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July 17, 2017

FORMER FUGITIVE SENTENCED TO 35 YEARS TO LIFE IN STATE PRISON FOR 1992 COLD CASE MURDER OF 19-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man who was extradited to Orange County from Mexico was sentenced today to 35 years to life in state prison for murdering a 19-year-old woman in 1992.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Leonardo Pimentel Sanchez, 59, Mexico City, Mexico Found guilty by a jury on May 22, 2017, of one felony count of:

  • First Degree Murder

Sentencing Enhancements

  • Two prior felony convictions for a 1978 robbery and a 1984 rape and digital penetration in Orange County
35 years to life in state prison

Circumstances of the Case

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PAROLED MURDERER SENTENCED TO 44 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ARMED ROBBERY AND INITIATING POLICE PURSUIT FOUR MONTHS AFTER RELEASE FROM PRISON

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A paroled murderer was sentenced to 44 years and four months in state prison today for committing armed robbery and initiating a police pursuit only four months after his release from prison.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Chandler Emile Graham, 54, Los Angeles Found guilty by a jury on May 5, 2017 of felony:

  • (4) Second degree robbery
  • Assault with a firearm
  • Evading while driving recklessly
  • Unlawful taking of a vehicle
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon

Sentencing enhancement found true

  • Personal use of a firearm

Prior conviction

  • Second degree murder in 1995 in Orange County
44 years and four months in state prison

“Chandler Graham is a classic example of why the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) opposes the early release of convicted felons and dedicates so much time, effort, and energy into keeping lifers behind bars,” said District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “We hope that the Board of Parole and the Governor consider the lessons learned from this case. Within months of the Board of Parole approving his early release, Graham was back to committing crimes and endangering lives. OCDA will continue to support public safety by fighting to keep criminals in jail,” said Rackauckas.

Parole

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July 14, 2017

How to Spot Signs of Elder Abuse

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 10:52 am

Having worked in care homes for well over a decade and rising to become a hospice manager, I have seen the best and the worst of care for older adults. Our seniors rely on us to look after them in their times of need, but some people fail them. And the worst, abuse. It is important, when visiting your loved ones, to try and spot any signs of abuse, including:

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As Part of National Health Care Fraud Takedown, Federal Prosecutors in Los Angeles Charge 14 Defendants in Fraud Schemes that Allegedly Cost Public Healthcare Programs nearly $150 Million

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

LOS ANGELES – In the largest-ever health care fraud enforcement action by federal prosecutors, 14 defendants – including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals – have been charged in the Central District of California for allegedly participating in health care fraud schemes that caused approximately $147 million in losses.

The defendants charged locally are among hundreds of people charged across the United States in cases that cumulatively allege approximately $1.3 billion in false billings. The nationwide sweep includes charges against more than 120 defendants – some of whom are doctors – who allegedly prescribed and distributed opioids and other dangerous narcotics.

In the Central District of California, 14 defendants were charged for their roles in schemes to defraud health insurance programs such as Medicare. The cases allege health care fraud and kickback schemes involving compounded drugs, home health services, physical therapy, acupuncture, Medicare Part D prescription drugs, diagnostic sleep studies and hospice care.

“Health care fraud schemes such as these threaten the vital trust between a patient and his or her health care provider, undermine the integrity of our health care system, and cost all Americans billions of dollars,” said Acting United States Attorney Sandra R. Brown. “Today’s announcement serves as a clear warning that we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to identify and hold accountable health care professionals who commit these crimes.”

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National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges Against Over 412 Individuals Responsible for $1.3 Billion in Fraud Losses

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

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 412 charged defendants across 41 federal districts, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $1.3 billion in false billings. Of those charged, over 120 defendants, including doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics. Thirty state Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today’s arrests. In addition, HHS has initiated suspension actions against 295 providers, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Price were joined in the announcement by Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting Director Andrew McCabe of the FBI, Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Inspector General Daniel Levinson of the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), Chief Don Fort of IRS Criminal Investigation, Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Deputy Director Kelly P. Mayo of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS).

Today’s enforcement actions were led and coordinated by the Criminal Division, Fraud Section’s Health Care Fraud Unit in conjunction with its Medicare Fraud Strike Force (MFSF) partners, a partnership between the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the FBI and HHS-OIG.  In addition, the operation includes the participation of the DEA, DCIS, and State Medicaid Fraud Control Units.

The charges announced today aggressively target schemes billing Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE (a health insurance program for members and veterans of the armed forces and their families) for medically unnecessary prescription drugs and compounded medications that often were never even purchased and/or distributed to beneficiaries. The charges also involve individuals contributing to the opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on medical professionals involved in the unlawful distribution of opioids and other prescription narcotics, a particular focus for the Department. According to the CDC, approximately 91 Americans die every day of an opioid related overdose.

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Pair Convicted of Human Trafficking of a Minor in Long Beach

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

Two men have been sentenced to prison for trafficking an underage girl in 2015, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

At today’s court appearance, Michael Barnes (dob 5/1/82) and Jamelvin Moore (dob 12/24/84) each pleaded no contest to one felony count of human trafficking of a minor in case NA101198.

