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    November 4 Latest Release Claremont Woman and Son among Four Charged in Money Laundering Conspiracy Related to ‘Purple Drank’ Distribution Scheme
       
    October 31 Orange County Man Found Guilty of Using Credit Cards Stolen from Victims in the Vietnamese Community to Purchase Luxury Goods
       
    October 27 Authorities Arrest 16 Linked to $18 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme Involving Bogus Prescriptions for Expensive Anti-Psychotic Drugs
       
    October 26 Arrests Follow Undercover Deal involving 10 Pounds of Methamphetamine
       
    October 26 O.C. Doctor Arrested on Charges of Illegally Prescribing Addictive Pain Medications, Often Meeting with 'Patients' at Starbucks
       
    October 25 Parolee Sentenced to 8 Years in Federal Prison for Identity Theft
       
    October 25 West Covina Woman Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison for Running Investment Scheme that Raised Nearly $7 Million
       
    October 24 Montebello Attorney Sentenced to One Year in Federal Prison for ‘Structuring’ Cash Transactions in Bid to Avoid Paying Income Taxes
       
    October 18 Bel-Air Man Convicted of Bankruptcy Fraud and Assault Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Federal Prison
       
    October 18 Task Force Investigation Results in Whittier-Area Gang Members Being Named in Federal Narcotics Trafficking Indictment
       
    October 17 Santa Barbara Accountant Arrested on Federal Tax Charges
       
    October 14 L.A.-Area Immigration Consultants Indicted in Asylum Fraud Scheme Involving Chinese Aliens and Bogus Claims of Religious Persecution
       
    October 13 Grand Jury Indicts 14 in L.A.-Based OxyContin Ring that Allegedly Distributed Over 1 Million Pills of the Highly Addictive Painkillers
       
    October 11 Final U.S. Defendant Charged with Participating in Online Child Pornography Bulletin Board Found Guilty in Federal Court
       
    October 11 Prominent L.A. Businessman Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison for Stealing Nearly $21 Million Entrusted to His Company
       
    October 7 California’s Top Federal Law Enforcement Officials Announce Enforcement Actions Against State’s Widespread and Illegal Marijuana Industry
       
    October 7 Enforcement Actions Directed At Commercial Marijuana Operations Across Southland Include Criminal Drug Trafficking Case, Property Forfeiture Lawsuits and Warning Letters to Landlords
       
    October 5 Promoter of Christian Rock Concerts Pleads Guilty to Federal Wire Fraud Charge in $1 Million Ponzi Scheme
       
    October 4 Promoter of Christian Rock Concerts Pleads Guilty to Federal Wire Fraud Charge in $1 Million Ponzi Scheme
       
    October 3 Former LA City Building Inspector Sentenced to 18 Months on Federal Bribery Charges
       
    October 3 55 Indicted in Massive Federal Income Tax Fraud Scheme that Illegally Sought More Than a Quarter Billion Dollars in Tax Refunds
       
    September 27 SAN FERNANDO VALLEY DOCTOR CONVICTED OF SELLING BOGUS CANCER CURE TO CHRISTIANS ACROSS THE NATION
       
    September 23 SCE AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY PAY $9.6 MILLION TO SETTLE FEDERAL CLAIMS RELATED TO 2007 GRASS VALLEY FIRE
       
    September 20 FEDERAL COURT SHUTS DOWN BURBANK-BASED TAX PREPARER
       
    September 19 FORMER L.A. CITY BUILDING INSPECTOR SENTENCED TO 21 MONTHS IN PRISON ON FEDERAL BRIBERY CHARGES
       
    September 15 O.C. SEX OFFENDER FACES 26 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
       
    September 15 FLORIDA MAN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF SELLING STOLEN ART AND SELLING FORGED PAINTINGS FOR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
       
    September 14 CALIFORNIA MAN SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR TAKING 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL TO LAS VEGAS TO HAVE SEX
       
    September 13 WESTSIDE MORTGAGE BANKER SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ‘PROPERTY-FLIPPING’ FRAUD SCHEME
       
    September 12 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MAN SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR IMPORTING COUNTERFEIT EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
       
