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April 9, 2013

Former Federal Fugitive Pleads Guilty in California to Massive Fraud and Identity Theft Scheme in Connection with Nationwide Foreclosure Scam

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:58 am

A former Los Angeles resident, who fled to Canada and was a federal fugitive for 12 years, pleaded guilty today to aggravated identity theft and bankruptcy fraud in connection with leading a nearly 15-year foreclosure-rescue scam that fraudulently postponed foreclosure sales for more than 800 distressed homeowners, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California André Birotte Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag, Assistant Director in Charge Bill L. Lewis of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office and Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).
 
Glen Alan Ward, 48, pleaded guilty in connection with three separate sets of charges in the Central and Northern Districts of California, all stemming from Ward’s 15-year fraud.  In 2000, Ward became a federal fugitive when he failed to appear in court after signing a plea agreement, which arose out of federal charges in 2000 in the Central District of California related to Ward’s early conduct in the scheme.  In 2002, Ward was indicted on multiple counts of bankruptcy fraud in the Northern District of California for continuing the scheme in and around San Francisco.  On Aug. 17, 2012, Ward was indicted on mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, and additional bankruptcy fraud counts in the Central District of California after fleeing to Canada and continuing his fraud from there. While in Canada, Ward recruited Frederic Alan Gladle, who was indicted in the Central District of California for bankruptcy fraud and identity theft in 2011, and was sentenced in 2012 to 61 months in custody for engaging in similar conduct.

On April 5, 2012, Ward was arrested in Canada by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Waterloo Regional Police Service based on a U.S. provisional arrest warrant. On Dec. 21, 2012, Ward was extradited to the United States to answer all three sets of charges.

“Glen Alan Ward spent years preying on distressed homeowners and stealing the identities of bankruptcy debtors, all to pad his own pockets,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Raman. “Now he faces years in prison for his crimes. This successful prosecution illustrates our commitment to tirelessly pursuing fraudsters and ensuring that sophisticated schemes that prey on vulnerable homeowners will not go unpunished.”                                                                                                     (more…)

April 8, 2013

OCDA RACKAUCKAS ANNOUNCES CONSUMER PROTECTION SETTLEMENT OVER UNINTENDED ACCELERATION

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:17 am

SANTA  ANA, CALIFORNIA - Throughout 2009 and 2010, the Toyota Motor Corporation issued recalls affecting nearly 6 million vehicles due to the risk of unintended acceleration caused by floor mat and “sticky” gas pedal issues.

Today Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas announced a multi-million dollar settlement with Toyota and its related North American entities over allegations the company concealed safety issues related to unintended acceleration in violation of California consumer protection laws.

Toyota will pay $16 million to settle consumer protection claims brought by the OCDA.

“The possibility of experiencing an unintended acceleration event during Toyota’s recall crisis clearly scared many consumers,” Rackauckas said.  “This settlement is an important step in holding Toyota accountable for the safety and security of their customers.”                                                                                            (more…)

DRIVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MURDERING PEDESTRIAN IN CAR CRASH AFTER RUNNING RED LIGHT

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

SANTA ANA – A driver with two prior convictions for driving under the influence was sentenced today to 17 years to life in state prison for murdering a pedestrian in a drug-induced car crash after running a red light. Adam Harrison Hall, 29, Placentia, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 14, 2013, of one felony count of murder, one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs, two felony counts of obtaining or possessing drugs secured by a forged prescription, and one felony count of forgery of prescription.

At approximately 11:10 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2011, Hall was driving northbound on Moulton Parkway while under the influence of drugs in the City of Laguna Niguel in a Ford sport utility vehicle (SUV). At the intersection of Moulton Parkway and Nueva Vista Drive, Hall drove through a red light and crashed into a Toyota SUV that was passing legally through the intersection. The force of the crash caused both vehicles to lose control.  The Toyota spun 360 degrees before coming to a stop. The occupants, Steven James and Anna Gaffney, were both injured in the crash. Gaffney suffered a fractured collar bone and James suffered severe bruising.

As a result of the crash, Hall lost control of his vehicle and drove up the curb onto the sidewalk. He then crashed into victim Mara Lynnes Steves, 48, who was walking in the area attempting to locate the owner of a stray dog. Hall murdered Steves, who died as a result of her injuries. Hall also struck the dog, a Labrador Retriever named Max, leaving a tire mark on the animal and requiring it to undergo emergency veterinary services.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and investigated this case. At the time of the crash, Hall was under the influence of drugs including methamphetamine, Diazepam, Nordiazepam, Alprazolam, Hydroxyalprazolam, Oxazepam, Temazepam, amphetamine, Morphine, and 11-nor-9-carboxy-delta-9-tetrahyrocannabinol (THCA).                                                                          (more…)

April 5, 2013

ARIZONA PRISONER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING, RAPING, AND ROBBING TWO WOMEN HE MET THROUGH PENNYSAVER ADS IN 1980S

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:06 pm

SANTA ANA - An Arizona federal prisoner will be arraigned today for sexually assaulting, raping, and robbing two women whom he met through pennysaver advertisements for apartment rental and furniture sales in the 1980s.

