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August 28, 2014

Lancaster Man Charged with Bow-and-Arrow Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:49 am

A Lancaster man was charged today with killing a 23-year-old man with a hunting bow and arrow, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney Robert Sherwood of the Antelope Valley Branch said Garrett Taylor Adams (dob 12/15/90) faces one count of murder.

Arraignment for case MA064049 is scheduled for today in Department A1 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch.

The complaint includes an allegation that Adams used a compound bow in the Aug. 23 killing of Charles Briggs.

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August 27, 2014

South Bay Doctor Pleads Guilty In Medicare Fraud Case, Admitting He Wrote Bogus Prescriptions For Power Wheelchairs And Other DME

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:39 am

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles County physician whose referrals led to more than $1.7 million in fraudulent Medicare billing pleaded guilty this afternoon to participating in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare by writing prescriptions for unneeded durable medical equipment (DME), such as power wheelchairs.

Charles Okoye, a 52-year-old Carson resident, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Appearing before United States District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald, Okoye admitted that he wrote prescriptions for medically unnecessary DME for patients referred to him through Adelco Medical Distributors, Inc., a Gardena-based DME supply company.

Between November 2008 and November 2011, Adelco recruited Medicare beneficiaries and took them to see Okoye, who would issue DME prescriptions – primarily for power wheelchairs – after giving the “patients” a single, cursory examination, according to Okoye’s plea agreement. Adelco then billed Medicare for providing the DME, which the beneficiaries did not want and often never used. In return for these referrals, Okoye received illegal kickbacks for every DME prescription from Adelco’s owner, Adeline Ekwebelem.

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‘Purse Packing Bandit’ Charged in Series of Bank Robberies in Los Angeles Area

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:32 am

A woman dubbed by authorities as the ‘Purse Packing Bandit’ was charged today with multiple counts of robbery for a series of bank heists over the past two years, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Brianna Kloutse (dob 8/23/67) was charged in case BA428673 with nine counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of attempted second-degree robbery. She is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Kloutse is charged with robbing nine banks in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and West Hollywood since October 2012. She also is facing charges in connection with two attempted robberies in December 2012 and March 2014.

Prosecutors said Kloutse often wore a wig, handed a teller a demand note and either flashed what appeared to be a handgun or indicated she had one in her purse. Kloutse was arrested Friday by Beverly Hills police immediately following a robbery at a bank in the 8400 block of Wilshire Boulevard.

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Man Charged in Series of Shootings Around Los Angeles

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:26 am

A Sylmar man was charged today with murder in the fatal shooting of a man in Pacoima, the attempted murder of a couple in West Hollywood and the fatal shooting of two dogs in a series of random shootings that began on Aug. 21, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Alexander Hernandez (dob 5/12/80) is scheduled to be arraigned later this afternoon in case PA081724 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in San Fernando, Department S. Prosecutors will ask that he be held without bail.

Deputy District Attorneys Tannaz Mokayef and Michele Hanisee with the Major Crimes Division are prosecuting the case.

Hernandez is charged with one count of capital murder in the fatal shooting of Gildardo Morales, 48, on Aug. 21. Morales was driving his pickup truck to work when he was shot and killed in the Pacoima area.

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August 26, 2014

Signal Hill Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murders

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

A 49-year-old man was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole after he was convicted of killing two men, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Julian Recana, who prosecuted the case, said on July 2 a jury found Jeffrey Means of Signal Hill guilty of the first-degree murder of Ronald Henry, 67, and the second-degree murder of Hal Dean Shaw, 48.

Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. Additionally, they found true that Means used a jack stand and knife in the commission of the crimes.

The prosecutor said Shaw was discovered bludgeoned to death in his home on June 12, 1996. Eleven years later, Henry was found stabbed multiple times in the neck. The defendant was interviewed by police after Henry’s death and then arrested in connection with the killing, the prosecutor said.

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THREE TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT PIMPING AND PANDERING BY OPERATING HIGH-END RESIDENTIAL BROTHEL IN IRVINE

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

SANTA ANA – Two men and one woman will be arraigned today for operating a high-end, residential brothel in Irvine. The two men, Gin Woo Park, 41, Los Angeles, and Heung Soon Kim, 56, Los Angeles, are charged with two felony counts of human trafficking, 13 felony counts of pimping, and 13 felony counts of pandering. Miyoun Kim, 56, Newport Beach, is charged with six felony counts of pimping and six felony counts of pandering. Park and Heung Kim face 40 years and eight months in state prison if convicted. Miyoun Kim faces 12 years and eight months if convicted. The People will request Park and Heung Kim be held on $1 million bail and Miyoun Kim be held on $250,000 bail at their arraignment today, and they must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. They are scheduled to be arraigned today, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Circumstances of the Case

The defendants are accused of being pimps/human traffickers who exploit women for financial gain.

Between June 1, 2012, and Aug. 21, 2014, Park and Heung Kim are accused of conspiring to commit pimping, pandering, and human trafficking.

