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June 18, 2015

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Guilty Plea of Hacker Involved in Cyber Exploitation Scheme

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:21 am

SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that the operator of a cyber exploitation hacking scheme, who coordinated the hacking of over 300 email accounts, pled guilty to disruption of computer access in San Francisco Superior Court. Charles Evens, 26, will be sentenced on August 19, 2015.

“Evens is being held accountable for stealing victims’ most private and intimate images and profiting from this illegal activity,” said Attorney General Harris. “This case builds on our continued focus to prosecute perpetrators of cyber exploitation and to send a clear message that hiding behind a computer screen will not shield offenders from the full extent of the law.”

An investigation conducted by Attorney General Harris’ eCrime Unit found that Evens utilized a social engineering scheme in which he tricked Gmail account holders into providing the recovery code – which is provided as an additional security measure to Gmail users – for their accounts to him by posing as a Facebook friend. Once in possession of the recovery code, Evens would then change the recovery email to one of three email accounts under his control, gaining access to the victim’s Gmail account and any other accounts associated with that Gmail account. According to public statements, Evens used this unauthorized access to steal intimate images and access other personal content, which he then sold to Hunter Moore to post on his cyber exploitation website for amounts up to $900.

Once in control of a victim’s Gmail account, he reached out to new victims through linked Facebook accounts, stating that he had lost control of his account and needed to receive a Google reset verification code to unlock it. Shortly after providing Evens with the information, each new victim found that they no longer had access to their own Google accounts. One victim found that Evens had changed her Facebook password and contacted 15 of the victim’s friends using the same scheme.


Inland Empire Siblings Plead Guilty To Stealing Of Hundreds Of Identities From Escrow Company And Fraudulently Obtaining Credit

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

RIVERSIDE, California – A brother and sister from the Inland Empire have pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to steal identities of hundreds of would-be homeowners from North American Title Company and using those stolen identities to obtain credit cards from major national retailers.

Charlie Rickie Jackson III, 43, of Corona, and Bridgette Lenet Jackson, 45, of Riverside, both pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Charlie Jackson also pled guilty to possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices (credit cards).

In late 2013, Bridgette Jackson was a temporary employee at North American Title Company’s office in Temecula, where she was responsible for processing escrow documents and copying loan documents. Simply put, Bridgette Jackson allowed Charlie Jackson to come and take documents from the office when no other employees were around. According to court documents, the Jacksons stole personal identifying information belonging to well over 250 would-be homebuyers that was found in the North American Title Company documents.

Using the would-be homeowners’ personal identification information – including social security numbers, dates of birth, and bank account numbers – Charlie Jackson opened credit card accounts from major national retailers, and he used the unauthorized access devices to purchase goods online. Jackson then pawned the purchased items in exchange for cash, netting him tens of thousands of dollars.


Domestic Violence, Animal Cruelty Charges Filed Against Hawthorne Man

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:12 am

A Hawthorne man was charged today with hitting his girlfriend and killing the victim’s 9-year-old Yorkshire terrier with a metal rack, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Frank Dunnick said Brian Scott Burlingame (dob 8/31/58) faces one felony count each of cruelty to an animal and injuring a cohabitant in case YA092591.

Burlingame pleaded not guilty to the charges today and is due back on July 1 in Department 4 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Torrance Branch.

The defendant is accused of throwing a metal rack at his girlfriend on June 14 while she was holding her Yorkshire terrier, the prosecutor said. The woman was injured and the dog was killed, the prosecutor added.


June 17, 2015

Man Pleads No Contest to Hit-and-Run Death of 101-Year-Old Pedestrian

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:36 am

A 41-year-old man pleaded no contest today to running over and killing a 101-year-old pedestrian in Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Ricardo Avalos of Los Angeles entered his plea to one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter just as jury selection was slated to begin in his trial. He was immediately sentenced to three years in state prison.

Prosecutors said Avalos was driving a van around 6 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2014 when he struck and killed 101-year-old Jose Noriega as he walked across Lorena Street in a marked crosswalk. Avalos then drove away.

A motorist who witnessed the collision then followed Avalos, cutting off the van. Another driver also assisted by grabbing the defendant’s keys.


Long Beach Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison For Shooting Code Enforcement Officer

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:33 am

A 54-year-old Long Beach man was sentenced today to 25 years in state prison for attempting to kill a city code enforcement officer and then shooting at officers during a seven-hour standoff, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Anthony Glen Gorospe was sentenced in a Long Beach courtroom by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark C. Kim. In February, Gorospe pleaded no contest to one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm.

Deputy District Attorney Geoffrey Lewin with the Crimes Against Peace Officers Unit, who handled the case, said the defendant opened fire on a code enforcement officer and a cleaning crew who arrived at his Long Beach home on July 5, 2012. The crew went to his home in the 6100 block of North John Avenue because he had received several code violations.