James Michael Camp, 59, Anaheim, will be arraigned on the charges listed on an arrest warrant: two felony counts of residential burglary, two felony counts of forcible rape, two felony counts of forcible oral copulation, one felony count of grand theft, and one felony count of robbery with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife. If convicted, Camp faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration based on the 1982 sentencing laws. Under current sentencing laws, the defendant could face a maximum sentence of life in state prison. Camp is scheduled to be arraigned today, April 5, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

Circumstances of the Orange County Rapes
On July 23, 1980, Camp is accused of meeting Jane Doe #1 after seeing a pennysaver advertisement she had placed for an apartment for rent in Santa Ana. The defendant is accused of arranging to take a tour of the

apartment with Jane Doe #1 later that evening. The defendant is accused of approaching Jane Doe #1 from behind as she was showing the bathroom and choking her. The defendant is accused of pulling out a knife and threatening to kill the victim. The defendant is accused of knocking Jane Doe #1 to the ground, and forcibly orally copulating the victim. The defendant is accused of tying the victim with an electrical cord, raping the victim, and then burglarizing the apartment before fleeing the scene. The victim was able to untie herself and contact the Santa Ana Police Department, who investigated this case.                                                                                                    (more…)

San Fernando Valley Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison for Trafficking in Counterfeit, Chinese-Made Pharmaceuticals

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:58 pm

LOS ANGELES – A North Hollywood man was sentenced today to 15 months in federal prison in relation to a plot in which he possessed, and had the intent to distribute for profit, more than 2,000 Chinese-made counterfeit pharmaceutical pills.

Edward Alarcon, 44, was sentenced this morning by United States District Judge George H. Wu. In addition to the prison term, Judge Wu ordered Alarcon to pay $1,000,restitution to Eli Lilly and Company, the manufacturer of Cialis, and $1,000 to Purdue Pharma L.P., the manufacturer of OxyContin.

After a three-day jury trial in January, Alarcon was convicted on two counts of trafficking in counterfeit OxyContin and Cialis. The evidence presented at trial showed that Alarcon had purchased the bogus OxyContin from Bo Jiang, a Chinese national and the alleged head of a counterfeit drug ring. Alarcon had offered to sell counterfeit Cialis, Viagra and Levitra on Craigslist.

“The size, shape and color of the pills, as well as the markings on them and their packaging were identical to and substantially indistinguishable from genuine marks in use and registered for the brand-name pills on the principal register of the United States Patent and Trademark Office,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo filed in Alarcon’s case. “The use of these marks was likely to cause confusion, to cause mistake, or to deceive because the pills and their packaging appeared to be the legitimate, brand-name products but were not. Moreover, the chemical composition of the pills was not the same as that of the legitimate products.”                                                                                                   (more…)

April 4, 2013

WOMAN CONVICTED OF SHOOTING-MURDER OF HUSBAND AND ATTEMPTED MURDER OF 9 AND 16-YEAR-OLD SONS

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:48 am

SANTA ANA – A woman was convicted today of the murder of her husband and attempted murder of her 16 and 9-year-old sons in the family’s Tustin Ranch home. Annamaria Magno Gana, 43, unincorporated Tustin, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count each of special circumstances murder by lying in wait, two felony counts of attempted murder, and sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death and the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury. She faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole at her sentencing June 3, 2013, in Department C-45, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
 
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on May 8, 2011, Gana armed herself with a firearm and shot a bullet into the ceiling of a bedroom in her Tustin Ranch home. When the defendant’s 72-year-old husband Antonio Potenciano Gana and their 16-year-old son John Doe #1 ran into the bedroom in response to the gunshot, Gana turned the firearm toward her husband, said, “Now,” and murdered him by shooting him in the chest.