    September 9 DEFENDANT IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCAM ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BOND AFTER DEPORTATION FROM SAMOA
       
    September 9 SMUGGLER INVOLVED IN THE MISTREATMENT OF ALIENS AT HIGH DESERT ‘DROP HOUSE’ SENTENCED TO OVER 7 YEARS IN PRISON
       
    September 8 ENTERTAINMENT EXECUTIVE PLEADS GUILTY IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR STOCK FRAUD AND SCHEME TO BILK INVESTOR
       
    September 7 SIX DEFENDANTS CHARGED IN LOS ANGELES AS PART OF NATIONWIDE MEDICARE FRAUD STRIKE FORCE TAKEDOWN
       
    September 6 MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAIL FRAUD IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR NASCAR MERCHANDISE PONZI THAT BILKED FRIENDS AND FAMILY
       
    September 2 BAY AREA WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX FRAUD FOR FILING TAX RETURNS THAT CLAIMED NON-EXISTENT DEPENDENTS
       
    September 1 LOS ANGELES TAX PREPARER SENTENCED TO MORE THAN FIVE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR VISA AND TAX FRAUD SCHEME
       
    September 1 ORANGE COUNTY MAN WHO ADMITTED HACKING INTO PERSONAL COMPUTERS SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ‘SEXTORTION’ OF WOMEN AND TEENAGE GIRLS
       
    August 31 LAWYER CONVICTED OF FEDERAL CHARGES FOR ACCEPTING CASH AFTER PROMISING TO TAMPER WITH WITNESS TESTIMONY
       
    August 30 EMPLOYEE OF CENTRAL COAST BANK ADMITS STEALING NEARLY $110,000 – MOSTLY FROM ACCOUNTS OF TWO OCTOGENARIANS
       
    August 29 FORMER BANK EMPLOYEE SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ROLE IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
       
    August 18 FORMER PRESIDENT OF HURST FINANCIAL CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING INVESTORS IN CENTRAL COAST REAL ESTATE
       
    August 16 SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR STEALING FUNDS FROM BENEFICIARIES
       
    August 16 BOGUS INVESTMENT ADVISOR SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR RUNNING 15-YEAR, $15 MILLION PONZI SCHEME THAT TARGETED RETIRED BUS AND TRAIN OPERATORS
       
    August 15 GUATEMALAN MAN WHO DIRECTED MISTREATMENT OF ALIENS AT LANCASTER ‘DROP HOUSE’ SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON
       
    August 15 SIMI VALLEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL NARCOTICS CHARGE, ADMITTING HE DISTRIBUTED HEROIN THAT CAUSED OVERDOSE DEATHS OF TWO VENTURA COUNTY USERS
       
    August 15 ORANGE COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH SEX TRAFFICKING AFTER RESCUE OF TEXAS GIRLS HE BROUGHT TO CALIFORNIA
       
    August 12 FORMER PRESIDENT OF VENTURA HELLS ANGELS CHAPTER ARRESTED ON FEDERAL EXTORTION AND FIREBOMBING CHARGES
       
    August 11 FORMER SUPERVISOR AT U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS ON BRIBERY AND FRAUD CHARGES
       
    August 5 ORANGE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER AND DOCTOR WHO BILKED MEDICARE AGREE TO PAY $7.5 MILLION TO SETTLE FRAUD CASE
       
    August 5 GANG MEMBER AND LEADER OF METH TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
       
    August 5 FEDERAL DRUG CASE TARGETS MEMBERS OF COMPTON STREET GANG ACCUSED OF SELLING MARIJUANA, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
       
    August 5 TWO OWNERS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL COMPANIES SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS IN PRISON IN TAX CASE
       
    August 4 PROMINENT L.A. ATTORNEY FACES SIX MONTHS IN JAIL FOR 'CONDUIT CONTRIBUTIONS' TO A FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN
       
    August 1 JAPANESE NATIONAL PLEADS GUILTY TO SMUGGLING TURTLES AND TORTOISES FROM JAPAN INTO THE UNITED STATES
       
    July 26 ORANGE COUNTY DOCTOR SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR BILLING FOR CANCER MEDS THAT WERE NEVER PROVIDED
       
