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September 22, 2015

TWO WOMEN CONVICTED OF PANDERING AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING OF WOMAN

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:54 am

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Two women were convicted today of pandering and human trafficking of a woman. Breonna Serta Young, 26, and Alisha Anise Shavers, 26, both of Sacramento, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of human trafficking and pandering. The defendants are expected to be sentenced to eight years in state prison at their sentencing on Oct. 9, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

Circumstances of the Case

At the time of the crime, Young often visited the same apartment complex where Jane Doe lived.

On Oct. 1, 2014, Young offered to take Jane Doe with her and Shavers on a road trip from Sacramento, with the intent of having the victim come with them to areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Southern California. The defendants instructed the victim as to where to solicit commercial sex and how much money she should charge sex purchasers. Around Oct. 5, 2014, Shavers and Young brought the victim to Orange County to continue soliciting commercial sex.

On Oct. 8, 2014, officers from the Irvine Police Department (IPD) contacted the victim in the parking lot of a motel. IPD and members of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) investigated this case and arrested both of the defendants in Placer County on Oct. 11, 2014.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF DENTAL ASSISTANT CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO FEMALE PATIENTS UNDER 10 YEARS OLD

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:52 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) are seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a dental assistant charged with sexually assaulting two underage female patients. Tommy Medina, 25, Santa Ana, is charged with two felony counts of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years or younger. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail. His scheduled arraignment in court was continued today to Oct. 9, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crimes, Medina worked as a dental assistant at OC Kids Dental in Santa Ana.

Between Dec. 1, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2014, Medina is accused of taking patient Jane Doe 1, who was under 10 years old, alone into a private dental examination room and sexually assaulting her. He is accused of committing the same crime on June 14, 2014, against Jane Doe 2, who was also under 10 years old.

Both defendants reported the crimes to their parents who then contacted SAPD. SAPD investigated this case and arrested the defendant Sept. 16, 2015.

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September 21, 2015

FORMER OC PROBATION OFFICER SENTENCED TO 26 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR STABBING-MURDER OF HIS WIFE BEFORE THEIR ANNIVERSARY

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former Orange County Probation Department officer was sentenced today to 26 years to life in state prison for stabbing and murdering his wife several days before their first wedding anniversary. Nelson Tuumamao Tuiolosega, 59, Huntington Beach, was found guilty by a jury June 9, 2015, of one felony count of first degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife.

On Oct. 29, 2012, Nelson Tuiolosega and 47-year-old Heather K. Tuiolosega got into a verbal argument in their home in Huntington Beach about the future of their marriage. The victim had told the defendant that she wanted to get a divorce several days before the murder. During the argument, the defendant stabbed the victim multiple times in the neck. The defendant then called several relatives and told those family members that he had committed a crime. Nelson Tuiolosega then stabbed himself in the abdomen in an attempt to commit suicide.

The defendant’s relatives called 911 and paramedics responded to the scene and transported the defendant to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Huntington Beach Police Department investigated this case.

At Nelson Tuiolosega’s sentencing today, pursuant to Marsy’s Law, several family members delivered emotional impact statements to the court. The victim’s son talked about the damage that the defendant had caused and said in part that the defendant “did not break me; he broke only himself.” One of the victim’s brothers, who is a peace officer in a different state, told the court that the crime scene was one of the worst that he has seen in 25 years that he has been in law enforcement. One of the victim’s friends submitted a written impact statement to the court which said in part, “The fact that she is no longer with us is difficult to grasp. The reason why she is no longer with us is incomprehensible. How the defendant could have committed this heinous crime against another human being, especially a loving soul like Heather can only be described as pure evil. He took her life in such a horrific and cowardly way and in doing so, made the world a darker place to live.”

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MEDICAL DOCTOR TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR FAILING TO PROVIDE PROPER CARE FOLLOWING SURGERY CAUSING PATIENT’S DEATH

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

FULLERTON, Calif. – A medical doctor is scheduled to be arraigned Monday for causing a patient’s death by failing to provide proper care for a patient’s infection following surgery. Edwin Hyun-Kyu Choi, 48, Los Angeles, is charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison. He is out of custody on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

At the time of the crime, Choi was a licensed physician and surgeon in California and operated out of Celine Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Buena Park.

On Sept. 17, 2012, Choi is accused of performing abdominal liposuction surgery on 52-year-old Hwa Won Lee at the defendant’s clinic. The next morning, the victim called the clinic about having pain and shortness of breath and returned to the clinic. Choi is accused of keeping the victim in his clinic for 19 hours following the surgery and failing to provide adequate treatment for Lee or referring her to a properly equipped emergency room despite her deteriorating condition.

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Sept. 19, 2015, a nurse from the clinic eventually drove Lee in a private vehicle to a local hospital. Lee was taken to the emergency room in serious condition and died in the hospital later that day as a result of septic shock. Choi is accused of performing the abdominal liposuction on Lee and failing to properly care for her complications following the surgery and causing her death.

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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Reaches $33 Million Settlement With Comcast Over Privacy Violations

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

LOS ANGELES - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that the California Department of Justice, along with the California Public Utilities Commission, has reached a $33 million settlement with Comcast over allegations that Comcast posted online the names, phone numbers and addresses of tens of thousands of customers who had paid for unlisted voice over internet protocol (“VOIP”) phone service.

