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September 29, 2014

Serial Killer Sentenced to Three Consecutive Life Terms

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

A 74-year-old defendant convicted of murdering three women in the late 1980s was sentenced today to three consecutive life without the possibility of parole prison terms, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Samuel Little, 74, was sentenced to the maximum by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli immediately after several family members of the victims addressed the court.

Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman with the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

A jury on Sept. 2 found Little guilty of the first-degree murders of Carol Alford, 41, on or about July 13, 1987; Audrey Nelson, 35, on or about Aug. 14, 1989; and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46, on or about Sept. 3, 1989. The jury also found true the special circumstance of multiple murders.


September 26, 2014


Filed under: California Chid Pornography Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:06 pm

SANTA ANA - A man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting two boys, ages 9 to 11, and possessing graphic amateur and commercial child pornography featuring young boys. Oscar Manuel Vaquera, 39, Anaheim, was found guilty by a jury June 19, 2014, of two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, two felony counts of possession of child pornography, and one felony count of distributing child pornography with sentencing enhancement allegations for lewd acts against more than one victim and substantial sexual conduct with a child.

At the time of the crimes, Vaquera lived in a bedroom in an Anaheim house. Other people, to whom the defendant was not related, also lived in other bedrooms in the home. Vaquera drilled a hole from his closet into the bathroom and secretly photographed and recorded young boys as they used the restroom and showered.

On one occasion between 2007 and 2008, Vaquera sexually assaulted 11-year-old John Doe #1 while the victim stayed overnight in the defendant’s home while visiting a family member. The defendant touched John Doe #1’s penis while the victim was sleeping. Vaquera recorded the sexual assault. This case went unreported at the time.

On one occasion between 2011 and 2012, Vaquera sexually assaulted John Doe #2 when the victim was between 9 and 11 years old. The victim is not related to the defendant. The defendant touched the victim’s penis while the victim was awake and video-recorded the sexual assault. This case also went unreported.



Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:00 pm

WESTMINSTER – A male nurse was sentenced today to 34 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting two male patients who were medically incapacitated and another male patient under the guise of a medical exam. Richard Alan Nolan, 49, Buena Park, was found guilty by a jury June 21, 2013, of one felony count each of forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by fraud, sexual battery on an institutionalized victim, and forcible oral copulation, one misdemeanor count of sexual battery on an institutionalized victim, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for multiple victims was found true.

Nolan was a licensed vocational nurse at the Western Medical Center in Anaheim for approximately five years before the sexual assaults.

In December 2009, Nolan was attending John Doe #3, who was asleep, and forcibly orally copulated the victim. On June 9, 2009, John Doe #1 was sedated in a hospital bed when Nolan entered the victim’s room and forcibly orally copulated him. John Doe #3 and John Doe #1 were both restrained in a hospital bed due to a medical condition and were unable to resist the sexual assault.

On July 29, 2010, Nolan was attending John Doe #2. Nolan fraudulently represented himself as the doctor and sexually assaulted the victim by masturbating John Doe #2under the false pretense of performing an examination with no legitimate medical purpose for touching the victim in that manner.



Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:40 pm

SANTA ANA – A former general contractor was convicted and sentenced today for defrauding his employees by taking their wages totaling over $80,000 in loss and keeping the money for himself from a state public works contract. Sourin Babayan, 65, Glendale, pleaded guilty to the court to 17 felony counts of taking and receiving a portion of a worker’s wage on public works project and six felony counts of dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime. He was sentenced to two years in state prison and ordered to pay $80,200 in restitution.

At the time of the crime, Babayan worked as a sub-contractor and owned SDB Construction (SDB). DJM Construction (DJM), a general contractor who was awarded a project by the State of California, for the improvement of a state developmental hospital in Costa Mesa.

On Jan. 9, 2013, Babayan, through SDB, was retained by DJM to install fire sprinklers for several buildings with multiple floors for an estimated $820,000. Babayan supervised 17 employees and was solely responsible for managing the payroll to complete the job. Although the contract with DJM for the job was still in negotiations, the defendant began work on the project. DJM had agreed to pay all materials, labor, general liability insurance, Workers’ Compensation Insurance, and a 15 percent mark-up directly to Babayan as profit.

Between Feb. 15, 2013, and June 22, 2013, Babayan required his workers to return a portion of their wages and threatened to terminate their employment if they did not comply. Over the course of the projects, the defendant submitted fraudulent and forged certified payroll records for labor to DJM and received a lump sum for payroll. Babayan then issued payroll checks for the correct amount due to his staff for proper bookkeeping. Babayan had his employees return some of their wages back to him and the defendant kept that money for his own personal use.


September 25, 2014

Two Men Convicted Of Providing Material Support To Terrorists And Plotting To Kill American Targets In Afghanistan

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 11:50 pm

RIVERSIDE, California – Two men were found guilty today of federal charges related to plots to provide material support to terrorists and to kill American personnel.

Following a 6½-week trial, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against the two defendants, one a United States citizen and one who was residing in California on a “Green Card.”

The two men convicted today are Sohiel Omar Kabir, 36, a naturalized United States citizen who was born in Afghanistan and who until late 2011 resided in Pomona; and Ralph Deleon, 25, of Ontario, a lawful permanent resident and citizen of the Philippines.

The jury found that Kabir and Deleon together were guilty in relation to two specific plots: conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to kill officers and employees of the United States Government.


Former CEO of Orange County Medical Device Firm Indicted for Providing Inside Information to Former Professional Baseball Player

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:03 pm

SANTA ANA, California – A federal grand jury today indicted the former chief executive officer of an Orange County medical device and eye care company on insider trading charges.

