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May 11, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
A Palmdale woman pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges of filing false tax returns while working as a tax preparer, the U.S. attorney's office said. Shela Gilford, 39, was indicted last month on eight felony counts, including preparing false tax returns in the names of clients and preparing false tax returns under aliases, according to U.S. Atty. Alejandro N. Mayorkas. Freed after posting $50,000 bail, Gilford faces up to 24 years in federal prison and fines up to $800,000 if convicted.
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October 23, 1999 | SUE FOX
A sheriff's deputy was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury for allegedly using the Internet to solicit sex from a teenage girl, U.S. Atty. Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in a statement. Steven Eugene Brown, a patrol deputy with the Palmdale station of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, allegedly sent sexually explicit messages over the Internet to an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a 13-year-old girl. Brown, 41, was arrested Oct.
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April 20, 2001 | JOSH MEYER and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Career prosecutor John S. Gordon was named interim U.S. attorney Thursday, replacing Alejandro Mayorkas as the top federal law enforcement authority in Southern California. Gordon, chief of the criminal division at the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, is known as an aggressive prosecutor who has been successful at going after high-ranking drug dealers, violent felons and white-collar criminals. The paperwork finalizing Gordon's appointment was signed by Atty. Gen.
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April 26, 2000
Mary Corson, distraught that no charges were filed against the boy who killed her son in a Palmdale school fight, urged the district attorney's office Tuesday to reconsider its decision and asked federal authorities to investigate the incident. Corson insisted that a teacher had already broken up the fight and that the other boy was the aggressor when he felled her 13-year-old son, Stephan, with a fatal blow to the chin. Corson's lawyer, Melanie Lomax, sent a letter to Los Angeles Dist. Atty.
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May 12, 2000
When DEA Agent John Prangenberg saw fellow agent Shane Murray pinned beneath the wheels of a drug dealer's car and the driver ready to hit the gas, he opened fire--killing the suspect and probably saving Murray's life. Two other agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration also fired before the suspect could drive over Murray's chest as he lay on the ground.
NEWS
March 30, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
­The Obama administration is proposing to make it easier for illegal immigrants who are family members of American citizens to apply for legal permanent residency. On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security will post for public comment an administrative change intended to reduce the time illegal immigrants would have to spend away from their families while applying for legal status, officials said. The current system requires the applicant to first leave the U.S. to seek a legal visa, but under the proposed change illegal immigrants could claim the time apart from a spouse, child or parent would create “extreme hardship” and allow them to remain in the U.S. as they begin the process.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2011 | P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
David Joyce marched his way to the front of the U.S. immigration line using his pocketbook, sinking half a million dollars into a Vermont ski resort. The British citizen had spent years in a futile effort to secure green cards for himself, his wife and their 9-year-old son so they could relocate to sunny Florida. Then, a fellow emigre tipped him off to a little-known federal program that helps foreigners gain permanent U.S. residency by investing in American businesses. Graphic: Number of investors' visas to U.S. "In six months, we had our green cards," said Joyce, 51. "Considering everything we've been through, this was easy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of federal agents and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies fanned out over three states Friday to drop an investigative net over the Mongols motorcycle club, arresting at least 42 people in Southern California and seizing dozens of illegal guns, cocaine and stolen motorcycles, they said. The crackdown was the culmination of a perilous, 2 1/2-year investigation in which an undercover federal agent joined the club and rose into its executive ranks, officials of the U.S.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2012 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing to make it easier for illegal immigrants who are immediate family members of American citizens to apply for permanent residency, a move that could affect as many as 1 million of the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally. The new rule, which the Department of Homeland Security will post for public comment Monday, would reduce the time illegal immigrants are separated from their American families while seeking legal status, immigration officials said.
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June 11, 2010 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Immigrants who are interested in learning English and becoming citizens can now access information at libraries and recreation centers throughout Los Angeles under a new partnership between local and federal officials. The goal of the program — the first in the nation — is to promote citizenship and strengthen integration through education, outreach and civic participation. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the partnership Thursday during a citizenship class at Evans Community Adult School near downtown.
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