A former stockbroker from Newport Beach has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in an investment scheme that was designed to defraud an investor of $1 billion. According to a news report in The Daily Pilot, in 2006, the 71-year-old man and his co-conspirators promoted a bogus plan they claimed was regulated by the Federal Reserve Bank with the purpose of raising money for charitable purposes including relief for Hurricane Katrina victims.
Prosecutors said that the scheme promised an “extremely high return” at little or no risk to the principal. Of the three men involved in the scam, two received 30-month prison sentences. All three were convicted in July 2012 of conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud. Read the rest »
An Anaheim man has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for shooting and killing his estranged wife to death outside a preschool in the Turtle Rock area of Irvine. Daily Pilot reports that a jury convicted the 37-year-old man of following his estranged wife to the school where she worked and waiting outside with a gun.
Officials said that when she left work for lunch on June 16, 2011, the man followed her about half a mile until she exited her vehicle. He then shot her nine times in the chest. She died at the scene. The man was arrested hours after the murder in Mission Viejo. In June, a jury found the man guilty of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. Read the rest »
California Penal Code 187 (a) defines murder as “the unlawful killing of a human being or fetus with malice aforethought.” Regardless of the type of murder charge you face, it is important to realize that the consequences of a murder trial have the potential to change your life. It is critical that you contact an experienced Orange County murder defense lawyer to carefully examine your options before you make any decision regarding your case.
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A second man is facing a murder charge in connection with the death of a 28-year-old Santa Ana woman whose body was found under the Newport Bay Bridge in Newport Beach. According to a news report in the Daily Pilot, the Orange County district attorney’s office named the man a co-defendant in the woman’s killing. The victim had been fatally shot. The other man, 40 years old, was the first to be charged with the woman’s murder. Both men are believed to be documented members of the same Santa Ana gang. Both are being held on $1-million bail.
Under California Penal Code Section 187 (a): “Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought.” The law states that the “malice” may be “express” or “implied.” It is expressed when there is a “deliberate intention to unlawfully take away the life of a fellow creature.” It is implied when “no considerable provocation appears, or when the circumstances attending the killing show an abandoned and malignant heart.” Read the rest »
A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 28-year-old Santa Ana woman whose body was found in Newport Beach. According to a news report in The Daily Pilot, he did not enter a plea, and his arraignment has been delayed until the end of the month. Officials have not released information regarding the relationship between the man and the deceased woman. She was found under a bridge near East Coast Highway and Bayside Drive with a fatal gunshot wound.
The victim of this incident has a history of drug problems, including a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance from January. Before that, she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor prostitution and drunk driving charges. The suspect has a criminal history as well. The Daily Pilot reports that since 1995 he pleaded guilty to a number of charges including possession of a controlled substance, second-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon by force. He now faces murder charges and is being held in Santa Ana on $1 million bail. Read the rest »
The FBI has arrested a 28-year-old Westminster police officer on suspicion of loan-sharking. According to an official release by the Westminster Police Department, the officer was arrested along with a 38-year-old Fountain Valley man. Officials say the FBI made the arrests after conducting an investigation into allegations of loan-sharking at two Westminster businesses. The WPD collaborated with the FBI once they became aware of the investigation.
In general terms, a “loan shark” is someone who lends money for repayment at a higher rate of interest than allowed by the law. In most states, it is illegal to charge more than 60 percent interest per year on loans. Offering a loan at a higher rate than legally allowed is a federal and state offense. Loan sharks are notorious for using intimidation methods to receive repayment. If threats were involved, loan sharking allegations could result in additional charges. Read the rest »
A 28-year-old man is facing special circumstances murder charges for the rape, torture and murder of an 84-year-old woman. According to a news report in The OC Breeze, the opening statements for the murder case began on August 26 in Santa Ana. Officials say that on January 10, 2010, the Los Angeles Man broke into the home of the 84-year-old woman, raped her, tied her up, abused her and fatally stabbed her. He then allegedly stole her purse and car.
In addition to the special circumstances murder, he was also indicted for elder abuse, first-degree robbery, torture, forcible rape, first-degree residential burglary and the unlawful taking of a vehicle. All of those charges are felonies as well. Read the rest »
As the end of summer approaches, many Orange County residents will likely gather for end-of-the-season parties, particularly for Labor Day festivities in the coming days. At many of these parties, there will likely be the consumption of alcohol. For this reason, the Costa Mesa Police Department and many others in Orange County will be out in force to crack down on drunk driving.
According to a news report in The Daily Pilot, the Costa Mesa Police Department has announced a checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city. It’ll take place on the night of August 30. Motorists in and around Orange County should expect roaming patrols of officers looking out for impaired drivers as well. If you are participating in Labor Day festivities and parties to mark the end of the summer, make sure you use a designated driver or call a cab. Read the rest »
All types of fraud involving credit cards or debit cards can result in serious criminal charges. Under California law, credit card fraud is when someone suffers a loss because of the criminal intent of another. If you have been charged with credit card fraud in Orange County, the prosecution will have to prove that you intended to deceive the alleged victim.
Here are a few examples of credit card fraud:
- Using a stolen credit card or debit card to receive money, goods, or services
- Using someone’s credit card without consent
- Using your own credit card with full knowledge that it has been revoked
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A 37-year-old Fountain Valley man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in connection with the killing of a fellow gang member in Costa Mesa. According to a news report in The Daily Pilot, the man was convicted in April 2012 of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The incident occurred back in February 1995. Three other men were also convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in connection with the same incident.
Officials say five men were robbing a home in Huntington Beach when one of them fled the scene fearing that the robbery victim recognized him. The four gang members then allegedly conspired to kill the fifth member fearing that he would pin the robbery on them, prosecutors said. The case went cold for about 11 years before the Costa Mesa police decided to investigate it again with the help of the district attorney’s office. Read the rest »