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May 27, 2016

CHURCH LEADER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING AUTISTIC CHILD VICTIM AND PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Filed under: California Chid Pornography Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. –A Huntington Beach church worship leader was sentenced today to 10 years and eight months in state prison for sexually assaulting an autistic boy and producing child pornography. The Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three (DCA) vacated the conviction of Jeffrey Adam Tracy, 39, and dismissed the conviction of two felony counts of oral copulation of a child 10 years old or younger and two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14. The DCA ruled that the Orange County Superior Court vacate the previous sentence of 36 years to life and ordered the trial court to resentence the defendant. The DCA held that there wasn’t sufficient corroboration to prove the conduct the defendant confessed to on multiple occasions. The victim’s autism made him unable to report the crime.

Tracy was originally found guilty by a jury Oct. 16, 2014, of two felony counts of oral copulation of a child 10 years old or younger, four felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, and one felony count of using a minor for sex acts. Tracy was originally sentenced to 36 years to life in state prison on Dec. 5, 2014.

The Honorable Michael J. Cassidy sentenced the defendant to the maximum allowable sentence given the ruling of the DCA, and the defendant was sentenced to 10 years and eight months in state prison.

“This was a vulnerable victim who could not speak for himself because of his special needs. The defendant is a dangerous predator who told the police in his confession that he chose the victim because the victim’s autism made him unable to communicate the crime,” said Chief of Staff Susan Kang Schroeder. “The defendant’s conduct in this case would be no different from babies and toddlers who are often targeted for abuse because they cannot speak for themselves. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office will continue fighting sexual predators who target those who cannot speak for themselves.”

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Azusa Man Charged With Stabbing Father

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

A 36-year-old man pleaded not guilty today to stabbing his father during an argument in their Azusa home, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Marlon Enrique Juares (dob 7/16/79) has been charged with two felony counts in case KA112646: attempted murder and making criminal threats.

The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, during the commission of the crime. Additionally, the charging document alleges that Juares inflicted great bodily injury on the victim.

Prosecutors said on May 24 Juares and his father reportedly got into an argument in their home.

The confrontation escalated and the defendant allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed his father in the head, prosecutors added.

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May 26, 2016

United States Intervenes in False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Prime Healthcare Services Inc. and its CEO Alleging Unnecessary Inpatient Admissions from Emergency Rooms

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:30 am

The United States has intervened in a lawsuit against Prime Healthcare Services Inc. (Prime); the company’s founder and chief executive officer, Dr. Prem Reddy; and 14 Prime hospitals in California that alleges Emergency Departments at Prime facilities improperly admitted patients to the hospitals and submitted false claims to Medicare, the Justice Department announced today.

The lawsuit alleges that Dr. Reddy directed the corporate practice of pressuring Prime’s Emergency Department physicians and hospital administrators to raise inpatient admission rates, regardless of whether it was medically necessary to admit the patients.  The lawsuit alleges that Prime’s corporate officers, at Reddy’s direction, exerted immense pressure on doctors in the Emergency Departments to admit patients who could have been placed in observation, treated as outpatients or discharged.  As a result of these medically unnecessary admissions from the Emergency Departments, Prime hospitals allegedly submitted false claims to federal health care programs, such as Medicare.

“The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that health care providers do not inappropriately seek to profit at the expense of federal health care programs,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.  “Schemes such as this one can contribute significantly to the rising cost of health care delivery and create needless patient risk.”

“Fraudulent billing practices, such as those alleged in this civil lawsuit, harm taxpayers who fund health care programs, such as Medicare,” said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker for the Central District of California.  “The Justice Department works collaboratively with law enforcement agencies, regulators and, in some cases, private citizens to ensure the integrity of a system that provides healthcare to millions of Americans.”

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Woodland Hills Man Sentenced for Rapes that Included Disabled Elderly Victim

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:27 am

A Woodland Hills man was sentenced to 45 years to life in state prison for the rape of two women, including a 61-year-old disabled woman, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Ammen Ra Shinti (dob 7/19/54) was convicted by a jury on March 21 of one count each of forcible oral copulation, assault to commit a sex crime during the commission of a first-degree burglary and two counts of forcible rape.

The jury in case LA079866 also found true allegations of multiple victims and causing great bodily injury.

The eight-day long trial was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Robert Dufour and Sharon Ransom.

On April 27, 2007, Shinti lured a woman who had previously lent him money into his motel room in Sylmar, saying he was going to pay the money he owed her, according to evidence presented at the trial.

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Man Charged With Girlfriend’s 2011 Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:25 am

A 39-year-old man pleaded not guilty yesterday to killing his girlfriend and dumping her body in Hacienda Heights, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Francisco Nila Rojas (dob 11/7/76) has been charged with one count of murder in case KA094021.

The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally and intentionally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a gun, during the commission of the crime, which caused great bodily injury and death.

Deputy District Attorney Babette Huley of the Victim Impact Program, who is assigned to the case, said on Feb. 11, 2011, Rojas allegedly shot his girlfriend in the head and left her body near Turnbull Canyon Road and Skyline Drive in Hacienda Heights.

Less than a month after the victim was killed, her body was discovered by a passerby, the prosecutor added.

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May 25, 2016

Australian Man Arrested after Allegedly Traveling to the Southland Seeking to Have Sex with 6-Year-Old Child

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:30 am

LOS ANGELES – An Australian man was arrested over the weekend when he arrived at a Los Angeles-area hotel allegedly to buy a 6-year-old boy for sex.