    July 25 ORANGE COUNTY DOCTOR SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR BILLING FOR CANCER MEDS THAT WERE NEVER PROVIDED
       
    July 22 TWO ARRESTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES FOR ALLEGEDLY USING COUNTERFEIT CREDIT CARDS TO BUY HIGH-END ELECTRONICS
       
    July 22 TSA OFFICER INDICTED IN SERIES OF THEFTS FROM LUGGAGE
       
    July 20 DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO 18 DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES FOR DISPENSING NARCOTICS WITHOUT EXAMINING ‘PATIENTS’
       
    July 14 WASHINGTON STATE MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS FOR ORCHESTRATING FORECLOSURE-RESCUE SCHEME
       
    July 12 SAN FERNANDO VALLEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN VISA FRAUD SCHEME
       
    July 8 SIX LOS ANGELES COUNTY RESIDENTS CHARGED IN $4 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
       
    July 7 LOS ANGELES COUNTY PROBATION OFFICER ARRESTED FOR WIRE FRAUD FOR FRAUDULENTLY OBTAINING STUDENT AID
       
    July 6 LOMITA MAN SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SMUGGLING LIZARDS INTO THE UNITED STATES
       
    June 27 FINAL DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR PARTICIPATING IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY DISTRIBUTION RING
       
    June 27 LEAD DEFENDANT IN INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER HACKING RING SENTENCED IN TWO CASES TO 13 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
       
    June 27 FORMER L.A. COUNTY SOCIAL WORKER SENTENCED TO NEARLY FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR IDENTITY THEFT AND TAX SCAM
       
    June 22 CHILD MOLESTER WHO PHOTOGRAPHED HIS SEXUAL ASSAULTS SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
       
    June 21 FORMER EMPLOYEE OF U.S. FOREST SERVICE SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR EMBEZZLING $1.4 MILLION
       
    June 21 MANAGER OF TUJUNGA BUSINESS SENTENCED TO OVER FOUR YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON IN MEDICARE FRAUD SCHEME
       
    June 20 THREE MEMBERS OF VENTURA AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTY GANGS GET AT LEAST 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL DRUG CASE
       
    June 17 18 CHARGED IN FRAUD CASES RELATED TO TELEMARKETING OPERATIONS THAT SOLICITED OVER $25 MILLION FOR INDIE FILMS
       
    June 14 PSYCHOLOGIST ARRESTED IN MEDICAL FRAUD SCHEME INVOLVING NEARLY $1 MILLION IN BOGUS TREATMENT COSTS
       
    June 9 MASSACHUSETTS MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ENTICING GIRLS TO ENGAGE IN SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONDUCT ON INTERNET THAT HE RECORDED AND DISTRIBUTED
       
    June 9 SAN FERNANDO VALLEY MAN ARRESTED IN VISA FRAUD SCHEME
       
    June 7 CENTRAL COAST WOMAN GUILTY IN FRAUD SCHEME TO OBTAIN $35 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
       
    June 7 FEDERAL RACKETEERING INDICTMENT ALLEGES AZUSA STREET GANG RESPONSIBLE FOR NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING AND CAMPAIGN OF HATE CRIMES TARGETING AFRICAN-AMERICANS
       
    June 6 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR CONSPIRING TO VIOLATE THE CLEAN AIR ACT DURING ASBESTOS REMOVAL
       
    June 6 RIALTO POLICE OFFICER AND ORANGE COUNTY DEFENSE ATTORNEY TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN FEDERAL BRIBERY CASE
       
    June 2 INVENTOR OF ZICAM COLD REMEDY ARRESTED FOR ILLEGALLY IMPORTING AND DISTRIBUTING OF UNAPPROVED ‘BIRD FLU’ DRUG
       
    May 26 I.R.S. REVENUE AGENT WHO FILED FALSE TAX RETURNS FOR HIMSELF AND OTHERS SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON
       
