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October 10, 2014

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Cramming Settlement with AT&T Mobility

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:11 am

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, along with the Attorneys General of the other 49 States and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission, today announced a settlement with AT&T Mobility LLC to resolve allegations that AT&T Mobility placed charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills that had not been authorized by the consumer, a practice known as “mobile cramming.” The settlement covers “mobile cramming” charges made from January 1, 2009 through the date the FTC federal court order is entered.

Under the settlement, AT&T will pay $927,536 to California. In addition, AT&T Mobility is required to provide $80 million in funds to be used to pay refunds to consumers who were victims of cramming.  The fund will be administered by the Federal Trade Commission.

“Consumers deserve transparency in their billing and a clear description of the services being provided,” Attorney General Harris said. “This settlement holds AT&T accountable for its misleading practices and refunds consumers for unfair billing.”

Beginning today and continuing until May 1, 2015, consumers can submit claims under the AT&T Mobility cramming refund program by visiting www.ftc.gov/att. On the website, consumers can find information about how to obtain a refund.   If consumers are unsure about whether they are eligible for a refund or to request previous billing records, they can visit the claims website or contact the Claims Administrator at 1-877-819-9692 for more information.

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MAN CHARGED FOR MURDERING VICTIM AND DUMPING BODY BEHIND RESTAURANT

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:06 am

SANTA ANA – A man was charged today for murdering a victim and dumping the body behind an Anaheim restaurant. Randy Lee Parkerson, 38, Anaheim, was charged today with one felony count of murder. If convicted, Parkerson faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. Parkerson is being held on $1 million bail. The scheduled arraignment for today was continued to Oct. 31, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

On June 10, 2014, Parkerson is accused of meeting with 28-year-old Cesar Reyes and murdering him by choking him. Parkerson is accused of placing the victim’s body in the trunk of his car for one day and dumping the body behind a fast food restaurant in Anaheim.

The Anaheim Police Department (APD) is continuing to investigate this case. APD arrested the defendant on Oct. 7, 2014. No further information will be released at this time.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen McGreevy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 14NF4270 / October 09, 2014

LAMC Foundation Member Charged with Grand Theft, Forgery

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:59 am

The former chairman of the Los Angeles Mission College Foundation has been arrested on charges he stole nearly $10,000 in foundation money, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Jose Luis Oliva (dob 11/22/76) was charged in case BA429429 with one felony count each of grand theft and forgery. He was arrested Tuesday and released on $20,000 bail.

Deputy District Attorney Alison Estrada from the Public Integrity Division is prosecuting the case.

The Los Angeles Mission College Foundation raises private donations to support the Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar. Between January 2011 and January 2013, Oliva served as the foundation chairman.

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October 9, 2014

Manager of Three Los Angeles Medical Clinics Indicted in $4 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

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

An indictment was unsealed today charging two managers and operators of three Los Angeles medical clinics with Medicare fraud and conspiracy to pay illegal kickbacks for medical procedures that were never actually provided.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura of the Central District of California; Special Agent in Charge Glenn R. Ferry of the Los Angeles Region of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and Assistant Director in Charge Bill Lewis of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office made the announcement.

Hovik Simitian, 47, of Los Angeles, and Anahit Shatvoryan, 49, of Glendale, California, were each charged in the Central District of California with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, six counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to pay health care kickbacks.

According to allegations in the indictment, Simitian and and Shatvoryan managed and operated three medical clinics – Columbia Medical Group Inc., Life Care Medical Clinic and Safe Health Medical Clinic – out of two suites in the same Los Angeles office building.  From approximately February 2010 through June 2014, Simitian and Shatvoryan paid marketers illegal kickbacks to recruit Medicare beneficiaries to the clinics.  They then submitted false claims to Medicare for services – including procedures such as anorectal manometry and nerve conduction tests – that were not medically necessary and never actually provided.

From approximately February 2010 through June 2014, the clinics allegedly submitted a total of $4,526,791 in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, and Medicare paid $1,668,559 on those claims. (more…)

MAN ARRESTED TODAY FOR 1998 COLD-CASE MURDER OF MOTHER-IN-LAW

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

SANTA ANA – A man was arrested today for the 1998 cold case murder of his mother-in-law. John Edward Moll Gutierrez, 47, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time and date are to be determined.

At the time of the crime, Gutierrez is accused of living in a Laguna Beach condominium with his wife and the defendant’s 55-year-old mother-in-law Lillian DeVilla.

On the night of Jan. 29, 1998, Gutierrez is accused of getting into a dispute with DeVilla inside their home. The defendant is accused of getting into a physical altercation with the victim and causing her to suffer blunt force trauma to the head. Gutierrez is then accused of tying a plastic bag around DeVilla’s head, removing the body from the condo, transporting the victim to a field in Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, and dumping the body.

