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October 11, 2013

LAPD Officer Charged with Assault While On Duty

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:43 am

An LAPD officer has been charged with assaulting an arrestee under color of authority during an arrest in July 2012, the District Attorney’s Office announced today.

LAPD Officer Mary O’Callaghan, 48 (dob 5-7-65), was charged Wednesday in a felony complaint for arrest warrant – BA417095 — filed by prosecutors.

On July 22, 2012, LAPD officers were dispatched to Alesia Thomas’ residence in the 9100 block of South Broadway Avenue to investigate possible child abandonment. After interviewing Thomas, LAPD officers placed her under arrest.

Officer O’Callaghan arrived on the scene to assist the arresting officers with placing Thomas, who was handcuffed and had leg restraints on, in a patrol car. A police cruiser’s video camera captured O’Callaghan kicking Thomas in the stomach and groin area and pushing her in the throat.

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October 10, 2013

CORRECTED VERSION:MAN FACES TRIAL FOR MURDERING ANOTHER MAN BY HITTING HIM IN HEAD AND FACE WITH AXE HANDLE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:05 pm

SANTA ANA - A man faces trial tomorrow for murdering another man by hitting him in the head and face with the handle of an axe before fleeing the scene in the victim’s car. Jorge Santiago Avalos, 27, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison if convicted. This is a re-trial of the case where a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in April 2012. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Oct. 10, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

On the afternoon of Sept. 12, 2008, Avalos is accused of going to the Santa Ana home of Hilario Urquiza to drink with the victim. While in the home, Avalos is accused of murdering the victim by hitting him 15 times in the head and face with the handle of an axe. He is accused of leaving the victim face-down in a pool of blood, stealing the victim’s Jeep, and fleeing the scene.

Shortly after the murder, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Avalos is accused of driving with a .16 percent blood alcohol level in the victim’s stolen car. Witnesses called 911 to report a possible drunken driver. At the intersection of Jackson Street and Camille Street in Santa Ana, the Jeep ran out of gas and the defendant is accused of attempting to abandon the car and leave on foot.

The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) responded to the scene and observed the defendant near the car. When contacted by police, the defendant displayed objective signs of intoxication and was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. Officers found paperwork in a subsequent search of the Jeep showing that that car was registered to Urquiza.

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FORMER GENERAL CONTRACTOR INDICTED ON CHARGES OF DEFRAUDING EMPLOYEES BY TAKING $81,000 IN WAGES AND KEEPING MONEY FOR HIMSELF FROM PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:23 am

SANTA ANA – A former general contractor was indicted on charges of defrauding his employees by taking their wages totaling $81,000 in loss and keeping the money for himself from state public works contract. Sourin Babayan, 64, Glendale, was indicted on 14 felony counts of taking and receiving a portion of a worker’s wage on public works project, two felony counts of attempted taking and receiving a portion of a worker’s wage on a public works project, 19 felony counts of recording a false and forged instrument, and seven felony counts of dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime, with sentencing enhancements for property damage and/or loss over $65,000. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 57 years and nine months in state prison. The defendant is being held on $200,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. Babayan’s scheduled arraignment was continued in court today to Oct. 18, 2013, at 8:45 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Babyan is accused of working as a sub-contractor as well as owning his own business, SDB Construction (SDB). DJM Construction (DJM), a general contractor who was awarded a project by the State of California, had been awarded a contract for improvement for 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 is accused of supervising 17 employees and being solely responsible for payroll to complete the job. Although the contract with DJM for the job was still in negotiations, the defendant is accused of starting 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 is accused of requiring his workers to return a portion of their wages and threatening to terminate their employment if they did not comply. Over the course of the projects, the defendant is accused of submitting fraudulent and forged certified payroll records for labor to DJM and receiving a lump sum for payroll. Babayan is accused of then issuing payroll checks for the correct amount due to his staff for proper bookkeeping. He is accused of having his employees return some of their wages back to Babayan. The defendant is accused of keeping that money for his own personal use.

