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A third member of a network that operated and facilitated a large-scale “grandparent scam” pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy. According to charges announced in August 2021, Anajah Gifford, 23, of North Hollywood, California, was a member of a network of individuals who, through extortion and fraud, induced elderly Americans across …continue reading

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A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment that charges an Irvine man with attempting to provide material support to two foreign terrorist organizations – Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Hamas. Jason Fong, 26, allegedly attempted in the spring of 2020 to provide to HTS tactical, combat and weapons training …continue reading

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The Department of Justice announced criminal charges against 21 defendants in nine federal districts across the United States for their alleged participation in various health care related fraud schemes that exploited the COVID-19 pandemic. These cases allegedly resulted in over $149 million in COVID-19-related false billings to federal programs and …continue reading

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A former Orange County chiropractor was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for stealing from health insurers by fraudulently causing the submission of $2.2 million in billings for chiropractic services never provided, medical diagnoses never given, office visits that never occurred, and medical devices that were falsely prescribed. Susan …continue reading

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An Orange County man was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for selling nearly four pounds of methamphetamine while he was on supervised release following a 2009 terrorism conviction. Ahmed Binyamin Alasiri, 45, a.k.a. Kevin Lamar James, of Garden Grove, was sentenced by United States District Judge Cormac J. …continue reading

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A third-party seller on Amazon.com Inc. has admitted gaming the online retailer’s payment system in a scheme that defrauded the company out of more than $1.3 million, the Justice Department announced. Ting Hong Yeung, 41, of Hacienda Heights, was charged with wire fraud in an information filed today in United …continue reading

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Two downtown Los Angeles residents were arrested on a federal criminal complaint alleging they fraudulently obtained more than $300,000 – and attempted to obtain an additional $1 million – in COVID-relief loans for several companies they claimed to own and operate. Sean Schoepflin, 42, a.k.a. “Sean Fitzgerald,” and Erika Leon, …continue reading

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Two defendants charged in a nationwide “grandparent scam” have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Jack Owuor, 25, of Paramount, California pleaded guilty in federal court today. Timothy Ingram, 29, of North Hollywood, California, pleaded guilty on March 2, 2022. According to …continue reading

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An Orange County man who fled after authorities searched his residence on Wednesday is in federal custody after he was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border and charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $5 million in COVID-relief loans for three sham companies. Reddy Raghav Budamala, 35, of Irvine, was arrested at …continue reading