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An Orange County man was arrested on federal charges alleging he fraudulently obtained approximately $5 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for his sham businesses, then used the money on himself, including purchasing Ferrari, Bentley and Lamborghini sports cars. Mustafa Qadiri, 38, of Irvine, was named in a federal …continue reading

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Members of the Los Angeles Strike Force arrested eight defendants named in a federal grand jury indictment that alleges a drug trafficking organization operating in Los Angeles and Riverside counties distributed large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and other narcotics across the United States. The defendants arrested today – and …continue reading

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On Thursday, Feb. 25, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging two defendants in a scheme that targeted California Employment Development Department (EDD) unemployment insurance benefits that were intended for Californians hit hardest by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. The three-count indictment …continue reading

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Kirill Victorovich Firsov, a Russian citizen, pleaded guilty in federal court to a cybercrime, admitting that he was the administrator of a website that catered to cyber criminals by virtually selling items such as stolen credit card information, other personal information and services to be used for criminal activity. According …continue reading

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Special agents with the FBI arrested a Hollywood man on a federal charge alleging that he recklessly operated a drone that crashed into a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. The drone damaged the LAPD aircraft and the pilot was forced to initiate an emergency landing. The drone also damaged a …continue reading

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Angela Stubblefield, 49, of Tacoma, Washington, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to two years and six months in prison and ordered to pay $219,871 in restitution for a disability benefits fraud and identity theft scheme, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. According to court documents, between …continue reading

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Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against an Irvine 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. Michael James Sweaney, 56, the founder and owner …continue reading

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Two active-duty United States Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton were arrested on a federal grand jury indictment charging one Marine and three civilians with conspiring to distribute narcotics – including oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl – to civilians and members of the United States Marine Corps, one of whom suffered …continue reading

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As part of an international effort to disrupt narcotics trafficking on the darknet, members of the Los Angeles Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) Task Force today announced cases brought as a result of Operation DisrupTor. The cases charge members of a Southern California drug trafficking organization who allegedly …continue reading