Gorospe opened fire from inside his front door and struck the 52-year-old code enforcement officer near the left eye. The victim lost the use of that eye, Lewin said.


Gang Member Ordered to Stand Trial for Killing of Man Outside of Redondo Beach Home

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:30 am

A 29-year-old man pleaded not guilty today after being ordered to stand trial for the killing of a man standing outside of a Redondo Beach home, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Allyson Ostrowski said Erick Julian Ortega was held to answer on June 2 for one count each of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Case YA087978 also alleges Ortega committed the crimes in association with a criminal street gang, used a handgun and was convicted in 2005 for making criminal threats and in 2007 for possession for sale of cocaine.

The defendant is due back on July 22 in Department G of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Torrance Branch.


June 16, 2015


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:54 am

SANTA ANA – A man was extradited from the Republic of Georgia and arraigned today after fleeing the United States in 2010 after being charged with domestic violence against a female domestic partner. Alireza Al Sazegari, 36, Lake Forest, is charged with one felony count each of domestic battery with corporal injury, kidnapping, criminal threats, aggravated assault, false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit, and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime with a sentencing enhancement allegation for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, Sazegari faces a maximum sentence of 12 years and three months in state prison. Sazegari is being held on $500,000 bail and his arraignment has been continued to, July 6, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Sazegari was in a romantic relationship with then 30-year-old Jane Doe and lived with the victim.

On July 6, 2010, Sazegari is accused of getting into a verbal argument with Jane Doe in his home. During the course of the argument the defendant is accused of slapping the victim in the face and then grabbing her by the hair and dragging her into the home’s bathroom. The defendant is accused of binding the victim’s wrists behind her back and ankles together with duct tape and placing a piece of duct tape over Jane Doe’s mouth. Sazegari is accused of locking the bathroom door and removing the door knob to prevent the victim from escaping.

Later that day, the defendant is accused of returning to the bathroom with a large knife and threatening the victim with violence if she attempted to leave or call the police. Sazegari is accused of forcing the victim to stay in a bedroom in the home.



Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:44 am

SANTA ANA – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for causing a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman and her granddaughter in Irvine. Alec Scott Abraham, 20, Costa Mesa, is charged with two felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, one felony count of hit-and-run with permanent injury or death, one felony count of reckless driving with bodily injury, and one misdemeanor count of petty theft by taking and carrying away, and sentencing enhancements for fleeing the scene of a vehicular manslaughter and inflicting great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

At approximately 8:50 p.m. on June 10, 2015, Abraham is accused of driving a Ford Mustang and traveling westbound on Alton Parkway in Irvine. He is accused of speeding and failing to stop for a red light at the intersection of Alton Parkway and Barranca Parkway. Abraham is accused of slamming into the driver’s side of a Chevy Cruze being driven by Katherine Hampton, 54, who was traveling southbound on Barranca Parkway through a green light with her daughter and two grandchildren also in the car. The defendant is accused of causing the crash which forced the vehicles into a Honda Civic that was stopped at the red light going eastbound on Alton Parkway. The solo driver in the Honda Civic was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released.

Shortly after the crash, the defendant is accused of approaching a bystander and requesting to use their cellphone. Abraham is accused of taking the bystander’s phone and fleeing from the scene on foot.

The Orange County Fire Authority arrived to the scene of the crash and transported the victims to local hospitals. Katherine Hampton died at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.


Man Pleads Guilty For Downtown Fire, Marijuana Grow

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:35 am

A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty today to running a downtown drug operation that caused a fire last summer, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Rafael Sarkisyan, 34, pleaded guilty to one count each of manufacturing a controlled substance, recklessly causing fire to an inhabited structure and animal cruelty.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 4 when he is expected to receive six years, eight months in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Ashley Rosen with the Major Narcotics Division, who prosecuted the case, said a blaze broke out last July at a six-story building in downtown Los Angeles. After police and firefighters arrived, they found a marijuana grow and extraction lab on site.


June 15, 2015

Former DEA Agent Arrested At LAX On Fraud And Passport Charges

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:03 am

RIVERSIDE, California – A former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration has been arrested on federal fraud charges for allegedly posing as an active FBI agent and helping a man who posed as a former federal prosecutor to defraud a man who enlisted their help in recovering money lost in two fraudulent investment schemes.

David Garcia Herrera, 70, of Torrance, was arrested last night at Los Angeles International Airport by special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Herrera, who is expected to be arraigned on a nine-count indictment this afternoon in United States District Court in Riverside, was arrested as he returned from a trip abroad.

Herrera is one of two defendants charged in an indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury on June 5 with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, six counts of wire fraud and one count making false statements in a passport application.

The second defendant in the case – Jerome Arthur Whittington, 65, of La Quinta, who allegedly posed as a successful attorney and told at least one victim that he was a former federal prosecutor – is currently in custody after being indicted in June 2014 in relation to two other fraud schemes.


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