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January 16, 2014

Rancho Cucamonga Man Who Operated Large-Scale Marijuana Grow and Commercial Pot Store Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

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

LOS ANGELES – The former president of G3 Holistics, Inc., a marijuana business operating in the Inland Empire, was sentenced this morning to 10 years in prison for his conviction last fall on federal narcotics charges for distributing hundreds of pounds of marijuana.

Aaron Sandusky, 42, of Rancho Cucamonga, was sentenced by United States District Judge Percy Anderson, who presided over Sandusky’s trial last fall.

A federal jury that heard two days of evidence convicted Sandusky of two counts – conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. In relation to each of the two counts, the jury determined that the crimes involved at least 1,000 marijuana plants. As a result of the convictions, federal law called for a mandatory sentence of at least 10 years.

Sandusky “is an unrepentant manipulator who used the perceived ambiguity surrounding ‘medical’ marijuana to exploit a business opportunity for himself,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo filed with the court.

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18th Street Gangmember Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Racketeering Offenses Related to Fatal Shooting of 23-Day-Old Infant

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

LOS ANGELES – A member of the 18th Street criminal street gang was sentenced today to life in federal prison for his conviction on racketeering offenses arising out of the September 2007 shooting of a street vendor near MacArthur Park that resulted in the murder of a 23-day-old infant.

Javier Perez, 35, received the life prison sentence from United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson. There is no parole in the federal system.

Perez was one of four defendants – all of whom were members or associates of the Columbia Lil’ Cycos (CLCS) clique of the 18th Street gang – who were found guilty of federal racketeering offenses last May.

The three other defendants found guilty after last May’s trial are: Eduardo Hernandez, 35; Vladimir Iraheta, 31; and Leonidas Iraheta, 31. Judge Pregerson is scheduled to sentence those defendants on January 24 and 25.

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PIMP CONVICTED OF HAVING WOMAN PERFORM COMMERCIAL SEX ACTS AFTER MEETING VICTIM THROUGH SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITE

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

SANTA ANA – A pimp was convicted and sentenced yesterday for having a woman perform commercial sex acts after meeting her through a social networking website. Christopher Dominic Harper, 28, Los Angeles, pleaded guilty yesterday, Jan. 14, 2014, to one felony count of conspiracy to commit pandering. He was sentenced to six years in state prison stayed pending completion of three years of formal probation, one year in jail, and restitution.

Circumstances of the Case

Harper is a pimp/modern-day slave owner who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow including requiring victims to speak only when spoken to, address the pimp as “Sir” or “Daddy,” assigning seats in the car based on “rank,” and setting daily quotas that the victims are expected to fulfill. The victims are required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp. Failure to follow these rules can result in deprivation of food and/or physical and/or emotional abuse.

In September 2013, Harper met 19-year-old Jane Doe through a social networking website and arranged to meet with her in person. After meeting her, Harper convinced the victim to perform commercial sex acts for money. He then set a daily quota for the victim and drove her to multiple locations in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties. Harper collected all of the proceeds earned by the victim from performing commercial sex acts.

On Sept. 23, 2013, Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) conducted a covert operation and arrested Harper.

This case was investigated by SAPD and Deputy District Attorney Daniel Varon of the HEAT Unit prosecuted this case.

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January 15, 2014

Tips from Public, Lead to Arrest, Federal Child Pornography

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:36 am

LOS ANGELES – Within hours of federal authorities appealing to the public for help in a child pornography case with ties to the Los Angeles area, a woman charged as “Jane Doe” has been arrested outside her apartment complex in the San Fernando Valley.

Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, was taken into custody without incident at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday by special agents with ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. Montemayor was identified by both her facial appearance and distinctive tattoos.

Montemayor was arrested less than 10 hours after the United States Attorney and officials with HSI announced the filing of a criminal case and released photographs of an unidentified man and woman – who at the time were known only as “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” – involved in a child sexual exploitation case (see: http://www.justice.gov/usao/cac/Pressroom/2013/001.html).

At approximately 2 p.m. Thursday, authorities received the first tip via a call to the ICE Tip Line regarding the possible identity of “Jane Doe.” After this initial phone call, several corroborating leads were provided by members of the public. After further investigation, HSI special agents determined that Montemayor was the likely suspect. She was placed under surveillance and subsequently arrested.

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MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR STABBING-MURDER OF VICTIM IN PARKING LOT

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

WESTMINSTER – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for stabbing and murdering a victim in a parking lot. Daniel Perez Munoz, 21, Garden Grove, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Department W-2, West Justice Center, Westminster. The time is to be determined.

At approximately 7:20 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2014, Munoz is accused of approaching 52-year-old Bob H. in a parking lot in Stanton. The defendant is accused of murdering the victim by stabbing him with a knife in the neck area.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) arrested the defendant a short time later.

