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October 19, 2016

Member of Dockworkers Union Guilty in Scheme that Bilked Health Care Plan by Fraudulently Billing for Chiropractic Services

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

LOS ANGELES – A member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 13, was convicted by a federal jury on federal fraud charges for causing two medical clinics to bill the union’s health care plan for chiropractic services that were not provided or were not medically necessary.

David Gomez, 52, of San Pedro, was convicted late Friday by a jury in Los Angeles of 20 counts of mail fraud. After the verdicts were returned, United States District Judge R. Gary Klausner ordered Gomez taken into custody.

The ILWU represents dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Members of the union receive benefits, including health care benefits, through the ILWU-Pacific Maritime Association Welfare Plan.

According to the evidence presented at trial, Gomez and his co-defendant, Sergio Amador, opened a clinic in Long Beach in 2009 that operated under the name Port Medical and provided medical and chiropractic care. The next year, they opened a second clinic operating under the same name in San Pedro.

Gomez and Amador also created medical management companies that they used to receive funds generated by the medical clinics, which they then used to pay themselves and to pay incentives to ILWU members to use, and encourage other ILWU members, to use the Port Medical clinics.  These incentives were often paid as “sponsorships” of basketball or softball teams, with the understanding that the ILWU member receiving the “sponsorship” would visit, and encourage other team members to visit, Port Medical.

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Lancaster Man Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Multiple Women Over Five-Year Period

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

A Lancaster man has been convicted of sexually assaulting five women over a five-year period in the Los Angeles and Lancaster areas, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

James Smith, 38, is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 2 in Department 124 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center following his conviction on Monday. He faces up to life in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Lowrie Mendoza with the Sex Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.

Smith was convicted of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman on Dec. 24, 2009; a 43-year-old woman on Sept. 24, 2011; a 33-year-old woman on March 22, 2012; and a 28-year-old woman on Dec. 6, 2013.

Smith was arrested on June 16, 2014, by Sheriff’s deputies after he abducted a 19-year-old female college student in Lancaster and sexually assaulted her.

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October 18, 2016

Moreno Valley Woman Indicted by Federal Grand Jury on Charges Alleging She Helped Her Husband Flee to Mexico

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

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RIVERSIDE, California – A federal grand jury has indicted a Moreno Valley woman on charges related to assistance she provided to her husband, who fled to Mexico while pending sentencing in a federal immigration case.

Elba Soto, 36, was named in a two-count indictment returned by a grand jury on Wednesday. The indictment charges Soto with being an accessory after the fact and with making false statements to the United States Marshals Service.

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.

Soto is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment in United States District Court on October 19. Until that time, Soto will remain in custody without bond.

If she is convicted of both counts in the indictment, Soto will face a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.

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MAN SENTENCED TO 114 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SHOOTING INTO VEHICLE WHICH KILLED ONE MAN AND INJURED TWO WOMEN

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Garden Grove man was sentenced today to 114 years in state prison for shooting into a vehicle which killed a man and injured two women. Dustin Sean Ross McDonald, 25, was found guilty by a jury on June 14, 2016, of one felony count of first degree murder, two felony counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, and sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death or great bodily injury.

On Aug. 12, 2014, McDonald arranged to meet with the three victims in Santa Ana for what they thought would be a drug transaction. At approximately 11:30 p.m. that night, the defendant drove up to the victim’s vehicle in the area of 12th Street and Main Street, stepped out of his vehicle, and walked around to the front passenger side of the victims’ vehicle while armed with a firearm. The defendant fired approximately 10 shots at the victims, murdering the front passenger, 23-year-old Aaron Chavez. McDonald wounded both the 21-year-old female driver of the vehicle and the 28-year-old female passenger.

The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) responded to the scene and investigated this case. McDonald was arrested by SAPD the next day.

At the sentencing today, Chavez’s family spoke about the effect his loss has had on them in an impact statement to the court. They said he was a kind, compassionate, intelligent man who had a passion for making music.

Ashlee C., one of the women injured by McDonald, also delivered a victim impact statement. Ashlee stated in part, “It replays over in my head and it never gets easier. I saw Aaron get shot right in front of my eyes. I saw him die. The last image I have of him is one I wish was never burned into my memory.” She also stated that, “the most terrifying realization is that you’re about to die. Pretending you’re dead just so he will stop shooting, but that didn’t happen. Round after round penetrating my body, I was numb. To this day I still don’t have complete feeling in my right thigh or my index finger. Some of the numbness went away and some of it will last a lifetime.”

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Owner of Glendale Laser Hair Removal Business to be Arraigned for Sexual Battery

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

A man who allegedly performed laser hair removal without a license at his Glendale establishment is scheduled to be in court today to face a charge of sexually assaulting a client, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Antonio Nozar, aka Ali Nozar, (dob 2/23/68) of Glendale faces one misdemeanor count each of practicing medicine without a certificate and sexual battery.

Also named in case 6GD02106 is co-defendant Hooshang Tabibian (dob 9/1/39) of Los Angeles who faces one misdemeanor count of conspiring, aiding or abetting another to practice medicine without a certificate.

Arraignment is scheduled today for Nozar in Department 2 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Glendale Branch. Tabibian is scheduled to be arraigned in Department 2 on Nov. 15.

Nozar is alleged to have been performing laser hair removal procedures using Tabibian’s name and medical license to make his business appear legitimate, prosecutors said. On Aug. 5, 2015, Nozar is accused of sexually assaulting a client during her treatment at his Smooth Skin Laser Clinic, prosecutors added.