Moore also admitted he was previously convicted of second-degree robbery in 2005.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James D. Otto sentenced Barnes to five years in state prison, while Moore was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Both defendants also were ordered to register as lifetime sex offenders.

Deputy District Attorney Troy Davis of the Victim Impact Program, who prosecuted the case, said in January 2015, Barnes and Moore posted a listing on a classified advertising website that solicited sex with a minor.

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July 13, 2017

Two California Men Sentenced to Prison for Their Roles in Fake Law Firms that Promised to Help Struggling Homeowners

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

Two Orange County, California men were sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California to serve 41 and 47 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in a multi-million dollar fraudulent mortgage modification scheme posing as a successful law firm, the Justice Department announced.

Ronald Rodis, 52, of Long Beach, California, and Charles Wayne Farris, 56, of Aliso Viejo, California, each previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. In addition to the terms of prison imposed by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, Judge Carter ordered Farris to pay $3,534,927.43 in restitution and ordered Rodis to pay $3,826,947.95 in restitution.

Both defendants previously admitted that, between October 2008 and June 2009, they participated in a scheme to induce homeowners to pay between $3,500 and $5,500 for the services of the Rodis Law Group. These defendants and their co-conspirators made numerous misrepresentations regarding RLG’s ability to negotiate loan modifications from the homeowners’ mortgage lenders. They hid the involvement of Bryan D’Antonio, the true owner of the scheme. D’Antonio was a convicted felon and subject to a permanent injunction prohibiting him from having any involvement with any business that engaged in telemarketing or misrepresented the services it would provide.

“These defendants played key roles in a scheme that victimized homeowners facing foreclosure during the mortgage crisis,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The defendants promised homeowners assistance saving their homes and modifying their mortgages, yet took their money knowing the promised benefits would never be realized.”

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California Tax Preparer Sentenced to More Than 14 Years in Prison for Using Stolen IDs to File Fraudulent Returns Seeking More Than $2 Million in Refunds

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

A Lemon Grove, California woman was sentenced to serve 175 months in prison for her role in two stolen identity refund fraud schemes, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson of the Southern District of California.

In April 2013, Cynthia Lozano was charged in a 33-count indictment for using stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). According to the indictment as well as documents and information provided to the court, Lozano directed the IRS to deposit the refunds into bank accounts in the names of her relatives and associates. For some actual tax-preparation clients, Lozano claimed a larger refund from the IRS than she represented to her clients. She directed the IRS to deposit the excess amounts into a bank account she controlled without her clients’ knowledge.

On Feb. 13, 2015, Lozano pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and participation in her fraudulent scheme. In total, Lozano used the identities of over 200 victims to file over 400 returns, resulting in her receipt of approximately $1.5 million in fraudulently obtained refunds between 2008 and 2013.

In June 2015, while Lozano was awaiting sentencing, agents from the IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) and Department of Treasury, Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) discovered that Lozano filed additional fraudulent returns in a manner similar to her previous scheme. Lozano was subsequently charged in a second indictment with 51counts, including filing false claims for refund, wire and mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

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Man Sentenced to Prison for Sexually Molesting Girl in Pomona

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

A 57-year-old man was sentenced today to 40 years to life in state prison for sexually abusing a young girl for over a year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On May 25, a jury found Fernando Rodriguez guilty of six counts in case KA110127: two counts of lewd act upon a child, two counts of oral copulation or sexual penetration with child 10 years old or younger and one count each of child molesting and distributing or exhibiting harmful matter to a minor.

At today’s court appearance, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mike Camacho also ordered the defendant to register as a lifetime sex offender. Furthermore, Rodriguez was ordered to stay away from the victim for 10 years.

Deputy District Attorney Babette Huley of the Victim Impact Program, who prosecuted the case, said Rodriguez sexually assaulted a 5-year-old Pomona girl between May 2013 and July 2014.

In addition to molesting the victim, Rodriguez also showed pornography to the young girl, the prosecutor added.

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July 12, 2017

Seventh Company Agrees to Plead Guilty for Fixing Prices of Electrolytic Capacitors

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

Nichicon Corporation will plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors sold to customers in the United States and elsewhere, the Department of Justice announced today.

According to the one-count felony charge filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Nichicon conspired with others to suppress and eliminate competition for electrolytic capacitors from as early as November 2001 until December 2011. In addition to pleading guilty, Nichicon has agreed to pay a $42 million criminal fine and cooperate with the Antitrust Division’s ongoing investigation. The plea agreement is subject to court approval.

“Including today’s charge, the Antitrust Division has now charged seven companies and ten individuals for participating in a long-running conspiracy to fix the price of a critical component in electronic devices used by millions of American consumers,” said Director of Criminal Enforcement Marvin Price of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “But our investigation is not over. We are continuing to pursue the companies and executives who conspired to undermine competition in this vital industry.”

Electrolytic capacitors store and regulate electrical current in a variety of electronic products, including computers, televisions, car engines and airbag systems, home appliances and office equipment.

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