Blog Posts in August, 2011

  • A pastor at a Los Angeles church recently plead no contest to charges alleging that he had unlawful sex with a minor. The 14-year-old victim was a member of the pastor's congregation and he befriended her through a church group. In July and August of 2010, the pastor would take her to vacant buildings where he would then sexually assault her. The pastor was given a four-year suspended state ...
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  • Tina Marquez was already serving a two year prison sentence for disability insurance fraud when she was sentenced to an additional 16 months for embezzling over $42,000 from a Glendale youth football organization while it was under her leadership. The embezzlement was revealed after frustrated parents complained that their children weren't wearing updated uniforms or playing with new ...
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  • Recently, the California Supreme Court agreed to hear a First Amendment overbreadth challenge to a statute making it a crime to threaten retaliation against a victim or witness. Eddie Lowery and his wife were originally accused of stealing $250,000 from a man who had hired them to clean his house. Lowery was acquitted of the theft crime, but his wife was convicted and sentenced to prison. In a ...
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  • Attorney Charged With Stealing $300,000 From Friend's Estate

    || 15-Aug-2011

    A ttorney Leslie McAfee has been charged with stealing more than $300,000 in guns, jewelry and art from his friend's estate after he died of cancer in March 2010. He was arrested when a beneficiary named in the will contacted police after receiving nothing from the estate. McAfee plead not guilty at his arraignment on a felony complaint with charges including; four counts of grand theft, 35 ...
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  • UCLA Basketball Player Charged With Grand Theft

    || 13-Aug-2011

    A UCLA basketball player has been charged with Grand Theft after police were able to track down a stolen MacBook Pro in his possession, using the laptop's tracking device. The point guard has been suspended from the team and has been barred from all activities, pending his criminal case. The laptop is valued at $1,541.00, which is why the player is charged with Grand Theft. Under California ...
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  • Dance Instructor Sentenced for Taping Teen Girls

    || 11-Aug-2011

    An Aliso Viejo dance instructor, was arrested after he secretly videotaped five teenage girls in his bathroom during a pool party at his home and sexually assaulted a 16- year-old girl on another occasion at his house. One of the girls videotaped in the bathroom had spotted the tiny camera underneath the counter and took it to her parents. Her parents contacted the owner of the dance studio who ...
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  • Orange County Doctor Sentenced in Federal Court for Health Care Fraud

    || 9-Aug-2011

    Dr. Glen Justice, an Orange County cancer doctor, ran a fraudulent scam from 2004 to 2009 that caused health insurance providers to suffer losses between $400,000 and $1 million. Justice defrauded providers including Medicare, Tricare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, and many others by billing for injectable cancer medications that his patients never received. In some cases where the ...
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  • Orange County Woman in Custody for Severing Husband's Penis

    || 8-Aug-2011

    An Orange County woman, Catherine Becker, allegedly drugged her husband's dinner, tied him to their bed, and when he awoke, she sliced off his penis with a knife and dropped it down an active garbage disposal. She called 911 afterward, and police officers arrived to find her husband tied to the bed and bleeding. Becker is being held at the Orange County jail on suspicion of aggravated mayhem, ...
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  • A North Hollywood man, Petros Odachyan, pleaded guilty in June 2010 in Los Angeles Federal court to conspiracy to commit Health Care Fraud. He was the manager of RL Medical Supply and fraudulently sought more than $1 million from the Medicare program for unneeded equipment. Odachyan defrauded the Medicare program by submitting claims for unneeded electric wheelchairs, hospital beds, and other ...
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  • Former U.S. Forest Service Accountant Sentenced for Embezzling $1.4M

    || 3-Aug-2011

    Kathy Stamps, a United States Forest Service accountant at the Angeles National Forest offices in Arcadia, had access to funds contributed by private entities for road construction and other projects on federal lands. From 2002 through October 2004, Stamps fraudulently manipulated and fabricated Forest Service records that caused the U.S. Treasury to issue six refund checks totaling $1,421,390 to ...
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  • Former "CSI" Star Arrested for Possession of Ecstasy

    || 1-Aug-2011

    Gary Dourdan, former star of "CSI" was arrested in Los Angeles for alleged drug possession after he crashed into two parked cars. Authorities were investigating the scene of the accident when they found that Dourdan was in possession of ecstasy. Drug diversion programs are available to first-time drug offenders. After successful completion of a diversion program, they are entitled to a ...
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