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California News: LOS ANGELES, 5 Arrested in Scheme that Hired People to Take English Proficiency Exam on Behalf of Chinese Nationals Seeking Student Visas

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – Federal authorities this morning arrested five defendants linked to a scheme that helped Chinese nationals obtain student visas by hiring individuals who used fake Chinese passports to take an English proficiency test for the foreign students. The arrests were made pursuant to a 26-count indictment returned on Friday by a federal … Continue reading California News: LOS ANGELES, 5 Arrested in Scheme that Hired People to Take English Proficiency Exam on Behalf of Chinese Nationals Seeking Student Visas

California News: LOS ANGELES, Gary Lamar Henry, Ringleader of ‘Palm Tree Bandits’ that Committed Nine Armed Bank Robberies in Six Months Sentenced to More than 32 Years in Prison

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – A Las Vegas, Nevada man who led the “Palm Tree Bandits” armed robbery crew that victimized a series of bank branches in Los Angeles and Kern counties in 2016, netting more than $85,000 in stolen money, has been sentenced to 387 months in federal prison. Gary Lamar Henry, a.k.a. “G-Thing,” 38, … Continue reading California News: LOS ANGELES, Gary Lamar Henry, Ringleader of ‘Palm Tree Bandits’ that Committed Nine Armed Bank Robberies in Six Months Sentenced to More than 32 Years in Prison

California News: San Diego County Man, Luis Francisco Murillo Morfin Who Laundered Ransom Money Paid by Kidnapping Victims’ Families Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – A National City man convicted of conspiracy was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today for laundering the money of a violent kidnapping organization that held two dozen Mexican nationals hostage. Luis Francisco Murillo Morfin, 33, also was ordered by United States District Judge John F. Walter to pay $62,000 … Continue reading California News: San Diego County Man, Luis Francisco Murillo Morfin Who Laundered Ransom Money Paid by Kidnapping Victims’ Families Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

California News: Long Beach Man, Stephen William Beal Arrested on Federal Charges for Bombing Aliso Viejo Spa that Killed Ex-Girlfriend

SANTA ANA, California – Law enforcement authorities associated with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force on Sunday arrested a Long Beach man on federal charges stemming from an explosion last year that destroyed a day spa in Aliso Viejo, killed the man’s former girlfriend, and caused serious injuries to two spa clients. Stephen William Beal, … Continue reading California News: Long Beach Man, Stephen William Beal Arrested on Federal Charges for Bombing Aliso Viejo Spa that Killed Ex-Girlfriend

South Carolina News: California Woman, Michelle Bryant Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison After Making Bomb Threat to Myrtle Beach International Airport

Florence, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Michelle Bryant, age 47, of Mission Viejo, California, was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to three counts of Intentionally Conveying False and Misleading Information. The information concerned several false claims of explosive devices placed at the Myrtle Beach International Airport … Continue reading South Carolina News: California Woman, Michelle Bryant Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison After Making Bomb Threat to Myrtle Beach International Airport

California News: LOS ANGELES, Two Chinese Nationals Indicted on Federal Kidnapping and Extortion Charges in Scheme Involving $2 Million Ransom Demand

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – Two Chinese nationals have been indicted on federal charges that allege they kidnapped another Chinese national and attempted to collect $2 million in ransom from the victim’s family in exchange for the victim’s life. Guangyao Yang, 25, and Peicheng Shen, 33, whose last known U.S. residences were in West Covina, were … Continue reading California News: LOS ANGELES, Two Chinese Nationals Indicted on Federal Kidnapping and Extortion Charges in Scheme Involving $2 Million Ransom Demand

Man who made hoax call in deadly swatting seeks 20 year term

WICHITA, Kan. (AP)  — A California man has asked for 20 years in prison as his punishment for making a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online gamers over $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game. Tyler R. Barriss, 26, faces sentencing … Continue reading Man who made hoax call in deadly swatting seeks 20 year term

LA Tax Attorneys with Leading Law Firm, Legal Tax Defense, Now Offering IRS & FTB Tax Support

Los Angeles, California (STL.News) – LegalTaxDefense.com, a leading tax defense firm located in Los Angeles, California, this week announced amid the impending 2019 tax season, they are offering full tax planning and preparation services for individuals and businesses. Open to working with people and businesses that owe any amount of taxes, back-logged taxes, or mounted … Continue reading LA Tax Attorneys with Leading Law Firm, Legal Tax Defense, Now Offering IRS & FTB Tax Support

California News: Governor Gavin Newsom to Deliver State of the State Address February 12th

SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) – California Governor Gavin Newsom will deliver his first State of the State address before a joint session of the California Legislature next Tuesday, February 12, 2019. When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Where: Assembly Chamber, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814 **NOTE: Media interested in attending the event must be … Continue reading California News: Governor Gavin Newsom to Deliver State of the State Address February 12th

Los Angeles, CA: Powerful storm hits Southern California, flooding highways

LOS ANGELES, CA (AP) — The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders. Flash flood warnings were issued for huge swaths of Southern California and forecasters … Continue reading Los Angeles, CA: Powerful storm hits Southern California, flooding highways

