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October 19, 2017

Fontana Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Attempting to Kill CHP Officer

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

A Fontana man has admitted that he tried to kill a California Highway Patrol officer in 2015 during a traffic stop in West Covina, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

John Alfred Garcia, 32, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of attempted murder of a peace officer in case KA110677.

Garcia also admitted discharging a semiautomatic shotgun causing great bodily injury.

The defendant was immediately sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison.

Deputy District Attorneys Jack Garden and Robert Serna of the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section prosecuted the case.

On Sept. 11, 2015, a CHP officer attempted to pull over Garcia who was driving an SUV in West Covina. After the officer approached, a gun battle ensued, resulting in serious injuries to the officer. (more…)

October 18, 2017

Former San Bernardino County Income Tax Preparer Sentenced to Eight Months in Federal Prison for Filing Fraudulent Returns

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

RIVERSIDE, California – A San Bernardino County man who prepared and filed fraudulent tax returns for both his clients and himself that claimed false business losses has been sentenced to serve eight months in federal prison.

Mervyn Gucilatar, 46, of Yucaipa, was sentenced yesterday afternoon by United States District Judge Jesus G. Bernal. In addition to the prison term, Judge Bernal ordered Gucilatar to pay $573,440 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Gucilatar, who operated his tax preparation business under the name JM Tax Solutions, pleaded guilty in February to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return and one count of making and subscribing to a false tax return.

According to the plea agreement filed in the case, while working with another unidentified return preparer, Gucilatar prepared fraudulent tax returns that claimed false partnership losses to which his clients were not entitled. The false partnership losses related to a limited liability corporation that was created with no legitimate purpose.

The fraudulent tax returns included personal expenses and fictitious expenses for the partnerships that had no business purpose other than to create a loss. The false losses to the partnerships were passed through to the personal tax returns of Gucilatar’s clients, thereby reducing their income tax liability. (more…)

Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging in Northern California Public Foreclosure Auctions

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

A real estate investor pleaded guilty for his role in conspiracies to rig bids at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

Raymond A. Grinsell pleaded guilty to two counts of bid rigging in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.  Grinsell was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on October 22, 2014.

According to court documents, Grinsell participated in conspiracies to rig bids by agreeing to refrain from bidding against other co-conspirators at public real estate foreclosure auctions in San Mateo and San Francisco counties.  The conspiracies began as early as August 2008 and continued until January 2011.

The primary purpose of the conspiracies was to suppress competition in order to obtain selected properties offered at San Mateo County and San Francisco County public foreclosure auctions at noncompetitive prices.  (more…)

WOMAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR KIDNAPPING, FALSE IMPRISONMENT, AND FALSELY REPORTING CRIMES AFTER FRAMING HER HUSBAND’S EX-FIANCÉE FOR STALKING AND ATTEMPTED RAPE

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A woman was sentenced today to five years in state prison for kidnapping, false imprisonment, and falsely reporting crimes, after framing her husband’s ex-fiancée for stalking and attempted rape.

Defendant

Charges

Sentence

Angela Maria Diaz, 32, Phoenix, Arizona

Pleaded guilty today to the following:

Felony

  • (2) Kidnapping
  • (2) False imprisonment by menace, fraud, or deceit
  • (2) Forgery
  • (2) Possession of a forged check over $950
  • Perjury
  • Grand theft

Misdemeanor

  • Falsely reporting a crime to a police agency
  • (21) Falsely reporting a crime to a peace officer

Court offer of five years in state prison

Michelle Suzanne Hadley, 30, the former defendant in felony case number 16NF2004, has been fully exonerated and cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. Her case was dismissed by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) on Jan. 9, 2017. “If not for the hard work of law enforcement continuing to investigate and seek the truth in this case, Ms. Hadley could have continued to face life in prison. It is unfathomable why Ms. Diaz would concoct such a diabolical scheme to hurt an innocent person,” stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “Even while pleading guilty, Diaz showed no remorse, compassion, or empathy for the victim. We hope the resolution of this case brings some closure to Ms. Hadley so she can move forward in her life.” (more…)

October 17, 2017

Inland Empire Man Pleads Guilty to Using Internet to Entice Boy to Make Sexually Explicit Videos

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

RIVERSIDE, California – An Inland Empire man pleaded guilty late this afternoon to a federal child exploitation offense after coercing at least six boys around the nation to send him sexually explicit videos – some of which were posted on the internet when victims refused to send additional images and videos.

Francisco Javier Soledad, 25, of Eastvale, pleaded guilty today to one count of using the internet to induce a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

In a plea agreement filed in United States District court, Soledad admitted victimizing six boys between the ages of 12 and 15 over the course of several months in 2016. Soledad found the victims – who lived across the nation, from California to Georgia – on social media sites he accessed under the handle “linkinparkrocks.” Soledad pleaded guilty to one count related to a victim in Illinois, but he admitted engaging in similar conduct with at least five other boys he communicated with via Snapchat, text messages and email.

According to court documents, Soledad assumed different personas – sometimes a 13-year-old boy, and other times an adult woman – to convince the victims to send him explicit photographs and videos. When several of the victims refused demands to send additional images, Soledad threatened to publish the previously sent images on social media platforms. In at least one instance, Soledad published one of the victim’s nude images on Twitter along with the victim’s Twitter handle.