The defendant intended to also murder her two sons. She shot at John Doe #1 as he turned and attempted to escape from the bedroom. The victim was shot in the arm but was able to get out of the home and call 911 on his cell phone. The defendant’s other son, 9-year-old John Doe #2, witnessed his mother holding the firearm and was able to wrestle it away from her and take it outside.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who investigated this case, arrived at the scene and arrested Gana. She was transported to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained while shooting the firearm.                                                                                                 (more…)

MAN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING-MURDER OF FRIEND, WHOM HE BELIEVED HAD BURGLARIZED HIS HOME

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:45 am

SANTA ANA – A man has been charged with the shooting-murder of his friend, whom he believed had burglarized his home. James Gregory Price, 56, Brea, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison. Price is being held on $1 million bail and is expected to be arraigned tomorrow, Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Price is accused of living in the Brea home of his recently-deceased mother with his adult son. The defendant and his son are accused of believing that one day prior to the murder, 24-year-old friend Justin Soto had burglarized their home and ransacked the deceased mother’s bedroom, which had remained closed to all of the home occupants and guests since her death. 

On March 16, 2013, the defendant’s son is accused of inviting Soto to the home. Price is accused of getting into a verbal altercation with the victim and then shooting him in the leg. Soto fell to the ground but managed to get up and attempted to escape through a rear sliding door. As the victim tried to run for his life, Price is accused of murdering Soto by shooting him two times in the back.

This case was investigated by the Brea Police Department and the investigation is ongoing.                                                                                                         (more…)

MAN CONVICTED OF ROBBING AND MURDERING MAN LURED BY CO-DEFENDANT MOTHER FROM NIGHTCLUB TO MOTEL ROOM

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:40 am

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of robbing and murdering a man, whom his co-defendant mother lured from a nightclub to a motel room with the promise of sex. Noel Carrasco, 26, Buena Park, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of a robbery and one felony count of second degree robbery. He faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility parole at his sentencing April 12, 2013, in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Noel Carrasco’s mother Leticia Carrasco, 52, Buena Park, was convicted by a jury Jan. 31, 2013, of one felony count of murder and one felony count of second degree robbery. Carrasco faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison at her sentencing April 12, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-41.

On the evening of Dec. 22, 2008, Leticia Carrasco met Matias Ojeda Vazquez at a bar in Stanton. Leticia Carrasco lured Vazquez back to her motel room under the pretense of having sex. Leticia Carrasco’s son, Noel Carrasco, plotted in advance with his mother and waited in the room to rob the victim.

When the victim arrived with Leticia Carrasco, Noel Carrasco ordered the victim to give them his money. When the victim refused, the defendants fatally attacked the victim. The victim suffered five stab wounds, asphyxiation, and blunt force trauma to the head. After the murder, Noel and Leticia Carrasco cleaned the motel room and wrapped bedding around the victim’s body, placed a trash bag over the victim’s head, and a dog food bag on the victim’s feet.                                                                                                   (more…)

April 3, 2013

Teen Sentenced to up to Life in Prison for Stevenson Ranch Rape

Filed under: Los Angeles Criminal attorney — fayarfa @ 12:30 am

SAN FERNANDO – A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 43 years to life in state prison today for forcible rape and other charges stemming from the January 2012 sexual assault of a Stevenson Ranch woman.

Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer said Jerry Moon was sentenced by San Fernando Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash. The sentence was part of a negotiated settlement when Moon pleaded guilty in December 2012. Moon also must register as a sex offender.

Besides forcible rape, Moon pleaded guilty to other sexual assault charges and admitted that during commission of the crimes, the victim was tied and bound. He also admitted that the sexual assaults occurred during a burglary,

The woman was assaulted after Moon, also from Stevenson Ranch, broke into her home. He was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies about a month after the crimes and has remained in custody.

A restitution hearing was scheduled for May 10.

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / March 25, 2013

California Accountant Charged with Aiding and Assisting the Preparation of False Tax Returns

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:26 am

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment Thursday charging Jeffery Deshon Applewhite, aka Jeffery Donald Mason, of Los Angeles, with aiding and assisting the preparation and presentation of false and fraudulent federal income tax returns, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.

According to the indictment, from 2006 through 2011, Applewhite, a certified public accountant who owned and operated tax preparation businesses, including Applewhite and Company, CPA and Mason Financial Services Inc., aided and assisted in the preparation and presentation of false and fraudulent federal income tax returns containing claims for deductions and credits to which his clients were not entitled. Some counts allege that Applewhite used another individual’s preparer tax identification number without permission in preparing false federal income tax returns.

The maximum penalty for aiding and assisting the preparation of false claims is three years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each count of conviction. The maximum penalty for each count of identity fraud is fifteen years and a fine of $250,000.

This case is being investigated by special agents of IRS - Criminal Investigation. Trial Attorneys Charles O’Reilly and Erin Mellen of the Justice Department’s Tax Division are prosecuting the case.                                                                                     (more…)

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