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October 17, 2016

Disbarred Attorney Indicted in Mortgage Modification Scheme

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

Victims Paid the Attorney Well Over $1 Million, Which He Allegedly Used for Personal Expenses and Never Reported as Income to IRS

SANTA ANA, California – A disbarred California attorney was arrested this morning on federal charges of running a mortgage modification scheme that defrauded more than 75 distressed homeowners in Orange County by inducing them to pay more than $1.4 million for services he never provided.

Moses S. Hall, 60, a resident of Blackwood, New Jersey, who formerly had a law practice in Fullerton, was arrested without incident this morning at his residence after being indicted this week on fraud and tax offenses.

According to the 16-count indictment returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury, Hall operated his mortgage modification scheme from 2008 until 2012 through his law offices, as well as businesses called “Salva Casas” and “Loan Modifications of America.” The indictment alleges that Hall told distressed homeowners to stop making their mortgage payments, and instead direct their monthly mortgage payments to him, purportedly so he could use that money to negotiate with the banks. Instead, as detailed in the indictment, Hall used the victims’ money for himself.

The indictment alleges that Hall concealed from victims that he was using their money to pay for personal expenses and that he was a previously convicted felon who had served years in state prison in New Jersey prior to being admitted as an attorney in California.

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Former NCIS Supervisory Special Agent Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Taking Bribes from Defense Contractor in Massive Fraud and Corruption Scandal

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

A former Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) supervisory special agent was sentenced in federal court today to 144 months in prison for disclosing sensitive law enforcement reports to a defense contractor who was the target of a criminal fraud investigation in exchange for cash, luxury travel and the services of prostitutes.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy of the Southern District of California, Director Andrew Traver of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Director Dermot O’Reilly of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) and Director Anita Bales of the Defense Contract Audit Agency made the announcement.

John Bertrand Beliveau II, 47, of York, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino of the Southern District of California, who also ordered Beliveau to pay $20 million in restitution to the Navy.  According to admissions made as part of his plea agreement, Beliveau helped former Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) CEO Leonard Francis perpetrate a massive fraud scheme on the U.S. Navy by providing information that allowed Francis to avoid, stall and thwart criminal investigations into misconduct by GDMA.

“Beliveau tarnished his NCIS badge and sold sensitive law enforcement information for envelopes of cash, luxury travel and tawdry entertainment,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell.  “His actions risked an important criminal investigation and the safety of witnesses who agreed to cooperate with law enforcement under the belief that their identities would be protected.  Today’s sentence reflects the gravity of those crimes and makes clear that we will not tolerate law enforcement corruption.”

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Inland Empire Man Linked to O.C. Gas Station Robberies Arrested

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

SANTA ANA, California – After conducting surveillance on a suspect in a series of armed robberies that targeted Orange County gas stations, federal agents and local authorities last night arrested a Fontana man on federal charges after he allegedly used what appeared to be a handgun to rob a Chevron station in Stanton.

Cyril Wallace, 49, was arrested in Stanton immediately after the robbery by special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) and officers with the Brea Police Department.

After being held in custody overnight, Wallace was charged today in federal court with one count of interference with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act robbery). At his initial appearance in United States District Court this afternoon, Wallace was ordered held without bond and was ordered to appear for an arraignment on October 31.

The criminal complaint charges Wallace with using an “airsoft” pistol last night to rob a Chevron gas station on Beach Boulevard in Stanton. The clerk behind the counter – who was forced to open the cash register after being threatened with a realistic-looking gun – identified Wallace as the robber minutes after he fled with approximately $111 in cash, according to the affidavit in support of the complaint.

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October 14, 2016

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Pleads Guilty in Expanding Bribery and Fraud Investigation

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

A U.S. Navy lieutenant commander pleaded guilty today to a bribery charge in federal court and admitted to accepting cash, luxury hotels and prostitutes from a foreign defense contractor in exchange for proprietary Navy information.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy of the Southern District of California, Director Dermot O’Reilly of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) and Director Andrew Traver of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) made the announcement.

Gentry Debord, 41, who is based in Singapore, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal of the Southern District of California.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 13, 2017.

In pleading guilty, Debord, who served in several logistical and supply positions in the Western Pacific, admitted that he instructed Glenn Defense Marina Asia (GDMA) executives to inflate their invoices to the Navy to cover the cost of various illicit gifts provided to him.  From November 2007 to January 2013, Debord provided former GDMA CEO Leonard Glenn Francis and others with internal and proprietary U.S. Navy information.  This information included inside Navy information about competitors’ bids and information about an investigation into GDMA’s billing practices.  Debord also admitted to misusing his position and influence in the Navy to advocate for and advance GDMA’s interests, including by approving inflated invoices for services never rendered that he directed Francis to submit.

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Rapper Coolio Charged in Firearm at LAX Case

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

The rapper known as Coolio was charged today after a firearm was allegedly discovered in a backpack at Los Angeles International Airport, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Artis Leon Ivey (dob 8/1/63) of Los Angeles faces one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon with two priors.

Case SA094091 lists convictions in 2001 for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and possession of cocaine base in 2009.

Ivey is scheduled for arraignment today in Department W30 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.

On September 17, a handgun was allegedly found in the defendant’s bag while going though baggage screening at the airport, prosecutors said.

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