On Feb. 4, 1998, two Laguna Beach Public Works employees discovered the victim’s body while they were repairing a fence. The Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD) began investigating the murder but the case went cold.

In 2009, LBPD began working with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) Task Force Review Aimed at Catching Killers, Rapists, and Sexual Offenders (TrackRS) Unit and discovered additional evidence in the case. (more…)

Long Beach Man Charged with Assault, Kidnapping, Evading Police

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

A 27-year-old man accused of assaulting his child’s mother and then kidnapping her pleaded not guilty today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Isaul Sandoval (dob 6/27/87) of Long Beach was charged with three felony counts: injuring a child’s parent, kidnapping and evading an officer in case TA135377.

The charging document also alleges that Sandoval was previously convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2007, receiving stolen property in 2008 and unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle in 2011.

Deputy District Attorney Presciliano Duran, who is assigned to the case, said on Oct. 6 Sandoval and his child’s mother had a fight and he reportedly assaulted her.

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October 8, 2014

WOMAN CHARGED WITH PIMPING AND PANDERING FIVE WOMEN OUT OF BROTHELS IN IRVINE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:52 am

NEWPORT BEACH – A woman was charged yesterday with pimping and pandering five women out of brothels in Irvine. Goan Suk Ko, 44, Los Angeles, is charged with five felony counts each of pandering and pimping. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and four months in state prison. She is being held on $250,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. She is scheduled for pre-trial Oct. 15, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

Circumstances of the Case

In July 2014, the Irvine Police Department began an investigation into a brothel in a residential area. Between September 2014 and October 2014, Ko is accused of operating a residential brothel and additional brothels in Irvine. She is accused of pimping five female victims and collecting the proceeds from commercial sex acts at these locations.

The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. The OCHTT is an organization established by 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 committed to handling human trafficking crimes.

Deputy District Attorney Daniel Varon of the HEAT Unit is prosecuting this case.

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Retired LAPD Detective Charged With Embezzling Foundation’s Funds

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

A retired Los Angeles police detective pleaded not guilty today to a charge that he embezzled more than $150,000 from a foundation that represents black LAPD officers and employees, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

James Edwards (dob 12/16/49) was charged in case BA429952 with one count of embezzlement with an excessive-taking allegation of more than $50,000. Edwards entered his plea and is scheduled to return Nov. 6 for a preliminary hearing setting in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Prosecutors said Edwards began serving as president of the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation in July 2011.

As president, Edwards was the only person authorized to write checks or make withdrawals from the group’s bank account, prosecutors added.

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Juvenile Camp Therapist to Stand Trial for Molesting Boy

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:02 am

A former therapist at a juvenile camp pleaded not guilty today after being ordered to stand trial for sexual conduct with a 16-year-old boy, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Seth Carmack said Ana Patricia Moennich (dob 12/19/77) faces one felony count each of contact with minor for sexual offense and oral copulation of a person under 18.

Case MA064057 also charges Moennich with a misdemeanor count of child molesting.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges today after being held to answer on all counts on Sept. 23.

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October 7, 2014

INSURANCE AGENT TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR DEFRAUDING OVER $1.4 MILLION IN COMMISSION SCHEME

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:53 am

SANTA ANA – An insurance agent is scheduled to be arraigned today for defrauding over $1.4 million through an advance commission scheme. Eric Lee, 64, Brea, is charged with 10 felony counts each of grand theft and insurance fraud with sentencing enhancement allegations over $100,000, statute of limitation tolled, aggravated white collar crime over $500,000 and property damage over $1.3 million. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 28 years and eight months in state prison. The People will request he be held on $1.4 million bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond at his arraignment today at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Lee worked as an insurance agent for FMC Financial Group (FMC), a general agency for the insurance company Mass Mutual from October 2009 to November 2010. Between May 2010 and October 2010, Lee is accused of selling universal life insurance policies, in excess of one year, to new clients and fraudulently completing their insurance policy applications.

Lee is accused of illegally engaging in a practice known in the insurance industry as an advance commission scheme. An advance commission scheme occurs when insurance carriers offer a commission in excess of an annual premium that is paid up front. Agents sell policies with the intent of allowing them to expire after one year while keeping the excess of the annual premium/commission as a profit. This profit to the agent is a loss to the insurance company.

Lee is accused of illegally overstating the annual income, net worth, and the source of the applicants’ income on insurance applications in order for life insurance policies to be issued by Mass Mutual. He is accused of advising policy holders they would be receiving free insurance and writing them a personal check to pay for their first month’s premiums on the policy.

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