    May 24 EMPLOYEE OF CENTRAL COAST BANK ARRESTED FOR STEALING NEARLY $110,000, MOSTLY FROM ELDERLY CUSTOMERS
       
    May 23 SECOND L.A. CITY BUILDING INSPECTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL BRIBERY CHARGE FOR TAKING THOUSANDS IN CASH
       
    May 23 CENTRAL COAST MAN SENTENCED TO NEARLY TWO YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
       
    May 19 PROMINENT L.A. BUSINESSMAN CONVICTED ON FEDERAL FRAUD CHARGES FOR STEALING $21 MILLION ENTRUSTED TO HIS FIRM
       
    May 17 CENTRAL COAST WOMAN ARRESTED FOR LOAN FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT IN SCHEMES INVOLVING FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS
       
    May 10 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMPANY, TWO EXECUTIVES AND INTERMEDIARY CONVICTED IN SCHEME TO BRIBE OFFICIALS AT STATE-OWNED ELECTRICAL UTILITY IN MEXICO
       
    May 10 OWNER OF O.C. REHABILITATION FACILITY ARRAIGNED ON FEDERAL MAIL FRAUD CHARGES ALLEGING MEDICARE SCAM
       
    May 9 THREE ASSOCIATED WITH L.A. JEWELRY STORE SENTENCED FOR SELLING LEAD-TAINTED COUNTERFEIT DESIGNER JEWELRY
       
    May 9 LOS ANGELES MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ROLE IN TRAFFICKING COUNTERFEIT EXERCISE EQUIPMENT MADE IN CHINA
       
    May 9 OPERATOR OF CLANDESTINE STEROID LAB IN COMPTON SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
       
    May 9 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CONVICTIONS IN SMUGGLING SCHEMES, INCLUDING PLOT TO BRING SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES INTO UNITED STATES
       
    May 6 PASO ROBLES COUPLE PLEAD GUILTY TO HARBORING FILIPINO ALIENS WHO WERE SMUGGLED INTO U.S. AND WORKED UNDER ABUSIVE CONDITIONS AT ELDER CARE FACILIITIES
       
    May 6 FORMER BASEBALL PLAYER LENNY DYKSTRA INDICTED BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN BANKRUPTCY FRAUD CASE
       
    May 3 FORMER SUPERVISOR AT U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES CONVICTED OF BRIBERY AND FRAUD CHARGES
       
    May 3 TRANSIENT INDICTED ON FEDERAL EXPLOSIVES CHARGES RELATED TO BLAST OUTSIDE SANTA MONICA SYNAGOGUE
       
    May 2 PIZZA SHOP OPERATOR SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
       
    April 18 FORMER TOP OFFICIAL WITH INLAND EMPIRE INDIAN TRIBE SENTENCED TO 41 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR TAKING BRIBES
       
    April 18 ESCROW AGENT WHO EMBEZZLED NEARLY $4 MILLION BEING HELD FOR 24 CALIFORNIA CITIES SENTENCED TO PRISON
       
    April 15 FORMER MLB STAR LENNY DYKSTRA CHARGED IN BANKRUPTCY FRAUD CASE THAT ALLEGES SALE OF ITEMS FROM MANSION
       
    April 14 WOMAN WHO SOLD ABUSED AND SICK HORSES SENTENCED TO 41 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING INTERNET CUSTOMERS
       
    April 11 OPERATOR OF ‘CAP X’ PONZI SCHEME SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR BILKING VICTIMS OUT $8 MILLION
       
    April 8 PURPORTED INVESTMENT ADVISOR CHARGED WITH RUNNING 15-YEAR PONZI SCHEME THAT COLLECTED $15 MILLION
       
    April 8 FBI ARRESTS TWO L.A. CITY BUILDING INSPECTORS ON FEDERAL CHARGES OF TAKING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN BRIBES
       
    April 7 NEW YORK MAN SENTENCED TO 16 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ROLE IN $1.7 MILLION INSIDER TRADING SCHEME
       
    April 7 TWO EXECUTIVES IN PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL STOCK SALES
       
