Blog Posts in March, 2011

  • A Hermosa Beach woman, Debra Louise Brass, sold dozens of fake Lady Gaga tickets on Craigslist last summer. She has been charged with Grand Theft. Police learned about the phony tickets from a woman who went to the August concert at Staples Center and was unable to get in. An additional 47 people who tried to see the concert also identified Brass as the person who sold them their tickets. Brass ...
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  • Man Sentenced for Beating His 2-Year-Old Niece to Death

    || 28-Mar-2011

    Michael Balderas of Santa Ana was recently sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for beating his 2-year-old niece to death. He had been given custody of his niece, Jo Jade, in October, 2005, after the girl's parents went to federal prison in Texas on drug charges. The jury convicted Balderas in January of second-degree murder and assault on a child likely to produce great bodily injury ...
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  • Los Angeles Hospital Director Sentenced for Molesting Foster Son

    || 25-Mar-2011

    A former state mental hospital director in Long Beach was recently sentenced to 248 years in prison for molesting his adopted foster son for over 10 years as part of what prosecutors claimed was a pattern of abuse that spanned four decades and ensnared at least a dozen young boys, many of whom appeared in court as grown men to confront him. Using an "adoption book" provided by the county's foster ...
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  • An Orange County man was on trial after discharging his semen into the water bottle of a female co-worker on two separate occasions because he found her attractive and knew that her lips touched the bottle. Michael Lallana, who worked at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, was found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of Battery with sentencing enhancement allegations for committing a crime for ...
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  • Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder and Assault

    || 21-Mar-2011

    Elijah Stinson and his then-girlfriend, Jeniell Galvan-Franco, approached Jeffrey Cortinez and without provocation, Stinson struck him once in the head with an aluminum baseball bat, leaving the victim with severe brain damage that requires around-the-clock nursing care. Stinson was recently sentenced in a plea agreement to seven years in state prison for attempted murder without premeditation and ...
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  • Los Angeles Couple Facing Multiple Drug and Weapons Charges

    || 18-Mar-2011

    A Los Angeles couple was arrested after detectives serving a search warrant at their apartment discovered seven rifles and shotguns, three handguns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, several high-capacity magazines, 2 pounds of methamphetamine and 20 pounds of marijuana. Thomas Morehouse is charged with 15 felony counts of possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession for sale ...
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  • Lindsay Lohan Charged with Felony Grand Theft

    || 16-Mar-2011

    Lindsay Lohan, who is currently on probation for a misdemeanor drunk-driving conviction and is also facing a criminal investigation involving allegations that she committed a Battery against a Betty Ford Center employee, has now been charged with Felony Grand Theft. Lohan is alleged to have stolen a $2,500.00 necklace from a Venice jewelry store not far from where she lives. The necklace ...
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  • A California insurance agency owner has been sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to register as a sex offender for secretly videotaping a female employee while she used the office restroom. A friend of the defendant made a complaint to police, saying he saw disturbing images on the business owner's computer. When police conducted a search, they found a video that shows a female employee using ...
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  • Woman Sentenced for Staging Fake Funerals in Insurance Fraud

    || 11-Mar-2011

    Faye Shilling, a Los Angeles woman who staged fake funerals to defraud insurance companies out of nearly $1 million, was recently sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay around $330,500 in restitution after pleading guilty to two counts of Wire Fraud. Shilling and co-defendant Jean Crump of Los Angeles, collected almost $1 million from insurance and lending companies by ...
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  • Orange County Broker Sentenced for Real Estate Fraud

    || 6-Mar-2011

    An Orange County real estate broker, Kathy Chen, was convicted of 136 felony counts, including one count of conspiracy, 47 counts of grand theft, 37 counts of forgery, 15 counts of identity theft and three counts of filing false tax returns. Chen committed $17.5 million worth of real estate and mortgage fraud. She obtained personal and credit information of borrowers without their knowledge or ...
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  • Orange County Man Charged with Manufacturing Meth and Elder Abuse

    || 1-Mar-2011

    An Orange County man, Thomas George Hogue, has recently been charged with setting up a methamphetamine lab in the home where he lived with his bedridden, 87-year-old aunt as her caretaker. Police discovered the meth lab while conducting a welfare check at the request of the woman's granddaughter, who had not heard from her for three months. Hogue was not present when the police arrived, so they ...
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