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August 26, 2014

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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August 22, 2014

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Over Half Billion Dollar Settlement with Bank of America

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

San Francisco – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, along with the U.S. Department of Justice and state partners, today announced a settlement with Bank of America to resolve federal and state civil claims related to Bank of America’s conduct in the packaging, securitization, marketing, sale, and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities prior to January 1, 2009.

Nationally, the settlement totals $16.65 billion including cash and credit for consumer relief. California will recover $300 million in damages, which will reimburse the state’s pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, for losses on investments in mortgage-backed securities of Bank of America and its affiliates. California is also guaranteed at least $500 million in consumer relief credits.

“Bank of America profited by misleading investors about the risky nature of the mortgage-backed securities it sold,” Attorney General Harris said. “This settlement makes our pension funds whole for the financial losses caused by these misrepresentations and brings help to hard-pressed homeowners and communities in California.”

Nationwide, the bank will pay a total of $9.65 billion in cash, and provide $7 billion in consumer relief credits.  The consumer relief includes loan forgiveness to lessen the burden on underwater homeowners and distressed borrowers, help to affected communities through donation of properties, financing of affordable rental housing, and support for housing counseling and legal aid.  The consumer relief to California includes at least $380 million of credit in first lien principal forgiveness.

As part of the settlement, Bank of America acknowledged it made serious misrepresentations to investors about the mortgage loans it securitized in residential mortgage-backed securities. The settlement does not absolve Bank of America or its employees from facing any possible criminal charges. (more…)

EMPLOYEE TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR CASHING DISABILITY CHECKS UNDER FALSE PRETENSE OF BEING UNABLE TO WORK

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

SANTA ANA – An employee for a building remodeling company is scheduled to be arraigned today for cashing in disability checks under the false pretense of being unable to work. Angel Monzon, 51, Santa Ana, is charged with 24 felony counts of insurance fraud, seven felony counts of perjury under oath, and four felony counts of making fraudulent statements. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in state prison. He is being held on $39,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

On April 19, 2010, Monzon worked as a granite installer for Fermol Inc. in Huntington Beach. While working, Monzon lost his balance and fell while carrying a large piece of granite, which broke and landed on the defendant’s right thigh and knee. Monzon was placed on temporary total disability (TTD).

He is accused of receiving over $24,000 from TTD benefits. Monzon is accused of reporting to doctors that he was unable to work as a result of the injuries he suffered and has limited physical abilities.

Despite claiming his injury prevented him from working, Monzon is accused of resuming work as a granite installer and collecting an income from a new job while illegally continuing to accept disability benefits.

On Aug. 1, 2012, Monzon’s original employer reported to the insurance company that the defendant had resumed working for himself or another company in a similar line of work. The defendant is accused of never returning to work for Fermol Inc. (more…)

MAN SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR PIMPING AND PANDERING WOMAN AFTER ARRANGING COMMERCIAL SEX MEETING WITH UNDERCOVER OFFICER

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

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to three years in state prison for pimping and pandering a woman by arranging for her to engage in commercial sex acts with an undercover police officer. Robert Vincent Grier, 27, Oakland, pleaded guilty to a court offer by the Honorable Robert Fitzgerald to one felony count each of pimping and pandering.

Circumstances of the Case

Grier is a pimp who exploits women for financial gain. Between Nov. 1, 2013, and March 11, 2014, Grier brought 22-year-old Jane Doe from Oakland to Orange County in order for Jane Doe to engage in acts of commercial sex for the financial benefit of the defendant. Grier pandered Jane Doe by unlawfully persuading and encouraging her to become a prostitute. He pimped Jane Doe by unlawfully deriving support from the victim through the earnings she made from engaging in commercial sex.

On March 11, 2014, Grier arranged for Jane Doe to meet with an undercover Anaheim Police Department (APD) officer, whom he believed to be a sex purchaser, to engage in sex acts in exchange for money in an Anaheim motel room. Grier left the motel room as the undercover officer arrived. APD arrested Grier as he waited in the motel’s pool area with more than $300 cash.

Members of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) and the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. This case was investigated by OCHTTF, a partnership between APD, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Huntington Beach Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and community and non-profit partners.

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August 21, 2014

MAN CONVICTED OF FORCIBLY RAPING TWO WOMEN IN SEXUAL ASSAULT COLD-CASE AFTER BEING LINKED TO CRIMES THROUGH DNA

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

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of forcibly raping two women after being linked to the cold-case sexual assaults through DNA. Kevin Lawrence Saint John, 45, Hemet, was found guilty by a jury today of two felony counts of forcible rape with sentencing enhancement allegations for committing a sexual assault against multiple victims and committing a sexual assault during the commission of a kidnapping. He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on Sept. 17, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-27, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2004, Saint John entered a 7-Eleven convenience store in Westminster carrying a duffel bag and wearing a baseball cap pulled down over his face. He approached 21-year-old Jane Doe #1 in the back area of the store, where she was working. The defendant forced the victim into the freezer area away from the view of any customers and forcibly raped Jane Doe #1. He then carried empty boxes out and covered his face from surveillance cameras as he left the store.

Between the late evening hours on Sept. 7, 2004, and early morning hours on Sept. 8, 2004, Saint John approached 21-year-old Jane Doe #2, who was using a payphone in a Walmart parking lot in Cathedral City to try and find a ride home. Saint John offered Jane Doe #2 a ride to which she agreed. During the ride, Saint John drove to a deserted construction area in the City of Highland, where he pulled over his vehicle and forcibly raped Jane Doe #2.

In 2012, Saint John was convicted of receiving stolen property in Riverside County and his DNA was entered into the state DNA database and subsequently matched the DNA collected from the crime scenes in 2004.

On March 7, 2013, the Westminster Police Department (WPD) arrested Saint John at his residence in Rancho Cucamonga. WPD, the Palm Springs Police Department, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted Saint John for the crimes committed in Orange and San Bernardino Counties. (more…)

MAN SENTENCED FOR TRAFFICKING MINOR TEENAGE GIRL FOR COMMERCIAL SEX

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

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted and sentenced today for trafficking a minor girl for commercial sex. John Phillip Hunt, 27, Hayward, pleaded guilty to a court offer to one felony count of human trafficking of a minor and a sentencing enhancement for a prior prison conviction for residential burglary in Alameda County in 2006 was found true. Hunt was sentenced to nine years in state prison. The execution of the prison sentence was suspended pending completion of one year in jail, five years formal probation, and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.

Circumstances of the Case

Hunt is a pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow including addressing the pimp as “Sir” or “Daddy.”

Between May 22, 2014, and May 24, 2014, Hunt trafficked 17-year-old Jane Doe by driving her from Oakland to an Anaheim motel, in an area known for prostitution, with the intent of having the victim perform commercial sex for the benefit of the defendant.

On May 24, 2014, a motel employee contacted the Anaheim Police Department (APD) after observing suspicious behavior by the defendant.

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