    April 6 SAN FERNANDO VALLEY MAN CONVICTED OF ILLEGALLY STORING TOXIC AND EXPLOSIVE HAZARDOUS WASTE IN HIS BACKYARD
       
    April 6 3 MEMBERS OF FAMILY THAT OPERATES L.A.-AREA IMMIGRATION CONSULTING BUSINESS ARRESTED ON VISA FRAUD CHARGES
       
    April 5 ART COLLECTOR AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY IN TAX SCHEME INVOLVING INFLATED APPRAISALS FOR CHARITABLE GIFTS
       
    April 5 SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR RUNNING $6 MILLION JOB SCAM
       
    March 29 OWNER OF SOUTH L.A. BUSINESS SENTENCED TO NEARLY FIVE YEARS IN PRISON IN $1.8 MILLION MEDICARE FRAUD SCHEME
       
    March 29 SANTA CLARITA MAN CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY AND VIOLATING THE CLEAN AIR ACT BY IMPROPERLY HANDLING ASBESTOS
       
    March 26 FIVE DOMESTIC DEFENDANTS LINKED TO INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER HACKING RING GUILTY OF FEDERAL FRAUD CHARGES
       
    March 23 L.A. MAN CONVICTED OF ILLEGALLY MARKETING UNAPPROVED DRUGS WITH CLAIMS THAT VARIOUS AILMENTS WOULD BE CURED
       
    March 23 O.C. INVESTMENT ADVISOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD CHARGES IN PONZI SCHEME THAT CAUSED OVER $6 MILLION IN LOSSES
       
    March 22 MONTEBELLO ATTORNEY PLEADS GUILTY TO ‘STRUCTURING’ CASH TRANSACTIONS IN BID TO AVOID PAYING INCOME TAXES
       
    March 22 FORMER EMPLOYEE OF COMPTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHARGED WITH STEALING FEDERAL STUDENT AID MONEY
       
    March 21 LEADER OF ALIEN SMUGGLING RING WITH TIES TO LOS ANGELES STREET GANG SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON
       
    March 21 GOVERNMENT ATTORNEY SENTENCED TO NEARLY 18 YEARS IN PRISON FOR TAKING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN BRIBES FROM IMMIGRANTS SEEKING STATUS IN U.S.
       
    March 17 FORMER CORONA CITY COUNCILMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO LYING TO FBI AGENTS INVESTIGATING HIS BANKRUPTCY CASE
       
    March 15 JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR VIOLATING INMATE’S RIGHT TO PRACTICE HIS RELIGION
       
    March 10 TWO MEN ARRESTED ON FEDERAL FRAUD CHARGES RELATED TO BOILER ROOM THAT SOLICITED INDEPENDENT FILM INVESTMENTS
       
    March 10 INLAND EMPIRE FURNITURE COMPANY EXEC SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR HIRING ILLEGAL WORKERS
       
    March 10 ORANGE COUNTY COUPLE ARRESTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES OF BILKING BANKS OUT OF $130 MILLION IN LINE OF CREDIT SCAM
       
    March 10 DISBARRED LAWYER INDICTED IN $9.5 MILLION INVESTMENT SCAM
       
    March 8 FORMER LAW FIRM PARTNER PLEADS GUILTY TO USING FABRICATED IRS DOCUMENT TO AVOID PAYING BACK TAXES
       
    March 7 PARKING COMPANY CO-OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBING FORMER INDIAN TRIBE CHAIRMAN TO SECURE VALET CONTRACT
       
    March 7 TEN DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN ‘NIGERIAN 419 SCAM’ THAT FALSELY PROMISED INHERITANCE MONEY TO VICTIMS
       
    March 7 OPERATOR OF TUSTIN COMPANY CHARGED WITH STEALING $285,000 FROM GROUP OF ROMAN CATHOLIC NUNS
       
    March 4 OWNERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL COMPANIES OPERATING OUT OF VENTURA AND ORANGE COUNTIES CONVICTED IN TAX CASE
       
    March 3 FORMER UPLAND MAYOR, SECOND CITY OFFICIAL INDICTED IN FEDERAL CORRUPTION CASE FOR DEMANDING $70,000 IN BRIBES
       
    March 2 AVAYA AND CIT GROUP PAY OVER $16.5 MILLION TO RESOLVE ALLEGATIONS OF OVERCHARGING FOR TELEPHONE SYSTEMS
       
    February 23 SANTA CLARITA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE CLEAN AIR ACT’S ASBESTOS WORK PRACTICE STANDARDS
       
