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Longtime politician Mark Ridley-Thomas and the former dean of the School of Social Work at a university in Southern California were indicted today on federal corruption charges that allege a bribery scheme in which a Ridley-Thomas relative received substantial benefits from the university in exchange for Ridley-Thomas supporting county contracts …continue reading

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Top Ten Stories for September 26 through October 02 include an arrest in Seal Beach, a safety zone in Huntington Beach, and an OC scam. Top Ten Stories for September 26 through October 02 are the most-read stories at Orange County Breeze over the last week (excluding weather forecasts and …continue reading

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A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered in exchange for information leading to the arrest of Richard Ayvazyan and Marietta Terabelian, both wanted for violating their pretrial release in Los Angeles, California. On October 20, 2020, Ayvazyan and Terabelian were charged federally by the United States District Court …continue reading

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Jennings Ryan Staley, a physician who attempted to profit from the pandemic by marketing a “miracle cure” for COVID-19, pleaded guilty in federal court, admitting that he tried to smuggle hydroxychloroquine into the United States to sell in his coronavirus “treatment kits.” Staley, the former operator of Skinny Beach Med …continue reading

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The United States Attorney’s Office, along with the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office and the Anti-Defamation League, will host a virtual discussion on Thursday, April 22, to explain how the federal government investigates and works to combat hate crimes and discrimination, including against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community. The …continue reading

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The former owner of a wastewater treatment facility in Orange has been indicted by a grand jury that accused him and his company – Klean Waters, Inc. – in a scheme that discharged untreated industrial wastes into an Orange County sewer system, among other violations of federal environmental laws. Tim …continue reading

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Christina Burden was arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging her with bank fraud in connection with a scheme to illegally obtain more than $4.5 million in pandemic relief loans, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson; Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George; Federal Bureau of Investigation, …continue reading

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On behalf of more than two dozen partner agencies, Assistant Director in Charge Kristi K. Johnson, of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, announced the results of “Operation Lost Angels,” an initiative which began on January 11th and recently culminated in the recovery of 33 children. During January—Human Trafficking Awareness …continue reading

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Top Ten Stories for January 07 through January 16 include eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination, a suspicious death, and affordable housing. The announcement of the eligibility for vaccination of those residents of Orange County ages 65 and older was by leaps and bounds the most-read story of the past week. Let …continue reading

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Dr. Jennings Ryan Staley, previously charged with one count of mail fraud, was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday for additional crimes arising from his business venture selling COVID-19 “treatment kits,” which he advertised to one potential customer as a “miracle cure.” Staley is a licensed physician and the …continue reading