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February 17, 2017

Riverside County Man Arrested on Federal Charges of Advertising, Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

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RIVERSIDE, California – Federal authorities this morning arrested a Perris man who was indicted last week by a grand jury on child pornography offenses stemming from a large collection of illicit images found on his home computer and evidence that he was engaged in online trading of child pornography with others, including an undercover law enforcement officer.

Jerry Glen Moran Jr., 63, was taken into custody without incident by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Moran is expected to be arraigned this afternoon in United States District Court.

A federal grand jury on February 8th named Moran in a four-count indictment that charges the defendant with one count of advertising child pornography, two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

During the investigation, authorities recovered tens of thousands of images and videos on Moran’s home computer and in emails that he had sent and received. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reviewed many of the computer files and identified thousands of them as being known images and videos of child pornography.

The investigation into Moran began after he was found to be a user of a foreign photo-sharing website identified by law enforcement as a platform used by child pornographers to meet and trade child pornography.

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FORMER COSTA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER CONVICTED OF COMMITTING INSURANCE FRAUD AGAINST CITY OF COSTA MESA

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) officer was convicted today of committing insurance fraud by presenting a false insurance claim and making false material statements related to the claim. Ryan Patrick Natividad, 32, Corona, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of insurance fraud and one felony count of making a fraudulent statement. Natividad faces a maximum sentence of six years in county jail at his sentencing on April 7, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-47, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

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. Natividad falsely claimed that earlier in the day, he struck his hand against a brick wall near the CMPD jail while transporting an arrestee for booking. The defendant claimed that the arrestee stumbled into the wall, prompting him to use his hand to prevent the arrestee from striking the wall. Natividad filed a fraudulent workers’ compensation insurance claim and was subsequently directed by CMPD to seek immediate medical attention.

Natividad listed a jail employee as a witness to the incident in his injury paperwork. The employee reviewed the jail surveillance camera footage, determined that the incident the defendant reported never occurred, and brought the video footage to his supervisor’s attention. The video was submitted with Natividad’s workers’ compensation insurance claim to the City of Costa Mesa.

The City of Costa Mesa, the city’s insurance company AdminSure, and a private investigation firm hired by AdminSure investigated Natividad’s workers’ compensation insurance claim and reported the fraud to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, who investigated this case.

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February 16, 2017

Longtime Fugitive Enters Plea in Federal Hates Crimes Case Alleging Racially Motivated Murders of African Americans

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

LOS ANGELES – A member of the Avenues street gang who was on the run for well over a decade pleaded not guilty this morning to federal hate crimes charges stemming from the racially motivated murders of two African-American men in Highland Park.

Merced Cambero Jr., 38, whose street name was “Shadow,” entered not guilty pleas before United States District Judge Percy Anderson, who scheduled a trial on March 28.

Cambero was repatriated to the United States and turned over to the custody of special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department on February 3 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry after he was deported by Mexican immigration authorities. In the weeks leading up to his deportation, Cambero had been detained in Baja California by Mexican law enforcement officers on an unrelated matter and was found to be using a false identification. Further investigation by Mexican authorities and members of the San Diego Police Department verified Cambero’s true identity and the outstanding federal civil rights charges in Los Angeles. At his initial court appearance later that day in United States District Court in Los Angeles, Cambero was ordered held in custody without bond.

Cambero faces three felony counts, including conspiring to violate the civil rights of African Americans who resided in Highland Park. Among the victims of the plot was Kenneth Kurry Wilson, a 38-year-old African-American man who was fatally shot in Highland Park on April 18, 1999. Members of the conspiracy also murdered Christopher Bowser, an African-American man who was shot while waiting at a bus stop in Highland Park on Dec. 11, 2000.

The conspiracy charge specially alleges that Cambero:

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Long Beach Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Illegally Shipping Large Quantity of Ammunition to Philippines

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

LOS ANGELES – A Long Beach woman has pleaded guilty to federal offenses for illegally shipping tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition to the Philippines.

Marlou Mendoz, 61, pleaded guilty on Monday in United States District Court to three counts of failing to provide the required written notice to freight forwarders that she was shipping ammunition to a foreign country.

Marlou Medoza admitted that she sent .22-caliber ammunition and bullets to the Philippines in three shipments in June 2011. The shipments contained 131,300 rounds, the defendant admitted in court.

Marlou Mendoza, who remains free on bond, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 20 by United States District Judge George H. Wu. As a result of the three guilty pleas, she faces a statutory maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison.

In a related case unsealed last year, Mark Louie Mendoza, the 31-year-old son of Marlou Mendoza, was charged with illegally shipping hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of firearms parts and ammunition to the Philippines – munitions that were concealed in shipments falsely claimed to be household goods.

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MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER FOR ASSAULTING AND RUNNING OVER COUSIN OF SHOOTING VICTIM DURING VIGIL AND FLEEING THE SCENE

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged today with murder for assaulting and running over the cousin of a shooting victim during a vigil and fleeing the scene with his co-defendant. Sonny Steven Zieres, 26, Orange, is charged with one felony count of murder with sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon and a prior serious and violent felony conviction for assault with a deadly weapon in 2009 in Orange County. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 56 years to life in state prison. Zieres is scheduled to be arraigned today, Feb. 15, 2017, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Co-defendant Claudia Alicia Trejo, 29, Orange, is charged with one felony count of accessory after the fact. If convicted, Trejo faces a maximum sentence of three years in county jail. The defendant is out of custody after posting bond, and her arraignment date is to be determined.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Zieres is accused of driving his Chrysler 300 around the parking lot of a shopping center on Seventeenth Street and Grand Avenue in Santa Ana with passenger Claudia Trejo in the front seat. The day before, a man was shot and murdered in the parking lot, and friends and family of the shooting victim were gathered for a vigil near the scene of that crime.