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MAN FACES TRIAL FOR MURDERING ANOTHER MAN BY HITTING HIM IN HEAD AND FACE WITH AXE HANDLE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:20 am

SANTA ANA – A man faces trial tomorrow for murdering another man by hitting him in the head and face with the handle of an axe before fleeing the scene in the victim’s car. Jorge Santiago Avalos, 27, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison if convicted. This is a re-trial of the case where a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in April 2012. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Oct. 10, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

On the afternoon of Sept. 12, 2008, Avalos is accused of going to the Santa Ana home of Hilario Urquiza to drink with the victim. While in the home, Avalos is accused of murdering the victim by hitting him 15 times in the head and face with the handle of an axe. He is accused of leaving the victim face-down in a pool of blood, stealing the victim’s Jeep, and fleeing the scene.

Shortly after the murder, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Avalos is accused of driving with a .16 percent blood alcohol level in the victim’s stolen car. Witnesses called 911 to report a possible drunken driver. At the intersection of Jackson Street and Camille Street in Santa Ana, the Jeep ran out of gas and the defendant is accused of attempting to abandon the car and leave on foot.

The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) responded to the scene and observed the defendant near the car. When contacted by police, the defendant displayed objective signs of intoxication and was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. Officers found paperwork in a subsequent search of the Jeep showing that that car was registered to Urquiza.

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October 9, 2013

Man Charged in Compton Attempted Kidnappings

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:32 am

Prosecutors today filed criminal charges against a 35-year-old man accused of attempting to kidnap two girls in Compton, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Jodi Link of the Compton Branch Office said Ashley Luther Price (dob 06/08/78) of Los Angeles is charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping to commit rape and one count of unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle in case TA130337.

The defendant is expected to be arraigned this afternoon in Department 12 of Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton Branch. The complaint includes a prior conviction for carjacking in 2008.

Price allegedly took an acquaintance’s car and used the vehicle to commit the crimes. The defendant is accused of attempting to kidnap the victims on the morning of Oct. 1 as the girls walked to school in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Compton Boulevard in Compton.                                                             (more…)

Sun Valley Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Child Sex Abuse

Filed under: Uncategorized — fayarfa @ 5:29 am

A man was sentenced today to 30 years in state prison for sexually abusing boys he met at a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sun Valley, the Los Angeles County DistrictAttorney’s Office announced.

Judge Leslie Dunn of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys Branch, additionally ordered defendant Marcelo Lozano, 34, to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life upon release from prison.

Deputy District Attorney Rena Durrant of the Van Nuys Branch prosecuted the case.

Lozano pleaded no contest on Sept. 12 to three felony counts – two counts of continuous sexual abuse and one count of oral copulation of a person under 14 – involving three victims.

Lozano met the victims through Jehovah’s Witness, Sun Valley Spanish Congregation, where he was an usher, the prosecutor said.                                                             (more…)

Man Pleads to Having Bomb-making Materials in His Apartment

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:26 am

A Los Angeles man pleaded no contest today to possessing bomb-making materials and other charges and was sentenced to eight years in state prison, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Robert Colt Wilson pleaded no contest to one felony count each of possession of a destructive device on a public street, possession of the ingredients to make a destructive device and possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, said Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney with the Target Crimes Division.

He was immediately sentenced by Superior Court Judge James Dabney. In exchange for his plea, the remaining four felony counts were dismissed.

Wilson was arrested May 14 after Los Angeles police officers discovered a loaded weapon and an explosive device in his car during a routine traffic stop. A bomb squad was sent to Wilson’s apartment in the 3800 block of Overland Avenue, near Venice Boulevard. Bomb-making materials and an explosive device were discovered in the small apartment, officials said.

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office / October 08, 2013

October 8, 2013

JURY RECOMMENDS DEATH PENALTY FOR MAN CONVICTED OF RAPING, TORTURING, STABBING, AND MURDERING 84-YEAR-OLD WIDOW AFTER BREAKING INTO HER HOME

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:18 am

SANTA ANA – A jury recommended the death penalty today for a man convicted of murdering an 84-year-old woman after breaking into her home and raping, torturing, and stabbing her before stealing her car. Anthony Darnell Wade, 29, Los Angeles, was found guilty by the same jury Sept. 6, 2013, of one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of rape, robbery, burglary, and murder with torture, and one felony count each of elder abuse, first degree robbery, first degree residential burglary, torture, forcible rape, and the unlawful taking of a vehicle. The sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury to an elder were found true. Wade is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 12, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-35, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Circumstances of the Case

At approximately 12:00 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2010, Wade walked through an Anaheim neighborhood on Paradise Road and looked through windows with the intention of finding a vulnerable victim from whom he could steal a car. The defendant broke into the home of 84-year-old widow Bessie Whyman through a broken window.