On Dec. 1, 2013, Park and Heung Kim are accused of signing a lease for an apartment in Irvine, which the defendants are accused of turning into a residential brothel. They are accused of inducing several female victims engage in commercial sex in exchange for money.

On Aug. 21, 2014, undercover officers from the Irvine Police Department (IPD) contacted the brothel and arrested the defendants with investigative assistance from the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). (more…)

California “Vendor” in Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud Organization Sentenced to More Than Eight Years in Prison

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

A northern California man who served as an information and document vendor in the identity theft and credit card fraud ring known as “Carder.su” was sentenced yesterday to serve 100 months in federal prison. He was further ordered to pay approximately $50.5 million in restitution.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden of the District of Nevada and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Harris of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) in Las Vegas made the announcement. U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon of the District of Nevada imposed the sentence.

“Carder.su is a criminal organization, and we used the same mob-busting laws and investigative techniques we’ve used with other organized crime networks to dismantle the fraud ring,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “The new face of organized crime is largely cyber-based, and this case demonstrates the department’s ability to pursue members of these organizations wherever we find them.”

“The structure of the Carder.su organization was sophisticated and designed to prevent attack by rival organizations and to avoid detection by law enforcement,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “Its members had defined roles and were responsible for the theft of over $50 million. We are working diligently with our law enforcement partners to ensure that the people who commit these high-tech crimes are put out of business.”

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August 25, 2014

MEDICAL BUSINESS OWNER, DOCTORS, AND PHARMACISTS TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR DEFRAUDING OVER $100 MILLION FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES IN TOXIC MEDICATION SCHEME

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

SANTA ANA - A medical business owner, Workers’ Compensation doctors, and pharmacists are scheduled to be arraigned on an indictment for defrauding over $100 million from insurance companies by mass producing, distributing, and prescribing an expensive, toxic medication. Three of the defendants are also charged with manslaughter after a baby boy died as a result of exposure to the toxic cream.

The Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) took the case to the Orange County Grand Jury, which indicted the defendants on June 17, 2014. The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned today, Aug. 22, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-45, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. The defendants face sentences ranging from probation up to 14 years in state prison if convicted.

Defendant, Age, City, Occupation    Charges    Custody Status
1    Kareem Ahmed, 45, Rancho Cucamonga, Medical business owner    1 felony count of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, 4 felony counts of insurance fraud written claim, 1 felony count of involuntary 1 felony count of manslaughter by lawful act in unlawful manner, sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime over $500,000    Released on $5 million bail

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Los Angeles Women Sentenced To Prison For $2M Mortgage Fraud

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

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles woman was sentenced today to three years in federal prison for orchestrating a scheme that led to the fraudulent purchase of four properties worth more than $2 million.

Soo Kyung Hong, who also used the name “Maria Hong,” 48, a resident of the Miracle Mile section of Los Angeles, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John F. Walter. In addition to the 36-month prison term, Judge Walter ordered Hong to pay approximately $2 million in restitution, which includes losses from four additional properties fraudulently purchased in a related scheme.

Hong pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, admitting that she falsified income and employment information to fraudulently obtain mortgages to purchase four properties in Hesperia, Laguna Niguel, and Hacienda Heights.

To further the scheme, Hong engaged a co-conspirator to allow Hong to falsely list the co-conspirator’s company as a place of employment on the fraudulent mortgage applications that were filed under the name of a person who did not know their name was being used. Hong instructed the co-conspirator to direct calls seeking employment verification to Hong. As part of the scheme, banks funded mortgages on four properties, all of which fell into foreclosure and caused losses of more than $1 million.

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ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILED AGAINST MUSIC TEACHER WHO COMMITTED LEWD ACTS UPON MULTIPLE FEMALE STUDENTS

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

NEWPORT BEACH - Additional charges have been filed against a music teacher for committing lewd acts upon multiple female students during music lessons. John Mordecai Scott, 58, Lake Forest, was charged today for crimes against Jane Doe #5 with two felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child under 14 and a sentencing enhancement for committing lewd acts on multiple victims.

Scott was previously charged for four victims with one felony count of continuous sexual abuse, four felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child under 14, two felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor, one felony count of using a minor for sex acts, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, four felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child, one misdemeanor count of child annoyance, and a sentencing enhancement for obscene matter used during a sexual offense.

If convicted on all counts, Scott faces a maximum sentence of 111 years and four months to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled for continued arraignment on Sept. 26, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

Between 1997 and 2013, Scott is accused of giving piano lessons to students at his home in Lake Forest, Coast Band Music in Mission Viejo, and OC Music in Rancho Santa Margarita. He is accused of showing inappropriate photos and taking inappropriate photos of minor victims Jane Doe #1, Jane Doe #2, Jane Doe #3, Jane Doe #4, and Jane Doe #5. The investigation in this case is on-going and no other information regarding the content of the photos will be released at this time.

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