Zieres is accused of engaging in a verbal altercation with members of the group who were mourning before intentionally driving toward the crowd with his vehicle. Zieres is then accused of running over 27-year-old Trisha Irene Verdugo, the cousin of the shooting victim from the day before, and murdering her. The defendant is accused of driving away from the scene. Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) investigated this case.

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February 15, 2017

Enrique Marquez Jr. Agrees to Plead Guilty to Plotting Violent Attacks and Buying Firearms for Shooter in San Bernardino Terrorist Attack

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

RIVERSIDE, California – Enrique Marquez Jr. – a longtime friend of Syed Rizwan Farook, the male shooter in the San Bernardino terrorist attack – has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring with Farook in 2011 and 2012 to provide material support to terrorists.

Marquez, 25, of Riverside, entered into a plea agreement that was filed today in United States District Court. The defendant is scheduled to enter his guilty pleas Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. before United States District Judge Jesus Bernal.

In the plea agreement, Marquez agreed to plead guilty to providing material support and resources to terrorists, including weapons, explosives and personnel. Marquez admitted in the plea agreement that he conspired with Farook in 2011 and 2012 to attack Riverside City College (RCC) and commuter traffic on the 91 Freeway.

Marquez also agreed to plead guilty to making false statements in connection with the acquisition of a firearm for being the “straw buyer” of two assault rifles that were used in the shooting rampage at the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center (IRC) on December 2, 2015.

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California Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing IDs and U.S. Treasury Checks

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

An El Cerrito, California man pleaded guilty today to aggravated identity theft and conspiring to steal government funds, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch for the Northern District of California.

According to the plea agreement, Brandon Robinson, 35, and his co-conspirators, stole names of deceased individuals and used them to file federal tax returns seeking refunds. Robinson paid cashiers at stores in the Richmond-area to cash the fraudulently obtained refund checks. Robinson also cashed stolen tax refund and social security benefit checks that were intended for other individuals. Robinson admitted that he and his co-conspirators attempted to cash more than $500,000 in fraudulently obtained and stolen checks.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 23. Robinson faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy count and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for the aggravated identity theft count. Robinson also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and U.S. Attorney Stretch commended special agents of Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas Newman and Jose A. Olivera, and Trial Attorney Gregory Bernstein of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.

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Former High School Basketball Coach Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse

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

A 57-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing a teenager over a span of seven months was sentenced today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On Jan. 11, Joseph Alan Kikuchi of Monterey Park pleaded no contest to all counts in case GA097357 in an open plea to the court: 12 felony counts of sexual penetration by foreign object, five felony counts of lewd act upon a child, one felony count of oral copulation of a person under 16 and five misdemeanor counts of child molesting.

The open plea means a sentence was not negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jared Moses sentenced the defendant today to five years in state prison. The judge also ordered the defendant to register as a lifetime sex offender.

Deputy District Attorney Rena Durrant, who prosecuted the case, said at the time of the crime Kikuchi was the girls’ varsity basketball coach at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra.

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February 14, 2017

California Mother and Son Convicted for Fraudulent Corporate Income Tax Returns

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

A San Francisco, California mother and son were convicted today following a six-day trial for conspiring to file fraudulent corporate income tax returns, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch for the Northern District of California.

According to the evidence presented at trial, Howard Hsu owned and operated Didsee Corporation (Didsee), a Nevada company that provided advertisement marketing services to online websites and marketplaces. Tracy Chang, Hsu’s mother, was Didsee’s bookkeeper and was listed as the President, Secretary, Treasurer and Director. Chang opened bank accounts for the business, transferred money between the various accounts, and paid Didsee’s bills.

Hsu and Chang conspired together to file fraudulent 2008 through 2009 corporate income tax returns, and an amended 2007 corporate tax return, cheating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) out of approximately $400,000. provided false summaries to Didsee’s return preparers, which claimed business expenses that were never incurred and included Hsu’s personal expenses. Chang signed the fraudulent returns as Didsee’s President.

“Owners can’t use their businesses as piggybanks, paying personal expenses out of their corporate accounts and falsely claiming them as business expenses,” said Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg. “All employers are legally required to file accurate and complete returns and pay their fair share – just like their employees.”

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MAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING HIS SISTER’S BOYFRIEND BY SHOOTING HIM BEFORE FLEEING TO MEXICO

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was convicted today of murdering his sister’s boyfriend by shooting him before fleeing to Mexico. Adan Rodriguez Leon, 34, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of first degree murder, and a sentencing enhancement for personal discharge of a firearm causing death was found to be true. Leon faces a maximum sentence of 52 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on April 14, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-44, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on April 8, 2015, Leon went to the home of his sister’s boyfriend, 39-year-old Paul Guzman, in Santa Ana. The defendant contacted Guzman and walked down the sidewalk with him. Leon pulled out a loaded firearm, shot the victim multiple times, and fled the scene.

The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) was contacted and began investigating this case. SAPD obtained an arrest warrant for the defendant within hours after the shooting. On April 10, 2015, authorities in Mexico detained Leon on the warrant. SAPD took custody of the defendant on April 12, 2015.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 15CF0763/ February 9, 2017

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