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May 18, 2015

Central Coast Company Pays $1 Million to Resolve Allegations of Lying to Obtain Service-Disabled Veteran Contracts

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

LOS ANGELES – A Santa Maria company has paid $1 million to resolve allegations that it falsely claimed it was a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in order to obtain landscaping and cemetery restoration contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that were set aside for SDVOSBs.

The government’s settlement with Veterans of the Land, Inc. (VOTL), which was finalized on May 6, resolves an investigation into allegations that the company violated the federal civil False Claims Act by falsely representing that it was an SDVOSB, when it was actually controlled by a non-veteran.

The $1 million payment, which was made on May 11, represents virtually all of VOTL’s assets. VOTL has no further contracts with the VA and, as part of the settlement, has agreed to dissolve as a corporation.

From 2008 to 2013, VOTL obtained contracts with the VA under the SDVOSB program to provide landscaping and cemetery restoration services at various U.S. National Cemeteries, including Riverside National Cemetery. There is no allegation that the services provided by the company were improperly performed.

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BABYSITTER RESENTENCED TO 16 YEARS IN PRISON FOR REPEATEDLY MOLESTING A GIRL UNDER THE AGE OF 10

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

SANTA ANA – A babysitter was resentenced today to 16 years in state prison for repeatedly molesting a girl under the age of 10. Leticia Garcia, 44, Tustin, was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 18, 2015, of one felony count continued sexual abuse of a child. Garcia was previously convicted by a jury Nov. 16, 2012, of the same charge and sentenced to 16 years in state prison on Jan. 25, 2013. On Sept. 20, 2014, the Court of Appeal vacated Garcia’s sentence and overturned her conviction.

At the time of the crime the defendant was working as a babysitter for Jane Doe’s family. The defendant violated her position of trust as a caretaker of the child.

On numerous occasions between Jan. 1, 1991, and March 2, 1995, Garcia molested Jane Doe while she was in charge of caring for the victim.

On or about March 2, 1995, the victim’s mother walked into Jane Doe’s bedroom and saw the defendant sexually abusing the victim. The defendant then fled the scene. Jane Doe’s mother then contacted the Santa Ana Police Department, who investigated this case.

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Doctor Convicted of Operating Pill Mill

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

A Walnut physician has been convicted of prescribing potent narcotics without conducting a proper examination and without a legitimate medical need, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

A jury on Thursday found Dr. John Dimowo, 56, guilty of seven felony counts of unlawful prescription of a controlled substance. He was remanded following the verdict.

Deputy District Attorneys Ryan Dibble and John Niedermann with the Major Narcotics Division prosecuted the case.

Undercover agents with the Medical Board of California went to Dimowo’s pain management clinic in Wilmington between March 2012 and March 2013 and received prescriptions for Adderall, hydrocodone and alprazolam without receiving any appropriate exams. The agents paid between $250 to $400 per visit.

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May 15, 2015

Former Number Two of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Charged with Obstructing Federal Investigation into Misconduct at County Jails

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:15 am

Paul Tanaka, 56, who was the second in command of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and William Thomas Carey, 56, who oversaw internal criminal investigations at the LASD, have been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly directing efforts to quash a federal investigation into corruption and civil rights violations by sheriff’s deputies at two downtown jail complexes.

A federal grand jury yesterday returned a five-count indictment against Tanaka and Carey, who allegedly participated in a broad conspiracy to obstruct the investigation, a scheme that started when the sheriff’s department learned that an inmate at the Men’s Central Jail (MCJ) was an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).  Tanaka and Carey allegedly directed, oversaw and participated in a conspiracy that last year resulted in the conviction of seven other former LASD deputies.

The obstruction of justice case was announced at a news conference this morning by Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura for the Central District of California and Assistant Director in Charge David Bowdich for the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

Tanaka and Carey are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and each is named in one count of obstruction of justice.  Carey is charged with two counts of making false declarations for perjuring himself last year during the trials of co-conspirators.

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MAN ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF PIMPING AND PANDERING WOMAN

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:10 am

FULLERTON – A man was arraigned today on charges of pimping and pandering a woman. Tremain Haynes, 25, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count each of pandering and pimping, and a prior second strike conviction for discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling in Texas in 2013. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison. He is being held on $100,000 bail and was arraigned today in Central Jail on the charges. Haynes is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on May 21, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

Circumstances of the Case

Haynes is accused of being a pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain.

On May 11, 2015, Haynes is accused of pimping and pandering 29-year-old Jane Doe by arranging to have a client, an undercover police officer posing as a sex purchaser, to meet with the victim at the Quality Inn on Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim for the purpose of commercial sex. Haynes was arrested at the scene.

