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September 8, 2014

O.C. Man Whose Company Provided Military Support Services in Iraq Gets 4 Years in Federal Prison for Failing to Report Millions in Income

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

SANTA ANA, California – The owner of a Huntington Beach-based military contractor who pleaded guilty to federal tax charges for failing to report to the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars his company received for providing services to the military at Baghdad International Airport was sentenced today to 48 months in federal prison.

Nadim “Nick” Saifan Jr., 48, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced by United States District Judge Cormac J. Carney

Saifan pleaded guilty in May to two counts of attempted tax evasion and specifically admitted that he substantially underreported income on his company’s 2005 corporate tax return and his personal tax return for 2006.

Saifan was the owner and operator of Defense Logistical Support & Services Corporation (DLSS), which provided services to the military and some civilian companies in Iraq. From August 2004 through October 2007, DLSS received nearly $16 million from the United States military for services in Iraq, according to court documents that state Saifan reported only a small fraction of this income on DLSS’s corporate tax returns filed with the IRS. The court documents also show that Saifan used foreign bank accounts, specifically in Lebanon, to conceal his assets and profits from DLSS Corp.

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WOMAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR PIMPING AND PANDERING FOUR WOMEN OUT OF THREE BROTHELS DISGUISED AS MASSAGE PARLORS

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

SANTA ANA - A woman is scheduled to be arraigned today for pimping and pandering four women out of three brothels disguised as massage parlors. Nga Thuy Tran, 45, Lake Forest, is charged with four felony counts each of pimping and pandering by procuring. If convicted, Tran faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. The People will be requesting she be held on $200,000 at her arraignment today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Circumstances of the Case
Between September 2011 and September 2014, Tran is accused of operating three brothels disguised as massage parlors in Irvine, Lake Forest, and Stanton. Tran is accused of operating the three brothels by using a home, renting a small business space, and a storage unit. The defendant is accused of posting advertisements on websites known for prostitution.

Tran is accused of pandering 42-year-old Jane Doe #1, 24-year-old Jane Doe #2, 20-year-old Jane Doe #3, and 19-year-old Jane Doe #4 by illegally hiring and training the victims on how to perform commercial sex acts and providing them with condoms and lubricant. She is accused of pimping the victims by collecting a portion of the earnings they made from performing commercial sex services.

On Sept. 2, 2014, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) arrested the defendant. The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) investigated this case.

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September 5, 2014

Creator of On-line Drug Bazaar Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug, Money Laundering Charges for Distributing Narcotics around the World

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

LOS ANGELES – A Dutch national has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges, admitting that he was one of the leaders of a conspiracy that developed and operated a secret, on-line narcotics marketplace known as the “The Farmer’s Market” that sold controlled substances such as LSD, “ecstasy” and marijuana to thousands of customers around the world.

Marc Peter Willems, 45, of the Netherlands, pleaded guilty late yesterday to two federal charges – conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder money. When he is sentenced on December 10 by United States District Judge Dolly M. Gee, Willems faces a potential sentence of life in federal prison.

Willems was one of eight defendants charged in relation to The Farmer’s Market in April 2012 as the result of an investigation called Operation “Adam Bomb.”  Willems is the sixth defendant to plead guilty, one defendant died after being indicted in the case, and the final defendant has agreed to plead guilty on Monday.

“Adam Bomb” was a two-year investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration that uncovered The Farmer’s Market, which was an international drug ring that attempted to operate in secret by using the TOR network, IP anonymizers and covert currency transactions. The encrypted TOR network allows websites and electronic mail communications to completely mask IP address information by spreading communications over a series of computers, or relays, located throughout the world. The Farmer’s Market accepted payments for illegal drug sales through Western Union, Pecunix, PayPal and I-Golder.

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SoCal Immigration Attorney Charged in Indictment and Civil Lawsuit with Defrauding Foreign Investors Seeking ‘Green Cards’

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

LOS ANGELES – In coordinated criminal and civil actions filed today, federal prosecutors obtained an indictment and the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint against a Los Angeles-based immigration attorney who allegedly ran an investment scheme that defrauded foreign investors seeking permanent residency status in the United States through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

The indictment and the SEC’s lawsuit alleges that Justin Moongyu Lee raised millions of dollars from dozens of investors – mainly in Korea and China – seeking to participate in the EB-5 program, which provides immigrants an opportunity to obtain permanent residency status by investing in a domestic project to create or preserve jobs for domestic workers.

Both cases allege that Lee – a 57-year-old lawyer who most recently resided in the Hancock Park section of Los Angeles – informed investors that they would be eligible to obtain a “Green Card” if they invested in an ethanol production facility. Instead of using the victims’ money for the biofuel project, Lee allegedly misappropriated the money for his own use. The ethanol plant was never built and the promised jobs were never created, and the foreign nationals lost their opportunity to obtain permanent residency.

A federal grand jury in Santa Ana late this morning returned a nine-count indictment that alleges Lee took approximately $47 million from 94 foreign investors. The indictment alleges that Lee used advertisements in foreign newspapers and other means to solicit Korean and Chinese nationals to invest $500,000 each, plus another $40,000 for administrative and legal fees. Lee guaranteed small annual returns on the investments, as well as “Green Cards” for the foreign nationals. But, according to the indictment, Lee did not make the investments in purported biofuel production facilities and he submitted bogus paperwork to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which administers the EB-5 program.

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Antelope Valley Man Sentenced to Nearly 21 Years in Federal Prison for Producing Child Pornography Related to Molestation of Relative

Filed under: California Chid Pornography Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

LOS ANGELES – An Antelope Valley man who admitted that he used his camera phone to make videos while he molested a 3-month-old relative was sentenced this afternoon to 250 months in federal prison.

