from using Housing Choice vouchers to live in Lancaster and Palmdale,” said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California.  “This type of discrimination is fundamentally wrong and is inconsistent with American values of freedom and equality.  This settlement, together with an earlier settlement with the Sheriff’s department, will ensure it does not recur, and will also provide more than $2.6 million to compensate those harmed.”

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July 21, 2015

MAN SENTENCED TO 19 YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS IN PRISON AND RESTITUTION FOR DEFRAUDING INVESTORS IN SCHEMES INVOLVING FAKE BUYERS AND COMPANIES

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

SANTA ANA, Calif.– A man was sentenced to 19 years and eight months in state prison and ordered to pay restitution today for defrauding investors in schemes involving close-out clothing. Shaine Joseph LaVoie, 46, Dana Point, was found guilty by a jury on May 26, 2015, of 12 felony counts of grand theft, 10 felony counts of using an untrue statement in the purchase or sale of a security, one felony count of theft from an elder, one felony count of forgery, and one felony count of writing a non-sufficient funds check, with sentencing enhancements for property loss over $150,000 and aggravated white collar crime over $500,000. LaVoie was also ordered to pay over $800,000 in restitution.

In 1992, the defendant co-founded Ezekial, a skateboarding clothing company. He left the company in 2003.

Between February 2004 and October 2004, LaVoie approached his friends and acquaintances to invest in the purchase of over-produced and out-of-season clothing for re-sale. He convinced them to invest in a fraudulent $1 million scheme that he claimed involved a large shipment of designer jeans being sold to a Japanese buyer. LaVoie also claimed that the deal would close in under three months with up to a 100 percent profit.

When investors began to contact LaVoie for payment on their investments, the defendant lied and said that the shipment had been delayed due to customs problems. He created a Ponzi scheme to pay back early investors with money from new investors. A “Ponzi” scheme is when investors are offered high, short-term returns on investments, but instead of the investments generating actual income and legitimate profits, the money from the investors is kept for the benefit of the defendant or used to repay earlier investors. He also forged documents to trick the investors into believing that the investment deal was legitimate.

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DMV EMPLOYEE CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR TAKING BRIBES TO OBTAIN DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR TWO APPLICANTS

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:04 am

WESTMINSTER, Calif. – A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee was convicted and sentenced today for accepting bribes from customers in exchange for providing California driver’s licenses (CDL). Jose Alberto Carrillo, 47, Fresno, pleaded guilty to the court to two felony counts of altering public documents and two felony counts of computer access and fraud. He was sentenced to one year in jail stayed pending completion of 40 hours of community service and three years formal probation, over the objection of the People.

At the time of the crimes, Carrillo worked as a Motor Vehicle Representative at the Westminster DMV Office.

On May 10, 2012, Carrillo offered to alter a customer’s DMV record to reflect that the customer had passed a written driving test, that he had previously failed, in exchange for $100. Carrillo instructed the customer to go to the men’s bathroom to hide the money in between papers to avoid video surveillance. When the customer returned from the bathroom, the defendant accepted the money that was hidden between the papers. Carrillo unlawfully accessed the man’s DMV record on the computer and entered false information that the customer had passed the written tests.

An interim CDL was issued to this customer. Without the record being altered to indicate that the customer passed the written tests, the CDL process could not have continued and the interim CDL could not have been issued.

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COMPANY ACCUSED OF SELLING BOGUS PRODUCT NATIONWIDE AGREES TO SHUT DOWN BUSINESS AND PAY $400,000 SETTLEMENT

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:02 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – An Irvine-based Internet sales company accused of selling a bogus car performance chip nationwide agreed yesterday, July 16, 2015, to shut down their business, pay $400,000 in civil penalties, and restitution to any complaining customers. In a civil consumer prosecution lawsuit filed by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) on Oct. 28, 2014, GFORCE CHIPS (GFORCE) was accused of committing unlawful business practices and engaging in false advertising by marketing their product as a car-performance chip to increase fuel efficiency among other claims.

In the settlement, GFORCE and its owner, 32-year-old Ravi Ghataode, agreed to shut down the business and be permanently enjoined from ever operating a business that sells any device that claims to affect gas mileage, horsepower, or emissions. The defendants admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement agreement.

The settlement now awaits approval by Orange County Superior Court Judge James J. Di Cesare. If entered by the court, the settlement mandates Ghataode reimburse all customers that have complained about the chip in the last four years. The settlement also provides for reimbursement to anyone who complains to the OCDA or GFORCE within 90 days after entry of the settlement by the court. If you are a consumer that purchased a GFORCE chip and either never received your merchandise or your requested refund, or you would like to lodge a complaint and get your money back, please contact the OCDA Consumer Fraud Hotline at (714) 834-6553.

In the lawsuit filed by the OCDA, GFORCE was accused of the following:

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July 20, 2015

CAPTURED DEFENDANT ON OCDA’S MOST WANTED LIST SENTENCED TO 56 YEARS IN PRISON FOR COMMITTING LEWD ACTS ON CHILD IN 1991

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man on the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) Most Wanted List was sentenced today to 56 years in state prison for committing lewd acts upon a child in 1991 and fleeing the country during the middle of his jury trial. Henry Arthur Quinones, 75, was convicted by a jury in his absence on Sept. 9, 1991, of 26 felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. Quinones was located by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Mexico and extradited back to Orange County by FBI on April 17, 2015.

“I commend the FBI and all the agencies involved in securing the arrest and extradition of this defendant. Quinones is a pedophile who committed one of the worst violations against a young innocent child,” stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “Law enforcement never gave up looking for him and he will likely never get out of prison.”

“The FBI is committed to assisting local police and district attorneys in finding fugitives who flee the jurisdiction in which they are charged, including those who leave the country,” said David Bowdich, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Los Angeles Field Office. “Our local fugitive task forces and foreign Legal Attaché offices work with law enforcement in Mexico and many countries to successfully locate and return fugitives like Mr. Quinones to bring victims closer to receiving justice.”

Between 1984 and 1989, Quinones met regularly with a victim who was between 3 to 8 years old. During that time, Quinones orally copulated, digitally penetrated and/or had sexual intercourse with the victim almost daily. Neighbors reported the case to the Anaheim Police Department (APD) after noticing changes in the victim’s behavior.

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MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDERING GIRLFRIEND’S 18-MONTH-OLD BABY BY SUFFOCATING HIM USING BEDSHEET AND PHYSICALLY ABUSING HIM

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

SANTA ANA, Calif – A man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in state prison for murdering his girlfriend’s 18-month-old baby boy by wrapping him up in a bedsheet to suffocate him and physically abusing him four days before his death. Cheyenne Mateo Fuimaono, 24, Buena Park, was found guilty by a jury May 5, 2015, of one felony count each of second degree murder, assault on a child resulting in death, and child abuse.

During the evening on Nov. 26, 2012, Fuimaono was sleeping with his girlfriend and her 18-month-old son, Malik Perez, at the home they shared with the defendant’s parents in Buena Park. While they were sleeping, the toddler began scratching his ear and the defendant bit the victim’s arm, leaving visible marks on him.

At approximately 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2012, Fuimaono was babysitting the infant and was unable to stop him from crying. He murdered the victim by wrapping him up in a bed sheet, completely covering the infant’s face, and left him unattended in a bedroom.

At approximately 1:23 p.m., the defendant called 911 to report that the baby was not breathing. Paramedics arrived at the scene and found Perez lying unconscious and performed CPR on him. The baby remained unresponsive and he was immediately taken to Western Medical Center. Physicians at Western Medical Center could not revive the baby and transported him to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).

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