As part of the settlement, Comcast must pay $25 million in penalties and investigative costs to the California Department of Justice and the California Public Utilities Commission. Comcast will also pay approximately $8 million in additional restitution to customers whose numbers were improperly disclosed.

“Publishing personal information that should have been unlisted is unlawful and a troubling breach of privacy,” Attorney General Harris said. “This settlement provides meaningful relief to victims, brings greater transparency to Comcast’s privacy practices and sends a message that violations of consumers’ privacy will result in significant penalties.”

As part of the stipulated judgment filed today in Alameda Superior Court, Comcast has agreed to a permanent injunction that requires the company to improve how it handles customer complaints and to strengthen the restrictions it places on its vendors’ use of personal information about customers.  The injunction will require Comcast to provide a simple and easy-to-read disclosure form to all customers that explains the ways in which it uses unlisted phone numbers and other personal information.

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September 18, 2015

Four Indicted on Federal Charges Related to Ventura County-Based Scheme to Obtain Unemployment Benefits through Sham Companies

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:46 am

LOS ANGELES – Four men have been indicted on mail fraud and other federal charges for participating in a scheme that allegedly used dozens of bogus companies to collect millions of dollars in unemployment benefits for “employees” who never did any work at the sham entities. Two of the four defendants were arrested this morning and are due in federal court this afternoon.

The defendants were charged in a 22-count indictment that was returned yesterday afternoon by a federal grand jury. The indictment alleges an overarching conspiracy to create fictitious companies that supposedly employed scores of workers who then sought unemployment insurance benefits by claiming to have been laid off. The indictment also alleges substantive counts of mail fraud, use of unauthorized access devices (debit cards) and aggravated identity theft.

The two defendants taken into custody today are Jack Benjamin Hessiani, also known as “Jack Herrera,” 37, of Camarillo, and Hessiani’s cousin, Eduardo Josue Garcia, 24, also of Camarillo.

The other two defendants in the case – Hessiani’s brother, James Manuel Herrera, 27, also of Camarillo; and Daniel Ayala-Mora, another cousin of Hessiani and Herrera, 25, who recently moved from Camarillo to Las Vegas – are currently being sought be authorities.Hessiani and Garcia are expected to be arraigned on the indictment this afternoon in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles. (more…)

Gang Member Admits Executing Person Who Was Ordered Killed for Violating Mexican Mafia Rules on ‘Taxation’ of Drug Dealers

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:41 am

LOS ANGELES – A Baldwin Park man and former 18th Street gang member pleaded guilty today to a federal drug trafficking offense and admitted that he was the triggerman in the previously unsolved 2006 murder of a person who had failed to pay “taxes” to a member of the Mexican Mafia.

Eddie “Criminal” Garcia, 39, pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in relation to a case that targeted the San Gabriel Valley-based Puente-13 gang. In addition to participating in drug trafficking activities that include collecting “taxes” or “rent” on behalf of the Mexican Mafia member who controlled Puente-13, Garcia admitted that he murdered another gang member who failed to pay to make those extortion payments.

In his plea agreement, Garcia admitted that in 2006 he and two members of Puente-13 lured another gang member to an apartment complex, where Garcia “shot the victim…in the head with a pistol,” an execution that constituted pre-meditated first-degree murder. Garcia was acting at the behest of leaders of Puente-13, who targeted the victim, a Valinda man named David Dragna, because Dragna was suspected of taking drug money that was intended for the Mexican Mafia.

Garcia’s guilty plea is pursuant to an agreement in which federal prosecutors have agreed with the defense to jointly seek a sentence of between 18 years and 24 years in federal prison.

Garcia pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald, who is scheduled to sentence the defendant on January 25, 2016. (more…)

Gang Member Sentenced to Prison for Fatal Drive-By Shooting

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:36 am

A 21-year-old gang member was sentenced yesterday to 75 years in state prison for a fatal drive-by shooting in Compton, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On June 19, a jury found Brian Alonzo Sawyers guilty of six felony counts: three counts of attempted murder, tw0 counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and one count of murder in case TA133204.

Jurors also found true a special allegation that the defendant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, which caused great bodily injury and death. Furthermore, a gang allegation was found to be true.

Deputy District Attorney Angie Christides of the Hardcore Gang Division said Sawyers is a documented Acacia Spooktown Farmdogs gang member. Prior to the shooting, the defendant got into a fight with a rival gang member from Nutty Block.

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September 17, 2015

Fontana Man Charged With Attempting to Kill CHP Officer

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:38 am

A Fontana man was charged today with trying to kill a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop last week in West Covina, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

John Alfred Garcia (dob 1/22/85) was charged in case KA110677 with one count each of attempted murder of a peace officer, assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm and fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly.

The complaint also alleges Garcia personally and intentionally discharged a semiautomatic shotgun that caused great bodily injury to the officer.

Garcia is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Department 4 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, West Covina Branch.

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Man Sentenced for Stabbing Olive View Hospital Nurse

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:34 am

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in state prison for stabbing a nurse at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center multiple times on Easter last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Deputy District Attorney Frances Young said Romero Carnalla of Los Angeles entered no contest pleas yesterday to one felony count each of attempted murder and resisting executive officer and two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery.

Additionally, Carnalla admitted a prior prison conviction for assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury in 2012.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig of the San Fernando Branch immediately sentenced Carnalla to 15 years and eight months in state prison. The defendant also waived any credit for the time he has spent behind bars since his arrest on April 20, 2014.

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