Robert Dale Schrader, 34, of Littlerock, was sentenced by United States District Judge Gary A. Feess, who also ordered that Schrader, once released from prison, will be on supervised release for the rest of his life.

At today’s sentencing hearing, Schrader told Judge Feess there was a connection between looking at online child pornography and his actually molesting children. Schrader described how viewing child pornography created for him a link between children and sexual desire, ultimately leading him to molest children and produce child pornography.

According to court documents, authorities began investigating Schrader early this year after he communicated via email with an undercover law enforcement officer based in England. In those emails, Schrader sent sexually explicit images of an infant, and data embedded in those images led authorities to Schrader’s Littlerock home.

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September 4, 2014

MAN CONVICTED OF STABBING TWO MOVIE THEATER PATRONS DURING THE SHOWING OF HORROR FILM

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:51 am

FULLERTON – An Anaheim man was convicted today of stabbing two movie theater patrons, whom he did not know, during the showing of a horror movie at a theater in Fullerton. Steven Walter Robinson Jr., 30, was found guilty by a jury today of two felony counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation and sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury.

On Sept. 29, 2009, Robinson was convicted by a jury of the charges listed above and two felony counts of mayhem. On Dec. 11, 2009, Robinson was sentenced to 22 years to life in state prison in this case. On Jan. 14, 2011, the Court of Appeal vacated Robinson’s sentence and overturned his conviction on the attempted murder charges and sentencing enhancements based on an instructional error by the judgeduring juror deliberations. Robinson faces a maximum sentence of 22 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on Nov. 14, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department N-13, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2008, Robinson bought a ticket for the horror movie “The Signal” at the AMC Theatre at 1001 South Lemon in Fullerton. The defendant was wearing dark clothing and sunglasses inside the theater. A theater manager asked security to watch the defendant after noticing that Robinson appeared agitated and aggressive when asked to show his ticket.  The theater security guard observed the defendant carrying a container of alcohol and asked Robinson to put it in his car. The defendant left the theater.

Approximately 10 minutes later, Robinson re-entered the theater and approached the concession cashier to ask if anyone had seen or turned in a “baggie.” He was informed that nothing had been found. The security guard then observed Robinson carrying an AMC cup, which he suspected might contain alcohol. Robinson refused to remove the lid of the cup to show its contents to the security guard. After being informed that he would not be permitted to see the movie without complying with security, Robinson got a refund for his ticket and again left the theater.

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FIVE MEN CONVICTED OF LOITERING WITH THE INTENT TO COMMIT PROSTITUTION AND/OR AGREEING TO ENGAGE IN PROSTITUTION

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:46 am

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) convicted five men in August 2014 of loitering with the intent to commit prostitution and/or agreeing to engage in prostitution. The defendants in these cases approached a woman, whom they believed to be a prostitute, in areas known for prostitution and human trafficking. Some agreed to engage in commercial sex with a woman and were subsequently arrested by law enforcement.

The Santa Ana Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) investigated these cases. Deputy District Attorney Tina Patel of the HEAT Unit prosecuted these cases.

The defendants below each pleaded guilty to one or two misdemeanor counts each of loitering with the intent to commit prostitution or agreeing to engage in prostitution. The defendants were each sentenced up to three years informal probation, up to 10 days in jail with the possibility of Caltrans in lieu of jail, and must also submit to AIDS testing and education. Some defendants must also submit to DNA testing and are required to donate up to $100 to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund plus penalty assessments.

Carlos Gonzalez, 54, Anaheim

Minh Van Nguyen, 53, Mission Viejo

John Michael Ray, 55, Dana Point

Alan Garcia Rodriguez, 28, Orange

Jeffrey Allen Turlis, 42, Huntington Beach

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DENTAL ASSISTANT TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR COMMITTING LEWD ACTS ON UNDERAGE MALE PATIENT

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:42 am

WESTMINSTER – A dental assistant is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for committing lewd acts on an underage male patient. Luis David Hidalgovillalta, 20, Anaheim, was charged today with one felony count of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. He is out of custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-2, West Justice Center, Westminster.

At the time of the crime, Hidalgovillalta worked as a dental assistant at Healthy Smiles dental facility in Garden Grove.

On Aug. 4, 2014, Hidalgovillalta is accused of committing lewd acts upon 8-year-old John Doe while the victim was scheduled for an appointment with his dentist.

John Doe’s parents reported the sexual assault to another staff member at the dentist’s office who then contacted the Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD). GGPD investigated this case arrested the defendant later that day.

Anyone with additional information or who thinks they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Paul Carvo at (714) 347-8794.

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September 3, 2014

DAUGHTER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR SHOOTING-MURDER OF 96-YEAR-OLD MOTHER

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:46 am

WESTMINSTER – A daughter is scheduled to be arraigned today for shooting and murdering her 96-year-old mother. Christine Marie Reynolds, 71, Rossmoor, was charged today with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison. The People will be requesting she be held on $1 million bail at her arraignment this afternoon in Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster. The time is to be determined.

At approximately 4:15 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2014, Reynolds is accused of using a firearm to murder her mother Gretchen DeStefano by shooting her in the head in their Rossmoor home.

Shortly after the shooting, another resident in the home contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), who investigated this case, and arrested the defendant. The investigation by OCSD is on-going.

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

Orange County District Attorney / Case# 14WF3283 / September 2, 2014

Man Convicted of Three Cold Case Murders

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:37 am

A man now in his 70s was convicted today of murdering three women between 1987 and 1989 and dumping their bodies in alleyways near downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

A jury of seven women and five men deliberated just two hours before finding Samuel Little, 74, 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.

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

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery/Homicide Division investigated the case.

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