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November 12, 2012


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 10:50 pm

FULLERTON - A man found with a large cache of dental narcotics was convicted and sentenced yesterday for performing unlicensed dental work on patients, possessing controlled substances, and fraudulently claiming and receiving food stamp benefits by not reporting the money he made in his illicit dental practice. Esteban Campos, 47, Buena Park, pleaded guilty Nov. 7, 2012 to one felony count of the possession for distribution of a controlled substance, one felony count of obtaining public benefit aid by misrepresentation over $400, and one misdemeanor count of practicing dentistry without a valid license. Campos was sentenced to five years formal probation, 30 days in jail, restitution, $500 in fines, and is prohibited from offering dental treatments, consultations, or otherwise practicing dentistry for patients for the duration of his probation.

Campos was previously a Registered Dental Assistant in California, but his accreditation expired in 2007. Campos operated Steven’s Dental Lab on Western Avenue in Buena Park and illegally represented himself as a dentist and practiced dentistry without a valid license.

In December 2011, the Department of Consumer Affairs Dental Board of California received a complaint regarding Campos and the unlicensed practice of dentistry.

On two occasions in February and March 2012, undercover investigators went to Steven’s Dental Lab under the pretense of being patients in need of dental work. Campos fraudulently represented himself as a dentist to the investigators. He performed dental exams, rendered diagnoses, recommended oral surgery and braces, and made a return dental appointment. He quoted prices ranging from $65 to $2,000, depending on the procedure.

Law enforcement conducted a subsequent search of the defendant’s fraudulent dental office. In the office, Campos possessed a large inventory of controlled substances and narcotics which included Morphine Sulfer, Roxicet, Vicodin, and Soma, as well as boxes of dangerous drugs without prescriptions which included omeprazole, naproxen, theramine, glucotrol, warfarin, sertraline, cyclobenzaprine, tramadol, ketogel cream, and lidocaine. He possessed these drugs and administered them to patients without a license or a prescription in his illegal practice of dentistry.

Investigators also discovered Campos had fraudulently claimed and received over $6,600 in food stamp benefits by not reporting the money he received from patients for his illicit dental practice in 2010

Man Charged with Killing His Brother and Brother’s Friend

Filed under: Los Angeles Criminal attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 10:48 pm

LOS ANGELES — A 25-year-old man was charged today with the shotgun murder of his brother and another man at their Boyle Heights residence on Tuesday, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Israel Lopez, (dob 5-19-87), was charged with two counts of first-degree murder with the special circumstance of multiple murder, making him eligible for the death penalty. The complaint also alleges Lopez personally and intentionally discharged a shotgun.

Lopez will be held without bail, said Deputy District Attorney Michael Gargiulo with the Family Violence Division.

Lopez is charged with fatally shooting his 29-year-old brother, Gustavo, and his brother’s friend, Rafael Aguilar, who had just arrived at the residence in the 3300 block of Hunter Street. The double shooting occurred about 4 p.m.

Authorities said the fatal shooting allegedly involved a family dispute between the brothers.

Lopez is scheduled to be arraigned sometime after 1:30 p.m. at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Department 30, in case BA 404552.

Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty.

November 10, 2012


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 10:08 am

SANTA ANA - A man faces trial tomorrow for murdering his mother’s houseguest by stabbing him in the chest with a pocket knife. Saul Jose Salazar, 29, Santa Ana, 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 16 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Department C-43, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

In 2010, Salazar is accused of being subject to a restraining order, which barred him from going near his mother based on his prior violence towards her. On two occasions, Salazar is accused of violating the restraining order by showing up at his mother’s house. The restraining order expired two weeks prior to the murder.

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Oct. 3, 2010, Salazar is accused of staying at his mother’s house for several hours with his friends. The defendant is accused of refusing his mother’s request to leave and becoming violent. Salazar’s mother contacted SAPD and the defendant is accused of leaving the home.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. the defendant is accused of returning to his mother’s home where a party was being held and provoking a verbal altercation with 33-year-old Antonio Verdugo-Cabrera, a family friend. At approximately 11:00 p.m. when the remaining houseguests left the party, Salazar is accused of pulling out a pocket knife and murdering Verdugo-Cabrera by stabbing him in the chest. The defendant is accused of stabbing the victim two more times on his left arm. Salazar is accused of then fleeing the scene.

