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January 11, 2016


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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A mother was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for the special circumstances murder of her two children after losing custody of them to her former husband. Marilyn Kay Edge, 44, Scottsdale, Ariz., pleaded guilty Dec. 4, 2015, to two felony counts of murder with special circumstance enhancements for committing multiple murders.

On Sept. 11, 2013, Edge lost custody of her two children, 10-year-old Faith E. and 13-year-old Jaelen E., at a family court hearing in Georgia, where her ex-husband lives, following a court ruling. Edge was ordered to submit her children to the Court on Sept. 15, 2013.

On Sept. 12, 2013, Edge drove from Georgia to Arizona, where she had taken her children, and then drove them to California under the false pretense that they were going on a family vacation. The defendant stayed in a Santa Ana hotel with her children.

Late in the evening of Sept. 13, 2013, Edge murdered her two children by using a combination of medication, drowning and suffocation.

Sometime in the early morning hours of Sept. 14, 2013, Edge attempted to commit suicide by driving into an electrical box outside a hardware store in Costa Mesa. The defendant crashed into a protective pole surrounding the electrical box, which disabled her vehicle.



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 the strangling murder of his wife in their Irvine apartment. Shalabh Rastogi, 42, Irvine, was found guilty by a jury on Nov. 17, 2015, of one felony count of first degree murder.

At the time of the crime, Rastogi was experiencing marital trouble with his 40-year-old wife Jalina George, with whom he had three school-aged children.

During the evening of May 21, 2012, the defendant strangled and murdered George in a bedroom of their Irvine apartment. He then left the victim’s body in the bedroom closet and called the police later that night.

The Irvine Police Department, who investigated this case, immediately responded to the scene and arrested the defendant.

The couple’s three children were not home at the time of the murder.


January 9, 2016

California Man Arrested for Making False Statements in a Terrorism Investigation

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:09 am

A Sacramento, California, resident was arrested today on a federal charge of making a false statement involving international terrorism.  Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, is charged in a complaint that was unsealed today in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of California following his arrest.  He will have his initial appearance tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. PST in Sacramento.

The arrest was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner of the Eastern District of California and Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller of the FBI’s Sacramento Division.

“Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab allegedly traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations and lied to U.S. authorities about his activities,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.  “The National Security Division’s highest priority is protecting the nation from terrorism, and we will continue to hold accountable those who seek to join or aid the cause of terrorism, whether at home or abroad.”

“According to the allegations in the complaint, the defendant traveled to Syria to take up arms with terrorist organizations and concealed that conduct from immigration authorities,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner.  “While he represented a potential safety threat, there is no indication that he planned any acts of terrorism in this country. I commend the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force for their dedicated work on this matter.”


Man and Woman Enter Plea in Case Involving Missing Lancaster Toddler

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:06 am

A Lancaster man and woman have entered no contest pleas to charges related to the disappearance of an 18-month-old girl that was found by police alone in a shed, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Deputy District Attorney Dennis Vincent said Brandon Michael Wynn, 34, pleaded no contest late yesterday to two counts each of human trafficking with a great bodily injury allegation and pimping and one count each of first-degree residential robbery, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, bleach, and attempted murder.

The second defendant in case MA066536, Regina Renee Estorga, 45, entered a no contest plea to one count each of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, bleach.

Both defendants are scheduled to return to court for sentencing on Feb. 4 in Department A20 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch.

Wynn faces 26 years in state prison as a result of his plea and Estorga faces a six-year sentence.



Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:02 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) convicted four men in October, November, and December 2015 of agreeing to engage in prostitution or loitering with the intent to commit prostitution. The defendants in these cases approached a woman whom they believed to be a prostitute, or loitered in areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Orange County. Each of the defendants below agreed to engage in prostitution or loitered with the intent to engage in prostitution with a woman and were subsequently arrested by law enforcement.

Defendant Conviction Sentence
Placido Gomez Martinez, 46, Santa Ana Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to commit prostitution Twenty days of Caltrans in lieu of jail, three years informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education
Miguel Angel Mejia, 35, Santa Ana Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to commit prostitution Three years informal probation, must submit to AIDS testing and education, and provide a DNA sample
Armen Syren Rostomian, 46, Fountain Valley Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution Perform 100 hours of community service, three years informal probation, and submit to AIDS testing and education
Augustin Vargas Silva Jr., 30, Santa Ana Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution Ten days of Caltrans in lieu of jail, three years informal probation, submit to AIDS testing and education, and provide a DNA sample.


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:


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