The investigation by OCSD is ongoing.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

Orange County District Attorney / Case # TBA / January 14, 2014

SEVEN MEN CONVICTED OF LOITERING OR AGREEING TO ENGAGE IN PROSTITUTION

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

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) convicted six men of loitering or agreeing to engage in prostitution in December 2013 and one man in November 2013. The defendants in these cases approached a woman, whom they believed to be a prostitute, in areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Orange County. They agreed to engage in commercial sex or loitered with intent to commit prostitution to engage in prostitution with a woman or an undercover officer and were subsequently arrested by law enforcement.

Buena Park Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Santa Ana Police Department investigated these cases. Deputy District Attorney Michael Bardeen of the HEAT Unit prosecuted these cases.

The defendants below each pleaded guilty to either one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution or loitering with the intent to commit prostitution. The defendants were each sentenced up to three years informal probation, up to 15 days in jail with the possibility of CalTrans in lieu of jail, must submit to AIDS testing and education, and some were required to donate to the Victim/Witness Emergency fund.

· Jose Martin Albarran, 27, Hollywood

· Daniel Granado, 33, Buena Park

· Rodney George Larson, 56, Huntington Beach

· Isaac Rudy Ojeda, 20, Santa Ana

· Pascual Garcia Perez, 30, Santa Ana

· Gilmer Humberto Ramirez-Hernandez, 25, Santa Ana

· Juan Hernandez Valencia, 35, Anaheim

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January 14, 2014

Man Charged With Attempted Murder for Allegedly Running Over Two Teenage Girls

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 8:11 pm

An 18-year-old Sylmar man is slated to be arraigned today for the attempted murders of two teenage girls whom he allegedly struck with his vehicle and dragged when they became lodged under his car, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Miguel Angel Jimenez Jr., 18 (dob 3-19-95), faces two felony counts each of attempted murder, mayhem, torture, and leaving the scene of an accident as well as a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to spouse/cohabitant/child’s parent, and driving with a suspended or revoked driving license.

Jimenez is scheduled to be arraigned in Department S of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Branch Office. His case number is PA079122. Jimenez’s bail is set at $4.3 million.

Prosecutors said Jimenez was in front of a Lakeview Terrace home when he took part in a physical altercation in which two 17-year-old girls were also involved. Jimenez then allegedly struck the two teens as he attempted to flee the scene.

Both girls were caught under the car and dragged, until they dislodged and were left severely injured on the road while Jimenez allegedly continued to drive away, prosecutors added. (more…)

Ocotomom Charged with Welfare Fraud

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 8:08 pm

The woman known as Octomom has been charged with welfare fraud after she allegedly failed to report nearly $30,000 in earnings, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Nadya Suleman, whose real name is Natalie Denise Suleman (dob 7/11/75), is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Department 30. She was charged Jan. 6 in case BA418806 with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid. Prosecutors will ask that her bail be set at $25,000.

Deputy District Attorney William Clark with the Public Assistance Fraud Division is prosecuting the case.

According to the complaint, Suleman, who gained notoriety by giving birth to octoplets, filed for public assistance in Lancaster in January 2013. While applying for public aid, the mother of 14 children allegedly failed to disclose that she was also getting checks for personal appearances and residuals from videos. She allegedly failed to report the extra income she earned between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013.

If convicted, she faces up to five years, eight months in custody.

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January 13, 2014

Justice Department Issues Statement on U.S. District Court Ruling That Bazaarvoice’s Acquisition of PowerReviews Violated Antitrust Laws

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:16 pm

Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division made the following statement today after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found that Bazaarvoice Inc. violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act by acquiring its primary rival, PowerReviews Inc:

“By acquiring its only significant rival, Bazaarvoice deprived its customers of the benefits of competition.  We are pleased that the court, after carefully weighing all of the evidence, agreed with the Justice Department that Bazaarvoice’s acquisition of PowerReviews was likely to extinguish price competition and substantially diminish the pace of innovation in the market for product ratings and reviews platforms.

“As shown during trial, Bazaarvoice executives clearly intended to eliminate competition by acquiring PowerReviews.  Consistent with Bazaarvoice’s own pre-merger view of the marketplace, the evidence presented at trial demonstrated that PowerReviews was a significant threat to Bazaarvoice and that other rivals are poorly positioned to fill the competitive void created by the merger.

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U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce Name Experts to First-ever National Commission on Forensic Science

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:21 am

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced appointments to a newly created National Commission on Forensic Science.

Members of the commission will work to improve the practice of forensic science by developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the criminal justice system.  The commission also will work to develop policy recommendations for the U.S. Attorney General, including uniform codes for professional responsibility and requirements for formal training and certification.

The commission is co-chaired by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick D. Gallagher.  Nelson Santos, deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Forensic Sciences at the Drug Enforcement Administration, and John M. Butler, special assistant to the NIST director for forensic science, serve as vice-chairs.

“I appreciate the commitment each of the commissioners has made and look forward to working with them to strengthen the validity and reliability of the forensic sciences and enhance quality assurance and quality control,” said Deputy Attorney General Cole.  “Scientifically valid and accurate forensic analysis supports all aspects of our justice system.”

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