The defendant’s mother called 911 and SAPD responded to the scene. While officers were investigating the murder, Salazar is accused of returning to the scene to turn himself in. He is accused of being in possession of a bloody knife.

Wrestling Coach Charged with Child Molestation

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 10:06 am

EL MONTE – A former assistant high school wrestling coach who ran children’s wrestling program in Rosemead faces arraignment in El Monte Superior Court tomorrow on charges he sexually molested two boys, the District Attorney’s office announced today.

Herbert Daniel Ortizmonroy, also known as Herbert Daniel Ortiz, 29 (dob 11/15/1982), was charged last month in a felony complaint for arrest warrant (GA 087545). The defendant, a U.S. citizen, was arrested at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico and deported back to California. He was returned to Los Angeles this week and is scheduled to appear tomorrow in El Monte Department 3 for arraignment. Bail is $1 million.

The defendant is charged with three counts of lewd act upon a child and two of oral copulation of a person under the age of 16. The complaint alleged the bulk of the crimes occurred between 2008 and 2010 and involved a 14-year-old victim. One of the child molestation counts was alleged to have occurred in 2002, when the second victim was under the age of 14.

The case came to light one of victims ran across the defendant’s account on Facebook, then made a made a video incorporating some of the Facebook material. The video – a music montage — appeared on YouTube was seen by the other victim.

Canyon Country Man Convicted of Murdering Neighbor

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 10:05 am

SAN FERNANDO – A 52-year-old Canyon Country man was convicted today of the first-degree shotgun murder of his next door neighbor last year, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

A jury found Lennie Paul Tracey guilty of the first-degree murder and assault with a firearm of his neighbor, Anthony Jay Davis.

Jurors found Tracey personally and intentionally discharged the firearm that killed his 51-year-old neighbor on Sept. 24, 2011. Jurors also convicted Tracey of assault with a firearm and personally using a firearm against the victim’s wife, although he did not fire the weapon at her.

An ongoing feud between Tracey and Davis escalated when the defendant installed infrared lights on his property and pointed them in the direction of the victim’s residence, causing a technical disruption to Davis’ video surveillance system, according to authorities.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Tracey after the fatal shooting. He has remained in custody since his arrest.

Tracey returns to court on Jan. 11 for sentencing by trial Judge David Gelfound in San Fernando Superior Court.

November 9, 2012

Ventura County Insurance Broker Arrested on Federal Charges Alleging He Bilked Clients, Including Celebrities, out of $800,000

Filed under: Los Angeles Criminal attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 6:23 am

LOS ANGELES – Federal authorities this morning arrested a Thousand Oaks man on federal mail fraud charges that allege he overbilled clients hundreds of thousands of dollars for insurance policies.

Jerry B. Goldman, 59, was arrested without incident this morning at his residence. He is expected to be arraigned on a 10-count indictment this afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles.

The indictment alleges that Goldman used his Newbury Park insurance agency to obtain various insurance products for clients, some of whom were overbilled by as much as 600 percent. The indictment lists four victims, including Tom Hanks and Andy Summers.

According to the indictment, Goldman negotiated premiums for insurance coverage on behalf of his clients, and he was paid commissions by the insurance provider on each policy. Goldman allegedly created fraudulent invoices on his company’s letterhead that inflated the premiums due by as much as 600 percent. From 1998 through August 2011, Goldman received overpayments of more than $800,000, the indictment alleges.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Each of the 10 counts of mail fraud alleged in the indictment carry a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 6:22 am

SANTA ANA - A man was convicted and sentenced today to six years in state prison for defrauding over $350,000 from investors, whom he met through youth sports programs. Christopher Alan Tate, 47, Mission Viejo, pleaded guilty to seven felony counts of securities fraud, eight felony counts of passing non-sufficient funds checks, and one felony count of forgery. He admitted to sentencing enhancements for committing aggravated white collar crime over $100,000 and property loss over $200,000. Tate must also pay restitution and a fine of $887,944.

Between April 2008 and May 2010, Tate convinced at least nine victims, who are parents and grandparents that he met through the youth sports programs that his children participated in, to invest money in a business with the promise of high and quick returns.

Tate received approximately $350,000 from his victims and never paid them back or returned their investment money. Tate made elaborate excuses to the victims when asked about their investment and gave them non-sufficient funded checks or forged checks.

