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July 25, 2017

FORMER COSTA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL FOR COMMITTING INSURANCE FRAUD AGAINST CITY OF COSTA MESA

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) officer was sentenced to six months in county jail today for committing insurance fraud by presenting a false insurance claim and making false material statements related to the claim.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Ryan Patrick Natividad, 32, Corona Found guilty by a jury on Feb. 16, 2017, of one felony count each of:

  • Insurance fraud
  • Making a fraudulent statement

  • Six months in county jail
  • Three years formal probation
  • Ordered to pay restitution

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Sept. 23, 2014, Natividad, who was employed as a CMPD officer at the time of the crime, reported a work-related injury to CMPD. (more…)

LAPD Officer Charged With Sexually Assaulting Teen

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

A Los Angeles police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Robert Cain (dob 4/17/86) was charged late yesterday in case BA459344 with two counts each of oral copulation of a person under the age of 16, lewd acts upon a child and unlawful sexual intercourse. Cain is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Deputy District Attorney David Reinert of the Justice System Integrity Division is prosecuting the case.

Cain befriended the girl who was a Los Angeles police cadet, the prosecutor said. On June 14, Cain is accused of sexually assaulting the girl during three separate incidents at three different locations.

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July 24, 2017

Alleged ISIS Supporter Indicted for Attempting to Provide Material Support to Foreign Terrorist Organization

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

Amer Sinan Alhaggagi, 22, of Oakland, California, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in San Francisco with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch of the Northern District of California and Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office.

According to the indictment, Alhaggagi, 22, of Oakland, California, is alleged to have knowingly attempted to provide services and personnel to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), between July and November of 2016, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339B. ISIS is a designated foreign terrorist organization. The indictment alleges that the services Alhaggagi attempted to provide included opening social media accounts for the use, benefit and promotion of ISIS, and that the personnel he provided was himself.

The indictment also alleges three counts of identity theft offenses – two counts of identity theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1029, and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A. With respect to those charges, an affidavit previously filed by an agent of the FBI in connection with a criminal complaint in the same matter alleged that Alhaggagi had used a stolen credit card to make $4,932 in fraudulent online purchases from a clothing company.

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Ex-Correctional Officer at Federal Prison in Victorville Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for Taking Bribe to Smuggle Contraband to Prisoner

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

SANTA ANA, California – A former federal correctional officer who worked at the United States Penitentiary in Victorville was sentenced today to six months in federal prison and six months of home detention for taking a $1,000 bribe to smuggle contraband to a prisoner inside the facility.

Ignacio Adrian Sobers Jr., 31, of San Bernardino, was sentenced this morning by United States District Judge Josephine L. Staton.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Staton said, “Corruption in the prison system is no small matter…. If the officer corrupts that system, the system breaks down, and the public pays for that breakdown.”

Sobers pleaded guilty in March to one count of acceptance of a bribe by a public official.

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Beverly Hills Man Indicted for Impeding the Internal Revenue Laws and Filing False Tax Returns That Did Not Report Secret German and Israeli Accounts

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

LOS ANGELES – A Beverly Hills resident was indicted today by a federal grand jury for corruptly endeavoring to impede the internal revenue laws, filing false tax returns, filing false reports regarding his offshore bank accounts and making false statements to a federal agent, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Brown for the Central District of California.

The indictment charges that from 2006 through 2014, Teymour Khoubian impeded the administration of the internal revenue laws. According to the indictment, Khoubian filed false individual tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax years 2005 through 2010 that did not report his financial interest in multiple Israeli and German bank accounts or the interest income that he earned from those accounts. He also allegedly falsely claimed refundable tax credits to which he was not entitled, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is intended for low-to moderate-income working individuals. In 2008, Khoubian is alleged to have held approximately $20 million in assets in his undisclosed accounts. The indictment charges that Khoubian also filed a false 2011 tax return that underreported the interest income he earned from his Israeli accounts and continued to fail to disclose that he held an account in Germany. Khoubian is also alleged to have filed false 2012 and 2013 Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts forms (FBARs) with the U.S. Department of Treasury that concealed his German account. U.S. citizens, resident aliens, and permanent legal residents with a foreign financial interest in or signatory authority over a foreign financial account worth more than $10,000 are required to file an FBAR disclosing the account.

