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October 8, 2012


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:55 pm

*Defendant is also being charged with tax and insurance fraud in a separate case (Case # 12ZF0129)

SANTA ANA - A business operator will be arraigned tomorrow for stealing $2.7 million worth of wine from his clients’ storage lockers. George Osumi, 64, Newport Beach, is charged with three felony counts of second degree commercial burglary, one felony count each of grand theft, embezzlement by employee, receiving stolen property, and one misdemeanor count for possession of burglary tools with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime over $500,000 property damage over $1.3 million, and crime-bail-crime. Osumi faces a maximum sentence of 16 years and four months in state prison if convicted. Osumi is being held on $4,000,000 bail and is scheduled for a continued arraignment hearing tomorrow, Oct. 5, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Between Jan. 1, 2008, and June 21, 2012, Osumi is accused of operating the commercial building Legend Cellars, Inc. in Irvine. The business allowed people to store their wine in storage lockers at a controlled temperature. On three occasions, Osumi is accused of breaking into the private storage lockers of three different owners and stealing their wine that had an estimated value of $2.7 million. Osumi is accused of replacing the bottles of wine he stole with a much cheaper brand.

In 2008, Osumi is accused of hiring a friend, who did not know the wine was stolen, to auction off some of the stolen wine in exchange for a portion of the proceeds. Osumi is accused of having approximately $280,000 deposited into his business account and using the money to pay for personal expenses and legal fees.

Between July 20, 2011, and June 7, 2012, Osumi is accused of directly auctioning some of the stolen wine for $310,965 and having the money deposited into his business account.

February 12, 2012

Former Hawthorne Mayor pleads to Stealing School Equipment

Filed under: Los Angeles Criminal attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 6:51 pm

LOS ANGELES – Former Hawthorne Mayor Larry Guidi pleaded guilty today to stealing a commercial food mixer from Hawthorne School District that prosecutors said he planned to use for his home pizza oven.

Guidi, 54, pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand theft before Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan, said Deputy District Attorney Ed Miller with the Public Integrity Division. He was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. In exchange for his plea, one count of commercial burglary was dismissed.

Guidi, who worked as a warehouse operations manager for the Hawthorne School District until he was let go last year, was captured on a video security camera loading the food mixer and a cart into a pickup truck on March 25, 2010, and driving away.

Guidi, who did not run for re-election as mayor, entered his plea just as jury selection was scheduled to begin. The commercial mixer, valued at $1,300, was later returned to the school district, Miller said.

January 31, 2012


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , , — fayarfa @ 2:51 am

SANTA ANA - Four men were convicted and sentenced yesterday for a $400,000 conspiracy to steal Automated Teller Machines (ATM) using two stolen trucks and a stolen forklift. Richard Dwayne Bockman, 43, Yucca Valley, Ricky Joe Coffey, 44, Orange, Curtis Edward Weber, 38, Anaheim, and Charles Earl Roberts, 41, Riverside, pleaded guilty to a court offer Jan. 24, 2012, over the objection of the People, who argued for greater prison sentences based on the seriousness, sophistication, and pre-planning of the crimes.

Roberts was sentenced to three years in state prison, Coffey and Weber were sentenced to seven years in state prison, and Bockman was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

All four defendants pleaded guilty to four felony counts of grand theft, two felony counts each of arson, commercial burglary, and vandalism, and one felony count each of conspiracy to commit an unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit grand theft, conspiracy to commit arson, and the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. They admitted to the sentencing enhancements for causing over $200,000 in loss.

Coffey admitted to additional sentencing enhancements and allegations for having a prior unlawful taking of a motor vehicle conviction in 1994, for being convicted and imprisoned on two separate occasions and not remaining free for a period of five years for a 1994 conviction for possession of stolen property and a 2005 conviction for identity theft, and for crime-bail-crime, meaning that he was out of custody on bail on another criminal case at the time of this crime.


November 2, 2011

Five Charged in S.W.A.T. Stolen Weapons Case

Filed under: Los Angeles Criminal attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 11:12 pm

LOS ANGELES – Three men allegedly found in possession of assault weapons stolen from a Los Angeles Police Department training facility were charged today, the District Attorney’s Office announced.
Deputy District Attorney Frances Young of the Special Trials Division said William Vasquez, 28 (7/30/83), is charged with one count each of unlawful assault weapon activity and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The charging document alleges that Vasquez was convicted in May 2009 of receiving stolen property and possesses a March 2000 juvenile conviction for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14.

Brother and co-defendant Hector Gerardo Vasquez, 24 (dob 1/21/87), and another man, Mauricio Alberto Hernandez, 31 (10/17/80), are charged with one count each of possession of a machine gun.

Today, the brothers pleaded not guilty before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Upinder Kalra. The men are due back for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 10 in Department 37 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Bail was set at $120,000 for the older brother and $20,000 for the younger.


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