A 52-year-old Mission Viejo woman has been arrested and charged with defrauding the Orange County Social Services Agency of nearly $150,000. According to a news report by The Orange County Breeze, she faces one felony count each for medical insurance fraud and misappropriation of public funds, with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, property loss over $65,000, and $100,000 in other losses. Officials believe that she fraudulently claimed to be the full-time caretaker for her parents, inflated the number of hours spent as caretaker and claimed more hours than permissible under the law. She faces up to eight years in state prison and is being held on $150,000 bail. Read the rest »
A 43-year-old man has been charged with committing the largest charter school theft in California history. According to a news report in The Orange County Breeze, the man has been charged with 13 felony counts of money laundering as well as two felony counts of misappropriation of public funds, one felony count of conflict of interest in a sale and purchase, and a number of sentencing enhancements. He faces up to 14 years and eight months in state prison and is being held on $750,000 bail.
Officials say that the man used his position on the school board to influence the other members to give him $750,000 with the promise of a $3 million return donation. According to the report, he has been accused of laundering that money and keeping it for personal gain. Read the rest »
A 27-year-old Santa Ana woman is the second woman arrested in connection with the brutal beating death of a 23-year-old Westminster woman. According to an Associated Press news report, the 23-year-old woman was found unconscious on the sidewalk near The Crosby nightclub in Santa Ana during the early morning hours of January 22. Officials say the woman was leaving the club with a group when a fight ensued. Police say that only women were involved in the fight and they have arrested a 25-year-old woman who has pleaded not guilty to murder. It is unclear if the 27-year-old woman will be charged with murder as well. Officials are also seeking a third woman who is considered a “person of interest.”
Murder is defined by California Penal Code Section 187 (a) as “the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought.” Malice in a California murder case may be expressed or implied. That means that an individual could face murder charges if he or she deliberately intended to take a life or when there was no apparent provocation. In other words, an individual can face the same charges for intentionally killing someone or for killing someone while acting “with wanton disregard for human life.” Read the rest »
A conviction, whether you are a juvenile or an adult, will result in the creation of a record. A criminal record is a reflection of your past behavior and character. Whether or not you are a danger to society, having a record can affect your ability to get a job, obtain certain state benefits, run for public office, get a loan, or even travel. It is a common misconception that juvenile records do not matter, or that they go away once you are an adult. Unless you take action, your juvenile record will appear on your criminal record even after you turn 18.
If you have a juvenile record in Orange County, you can petition for your records to be sealed once you turn 18. Once your records are sealed, no one, not even a potential employer, will gain access to them. Furthermore, your juvenile records will be destroyed five years after they are sealed. Read the rest »
Wire fraud is a white-collar crime, which is handled in federal court. A conviction for wire fraud in Orange County can result in years of incarceration as well as long-term professional consequences. Wire fraud is defined as “a scheme to deprive of property through use of an interstate telephone calls or electronic communication including the Internet, wire transfers, and even the use of television and radio.” It is a crime that could be committed when making a phone call, writing an email, or even when sending a text.
In order for the prosecution to prove that you have committed wire fraud, they must show that you: Read the rest »
The murder trial of a transient man suspected of bludgeoning his victim to death in a Costa Mesa driveway is on hold as the court determines if he is mentally competent to stand trial. Daily Pilot reports that the 34-year-old man has been behind bars since Sept. 11 when Costa Mesa police arrested him on suspicion of killing a 54-year-old man. An Orange County Superior Court commissioner has appointed two mental-health professionals to assess the defendant.
The defense attorney in this case apparently asked for the evaluation after he began to have doubts about his client’s mental state. Reports say that the man was confused about what year or month it was and sometimes was unable to recognize even his lawyer. The defense attorney said a private doctor who performed an examination determined that the defendant was paranoid and schizophrenic. Read the rest »
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.
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 »