California News: Los Angeles Woman, Melanie Denae Williams Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Federal Sex Trafficking Offense

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – A South Los Angeles woman who described herself on social media as “The Most Hated Hoe in L.A.” and who admitted using the Internet to solicit minors to engage in commercial sex acts has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Melanie Denae Williams, 23, was sentenced Thursday by United … Continue reading California News: Los Angeles Woman, Melanie Denae Williams Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Federal Sex Trafficking Offense

California News: SANTA ANA, Federal Prosecutors Unseal Indictments Naming 19 People Linked to Chinese ‘Birth Tourism’ Schemes that Helped Thousands of Aliens Give Birth in U.S. to Secure Birthright Citizenship for Their Children

SANTA ANA, California – Following the arrests this morning of three defendants who allegedly operated “birth tourism” outfits that catered to Chinese clients, federal authorities today unsealed indictments that charge a total of 19 people linked to three schemes that operated across Southern California and charged clients tens of thousands of dollars to help them … Continue reading California News: SANTA ANA, Federal Prosecutors Unseal Indictments Naming 19 People Linked to Chinese ‘Birth Tourism’ Schemes that Helped Thousands of Aliens Give Birth in U.S. to Secure Birthright Citizenship for Their Children

California News: LOS ANGELES, Three Men Charged in ‘Swatting’ Schemes in which Admitted Hoax-Maker Targeted Individuals, Schools and a Convention Center

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – Three men allegedly conspired with admitted “swatter” Tyler Rai Barriss to make hoax reports of bombs and murders to police departments, high schools and a convention center across the United States, according to three indictments unsealed today. The three new cases allege that the men agreed with Barriss to make false … Continue reading California News: LOS ANGELES, Three Men Charged in ‘Swatting’ Schemes in which Admitted Hoax-Maker Targeted Individuals, Schools and a Convention Center

California News: Governor Gavin Newsom Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SACRAMENTO, CA – Jan. 21, 2019 – California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement today in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Dr. Martin Luther … Continue reading California News: Governor Gavin Newsom Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

California News: Newsom Administration Announces First-of-its-Kind Diversity Initiative for California State Government

Administration is Partnering with Inclusv to Help Source Talent and Increase Representational Equity Across State Government SACRAMENTO, CA – Jan. 19, 2019 – California Governor Newsom’s Administration announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with Inclusv to source diverse talent and help California government better reflect the diversity of the state – in geography, racial and ethnic representation, … Continue reading California News: Newsom Administration Announces First-of-its-Kind Diversity Initiative for California State Government

California News: California man, Alan Gabriel Barba-Sanchez charged after receiving a shipment of one kilogram of suspected fentanyl while staying in Cleveland

California – A California man was charged in federal court after receiving a shipment of one kilogram of suspected fentanyl while staying in Cleveland. Alan Gabriel Barba-Sanchez, 30, of San Diego, was charged with one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. According to an affidavit filed in the case: A Cuyahoga … Continue reading California News: California man, Alan Gabriel Barba-Sanchez charged after receiving a shipment of one kilogram of suspected fentanyl while staying in Cleveland

California News: Governor Gavin Newsom Appoints Judicial Appointments Secretary and Legal Affairs Staff

California Judicial Appointments include, Justice Martin Jenkins, Catherine E. Lhamon, Analea Patterson, Kelli Evans, Rei Onishi and Shubhra Shivpuri SACRAMENTO, CA – Jan. 15, 2019 – California Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday announced the appointment of his Judicial Appointments Secretary and Legal Affairs Secretary, and other members of his legal affairs team in the Governor’s Office. Justice Martin Jenkins, 65, … Continue reading California News: Governor Gavin Newsom Appoints Judicial Appointments Secretary and Legal Affairs Staff

California News: Governor Newsom Statement on PG&E Announcing Intention to File Bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO, CA – Jan. 14, 2019 – California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement after the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced its intention to file for bankruptcy: “PG&E provides gas and electric service to 16 million Californians. From the moment I was elected, I have been closely monitoring the impact of PG&E’s … Continue reading California News: Governor Newsom Statement on PG&E Announcing Intention to File Bankruptcy

California News: Governor Gavin Newsom Statement on LAUSD Contract Negotiations

SACRAMENTO, CA – Jan. 14, 2019 – California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement today regarding Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) contract negotiations: “This impasse is disrupting the lives of too many kids and their families.  I strongly urge all parties to go back to the negotiating table and find an immediate path … Continue reading California News: Governor Gavin Newsom Statement on LAUSD Contract Negotiations

California News: On First Full Day in Office, Governor Newsom Announces Executive Actions to Strengthen California’s Emergency Preparedness, Response

After touring a high-risk fire area with his top emergency management team, Governor Newsom signed two executive actions to enhance disaster preparedness and resilience Following years of decreases in management of California federal forestlands, Governor Newsom is joining Western State Governors in calling on the White House to double its investment in managing federal forestlands … Continue reading California News: On First Full Day in Office, Governor Newsom Announces Executive Actions to Strengthen California’s Emergency Preparedness, Response

