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March 2, 2015

MAN CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING, RAPING, PIMPING, AND PANDERING 15-YEAR-OLD MIDWEST GIRL

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:40 am

FULLERTON – A man was charged yesterday with human trafficking, raping, pimping, and pandering a 15-year-old girl from the Midwest. Elozana Ogbechie, 21, Yorba Linda, is charged with one felony count each of human trafficking of a minor, pimping a minor, pandering with a minor under 16 years old by promise, threat, or violence to become a prostitute, forcible rape, and using, inducing or furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison. He was arraigned today and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on March 13, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., in Department N-12, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

Case # 15NF0234
Two defendants accused of trafficking, pimping, and pandering the same 15-year-old victim were identified and subsequently charged for their role in this case on Jan.27, 2015.

Marcellus Alphonso Carpenter, 22, Diamond Bar, is charged with one felony count each of human trafficking of a minor, pimping a minor, pandering with a minor under 16 years old by procurement, and using, inducing or furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in state prison.

Phillip Anthony Gallegos, 20, Fullerton, is charged with one felony count each of human trafficking of a minor, pimping a minor, pandering with a minor under 16 years old by procurement, and using, inducing or furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. If convicted, Gallegos faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in state prison.  (more…)

THIRD-STRIKER PAROLEE SENTENCED TO 55YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR STRANGLING-MURDER OF WOMAN IN RV

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:36 am

SANTA ANA – A third-striker parolee was sentenced today to 55 years to life in state prison today for murdering a 21-year-old woman by strangling her to death in his recreational vehicle (RV). Ean Keith Brown, 41, was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 4, 2015, of one felony count of second degree murder. The defendant’s two prior strike convictions and serious felony priors for second degree robbery in 1995 and burglary in 2008 were found to be true.

Brown was released from state prison in 2010 and was on parole for burglary. After his release from prison and at the time of the murder, the defendant lived in an RV in the driveway of his parent’s Huntington Beach home.

Victim Arias Dolores Fagan, 21, was staying with relatives who lived on the same street as the defendant. At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2012, Fagan left her family’s home and was never seen again.

Sometime between Jan. 6, 2012, and Jan. 8, 2012, Brown murdered Fagan in his RV by strangling her and stuffing her body in a sleeping bag.     (more…)

February 28, 2015

DRUNKEN DRIVER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MURDER AFTER HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT RESULTED IN WOMAN’S DEATH

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:38 am

SANTA ANA – A drunken driver is scheduled to be arraigned today for murder following a hit-and-run crash that resulted in a woman’s death. Dallas Frank Reichstein, 46, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of hit and run resulting in permanent injury or death with a sentencing enhancement allegation for a prior strike conviction in 2014 for residential burglary. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 34 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, Feb. 27, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

At approximately 10:10 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2015, the defendant is accused of driving a Nissan Xterra Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) while under the influence of alcohol, westbound on West MacArthur Boulevard in Santa Ana. The defendant is accused of driving 54 mph in a 40 mph zone.

At around the same time, 59-year-old Pearleen Hopkins was crossing the street on West MacArthur Boulevard outside of the designated crosswalks.

The defendant is accused of slamming into Hopkins with his SUV and failing to stop and render assistance. The victim died at the scene as a result of the injuries she sustained from the impact of the vehicle.

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MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR PIMPING AND PANDERING WOMAN

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:34 am

SANTA ANA – A man is expected to be arraigned today for pimping and pandering a woman. Barryn Vaugh Stroh, 34, is charged with one felony count of pimping and one felony count of pandering by procuring. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison. He is expected to be arraigned today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Circumstances of the Case
In January 2015, the defendant is accused of pandering 25-year-old Jane Doe by procuring her for the purpose of prostitution as a way to earn money. He is accused of soliciting Jane Doe for commercial sex by placing sexually explicit ads of the victim on a website known for prostitution. Stroh is accused of pimping the victim by collecting the money she obtained for performing commercial sex acts.

On Feb. 25, 2015, an undercover police officer arranged a meeting with the victim at a hotel in Tustin. Police officers arrived at the hotel room of the meeting where they located and arrested the defendant who was in an adjacent room.

This case was jointly investigated by the Tustin Police Department and Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. Members of the OCHTTF and the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. OCHTTF is a partnership between the Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Huntington Beach Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and community and non-profit partners,

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GANG MEMBERS CONVICTED OF FIRING SEVERAL ROUNDS AT OFFICER’S VEHICLE ON PATROL IN ANAHEIM

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

SANTA ANA – Three defendants were convicted yesterday for firing several rounds at a police officer’s vehicle that was out on patrol in Anaheim for the benefit of their Hispanic criminal street gang. Juan Carlos Covarrubias, 22, Jordy Roman Martinez, 21, Andrew Gomez Sanchez, 21, all of Anaheim, were found guilty by a jury of one felony count of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and one felony count of street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for the vicarious discharge of a firearm by a gang member and criminal street gang activity. They will each be sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison at their sentencing May 1, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Covarrubias, Martinez, and Sanchez were actively participating in a criminal Hispanic street gang with knowledge that its members engage in a pattern of criminal gang activity.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. on June 1, 2012, Sanchez was driving Martinez and Covarrubias and pulled up in front of an unmarked Anaheim Police Department (APD) vehicle that was patrolling the street. Sanchez was driving the car on the wrong side of the road to block the officer’s vehicle from moving forward on Palm Street at Boysen Avenue in Anaheim. The officers were in their full uniform at the time of the incident.