Soledad further admitted in his plea agreement that he possessed on his digital devices more than 5,000 images and videos of child pornography and child erotica. The majority of the child pornography images appear to have been produced by the children depicted. Law enforcement is reviewing the thousands of images and is continuing to try to identify all of the children Soledad appears to have victimized. (more…)

Former AFLAC Employee Who Stole over $4 Million from Insurance Company with Fake Disability Claims Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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

SANTA ANA, California – A one-time sales representative for AFLAC was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison after being convicted of federal fraud charges related to a scheme that used bogus disability claims to bilk the insurance company out of more than $4 million.

Patricia Diane Smith Sledge, 61, of Redlands, was sentenced today by United States District Judge James V. Selna. In addition to the prison term, Judge Selna ordered Sledge to pay $4,166,063 in restitution.

Following a two-week jury trial late last year, Sledge was found guilty of six counts of mail fraud, as well as two counts of witness tampering.

The fraud scheme involved fictitious employers and bogus employees who falsely claimed to have suffered injuries that prevented them from working.

The evidence presented at trial showed that Sledge – who was residing in Irvine while working for the company formally known as American Family Life Assurance Company – sold disability insurance policies to bogus companies and people who supposedly worked for those companies. Sledge then orchestrated the filing of fraudulent disability claims and directed the purported employees to doctors that would sign off on the fake injury claims. (more…)

San Juan Capistrano Businesswoman Who Stole more than $1.5 Million from Clients Sentenced to over 5 Years in Federal Prison

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

SANTA ANA, California – The owner and operator of a financial services company that provided accounting, tax and bookkeeping services to small businesses was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $1.5 million from her clients.

Elizabeth Jane Mulder, who also goes by “Lizzie,” a 34-year-old resident of San Juan Capistrano, was sentenced this morning by United States District Judge David O. Carter. Noting that Mulder used the money for “personal aggrandizement,” Judge Carter said the victims in this case represented “a vulnerable section of society because small business is the backbone of our country.”

Mulder, who was the owner of Mulder Financial Consulting, pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud and subscribing to a false income tax return for failing to report the misappropriated funds to the Internal Revenue Service.

According to documents filed in United States District Court, from July 2009 until this past spring, Mulder obtained money from small business clients by gaining the trust of their owners, some of whom allowed her to control their financial accounts.

Mulder convinced nearly all of her victims to make checks payable to “Income Tax Payments” with false promises that the money would be used to satisfy the clients’ past and future tax obligations. Mulder then deposited these checks into the bank account of a fictitious business she created called “Income Tax Payments” and converted the funds for her own personal use. (more…)

October 16, 2017

District Court Enters Permanent Injunction Against California Company and Chief Executive Officer to Stop the Distribution of Custom Nutritional Products

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

A California federal court entered a consent decree permanently prohibiting Custompax Inc. of Fremont, California, and owner and Chief Executive Officer Cedric P. Ling from distributing adulterated dietary supplements, the Department of Justice announced today.  Under the terms of the injunction, the defendants must stop manufacturing such products until remedial steps are taken.

The Department also filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Sept. 12, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  According to the complaint, the company did not manufacture its dietary supplements in conformity with current good manufacturing practices.  For example, the complaint alleged that the defendants failed to establish and maintain adequate specifications and testing procedures for the purity, strength, and composition of its dietary supplements, and failed to adequately test the identities of the ingredients used to make those supplements.

“Dietary supplement manufacturers that fail to comply with basic manufacturing requirements risk the health and well-being of consumers in the United States and abroad,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.  “The Department of Justice and FDA remain vigilant against the dangers posed by such adulterated products.”

The consent decree entered today resolves the litigation, requiring that the defendants adhere to the law’s current good manufacturing practices for dietary supplements.  The decree also directs Custompax to stop manufacturing dietary supplements until the company implements specified remedial measures.  The measures include, among other things, retaining an expert to inspect Custompax’s facilities and certifying that the company’s manufacturing methods, facilities and controls are in conformity with current good manufacturing practices for dietary supplements. (more…)

MAN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND DEFRAUDING $2 MILLION FROM OVER 400 TROUBLED HOMEOWNERS THROUGH ILLEGAL LOAN MODIFICATION SCHEME ADVERTISED ON YOUTUBE

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced to 12 years in state prison today for money laundering and defrauding over $2.2 million from over 400 troubled homeowners through an illegal loan modification scheme advertised on YouTube.

Defendant

Charges

Sentence

Kevin Frank Rasher, 46, Coto de Caza

Pleaded guilty today to the following felony counts:

  • (49) Money Laundering
  • False or fraudulent tax return

12 years in state prison

Circumstances of the Case

  • Between June 13, 2011, and April 29, 2016, Rasher falsely represented himself as an official government Housing and Urban Development (HUD) attorney, even though he was never a member of the State Bar of California nor did he work for HUD.
  • The defendant advertised services of being able to assist distressed homeowners under different aliases including Kevin Carter and Kevin Fox. (more…)

Gang Members Charged with Infant’s Shooting Death

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

Four alleged gang members have been charged in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting of a 1- year-old girl in Compton last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Davion Ramal Douglas (dob 9/30/90), Denzell Davon Hull (dob 11/27/91), Ronzay Deshon Richards (dob 4/10/92) and Ray Howard Patterson Jr. (dob 11/23/92) have been charged in case TA143639.

Douglas has been charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm which caused great bodily injury and death to the infant victim. The charging document also alleges Douglas was previously convicted of carrying a loaded handgun, not registered in 2009 and burglary in 2011.

Hull has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count each of murder, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon. The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm during the commission of the crime. Moreover, the charging document alleges that Hull was previously convicted of second-degree robbery in 2010 and first-degree residential burglary in 2011.

Richards has been charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder. The charging document alleges that Richards has been previously convicted of first-degree burglary, person present in 2012. (more…)

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