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March 29, 2017

Attorney General Xavier Becerra Announces Charges Filed Against David Robert Daleiden for Criminal Invasion of Privacy

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

SAN FRANCISCO - Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the filing of an arrest warrant detailing 15 criminal charges against David Robert Daleiden. Daleiden, along with co-conspirator Sandra Merritt, used manufactured identities and a fictitious bioresearch company to meet women’s healthcare providers and covertly record the private discussions they initiated.

“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” said Attorney General Becerra. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”

Please note that a complaint contains only allegations against a person and, as with all defendants, David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A copy of the complaint and arrest warrant are attached to the electronic version of this release here: https://oag.ca.gov/news.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra / Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Riverside County Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Leading Bank Heist Crew that Cut through Roofs to Penetrate Vaults

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

LOS ANGELES – A Banning man who led a group of burglars that conducted a 10-year-long series of heists targeting Southland banks by cutting through rooftops has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for participating in two burglaries.

Alceu Johnny Andreis, 48, of Banning, received the 240-month sentence yesterday afternoon from United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Fischer ordered Andreis to pay $12,082,403 in restitution to two financial institutions, their insurance carriers and numerous safe deposit box customers.

Following a jury trial in December, Andreis was convicted of two counts of bank burglary in relation to thefts from an East West Bank branch in Rowland Heights in 2011 and a BBCN Bank branch in Diamond Bar in 2012. Andreis was sentenced to the statutory maximum sentence of 10 years for each of the burglaries.

The evidence presented at trial showed that Andreis led a crew of rooftop bank burglars for at least a decade. Andreis and his crew burglarized the victim banks after detailed and thorough planning, which included “casing” the banks, learning about the bank’s security systems, and conducting numerous “dry runs” of the heists. Prior to the actual burglaries, they cut holes in the roofs of the banks and resealed them so as not to arouse suspicion.

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Man Sentenced to Prison for Walk-Up Shooting in Pico Rivera

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

A 32-year-old man was sentenced today to 80 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting a woman in front of her Pico Rivera home in 2013, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On Feb. 23, a jury found Richard Pallan guilty of first-degree murder in case VA136537. Jurors also found true a special allegation that the defendant personally and intentionally discharged a handgun, which caused great bodily injury and death to the victim.

Pallan’s co-defendant, Cecilia Gallegos, 30, pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact on Feb. 1, 2016. She is scheduled to be sentenced on May 23.

Deputy District Attorney John Chang, who prosecuted the case, said on June 26, 2013, Gallegos drove Pallan to Jessica Gomez’s home located in the 9400 block of Underwood Street in Pico Rivera.

Pallan exited the car and shot the victim as she was standing in front of her residence, according to the prosecutor.

After the shooting, Pallan returned to the car and Gallegos drove them away, the prosecutor said.

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March 28, 2017

MAN DUBBED ASSISTANT COACH BANDIT CONVICTED OF DEFRAUDING OVER $40,000 FROM SIX VICTIMS THROUGH LOAN MODIFICATION SCAM

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man previously dubbed the Assistant Coach Bandit by the FBI for prior bank robberies was convicted yesterday of defrauding over $40,000 from six victims through a loan modification scam. James Allen Ramsdell, 51, Huntington Beach, pleaded guilty to a court offer on March 23, 2017, to six felony counts of grand theft, one felony count of grand theft from an elder, one felony count of foreclosure consultant unlawful advance fee, one misdemeanor count of loan modification unlawful advance, and a sentencing enhancement for a prior prison conviction of a serious and violent felony for bank robbery in 2009 in the San Diego federal court. The defendant faces an indicated sentence of six months in county jail at his sentencing on June 1, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-57, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Between March 1, 2014, and Nov. 1, 2015, Ramsdell offered to provide loan modification services to Jane Doe. The defendant illegally collected an upfront fee of approximately $920, after the victim received a bank notice of default on her mortgage. Ramsdell instructed the victim to write multiple checks to complete the loan modification but never performed any services. Ramsdell operated his fraudulent loan modification/foreclosure consultant firm under the fictitious name of Ramsdell Consulting. The defendant used the fictitious name of Melissa Hurley when communicating with Jane Doe. Ramsdell received multiple checks from the victim and cashed them, defrauding over $10,000 from Jane Doe.