In addition to filing false tax returns and FBARs, Khoubian allegedly provided his German bank with a copy of his Iranian passport and a residential address located in Israel to prevent the bank from disclosing the account to the IRS. He also allegedly sent a letter to Bank Leumi falsely claiming he was living in Iran when, in fact, he resided in Beverly Hills, California.

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July 21, 2017

AlphaBay, the Largest Online ‘Dark Market,’ Shut Down

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

The Justice Department today announced the seizure of the largest criminal marketplace on the Internet, AlphaBay, which operated for over two years on the dark web and was used to sell deadly illegal drugs, stolen and fraudulent identification documents and access devices, counterfeit goods, malware and other computer hacking tools, firearms, and toxic chemicals throughout the world.  The international operation to seize AlphaBay’s infrastructure was led by the United States and involved cooperation and efforts by law enforcement authorities in Thailand, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Canada, the United Kingdom, and France, as well as the European law enforcement agency Europol.

On July 5, Alexandre Cazes aka Alpha02 and Admin, 25, a Canadian citizen residing in Thailand, was arrested by Thai authorities on behalf of the United States for his role as the creator and administrator of AlphaBay.  On July 12, Cazes apparently took his own life while in custody in Thailand.  Cazes was charged in an indictment (1:17-CR-00144-LJO), filed in the Eastern District of California on June 1, with one count of conspiracy to engage in racketeering, one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, six counts of distribution of narcotics, one count of conspiracy to commit identity theft, four counts of unlawful transfer of false identification documents, one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud, one count of trafficking in device making equipment, and one count of money laundering conspiracy.  Law enforcement authorities in the United States worked with numerous foreign partners to freeze and preserve millions of dollars’ worth of cryptocurrencies that were the subject of forfeiture counts in the indictment, and that represent the proceeds of the AlphaBay organization’s illegal activities.

On July 19, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California filed a civil forfeiture complaint against Alexandre Cazes and his wife’s assets located throughout the world, including in Thailand, Cyprus, Lichtenstein, and Antigua & Barbuda. Cazes and his wife amassed numerous high value assets, including luxury vehicles, residences and a hotel in Thailand. Cazes also possessed millions of dollars in cryptocurrency, which has been seized by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

According to publicly available information on AlphaBay prior to its takedown, one AlphaBay staff member claimed that it serviced over 200,000 users and 40,000 vendors.  Around the time of takedown, there were over 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay, and over 100,000 listings for stolen and fraudulent identification documents and access devices, counterfeit goods, malware and other computer hacking tools, firearms and fraudulent services. Comparatively, the Silk Road dark web marketplace, which was seized by law enforcement in November 2013, had reportedly approximately 14,000 listings for illicit goods and services at the time of seizure and was the largest dark web marketplace at the time.

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California Resident Indicted for Impeding the Internal Revenue Laws and Filing False Tax Returns that Did Not Report Secret German and Israeli Accounts

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

A Beverly Hills, California resident was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Central District of California for corruptly endeavoring to impede the internal revenue laws, filing false tax returns, filing false reports regarding his offshore bank accounts and making false statements to a federal agent, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Brown for the Central District of California.

