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An Orange County man pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge for stalking a professional online gamer during a long-running harassment campaign. Evan Baltierra, 29, of Trabuco Canyon, pleaded guilty to one count of stalking, a crime that carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison. …continue reading

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An Orange County man has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges that he fraudulently obtained more than $5 million in COVID-relief loans for three sham companies. Raghavender Reddy Budamala, 35, of Irvine, agreed to plead guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of money laundering …continue reading

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The former president and CEO of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce is expected to appear this afternoon in federal court after being charged with lying to a mortgage lender about his assets while seeking a loan for a $1.5 million home in the San Bernardino Mountains. Todd Ament, 57, of …continue reading

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Two Los Angeles County men today were sentenced to federal prison on conspiracy and hate crime charges for attacking five victims inside a family-owned Turkish restaurant in 2020 while shouting ethnic slurs, hurling chairs at the victims, and threatening to kill them. William Stepanyan, 23, of Glendale was sentenced to …continue reading

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An Orange County man – whose company used high-pressure sales tactics to raise more than $9.5 million with bogus claims that the outfit’s solar panels utilized nanotechnology to generate electricity three times more efficiently than traditional solar panels – was sentenced today to 78 months in federal prison. Michael James …continue reading

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A nun who was the principal of a Catholic elementary school in Torrance was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in federal prison for stealing more than $835,000 in school funds to pay for personal expenses, including gambling trips. Mary Margaret Kreuper, 80, of the Arlington Heights neighborhood …continue reading

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A Black man was simply crossing the street in Santa Cruz, California, on July 5, 2020, when Ole Hougen attacked him with a knife while yelling vile slurs. With detailed accounts from witnesses, Santa Cruz police officers flagged that the assault may have been motivated by bias. Soon after, Santa …continue reading