California News: Prescription Drugs & Fights for Health Care for All

Governor Newsom signs first-in-the-nation executive order to create the largest single purchaser for prescription drugs and allow private employers to join the state in negotiating drug prices Governor Newsom’s first budget proposes that California move closer to health care for all by becoming the only state in the country to provide coverage to young undocumented … Continue reading California News: Prescription Drugs & Fights for Health Care for All

Alabama News: Owner of California Company, G. Ford Gilbert Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Bribe an Alabama Legislator

Montgomery, Ala. – On Friday, January 4, 2019, G. Ford Gilbert, 71, of Carmichael, California, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit bribery of a state official, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr., Postal Inspector in Charge of the Houston Division Adrian Gonzalez, and Special Agent in Charge James Jewell of … Continue reading Alabama News: Owner of California Company, G. Ford Gilbert Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Bribe an Alabama Legislator

California News: SAN DIEGO, Juan A. Mexicano, Defendant In Expanding Cocaine Conspiracy Involving Weapons Stockpile Sentenced to 135 Months

SAN DIEGO, Ca. – Juan A. Mexicano, aged 33, was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel to 135 months in custody. Mexicano previously pled guilty, admitting his role in an expanding cocaine distribution conspiracy, extending from Guatemala and Mexico to San Diego and Chicago, that involved the seizure of … Continue reading California News: SAN DIEGO, Juan A. Mexicano, Defendant In Expanding Cocaine Conspiracy Involving Weapons Stockpile Sentenced to 135 Months

Nevada News: California Resident, Khachatur Zakaryan Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For ATM Skimming Fraud Scheme

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A California man who possessed and used over 500 fraudulent credit and debit cards throughout the Las Vegas Valley was sentenced Thursday to 60 months in prison, announced U.S. Attorney’s Office Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada. Khachatur Zakaryan, 37, of California, pleaded guilty without the benefit of a plea … Continue reading Nevada News: California Resident, Khachatur Zakaryan Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For ATM Skimming Fraud Scheme

Iowa News: California Man, David Vogelpohl Charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Cedar Rapids, Ia. – David Vogelpohl, age 21, of Vista, California, has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child. The charge is contained in an Indictment unsealed on December 3, 2018, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. The Indictment alleges that, between about August 2018 and October 2018, Vogelpohl persuaded, induced, and enticed … Continue reading Iowa News: California Man, David Vogelpohl Charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child

VIRGINIA News: California Man, Cole Evan White Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Riot

Cole White Admits to Traveling from California to Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 and Committing Acts of Violence at the University of Virginia and Unite the Right Rally CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – An associate of a violent extremist group the “Rise Above Movement” [RAM] pleaded guilty today to federal conspiracy-to-riot charges after admitting to traveling across … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: California Man, Cole Evan White Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Riot

California News: California Money Launderer, Janeth Pineda Sentenced to Three Years’ Prison

Laundered Money from her Husband’s Drug Trafficking Operation Chula Vista, California – A woman who laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars of drug money was sentenced today to three years in federal prison. Janeth Pineda, age 36, from Chula Vista, California, received the prison term after a July 12, 2018, guilty plea to conspiracy to … Continue reading California News: California Money Launderer, Janeth Pineda Sentenced to Three Years’ Prison

California News: Former VA Employee, Kyle Sidney Freedman Flournoy Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Government Vehicles and Charging over $15,000 on Federal Gas Cards

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – A federal grand jury today named an Inglewood man in a three-count indictment that accuses him of stealing two government vehicles and illegally charging more than $15,000 on U.S. government gas cards for gas that he sold to friends at a discount. Kyle Sidney Freedman Flournoy, 34, was charged in the … Continue reading California News: Former VA Employee, Kyle Sidney Freedman Flournoy Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Government Vehicles and Charging over $15,000 on Federal Gas Cards

California News: Hawthorne Man, Ali F. Elmezayen Charged in Federal Case Alleging Scheme to Collect Insurance Proceeds by Intentionally Killing His Two Autistic Children

LOS ANGELES,, Ca. – A Hawthorne man is due in court this afternoon after being arrested last week on federal charges that allege he intentionally drove his domestic partner and two severely autistic children off a pier into the ocean to collect proceeds on accidental death insurance policies he had purchased on their lives. Ali … Continue reading California News: Hawthorne Man, Ali F. Elmezayen Charged in Federal Case Alleging Scheme to Collect Insurance Proceeds by Intentionally Killing His Two Autistic Children

Alabama News: California Man, Sebastian Daniel Riso Sentenced to 160 Months in Federal Prison for Multi-State Methamphetamine Trafficking

Alabama – United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Senior United States District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade sentenced Sebastian Daniel Riso on November 7, 2018 to serve a term of imprisonment of 160 months followed by 5 years of supervised release for Possession with Intent to Distribute … Continue reading Alabama News: California Man, Sebastian Daniel Riso Sentenced to 160 Months in Federal Prison for Multi-State Methamphetamine Trafficking