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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 …continue reading

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A Lynwood man who organized and led a crew – dubbed the “Oxy Bandits” by law enforcement – that committed 15 armed robberies of independent “mom-and-pop” pharmacies throughout Southern California was sentenced today to 240 months in federal prison. Tyrome Lewis, 26, a.k.a. “Boobie,” was sentenced by United States District …continue reading

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Christina Smith, 38, who was formerly incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) in Chowchilla, was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiracy and aggravated identity theft charges for the submission of fraudulent unemployment insurance claims to the California Employment Development Department (EDD) in the names of current …continue reading

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Eight people are charged in a federal grand jury indictment unsealed this week, accused of participating in a criminal enterprise that has stolen millions of dollars from elderly victims in San Diego County and around the nation. Click here for indictment According to statements made by prosecutors in court, the …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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A California man was arrested today on criminal charges related to his alleged scheming to submit fraudulent loan applications seeking millions of dollars in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) COVID-19 relief funds. According to an indictment returned last week by a federal grand jury in …continue reading