On one occasion, Tate falsely told a victim that the money was tied up in bankruptcy court as a result of the 2008 real estate crash and scheduled a meeting with the victim outside of the courthouse. Tate walked out of the courthouse to meet with the victim, making it appear as if he had attended a bankruptcy hearing.

The victims reported the case to the Garden Grove Police Department, who investigated this case.

On Nov. 2, 2012, six victims delivered impact statements to the court describing their financial situations after being defrauded by the defendant. One victim said, “What Chris Tate has done is left my family financially ruined. I had to take out mortgages, and it will take me another 30 years to pay off these loans to get back to where I was. Additionally, $150,000 was given to Tate, which was supposed to be for my mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s. Now I am having to cover all those costs of taking care of her.”

Another victim said, in part, “Chris Tate has ruined our family. He is a pathological liar. He lied about everything. My wife is suffering from an illness that is directly linked to stress. This stress was given by the lies and financial loss that Chris Tate has caused us.”

Suspected Arsonist Charged with Capital Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 6:21 am

PASADENA – A man suspected of starting a deadly fire that killed two men in a residence in Pasadena was charged today with two counts of capital murder and 15 counts of attempted murder, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Garth Allen Robbins, 49 (dob 4-5-63), was charged in case GA088055 with 19 felony counts, including two counts of special circumstance murder, 15 counts of attempted, willful premeditated murder, arson causing great bodily injury and arson of an inhabited structure.

Because prosecutors filed special circumstances of arson murder and multiple murders, Robbins will be held without bail. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty.

Deputy District Attorney Renee Rose with the Target Crimes Unit has been assigned to prosecute the case.

The Nov. 1 fire at 1385 El Sereno Ave. broke out about 2:30 a.m., killing residents Clif Juan Clark, 56, and Paul Richard Boyd, 75, both residents of the house. A third victim remains hospitalized.

Authorities said there were 19 people living at the three-story structure at the time of the fire.

The complaint alleges the arson was caused by use of a device designed to accelerate the fire.

Robbins is scheduled to be arraigned sometime after 1:30 p.m. at Pasadena Superior Court, Department D.

November 8, 2012

Ex-Member of Santa Fe Springs City Council Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Taking $10K in Bribes from Pot Store Operator

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 6:29 am

LOS ANGELES – A man who was a member of the Santa Fe Springs City Council was sentenced today to two years in federal prison for taking $10,000 in bribes from the operator of a marijuana store who wanted to influence the city to allow his store to stay open.

Joseph Serrano Sr., 62, who from the end of 2010 through October 2011 served as the mayor of Santa Fe Springs, was sentenced by United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson. In addition to the prison term, which Serrano was ordered to begin serving by December 4, Judge Wilson ordered him to pay $10,000 in restitution in the FBI – which is the total amount of bribes paid by an informant while he was working with the FBI.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Wilson rejected a defense plea for a probationary sentence, saying, “This was pure greed. The defendant sold himself out.”

Serrano pleaded guilty in United States District Court on July 30 to one felony count of bribery. Speaking of the crime today, Judge Wilson said it was “a serious offense that attacks the integrity of government.”


Three Juveniles Face Criminal Allegations in High School Soccer Team Hazing

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , , — fayarfa @ 6:27 am

POMONA – Three teenage boys accused of sexually attacking students as part of a soccer team hazing at La Puente High School were charged today in juvenile criminal petitions filed by the District Attorney’s Office.

The three are scheduled to appear for arraignment in Pomona Juvenile Court on Nov. 19. Because they are minors, their names will not be made public.

Two minors (dobs 10/17/95 and 1/14/95) each are charged in separate 10-count petitions with one felony count of sexual penetration with a foreign object, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, four misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and four misdemeanor counts of hazing. They are charged in petitions KJ37732 and KJ37733.

A third (dob 6/6/96) is charged in a six-count petition with one felony
count of sexual penetration with a foreign object, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, two misdemeanor counts of hazing and two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. He is charged in petition No. KJ37734.

The sexual penetration and assault with a deadly weapon counts and one of the sexual battery counts in the three petitions apply to one victim. A second victim also is mentioned in a single sexual battery count in the three petitions. Two additional sexual battery victims are cited in the 10-count petitions.

The juveniles were taken into custody last month but released to the
custody of their parents. The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau.

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