Crime

Miracle Mile resident sentenced for scam

8/28/2014

A Miracle Mile resident was sentenced on Aug. 21 to three years in federal prison for orchestrating a scheme that led to the fraudulent purchase of four properties worth more than $2 million. The defendant, Soo Kyung Hong, who also used the name Maria Hong, 48, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John [...] [...more]

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Defendant convicted for Medicare fraud

8/28/2014

A Los Angeles County physician whose referrals led to more than $1.7 million in fraudulent Medicare billing pleaded guilty on Aug. 25 to participating in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare by writing prescriptions for unnecesary durable medical equipment (DME), such as power wheelchairs. Charles Okoye, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit [...] [...more]

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Police to conduct DUI stings on holiday weekend

8/28/2014

The Los Angeles Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are taking a multi-pronged approach to preventing drunk driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend. From Thursday, Aug. 14 through Monday, Sept. 1, the LAPD, the California Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be aggressively targeting drunk and drugged drivers as [...] [...more]

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Hollywood man sentenced for racketeering

8/21/2014

An associate of the Armenian Power gang, who was convicted at trial for his role in a racketeering conspiracy that included stealing personal and financial information of elderly bank customers for accounts valued at more than $25 million, was sentenced on Aug. 18 to 160 months in prison. Andranik Aloyan, 41, of Hollywood, was sentenced [...] [...more]

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Rapper Ray J arraigned on four misdemeanor charges

8/21/2014

The entertainer known as Ray J was arraigned on Aug. 19 on charges of sexual battery and resisting arrest, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. Deputy District Attorney Candice Jan said Ray J, whose real name is Willie Ray Norwood Jr., 33, pleaded not guilty through an attorney to the four misdemeanor [...] [...more]

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Defendant sentenced for stock trading scam

8/14/2014

United States District Judge S. James Otero has sentenced a San Francisco man for his involvement in insider trading by purchasing Marvel Entertainment, Inc. stock options immediately prior to its acquisition by The Walt Disney Company in August 2009. Toby G. Scammell, 29, was sentenced to three months in federal prison, followed by six months [...] [...more]

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Immigration officer convicted for accepting bribes

8/14/2014

A former immigration officer was convicted in federal court on Aug. 1 for taking bribes from Cambodian immigrants in exchange for immigration benefits, including granting the immigrants temporary legal status. The former immigration officer and his wife were also convicted of witness tampering. Billy Louis Nelms, Sr., 54, of Los Angeles, was convicted of felony [...] [...more]

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Macy’s pleads no contest to criminal liability charges

8/14/2014

Macy’s Corporate Services, Inc. has pleaded no contest to corporate criminal liability charges for the death of an employee in 2009, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. Deputy District Attorney Daniel Wright, of the Environmental Crimes Section, said Macy’s entered the plea on the misdemeanor count on Aug. 12. As part of [...] [...more]

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Beverly Hills resident sentenced for tax fraud

8/07/2014

A Beverly Hills resident was sentenced on Aug. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to six months in prison and one year of home confinement for filing a false federal income tax return for 2007. According to court documents, Monajem Hakimijoo, also known as Manny Hakimi, a U.S. citizen, [...] [...more]

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Water District director, lobbyist charged with scam

8/07/2014

A West Basin Municipal Water District director, along with a married couple with ties to the director, have been charged with an embezzlement scheme to help the director pay approximately $20,000 in personal expenses, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. The defendants were identified as Ronald Craig Smith, 55; who serves as [...] [...more]

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