The indictment charges that from 2006 through 2014, Teymour Khoubian impeded the administration of the internal revenue laws. According to the indictment, Khoubian filed false individual tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax years 2005 through 2010 that did not report his financial interest in multiple Israeli and German bank accounts or the interest income that he earned from those accounts. He also allegedly falsely claimed refundable tax credits to which he was not entitled, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is intended for low-to moderate-income working individuals. In 2008, Khoubian is alleged to have held approximately $20 million in assets in his undisclosed accounts. The indictment charges that Khoubian also filed a false 2011 tax return that underreported the interest income he earned from his Israeli accounts and continued to fail to disclose that he held an account in Germany. Khoubian is also alleged to have filed false 2012 and 2013 Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts forms (FBARs) with the U.S. Department of Treasury that concealed his German account. U.S. citizens, resident aliens, and permanent legal residents with a foreign financial interest in or signatory authority over a foreign financial account worth more than $10,000 are required to file an FBAR disclosing the account.

In addition to filing false tax returns and FBARs, Khoubian allegedly provided his German bank with a copy of his Iranian passport and a residential address located in Israel to prevent the bank from disclosing the account to the IRS. He also allegedly sent a letter to Bank Leumi falsely claiming he was living in Iran when, in fact, he resided in Beverly Hills, California.

Khoubian is also charged with making false statements to an IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) special agent – denying that he owned an account in Germany between 2005 and 2010, stating that the German account was closed, when it was in fact still open, and stating that the funds had been transferred to the United States, when Khoubian had allegedly transferred over $600,000 from his German account to his accounts in Israel.

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OCDA SEEKING PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF “MUSIC TOWN” TEACHER CHARGED TODAY WITH COMMITTING LEWD ACTS ON TWO STUDENTS UNDER SEVEN YEARS OLD

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) is seeking the public’s help in identifying potential additional victims of a music teacher who was charged today with committing lewd and lascivious acts on two students under the age of 14 from his music school, “Music Town.”

Defendant Charges Maximum Exposure Court Date
Randal “Randy” Letcher Scott, 57, Irvine Felony

  • (2) Lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14

Sentencing Enhancements

  • Multiple victims
  • Substantial sexual contact with a child

  • 30 years to life in state prison
  • Lifetime sex offender registration
Arraignment

July 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

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July 20, 2017

SAN JOSE FELON SENTENCED TO 31 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING, PIMPING AND PANDERING TWO MINORS AND SIX WOMEN USING FIREARM, INTIMIDATION, AND DRUGS

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A San Jose felon was sentenced to 31 years and six months in state prison yesterday for human trafficking, pimping, and pandering two minors and six additional women using a firearm, intimidation, and drugs.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Ariel Cuellar Guizar, 36, San Jose Pleaded guilty on July 18, 2017, to felony:

  • (4) Pimping
  • (3) Pandering as an inmate in a house of prostitution
  • (2) Human trafficking of a minor
  • (2) Human trafficking
  • Forcible rape
  • Sodomy of a minor over the age of 14
  • Pimping a minor
  • Pandering a minor under 16 years old
  • Furnishing a controlled substance to a minor
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Personal use of a firearm

Prior Convictions

  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Obstructing or resisting a peace officer in Santa Clara County in 2009
  • 31 years and six months in state prison
  • Lifetime sex offender registration

Circumstances of the Case

Guizar is a human trafficker/pimp. In the pimp/prostitution subculture, pimps exploit women and/or children for financial gain and often assign ranks to the women they exploit. The victims are often required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp. Failure to follow these rules can result in physical and/ or emotional abuse.

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Man Charged With Attempted Murder, Assault During SWAT Shootout

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

A suspected gang member is expected to be arraigned today on attempted murder and other charges after opening fire on SWAT officers last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Jose Rauda (dob 4/4/83) was charged in case BA458353 with 46 counts, including 19 counts of attempted murder on police officers. He also faces charges of assault with a firearm upon a peace officer, assault with a firearm, assaulting a police animal causing injury and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray of the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section is prosecuting the case.

On June 15, police were about to start a probation search in the 400 block of East 49th Street, when gunfire erupted from inside a house. Several officers returned fire and Rauda was allegedly seen running from the home. No one was wounded.

After trying to locate Rauda for about two hours, he was believed to be hiding in a trash can in a backyard. A police dog was sent to investigate and was allegedly shot once in the hind leg, prosecutors said.

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