Two consultants and a marketer are facing federal fraud charges for falsely billing health insurance programs for over $50 million. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, a federal grand jury indicted the three individuals on multiple counts of mail fraud. Officials believe they lured patients to an Orange surgery center for medical procedures that they were told were covered by their health insurance plans. These allegedly unnecessary procedures such as tummy tucks, nose jobs, liposuctions and breast augmentations resulted in false bills.
This alleged scheme resulted in over $50 million of claims to union and PPO health-care benefit programs. The 30-year-old marketer from San Pedro and the 31- and 44-year-old consultants from Placentia and Tustin respectively, could each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for every count of mail fraud. Read the rest »
In 2010, an Orange County man was convicted for a gang murder and sentenced to life in prison. According to a recent news report in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County prosecutors have agreed to vacate that conviction because they say crucial evidence was not provided to the defense at the time. The defendant will now face a new trial.
During the original trial, the prosecution relied on testimony from three informants including a “jailhouse snitch” who provided information with the hope of receiving an early release from prison. The defense attorneys for the convicted Seal Beach man say that the prosecution routinely utilizes snitches and then conceals their work from the defense. In this case, they only provided four out of 300 pages of notes! Read the rest »
A 43-year-old Huntington Beach woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $750,000 from her employers has been sentenced to eight years in state prison. According to a news report in The Huntington Beach Independent, the woman was a part-time bookkeeper who embezzled $171,000 from an Irvine-based company and $578,000 from a Huntington Beach-based company by hiding extra salary checks she paid to herself.
She legitimately made about $2,000 a month, but was spending over $20,000 a month on vacations, vehicles, and breast enhancement surgeries, the report said. The charges she was sentenced for include grand theft embezzlement, money laundering, forgery, and falsifying financial records. Read the rest »
A 37-year-old Anaheim man has been taken into custody after another man was found dead in his own apartment. According to a CBS news report, the roommates of the victim found him in their apartment in the 1300 block of North Harbor Boulevard in Santa Ana. Officials have not released any information that connects the Anaheim man with the victim, but they were allegedly acquaintances. The 37-year-old man is being held by the Santa Ana Police in lieu of $1 million bail on suspicion of murder.
California Penal Code 187 (a) defines murder as the “unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus with malice aforethought.” Homicide refers to all types of killing including manslaughter, justifiable killings, and murder. Murder charges always carry the most severe penalties. Read the rest »
Two Orange County men face multiple wire fraud charges after allegedly defrauding investors out of at least $3.5 million. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, they allegedly targeted wealthy investors between June 2009 and March 2014 in Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties. Officials say the men used investments in Euro Bank Trust Corp., for their own personal gain. They have also been accused of making a variety of deceptive statements regarding the wealth of their company and what they could offer to investors. They pleaded not guilty to the charges and could face jury trial as early as July.
Wire fraud is a federal crime that involves fraud carried out through any form of television, radio, or wire communication including e-mail and even text messaging. According to U.S. Code 1343: “Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication” has committed wire fraud. Read the rest »
A 27-year-old Anaheim man will face 22 years of prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, he entered a guilty plea in connection with an incident that occurred off Zeyn Street in Anaheim the night of August 29, 2012. Officials say a 39-year-old man was in a physical confrontation with a 53-year-old Irvine man when the 27-year-old decided to join in. The 53-year-old man was killed and the 39-year-old man was convicted of murder. The 27-year-old faces 22 years in prison instead of the 11-year maximum sentence for voluntary manslaughter because of a previous conviction involving gang activity.
In this case, the Anaheim man was able to plead guilty to manslaughter because he played a smaller, secondary role in the murder of the victim. It is important to understand the differences between voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and murder because their penalties are significantly different. Read the rest »
Despite traffic congestion and an ever-increasing suburban sprawl, Orange County is home to some of the most beautiful and scenic bike trails around. And with spring in full bloom, the paths are sure to be even more inviting.
Whether you are a novice or lifelong cyclist, these routes are not to be missed.
Aliso & Wood Canyons Regional Park
Perfect for riders of all experience levels, there are over 30 miles of trails across the scenic wilderness that also serves as a wildlife sanctuary. Located along the Coastal Range, you’re sure to catch amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the brisk air blowing in from the sea. Read the rest »
Credit card fraud charges can result from any act of theft or fraud committed through the use of a credit card. In most credit card fraud cases, the prosecution alleges the defendant used a credit card illegally to obtain goods and/or services. Anyone who is under investigation for credit card fraud will need to act quickly to build a solid defense strategy. In such cases, the prosecution must prove that the defendant had fraudulent intent to deceive another for unlawful gain. Prosecutors may claim that the defendant used someone else’s credit card without consent, that they used their own card knowing that it has expired or was revoked, or knowingly used a stolen or fraudulent card to receive items or services.
Therefore, one of the most common legal defenses for credit card charges in Orange County is proving that the defendant did not intend to commit fraud. Perhaps the defendant was a victim of mistaken identity or did not realize that he or she was not permitted to use the card. There are many ways that a misunderstanding or a lack of communication can lead to credit card fraud charges. While mistakes may be made, they should not result in criminal charges, which could have far-reaching consequences. Read the rest »
The Orange County District Attorney’s office has filed murder charges against the 32-year-old driver of a Toyota 4Runner SUV who officials say struck and killed a 29-year-old man and his dog. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident that occurred on March 19 also left the victim’s fiancée injured. The driver now faces murder and DUI charges.
The Orange County man who faces murder charges for this fatal crash previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in an Idaho case in 2009. According to the report, that was his first offense. So the Nez Perce County judge put him on probation instead of imposing a conviction. He served 24 hours of community service, paid a fine, and later filed a motion with the court to have the guilty plea dismissed. Read the rest »
An Orange County jury has made a decision regarding the fate of a man who has been convicted of fatally shooting two people in February 2009. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the jury has handed down the death sentence to the 42-year-old Garden Grove man, who was convicted of killing a 49-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man in order to steal the woman’s white 2004 Lexus GS 300. He was a real estate agent and allegedly wanted to use the car while showing homes to prospective buyers. Read the rest »