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February 7, 2018

O.C. Man who was Alaska Airlines Pilot Agrees to Plead Guilty to Flying Passenger Aircraft while under the Influence of Alcohol

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

SANTA ANA, California – A former captain with Alaska Airlines has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of piloting a plane carrying passengers while he was under the influence of alcohol.

David Hans Arntson, 62, of Newport Beach, agreed to plead guilty to operating a common carrier while under the influence in a plea agreement filed this morning in United States District Court.

According to court documents, Arntson was the pilot of two Alaska Airlines flights on June 20, 2014. The first flight was from San Diego International Airport to Portland, Oregon. He then flew a plane from Portland, Oregon, to John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

After landing at John Wayne Airport, Arntson was selected for random drug and alcohol testing by Alaska Airlines. A technician for Alaska Airlines performed two breathalyzer tests that showed the pilot had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.134 percent and 0.142 percent. “Those percentages were well above the federal limit of 0.04 percent for pilots,” according to the plea agreement.

After the technician informed Alaska Airlines of the test results showing alcohol in his system, the airline removed Arntson from all safety-sensitive duties. Following the June 20, 2014, incident, Arntson retired from the Alaska Airlines, and the Federal Aviation Administration revoked his ability to pilot a plane. (more…)

Inland Empire Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge of International Travel to Have Sexual Conduct with a Minor, which He Filmed

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

RIVERSIDE, California – A Murrieta man pleaded guilty this afternoon to a federal offense of traveling to Britain to engage in illegal sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

Derek Lorenzo Longoria, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. When he pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Jesus G. Bernal, Longoria admitted that he made a video recording of sexual contact he had with the girl.

In a plea agreement filed in this case, Longoria admitted traveling to the United Kingdom in September 2011, and again in January 2012, for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with a girl he knew was under the age of 16. During the trip in early 2012, Longoria, who was 23 at the time, engaged in sexual activity with the girl and used his smartphone to video record the incident.

Longoria used the internet and telephone calls to communicate with the victim over a two-year period, during which he convinced the victim to take sexually explicit photos and videos of herself, which she then sent to Longoria. In his plea agreement, Longoria admitted that he knowingly possessed a child pornography video depicting another victim. Federal investigators discovered this child pornography when they searched Longoria’s residence in March 2015 after the victim contacted law enforcement authorities in Britain.

After Longoria pleaded guilty, Judge Bernal scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 7. The parties agreed in the plea agreement that a sentence of between seven years and 10 years in prison is appropriate, but the court is not obligated to follow that recommendation. (more…)

Valencia Man Sentenced to 2 Years for Filing a False Tax Return

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

LOS ANGELES – A Valencia resident convicted of filing a federal tax return that failed to report income that he received by having his company pay for many of his personal expenses was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison.

Walter Daniel Prezioso, 47, the former vice president and manager of the now-defunct GSP Precision, Inc., was sentenced today by United States District Judge John F. Walter.

A federal jury in November convicted Prezioso of one count of willfully subscribing to a false 2013 federal income tax return.

In the early 1990s, Prezioso began working at GSP Precision, a Burbank-based machine shop owned by his father and a third party. In 1997, his father sold half of his shares to Prezioso, making him a 25 percent owner. By 2001, Prezioso had full control of GSP’s operations and held sole authority over the corporate checking account.

According to the evidence presented at trial, by 2007, Prezioso was using his control over GSP’s checking account and corporate lines of credit to make payments for many of his personal expenses, including luxury automobile leases and the construction of a tennis court and swimming pool at his residence. (more…)

February 6, 2018

Former Silicon Valley CEO Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Employees of Tech Company Start-Up

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

The founder and chief executive officer of a now-defunct Silicon Valley technology company start-up known publicly as WrkRiot pleaded guilty today for defrauding several of his company’s former employees by luring them to join his company based on false and misleading statements about his educational, professional and financial background, and by enticing them to continue working for his company through forged documents purportedly reflecting salary payments that were never made.

Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Alex G. Tse of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office made the announcement.

Isaac Choi aka Yi Suk Choi, Yisuk Choi, Yi Suk Chae and Isaac Chae (Choi), 36, most recently of Orange County and previously of Santa Clara, California, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila of the Northern District of California.  Sentencing has been scheduled for May 24 before Judge Davila.

As part of his guilty plea, Choi admitted that while attempting to recruit potential employees, he made false and misleading statements about various topics, including his educational and professional history, and the amount of his wealth.  Choi admitted in his plea that, in truth, he never attended any business school, that he was never employed in any capacity by any financial institution, and that he exaggerated his wealth.  He further admitted that in August 2016, while at WrkRiot’s office in Santa Clara, he emailed several of his employees fake wire transfer confirmation documents purporting to reflect their salary payments for the purpose of convincing his employees to continue working for his privately failing company. (more…)

Statement on Alleged Shooting at Sal Castro Middle School

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

California state law dictates that information about juvenile court proceedings and records are confidential and shall not be made public because the rehabilitation and protection of minors outweighs the public’s right to know.