Wade raped Whyman, tied her up by her hands and feet, and then punched and kicked the victim. He tortured and murdered her by repeatedly stabbing her with a kitchen knife and a saw. Wade then took a blanket to cover the victim’s body and left her body in the living room. He ransacked the victim’s home and stole her purse and car before fleeing the scene and driving to San Bernardino.

Once in San Bernardino, the defendant was found to be in possession of Whyman’s stolen credit cards at a Food 4 Less store. Wade got into a physical altercation with an employee and was subsequently detained by staff, who called the police. Police officers in San Bernardino determined that Whyman was from Anaheim and contacted the Anaheim Police Department (APD) for a welfare check of Whyman. At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, APD officers discovered the victim after entering Whyman’s home through an unlocked back door.                                                      (more…)

DRUNKEN DRIVER CONVICTED OF MURDERING TEENAGER AND INJURING FOUR OTHERS IN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CRASH

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:14 am

WESTMINSTER – A drunken driver was convicted today of murdering a teenager and injuring four others in a Memorial Day weekend crash. The victim would have turned 17 years old today. Austin Jeffrey Farley, 28, Irvine, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count each of second degree murder and driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury with a sentencing enhancement for personally inflicting and causing great bodily injury and driving with blood alcohol .08 percent or more causing bodily injury. He faces a maximum sentence of 21 years to life in state prison at his sentencing, Nov. 15, 2013, in Department 123, Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Los Angeles. The time is to be determined.

On the evening of May 28, 2011, Farley left his truck at a friend’s Irvine home, took a cab to a bar with his girlfriend, and consumed alcohol. Farley left the bar with his girlfriend and took a cab back to his truck. He got into his 2003 Dodge Dakota and drove his girlfriend to get food while under the influence of alcohol.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. on May 29, 2011, Farley drove southbound on Culver Drive toward Irvine Boulevard with his girlfriend. Mohammad G., the 48-year-old father of 15-year-old Parisa G., was driving home northbound on Culver Drive toward Irvine Boulevard with his daughter and her three teenage friends. At the intersection, Farley made a left-hand turn against a red light into Mohammad G.’s Mercedes-Benz sedan, which was entering the intersection on a green light. Farley slammed into the driver’s side of Mohammad G.’s car with the four teenage girls inside. The impact of the crash caused fatal injuries to the left rear passenger, 14-year-old Ashton Sweet, who suffered brain swelling, a skull fracture, collapsed lung, facial, rib, and spinal fractures, and traumatic brain injury. Krista M., a 14-year-old passenger who was sitting in the middle rear seat, suffered a broken nose, a rib fracture, a lacerated spleen, lung injuries, and was rendered unconscious. Mohammad G. and the other two girls, Allison R., 15, seated in the rear right seat, and Parisa G., seated in the front passenger seat, suffered minor injuries.

The Irvine Police Department (IPD) were notified and arrived at the scene. The victims were taken to Western Medical Center Santa Ana, where Mohammad G., Parisa G., and Allison R. were treated and released. Krista M. was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit. At 5:00 a.m. Sweet was pronounced brain dead due to the injuries she sustained in the crash.                                                             (more…)

October 7, 2013

Former Owner of Los Angeles Medical Clinic Management Company Indicted in $13 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:18 am

The former owner of a Los Angeles medical clinic management company has been indicted for his role in a $13 million scheme to defraud Medicare.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. of the Central District of California, and Assistant Director in Charge Bill L. Lewis of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office made the announcement.

Mikran “Mike” Meguerian, 36, of Glendale, Calif., was indicted in the Central District of California on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and five counts of health care fraud, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison upon conviction. Meguerian was arrested on Sept. 26, 2013, and the indictment was unsealed following his initial appearance in federal court on Sept. 27, 2013.

According to court documents, Meguerian owned Med Serve Management, a medical clinic management company located in Van Nuys, Calif.  From approximately 2006 through February 2009, he allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to commit health care fraud, in part through the operation of Med Serve.  According to court documents, Meguerian oversaw several medical clinics that generated prescriptions and other medical documents for medically unnecessary power wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment (DME).  Meguerian and his co-conspirators then sold the prescriptions to DME supply companies, knowing that the prescriptions were fraudulent.  Court documents allege that, based on these fraudulent prescriptions, the DME supply companies then submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare.                                    (more…)

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