Two Orange County men have been charged in separate federal criminal cases with pointing the beam of a laser at police helicopters. Brett Wayne Parkins, 42, of Huntington Beach, is expected to make an initial appearance in federal court today, November 4, 2021, following his arrest on Wednesday by FBI
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley (2nd District) released the following statement in response to the news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Huntington Beach resident Kim Michael Sorgente on suspicion of involvement in the riots that took place at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. Mr
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of a New Zealand man who allegedly coerced young women into filming sexually explicit videos. Michael James Pratt and co-conspirators allegedly used the internet to recruit young women for modeling jobs. The women who
An Israeli man was sentenced today to 360 months in federal prison for blackmailing dozens of girls into producing child pornography for him. Elad Gaber, 39, was sentenced by United States District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, who also ordered him placed on lifetime supervised release once he completes serving his
The FBI is engaged in a nationwide effort to build public awareness of hate crimes and to encourage reporting to law enforcement. Los Angeles is running advertisements in multiple languages in key areas to reach a variety of communities with diverse populations. Hate crimes are among the highest priorities at
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
A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Huntington Beach man with child exploitation offenses, including the possession, distribution, and production of child pornography, the Justice Department announced today. Mark Phillip Oster, 61, who served as a referee and a coach in the American Youth Soccer Organization from
A California licensed homeopathic doctor was arrested today for her alleged scheme to sell homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets and falsify COVID-19 vaccination cards by making it appear that customers received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Moderna vaccine. The announcement was made by Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco;
A Lynwood man was found guilty today of federal robbery charges for organizing and leading a crew that committed 15 armed robberies of independent, “mom-and-pop” pharmacies across Southern California, with the intent of illegally selling the stolen prescription medication. Tyrome Lewis, 26, a.k.a. “Boobie,” was found guilty of all eight
A former Orange County chiropractor was found guilty by a jury of federal criminal charges accusing her of defrauding health insurers by fraudulently submitting and causing to be billed $2.2 million in billings for chiropractic services never provided, bogus medical diagnoses, office visits that never occurred, and medical devices falsely
A federal grand jury brought a six-count indictment against Cecilia Aquino, 34, of Fresno, charging her with mail fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft for submitting unemployment insurance claims and applications for Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury and Disaster Loans using stolen identities, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A.
Caesar Oskan, also known as Sezer Ozkan, and his brother Ester Ozkar, also known as Eser Ozkay, pleaded guilty today in federal court to making false statements to a financial institution in separate schemes to defraud the federal government of pandemic relief funds, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M.
Federal authorities this week arrested three Inland Empire residents on fraud charges alleging they used information belonging to California state prison inmates to file for pandemic-related unemployment benefits, with each causing at least $345,000 in losses. The three defendants are charged in separate criminal complaints, and each woman faces two