However, California Welfare and Institutions Code sections 676 (a) and 707 (b) provide limited exceptions for juveniles charged with specific serious or violent felonies. If the offense is not listed as exempt under the law, some details about the juvenile case must remain confidential.

Prosecutors have filed one felony count each of minor in possession of a firearm and weapon on a school grounds in connection with the shooting incident on Feb. 1 at Sal Castro Middle School in Los Angeles. The juvenile is expected to be arraigned on Monday.

Because the alleged offenses do not fall under California Welfare and Institutions Code sections 676 (a) and 707 (b), we are unable to provide any further information on this case.

Los Angeles District Attorney / February 2, 2018

Wrongful death suit against Jim Carrey dismissed

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

LOS ANGELES — A wrongful death lawsuit filed against Jim Carrey by thehusband and mother of his ex-girlfriend has been dismissed.

The suit was dismissed on January 25 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Mark Burton and Brigid Sweetman had sued the actor, claiming he provided the prescription drugs Cathriona White used to overdose in September 2015 in one of Carrey’s homes. Coroner’s officials ruled the 30-year-old makeup artist’s death a suicide.

Burton and Sweetman’s attorney Michael J. Avenatti said the pair had no comment on the voluntary dismissal. Burton and White were married in 2013.

The dismissal averts a court battle for Carrey, who dated White in 2012.

Carrey’s publicist confirmed the dismissal but did not have any additional comment.

Associated Press / 2/1/2018

February 5, 2018

O.C. Man Charged with Producing Child Pornography and Child Sex Tourism for Allegedly Engaging in Sexual Conduct with Boy in China

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

LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury today named an Aliso Viejo man in an indictment that accuses him of traveling to China to engage in illegal sexual activity with a 16-year-old and taking sexually explicit photographs of the victim.

Ezequiel Christopher Barragan, 51 – who previously was a Spanish teacher at Dana Hills High School, as well as a youth baseball coach – was charged today in a three-count indictment that accuses him of producing child pornography, traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign place.

According to the indictment, Barragan traveled to China in August 2009, where he allegedly coerced a boy to engage in sexual conduct “for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.”

The charge of producing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years. The charges of international travel and engaging in illicit sexual activity each carry a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison.

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. (more…)

Woman Charged with Murder, Other Crimes for Fatal Car Crash on Freeway

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

A 28-year-old woman has been charged with stealing a car and crashing the vehicle on the 210 Freeway, leading to the death of one man and injuries to others, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On Jan. 30, Nicole Danielle Thibault (dob 5/15/89) of Santa Clarita was charged with 14 counts in case KA117257: one count of murder, one count of grand theft, six counts of attempted murder and six counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

The defendant was scheduled to be arraigned today, however, the court appearance was continued to Feb. 16 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Her bail has been set at $8 million.

Prosecutors said on the afternoon of Jan. 22, Thibault reportedly stole a parked truck in San Bernardino. The defendant allegedly drove through red lights and at unsafe speeds before entering the 210 Freeway, prosecutors added.

Thibault allegedly drove westbound on the eastbound lanes for more than 20 miles, prosecutors said, and then collided head-on with several cars, according to prosecutors. (more…)

Oklahoma Man Sentenced For Murdering Mother and 4-Year-Old Daughter in Long Beach

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

A 23-year-old man was sentenced today to life in prison for killing a mother and her young daughter outside their home in Long Beach two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Brandon Ivan Colbert was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Last week, jurors found the defendant guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. The panel also found true the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and multiple murders.

Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes of the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

On Aug. 6, 2016, Carina Mancera, 26, was returning home with her 4-year-old daughter, Jennabel Anaya, and the girl’s father, Luis Anaya.

Colbert hid behind a sign and opened fire on the family with a shotgun, killing Mancera and her daughter. Colbert also fired at Anaya who was not wounded. (more…)

February 2, 2018

Attorney General Becerra Announces Arrest of Sacramento Woman Accused of Operating Brothels in International Sex Trafficking Ring

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:47 am

SACRAMENTO - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that California Department of Justice special agents have arrested a Sacramento woman for her alleged involvement in an international sex trafficking ring. Yun Escamilla was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on five counts of felony pandering and is being held on $50,000 bail.

“At the California Department of Justice, our special agents and prosecutors are prepared to use every tool at our disposal to combat sex trafficking,” said Attorney General Becerra. “In California, this type of criminal conduct will not go unnoticed.”

According to the complaint, the defendant is accused of trafficking young Asian females, including one from Hong Kong, at multiple locations in Sacramento in 2015 and 2017. The California Attorney General’s Office worked with victim advocates from My Sister’s House to ensure that victims were offered care and services.

It is im / portant to note that a criminal complaint contains charges that are only allegations against a person. Every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. (more…)

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