Members of Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) and the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. This case was investigated by OCHTTF, a partnership between the Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Huntington Beach Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and community and non-profit partners.

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Motorist Charged with Assault, False Imprisonment, Hit-and-Run

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:07 am

A 43-year-old man accused of attacking motorists will be arraigned today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Donald James Kleven (dob 4/8/72) has been charged with eight counts: three counts of assault with a deadly weapon — an automobile, three counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage and one count each of false imprisonment by violence and vandalism over $400 damage in case NA101810.

Kleven is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Department S01 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Long Beach Branch. Prosecutors will ask bail be set at $160,000.

Prosecutors said between March and April of this year, Kleven reportedly assaulted several motorists with his car in the Long Beach and Carson area.

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May 14, 2015

Southern California Medical Supply Company Owner Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for $8.3 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:54 am

A registered nurse who owned a medical supply company was sentenced today in Los Angeles to four years in federal prison for her role in an $8.3 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura of the Central District of California, Special Agent in Charge Glenn R. Ferry of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Los Angeles Region, Assistant Director in Charge David L. Bowdich of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez of the IRS-Criminal Investigation’s Los Angeles Field Office made the announcement.

Olufunke Ibiyemi Fadojutimi, 43, of Carson, California, was convicted by a jury on July 31, 2014, of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud and one count of money laundering.  In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder of the Central District of California ordered Fadojutimi was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,372,466, jointly and severally with a co-defendant.

During trial, the evidence showed that Fadojutimi, a registered nurse and the former owner of Lutemi Medical Supply, fraudulently billed Medicare for more than $8 million of durable medical equipment that was not medically necessary.  The evidence specifically showed that, between September 2003 and May 2010, Fadojutimi and others paid cash kickbacks to patient recruiters in exchange for patient referrals, and additional kickbacks to physicians for fraudulent prescriptions for medically unnecessary durable medical equipment, such as power wheelchairs.  Fadojutimi and others then used these prescriptions to support fraudulent claims to Medicare.

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Jury Convicts Father of Throwing Young Daughter Off Cliff

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:49 am

A jury today found Cameron John Brown guilty of the first-degree murder of his 4-year-old daughter by throwing her off a 120-foot cliff nearly 15 years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

The jury of six women and six men, who deliberated about 1 ½ days, also found the special circumstances of murder for financial gain and lying in wait to be true.

Brown, 53, will be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in state prison without the possibility of parole when he returns to court on June 19 before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli.

“It’s a good day for justice,” Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum with the Major Crimes Division said outside of court.

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Tujunga Man Charged with Stabbing Wife to Death

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:45 am

A 54-year-old man has been charged with stabbing his wife to death at their Tujunga home last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Deputy District Attorney Carmelia Mejia said Henrik Avetyan (dob 9/15/60) faces one count of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder with the allegation that a knife was used in case PA083496.

Avetyan pleaded not guilty yesterday and is due to return on June 9 in Department S of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Branch.

The defendant is accused of stabbing his 50-year-old wife on May 7 following an argument at their home, the prosecutor said.

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May 13, 2015

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces No Contest Plea By Cyber Exploitation Website Operator

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:22 am

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today that cyber exploitation website operator, Casey E. Meyering, has pled no contest to one count of extortion, three counts of attempted extortion, and one count of conspiracy. He is expected to be sentenced on June 8, 2015. Meyering operated WinByState.com, a cyber exploitation website on which intimate images of unsuspecting victims were posted without the victims’ consent.

Meyering, 28, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, entered his no contest plea today in Napa County Superior Court. Meyering’s no-contest plea is considered by the court the same as a plea of guilty and, following his plea today, the court found him guilty.

“Today’s plea makes it clear that there will be severe consequences for those who profit from exploiting women online,” said Attorney General Harris. “This is a turning point in the fight against cyber exploitation and a message to those who cowardly profit from victimizing, belittling, and harassing women. My office will continue to be vigilant, and we will investigate and prosecute those who commit these deplorable acts.”

Meyering was arrested in Tulsa on February 13, 2014, and extradited to California following an investigation led by the California Department of Justice’s eCrime Unit. The investigation revealed that the website Meyering owned and administered, WinByState.com, solicited the anonymous, public posting of private photographs containing nude and explicit images of individuals without their permission.

Described as “a user supported website where you can trade your ex-girlfriend, your current girlfriend, or any other girl that you might know,” WinByState.com solicited uploaders to identify their “wins” by city and state, sometimes using the victim’s complete or partial name. In the California-specific user forum for this website, there were over 400 postings.

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