Crime

Man charged for ambulance theft

10/30/2014

A 21-year-old defendant has been charged with carjacking after he allegedly stole an ambulance and then led police on a pursuit that ended in a collision, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. The defendant, Mohamed Zahir, has been charged with two counts of carjacking and one count each of attempted carjacking and [...] [...more]

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USC grad convicted for shootings

10/30/2014

A 22-year-old Los Angeles man was convicted on Oct. 27 of the 2012 fatal shootings of two USC graduate students from China during a botched robbery. A jury of seven women and five men deliberated less than one-and-a-half days before finding the defendant, Javier Bolden, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. The victims, Ming [...] [...more]

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Police warn of blessing scam in Chinese Community

10/30/2014

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Asian Crime Unit cautions the public about a recent rash of “blessing” scams targeting the Chinese community. The first suspect, a Chinese female, who claims to be a psychic and offers to tell the victims their fortune free of charge, contacts victims. After the initial contact, two additional suspects approach [...] [...more]

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Two defendants charged with Medicare fraud

10/16/2014

An indictment was unsealed on Oct. 8 charging two managers and operators of three Los Angeles medical clinics with Medicare fraud, and conspiracy to pay illegal kickbacks for medical procedures that were never provided. Hovik Simitian, 47, of Los Angeles, and Anahit Shatvoryan, 49, of Glendale, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to [...] [...more]

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Charges filed in car title loan sharking scheme

10/16/2014

Six defendants are facing loan sharking charges for allegedly offering exorbitant car title loans to unsuspecting customers who often fell behind on payments and had their vehicles unlawfully repossessed. Each defendant is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit loan sharking, which carries up to a five-year prison sentence. The defendants were identified as [...] [...more]

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Retired police officer faces fraud allegations

10/16/2014

A retired Los Angeles Police Department detective pleaded not guilty on Oct. 7 to a charge that he embezzled more than $150,000 from a foundation that represents African American LAPD officers and employees, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. The defendant, James Edwards, 64, was charged with one count of embezzlement, with [...] [...more]

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Sexual assault suspect pleads guilty

10/16/2014

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer recently announced that former UCLA student government commissioner Omar Arce, 22, has pleaded no-contest to seven counts of sexual battery, four counts of simple battery and one count of false imprisonment. Sentencing was continued for one year, but the court remanded Arce into custody immediately on Oct. 8 to [...] [...more]

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Feds crack down on money laundering schemes

10/09/2014

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has announced the issuance of a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) that imposes additional reporting and record keeping obligations on businesses in the Los Angeles Fashion District, downtown. The GTO will enhance law enforcement’s ongoing efforts to identify and pursue cases against persons and businesses engaged in the illicit movement [...] [...more]

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Female robbery suspects sought in Hollywood

10/09/2014

Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information that will lead to the arrest of two suspects who committed three robberies in October. On Oct. 3, between 9:30 p.m. and 11:40 p.m., three separate robberies occurred in Hollywood. One robbery occurred in the 1600 block of [...] [...more]

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LAPD gets funding to combat alcohol violations

10/09/2014

The Los Angeles Police Department has received a $100,000  grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for the enforcement of alcohol-related violations in Los Angeles. Capt. Kelly P. Mulldorfer, commanding officer of LAPD’s Detective Support and Vice Division, said that the funds will be used to assist the LAPD in reducing the [...] [...more]

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