James V. Mazzo, who was the CEO of the Santa Ana-based Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., which was traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EYE, was added to an indictment that had previously named former professional baseball player Douglas DeCinces and two of his associates.

The case, which was initially filed in 2012, alleges that Mazzo was the source of non-public information that DeCinces and his associates used to trade EYE stock in the midst of a takeover bid by Abbot Laboratories.

The 41-count superseding indictment filed this afternoon in United States District Court charges Mazzo with providing DeCinces with confidential information in advance of Abbott’s 2009 acquisition of Advanced Medical Optics. DeCinces and his associates allegedly used the non-public information to purchase shares of EYE, which increased from approximately $8 to $22 as a result of the acquisition.


Department of Justice Will Not Challenge Proposed Chassis Use Agreement

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:06 am

The Department of Justice today announced that it will not challenge a proposal by Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. and Direct ChassisLink Inc. to enter into a Chassis Use Agreement at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.  Flexi-Van and Direct ChassisLink are chassis leasing companies that also manage chassis pools operating at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Based upon representations made by the applicants, as well as the department’s investigation, the department has no present intention to challenge the proposed agreement.

The department’s position was stated in a business review letter to counsel for Flexi-Van and Direct ChassisLink from Bill Baer, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

According to representations made by Flexi-Van and Direct ChassisLink, the proposed agreement will result in the establishment of a “gray” chassis pool, which will extend benefits associated with individual pools by allowing the interchange of chassis across multiple pools throughout the port complex.  The increased flexibility created by the interchangeability will enhance customer service, improve chassis productivity, and respond to the desire of the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports authorities to achieve better overall utilization of the region’s chassis fleets.  The pools managed by Flexi-Van and Direct ChassisLink will continue to compete for business, and leasing terms and rates will continue to be set independently by each chassis provider.  No information will be exchanged between Flexi-Van and Direct ChassisLink regarding customer pricing or other competitively sensitive terms.  A third party provider will be used to facilitate operation of the gray chassis pool, audit chassis usage, and prevent the exchange of competitively sensitive information among the pools and chassis providers.  After initial implementation, Flexi-Van and Direct ChassisLink intend that the agreement will become open to other pools at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  Based on these representations, as well as the department’s investigation into the particular facts and circumstances relating to the competitive conditions of chassis supply at the port complex, the department has no present intention to challenge the proposed agreement.

Under the department’s business review procedure, an organization may submit a proposed action to the Antitrust Division and receive a statement as to whether the division currently intends to challenge the action under the antitrust laws based on the information provided.  The department reserves the right to challenge the proposed action under the antitrust laws if it produces anticompetitive effects. (more…)

September 24, 2014

Six Current And Former Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies Sentenced To Federal Prison For Obstructing Federal Civil Rights Investigation

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

LOS ANGELES – Six sworn deputies who were working in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department each were sentenced today to federal prison terms for interfering with a federal civil rights investigation into misconduct at the Men’s Central Jail.

The six defendants received prison terms of up to 41 months from a federal judge who said they all lacked “courage to do what is right” and then failed to show “even the slightest remorse.”

United States District Judge Percy Anderson issued the sentences after a federal jury determined that the defendants, including two lieutenants, attempted to influence witnesses, threatened an FBI agent with arrest and concealed an FBI informant who should have been turned over to federal authorities.

All six of the defendants were convicted of participating in a broad conspiracy to obstruct justice, a plot that began in the summer of 2011 after they learned that a jail inmate was an FBI informant and was acting as a cooperator in a federal investigation into corruption and civil rights violations at the jail.

“Blind obedience to a corrupt culture has serious consequences,” Judge Anderson told the defendants before ordering each of them to begin prison sentences in the coming months.



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

SANTA ANA – A man was charged today with trafficking a woman from Northern California to Orange County to have her engage in commercial sex. Eugene Lamar Corbett, 30, Sacramento, is charged with one felony count each of human trafficking, pimping, and pandering. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison. The People will request he be held on $250,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Circumstances of the Case

Corbett is accused of being a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow. In this case, Corbett is accused of requiring the victim to turn over all payment she received for engaging in commercial sex acts to the defendant. Failure to follow these rules can often result in physical and/or emotional abuse.

At the time of the crime, Corbett is accused of residing in Sacramento and being an acquaintance of 29-year-old Jane Doe. Between Sept 12, 2014, and Sept. 19, 2014, the defendant is accused of trafficking her to Orange County from Sacramento. Approximately one week later, Corbett is accused of pimping the victim by having her engage in commercial sex with sex purchasers and collecting her earnings. He is accused of taking all of the victim’s personal belongings to prevent her from leaving.

On Sept. 19, 2014, an Anaheim Police Department (APD) officer contacted Jane Doe and began an investigation. After further investigation, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) located Corbett and arrested him later that evening.


Pair Charged With Fatal Home-Invasion Robbery

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

The 17-year-old son of a Pico Rivera homeowner killed during a suspected home-invasion robbery and a second person were charged with capital murder today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Jesus Rafael Adame (dob 4/13/96) and Sergio Anthony Gutierrez (dob 6/7/97), the homeowner’s son, have each been charged with one count of murder, two counts of home-invasion robbery and one count of first-degree burglary in case VA136976.

Deputy District Attorney Paul Minnetian said Adame and Gutierrez are scheduled to be arraigned today at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Downey in Department 6.

The felony complaint includes a special circumstance allegation that the killing was committed in the commission of a robbery. Though 17-year-old Gutierrez was charged as an adult, he is not eligible for the death penalty.


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