Martinez got out of the vehicle with a loaded firearm and began shooting several rounds at the officers inside the vehicle with specific intent, premeditation, and deliberation to murder the police officers. The officers attempted to find safety by turning their vehicle around, switching on their police emergency lights, and attempting to drive to safety.

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February 27, 2015

California Financier Charged in Alleged Ponzi Scheme

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

A California man and purported billionaire financier was taken into federal custody today for his role in an alleged Ponzi scheme in which investors lost $2.5 million, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Inspector in Charge Gary Barksdale of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Criminal Investigations Group.

Kenneth Brewington, 50, of Corona, California, was indicted on Feb. 24, 2015, by a federal grand jury in the District of Colorado for conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, mail fraud and six counts of wire fraud.

According to allegations in the indictment, from September 2009 until 2011, Brewington and his co-conspirators sold promissory notes to investors through a financial services marketing company based in Denver called Compass Financial Solutions (CFS).  The indictment alleges that Brewington and his co-conspirators falsely represented to investors that Brewington held millions of Euros in overseas bank accounts, and that the proceeds raised from investors would be used to obtain the release of his overseas funds.  To conceal the scheme, Brewington and his co-conspirators allegedly had investors wire their funds to an attorney trust account.  The funds from that account, however, were then allegedly sent to Brewington and his co-conspirators.  Brewington and his co-conspirators allegedly used the investors’ money for their own personal benefit.

The former corporate counsel for CFS, William E. Dawn, 77, of Denver, and the former CEO of CFS, Brian G. Elrod, 58, of Lakewood, Colorado, previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme.  Sentencing hearings are scheduled for May 29, 2015, and May 22, 2015, respectively.

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Man Who Operated ‘Revenge Porn’ Website Pleads Guilty In Hacking Scheme That Yielded Nude Photos From Google Email Accounts

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

LOS ANGELES – A Northern California man who operated the Internet’s best-known “revenge porn” website pleaded guilty late this afternoon to federal computer hacking and identity theft charges for hiring another man to hack into e-mail accounts to steal nude photos that were later posted on his website.

Hunter Moore, 28, of Woodland, California, who operated the now-defunct isanyoneup.com, pleaded guilty today to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information for purposes of private financial gain and one count of aggravated identity theft.

As a result of his guilty pleas, Moore faces a statutory maximum sentence of seven years in federal prison, and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years.

Moore pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Dolly M. Gee, who is scheduled to sentence the defendant on June 24.

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BOUNTY HUNTER FEATURED ON REALITY SHOW CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING OVER $18,000 IN CONNECTION WITH BAIL BOND TRANSACTION

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:01 am

SANTA ANA – A bounty hunter who was featured on a reality show was arrested today and will be arraigned for embezzling over $18,000 in connection with a bail bond transaction. Arturo Alfred Torres, 52, Winnetka, is charged with one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years in Orange County jail and is expected to be arraigned this week, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time and date are to be determined.

Torres had previously appeared on the television reality show “Bounty Wars” on the Discovery Channel as a bounty hunter.

On Feb. 8, 2013, Joan S.’ son was arrested and booked in the Los Angeles County jail and held on $20,000 bail. She contacted a bail bonds company and consequently met Torres. Torres, along with a bail agent, is accused of going to Los Angeles County jail, bailing out Joan S.’ son, and then driving him to his mother’s home in Orange County. While meeting with Joan S., Torres is accused of asking for a $20,000 check made out to him personally. Torres is accused of collecting the check from the victim and cashing it into his personal checking account.

No charges were filed against Joan S.’ son and on March 21, 2013, his bail was exonerated. Torres is accused of refusing to return the money to Joan S. despite the victim’s numerous attempts to have it returned.

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February 26, 2015

Dutch National Indicted On Computer Hacking And Identity Theft Charges Related To Theft Of Digital Versions Of 3 Hollywood Movies

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

LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury today indicted a Dutch national on federal computer hacking and identity theft charges related to the theft of digital versions of three motion pictures.

Joey Vogelaar, who used the online monikers of “TyPeR” and “neXus,” was named in a two-count indictment that alleges unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft.

Vogelaar, 28, a resident of Delft, the Netherlands, allegedly stole pre-release digital copies of the Sony Pictures Entertainment film “How Do You Know” and the Paramount production “Rango,” as well as the Dreamworks movie “Megamind,” which at the time of the alleged theft was in theatrical release.

In 2010, Vegelaar allegedly used a username and password belonging to another person to access a computer system where the films were located. The compromised computer system was located at a company outside of the studios that was involved in the production process.

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Corona Woman Who Ran High-End Denim Jean Company Pleads Guilty in $15 Million Scheme that Defrauded Union Bank

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

LOS ANGELES – A Corona woman who was the chief executive officer of a high-end jean company that outfitted Hollywood celebrities pleaded guilty today in federal court to bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud offenses.

Carolyn Marie Jones, 51, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of bank fraud and one count of concealing assets in a bankruptcy proceeding.

Jones pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald, who is scheduled to sentence the defendant on May 11. At sentencing, Jones will face a statutory maximum sentence of 35 years in federal prison and a fine of $1.25 million.

According to a plea agreement filed late yesterday, Jones defrauded Union Bank of California in a scheme related to her company, DDI (sometimes known as Diamond Decisions, Inc.), which sold jeans under the labels Privacywear and PRVCY Premium. Union Bank issued an $8.5 million line of credit – which was later increased to $15 million – to Jones in late 2008, but Jones had filed a fraudulent loan application that used another person’s social security number, bogus tax returns that had never been filed with the Internal Revenue Service and false financial statements for DDI that grossly overstated the company’s profits.

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