    February 17 SIX LOS ANGELES-AREA DEFENDANTS INDICTED FOR SUBMITTING NEARLY $30 MILLION IN FRAUDULENT BILLS TO MEDICARE
       
    February 16 ARMENIAN POWER ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP TARGETED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENTS THAT ALLEGE RACKETEERING OFFENSES, INCLUDING BANK FRAUD SCHEMES, KIDNAPPINGS AND DRUG TRAFFICKING
       
    February 14 CON MAN SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS IN PRISON IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PONZI SCHEME THAT BILKED HUNDREDS OF INVESTORS
       
    February 14 FORMER CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR LYING DURING INVESTIGATION INTO CAMPAIGN LETTERS
       
    February 10 FORMER L.A. COUNTY SOCIAL WORKER PLEADS GUILTY IN IDENTITY THEFT, TAX SCAM THAT ILLEGALLY SOUGHT $2 MILLION
       
    February 9 MEMBERS OF OXNARD STREET GANG NAMED IN FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING INDICTMENTS ARRESTED BY AUTHORITIES
       
    February 7 MARINE CORPS CAPTAIN WHO SKIMMED $1.7 MILLION FROM CONTRACTS WHILE IN IRAQ SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON
       
    February 7 SECOND KEY PLAYER IN IRVINE-BASED PONZI PLEADS GUILTY IN $8 MILLION SCHEME THAT TARGETED KOREAN-AMERICANS
       
    February 4 SECOND SOUTH L.A. GANG LEADER SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING PCP
       
    February 3 FEDERAL COURT SHUTS DOWN UPLAND-BASED TAX PREPARER
       
    February 1 RACKETEERING INDICTMENT TARGETS 38th STREET GANG
       
    January 28 FORMER HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OFFICIAL ARRESTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES STEMMING FROM KICKBACK SCHEME
       
    January 28 PONZI OPERATOR WHO COLLECTED $2 MILLION FROM VICTIMS SENTENCED TO NEARLY FOUR YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
       
    January 28 CLAREMONT MAN ARRESTED FOR SENDING THREATENING LETTERS TO L.A. COUNTY DEPT. OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES
       
    January 27 CANADIAN TELEMARKETER SENTENCED TO OVER NINE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON IN BOND SCAM INVOLVING LOTTERIES
       
    January 25 FINAL DEFENDANT INVOLVED IN MONTEREY PARK-BASED CREDIT CARD FRAUD RING SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON
       
    January 24 WASHINGTON STATE MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ORCHESTRATING FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCHEME THAT FALSELY PROMISED TO HELP DISTRESSED HOMEOWNERS KEEP THEIR HOMES
       
    January 19 LENNOX 13 STREET GANG TARGETED IN FEDERAL RACKETEERING INDICTMENT, STATE DRUG CHARGES AND IMMIGRATION ARRESTS
       
    January 11 MEMBERS OF VENTURA AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTY STREET GANGS CHARGED IN FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING CASE
       
    January 11 FORMER CHASE BANK OFFICIAL CONVICTED OF TAKING BRIBES AND DISCLOSING EXISTENCE OF A SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORT
       
    January 10 FORMER STATE EMPLOYEE WHO INSPECTED REHAB CLINICS SENTENCED TO 41 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR TAKING CASH BRIBES
       
    January 10 JAPANESE NATIONALS ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF SMUGGLING TURTLES AND TORTOISES FROM JAPAN INTO THE UNITED STATES
       
    January 10 LEAD DEFENDANT IN MASSIVE RACKETEERING CASE THAT TARGETED HAWAIIAN GARDENS GANG SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON FOR WIDE-RANGING DRUG TRAFFICKING ACTIVITIES
       
    January 5 I.R.S. REVENUE AGENT PLEADS GUILTY TO FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS FOR HIMSELF AND TWO RELATIVES