No modifications were made on Jane Doe’s home loan, so the victim submitted a fraud report to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) Bureau of Investigation, who investigated this case and arrested the defendant on April 29, 2016. After further investigation by the OCDA Bureau of Investigation, it was discovered that Ramsdell ran a similar scam against five other victims, defrauding them out of over $30,000 between Sept. 25, 2014, and May 20, 2015.

To watch video of the arrest, please visit the following link: https://youtu.be/z7vsTw1hLHI.

Prior Prison Conviction for Bank Robbery

On July 6, 2009, Ramsdell pleaded guilty to robbing a Washington Mutual bank branch in San Diego County in 2008 and four other banks in Orange County in the Cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, and Tustin. Ramsdell previously coached youth baseball and soccer in Orange County and the FBI dubbed him the Assistant Coach Bandit.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Pete Pierce of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 16CF1062 / March 24, 2017

MOTIONS DENIED BY JUDGE IN CASE AGAINST DAVINCI BIOLOGICS ACCUSED OF SELLING FETAL PARTS FOR PROFIT

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A judge overruled a demurrer today by defendants Estefano Isaias, Jr. and Estefano Isaias, Sr. The demurrer, a written response to the People’s complaint, pleaded for dismissal of Isaias Jr. and Sr. from the case entirely.

In their demurrer, defendants claimed that the allegations against Isaias Jr. and Sr. were ambiguous and too unspecific to substantiate legal action against them as individuals. The judge overruled both the special and the general demurrer to the complaint.

The judge additionally denied all defendants’ motion to strike the allegation within the complaint that claims DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences were operating as a forfeited corporation. According to the complaint, the Franchise Tax Board forfeited DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences’ powers, rights, and privileges in November 2014 and July 2015, respectively, as a result of their failure to pay the required taxes and fees to transact business in California.

For additional information on this case or to request copies of the notice of rulings, please contact the Public Affairs Unit.

To read the original news release related to this case, please visit: http://bit.ly/2dwxodp.

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MAN POSING AS MODELING AGENT SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING MINOR GIRLS AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Filed under: California Chid Pornography Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – A man who posed as a modeling agent and professional photographer was sentenced today to 12 years and eight months in state prison for sexually assaulting minor girls and possessing child pornography. Christopher Andrew Brown, 44, Bell Canyon, pleaded guilty on Dec. 22, 2016, to five felony counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object of a minor, five felony counts of oral copulation of a minor, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, one felony count of using a minor for distribution of obscene material, and one felony count of lewd acts on a child. In addition to prison, Brown was sentenced to mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.

At the time of the crime, Brown traveled as a freelance photographer and told victims he was a modeling agent. The defendant previously worked as a children’s gymnastics coach.

In February 2013, Brown committed a lewd act on 15-year-old Jane Doe 2.

Between June 13, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2015, Brown met minor Jane Doe 1 and offered to take photographs of the victim. During that time, the defendant took sexually explicit photos of Jane Doe 1 and sexually assaulted her by penetration with a foreign object, oral copulation, and using the minor for distribution of obscene material.

One of the defendant’s relatives discovered evidence of child pornography in Brown’s possession and reported the crime to authorities. This case was investigated by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) with assistance from the Los Angeles Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. OCSD located and arrested Brown on Sept. 25, 2015, at a shopping center in Newport Beach. Brown possessed and controlled child pornography on his personal computer and an external hard drive at the time of his arrest.

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March 27, 2017

Federal Law Enforcement Agent Arrested on Charges of Helping Mexican National Illegally Enter the United States

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

LOS ANGELES – A special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has been arrested on federal charges of helping a foreign national enter the United States without proper authorization.