Michael Quinn, 33, of Melbourne, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Monday with traveling to the United States for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. The complaint also charges Quinn with attempted sex trafficking of a minor.

Quinn was arrested Saturday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). After the complaint was filed on Monday afternoon, Quinn made his initial appearance in United States District, where he was ordered held in jail pending a detention hearing on Friday.

“Predators who travel overseas to sexually exploit children do not just victimize children in faraway lands,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “As this case shows, children everywhere are vulnerable to such predators, including children right here in Los Angeles. The Internet has helped to enable the child sex tourism industry by making the world a smaller place, but this case, and others like it by my office, show that such international predators can and will be brought to justice.”

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Pennsylvania Man Charged with Hacking Apple and Google E-Mail Accounts Belonging to More Than 100 People, Mostly Celebrities

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:27 am

Update:

A Pennsylvania man charged in relation to the ongoing “Celebgate” investigation pleaded guilty this morning in United States District Court in Harrisburg, Penn. The case against Ryan Collins was investigated by FBI agents based in Los Angeles, and the plea agreement was negotiated by prosecutors in the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. The case was transferred to the Middle District of Pennsylvania for the entry of the guilty plea because the defendant lives in that area.

Collins pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Court Judge William W. Caldwell, who has not yet scheduled a date for sentencing. As indicated in the original press release (included below), Collins faces a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

Original Release, which was issued on March 15:

Pennsylvania Man Charged with Hacking Apple and Google E-Mail Accounts Belonging to More Than 100 People, Mostly Celebrities

LOS ANGELES – A Pennsylvania man was charged today with felony computer hacking related to a phishing scheme that gave him illegal access to over 100 Apple and Google e-mail accounts, including those belonging to members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

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Man Charged with Attempted Murder of Two People at Homeless Camp

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:22 am

A transient suspected of lighting two people on fire was charged today with two counts of attempted murder and other crimes, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Phillip Darryl Cole (dob 7/4/61) is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Department 30 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in case BA446927. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $2.3 million.

Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney with the Arson and Explosives Unit is prosecuting the case.

Cole allegedly approached a homeless encampment in South Los Angeles on May 19 and set two people on fire. He also is suspected of attacking two other people with a hammer while robbing them on the same day.

Cole is charged with two counts of attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder along with one count each of mayhem, arson causing great bodily injury and arson of an inhabited structure or property.

In addition, he is charged with one count each of first-degree residential robbery and second-degree robbery and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, a hammer. The complaint alleges Cole has prior convictions for robbery.

If convicted, Cole faces up to life in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Los Angeles County District Attorney / case BA446927 / May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016

El Monte Flores Gang Member Sentenced to 210 months in Federal Prison on Multiple Racketeering Charges

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:14 am

LOS ANGELES – An El Monte man who pled guilty to four separate crimes related to gang activity has been sentenced to serve 210 months in federal prison.

Christian “Bossy” Lafargo, 30, was sentenced Thursday by United States District Judge John A. Kronstadt after pleading guilty to multiple charges, including Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Conspiracy, Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering -– Attempted Murder, Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering – Conspiracy to Commit Murder, and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence.

The case was based on Lafargo’s activities in the El Monte Flores (“EMF”) gang, one of the oldest street gangs in Los Angeles County. According to the government’s sentencing papers, EMF has hundreds of Mexican Mafia affiliated gang members, spanning several generations. The Mexican Mafia is a powerful and violent prison gang that controls drug distribution and other illegal activities within the California penal system and on the streets of Southern California by organizing Latino street gang members for the purpose of establishing a larger network for the Mexican Mafia’s illegal activities. If a street gang does not comply with the demands of the Mexican Mafia, the prison gang will order the assault or murder the offending gang’s members, whether they are in custody or on the streets.

According to the indictment, the EMF gang seeks to control parts of the San Gabriel Valley through violence and intimidation, while deriving profits from its drug-trafficking operations and the scheme of “taxing” persons within the community. The crimes of EMF include drug-trafficking, extortion, theft, robbery, assault, hate crimes against African-Americans, and murder.

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NFL Hall of Famer, Practicing California Attorney Pleads Guilty to Filing a False Tax Return

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:11 am

A San Diego, California, workers’ compensation attorney pleaded guilty today in the Western District of Missouri to one count of filing a false tax return, Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson of the Western District of Missouri announced.

According to court documents, Ron Mix, 78, entered into an arrangement where he received professional athlete referrals from a non-attorney so Mix and his law firm, the Law Offices of Ron Mix, could file workers’ compensation claims in California on the former athletes’ behalf.  After receiving these referrals, Mix agreed to make donations to Project Contact Africa (PCA), as directed by the non-attorney.  Mix admitted that between 2010 and 2013, he made approximately $155,000 in donations to PCA and that these payments represented illegal referral payments that he falsely claimed on his personal income tax return as charitable deductions.

U.S. District Court Judge Greg Kays for the Western District of Missouri has not yet scheduled Mix’s sentencing.  Mix faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Ciraolo and U.S. Attorney Dickinson commended special agents of Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations, who investigated the case and Assistant U.S.  Attorneys Patrick Daly and Curt Bohling of the Western District of Missouri and Trial Attorney Ryan Raybould of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.

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