Crime

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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Serial killer receives death penalty

8/07/2014

A convicted serial killer was sentenced to death on Aug. 1 for four additional murders of women in South Los Angeles that occurred between 1987 and 1997, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. Chester Dewayne Turner, 47. In June, jurors recommended the death penalty for Turner after finding him guilty of four [...] [...more]

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Police seek murder suspect in Hollywood

By Edwin Folven, 7/31/2014

Good Samaritan dies one month after assault

The death of a man who police described as a Good Samaritan is being investigated as a homicide after the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office ruled the victim died as a result of blunt force trauma he received during an altercation in June at a McDonald’s restaurant in Hollywood. Gabriel Ortega, 57, died on July [...] [...more]

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Feuer cracks down on illegal tobacco sales

By Edwin Folven, 7/31/2014

City attorney takes multi-pronged approach with regulations

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has suspended tobacco sales at 14 retailers for 30 days as part of his attempt to crack down on establishments selling tobacco products to minors. In the local area, the licenses to sell tobacco were suspended at the Beverly 76 gas station at 4700 Beverly Blvd. and at K.S. [...] [...more]

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Four suspects charged for murder of student

7/31/2014

Three male defendant and one female defendant, all under the age of 20, have been charged with murder in the beating death of a 24-year-old USC graduate student whose body was found last Thursday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. They were identified as Jonathan Del Carmen, 19; Andrew Garcia, 18; Alberto [...] [...more]

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D.A. warns drivers about leaving pets in car

7/31/2014

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is reminding pet owners that it is against the law to leave animals in their vehicles, particularly during the “dog days of summer.” Even on days when temperatures outside are in the low 70s and the windows are left slightly open, a vehicle can heat up by an [...] [...more]

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