Felix Cisneros, 42, of Murrieta, a 10-year veteran of ICE who most recently was assigned to the HSI Inland Empire office, was arrested yesterday afternoon pursuant to a criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors. The complaint was unsealed this morning, and Cisneros is scheduled to make his initial appearance this afternoon in United States District Court.

The complaint charges Cisneros with aiding and assisting an inadmissible alien to enter the United States, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

The case against Cisneros is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General; and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility.

According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Cisneros took steps that allowed an inadmissible Mexican national to enter the United States. Cisneros allegedly acted at the behest of a local organized crime figure with business interests in Mexico.

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Redlands Man who Allegedly Sold Firearms Made from Unfinished and Unmarked Lower Receivers Arrested on Federal Charges

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

RIVERSIDE, California – A Redlands man has been arrested after being charged in federal court with selling AR-style rifles without a license.

Scott Everett Coyl, 28, of Redlands, was arrested without incident at his residence yesterday morning. Coyl was arrested pursuant to a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday that charges him with dealing firearms without a license.

Following his initial appearance yesterday afternoon in United States District Court, Coyl was freed on a $20,000 bond.

In conjunction with Coyl’s arrest, special agents from the Los Angeles Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with officers from the Redlands Police Department, seized from Coyl’s residence approximately 40 firearms, including three machine guns and eight silencers. They also seized more than 100 high-capacity magazines and ammunition.

According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, over the past three weeks, Coyl unlawfully sold five .223-caliber AR-type rifles – with no make or model markings, and no visible serial number – to a person he believed was a convicted felon. The purchaser of the rifles told Coyl he had a criminal record and he was buying rifles in order to send them to Mexico to be used in shootings. Despite learning this information, Coyl continued selling firearms to the individual.

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California Man Pleads Guilty to Filing False Corporate Return

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

A Dublin, California man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California to filing a false tax return, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch for the Northern District of California.

According to documents filed with the court, Shiv D. Kumar, 60, of Dublin, California, was the sole shareholder and president of A-Paratransit Inc. (API), a company that provided transportation services to disabled individuals. Kumar filed false corporate returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax years 2009 and 2010, which underreported API’s gross receipts by $2,229,216 and $2,412,435, causing a tax loss of $1,584,055. Kumar deposited API’s receipts into three separate bank accounts held at different banks. To conceal API’s true gross receipts, Kumar provided his accountant with false books and records, which omitted gross receipts that he diverted to two of API’s accounts. Kumar used the unreported funds for personal expenditures, including purchasing property in the Vallejo, California area.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 7, 2017. The statutory maximum sentence for filing a false return is three years in prison. Kumar also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch thanked special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney José A. Olivera and Trial Attorney Rebecca J. Sable 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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March 24, 2017

Justice Department Settles Civil Antitrust Claim Against AT&T and DIRECTV for Orchestrating Information Sharing Agreements with Competitors

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

The Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a settlement that will prohibit DIRECTV and its parent corporation, AT&T, from illegally sharing confidential, forward-looking information with competitors.

The department’s Antitrust Division filed suit on Nov. 2, 2016, alleging that DIRECTV was the ringleader of a series of unlawful information exchanges between DIRECTV and three of its competitors – Cox Communications Inc., Charter Communications Inc. and AT&T (before it acquired DIRECTV) – during the companies’ negotiations to carry the SportsNet LA “Dodgers Channel.” SportsNet LA holds the exclusive rights to telecast almost all live Dodgers games in the Los Angeles area.

The settlement, which will obtain all of the relief sought by the department in its lawsuit, will ensure that when DIRECTV and AT&T negotiate with providers of video programming, including negotiations to telecast the Dodgers Channel, they will not illegally share competitively-sensitive information with their rivals. The settlement also requires the companies to monitor certain communications their programming executives have with their rivals, and to implement antitrust training and compliance programs.

“When competitors email, text, or otherwise share confidential and strategically sensitive information with each other to avoid competing, consumers lose,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brent Snyder of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “Today’s settlement promotes competition among pay-television providers and prevents AT&T and DIRECTV from engaging in illegal conduct that thwarts the competitive process.”

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