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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's jailer was convicted Friday on charges related to taking a $700 bribe and smuggling cocaine behind bars, prosecutors said. Remington Orr, 25, pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe and possession of a controlled substance in jail, both felonies. He allegedly had two ounces of cocaine when he was arrested at Men's Central Jail in February 2012. According to the district attorney's office, he agreed to a sentence of 2 ½ years. In a separate case, Orr, who resigned from the department, also pleaded guilty to permitting a loaded firearm in a vehicle and driving with a suspended license.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's jailer was convicted Friday on charges related to taking a $700 bribe and smuggling cocaine behind bars, prosecutors said. Remington Orr, 25, pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe and possession of a controlled substance in jail, both felonies. He allegedly had two ounces of cocaine when he was arrested at Men's Central Jail in February 2012. According to the district attorney's office, he agreed to a sentence of 2 1/2 years. In a separate case, Orr, who resigned from the department, also pleaded guilty to permitting a loaded firearm in a vehicle and driving with a suspended license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
A Los Angeles County judge lifted freeze orders on roughly $3 million in assets belonging to Ramin Salari, the property tax consultant arrested in October on charges that he bribed county Assessor John Noguez to lower tax bills for wealthy clients. On Monday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Shelly Torreabla wrote that prosecutors had been unable “to show good cause” for the freeze orders, which were placed on Salari's property in October and December of last year. She then ordered the district attorney's office to remove liens from Salari's house in Scottsdale, Ariz., and from his mother's home in Encino, and to return four cars, including a BMW, a Mercedes-Benz and a Ferrari.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
One of the most damaging pieces of evidence in the case against former KPMG senior partner Scott London, charged with criminal insider trading, is a photograph that allegedly shows London accepting an envelope stuffed with cash from his friend, a jeweler named Bryan Shaw. Federal prosecutors say London gave secret financial information about two Southern California companies to Shaw in exchange for thousands of dollars. Prosecutors said Shaw made more than $1 million in illegal profits through trades on the two companies, Herbalife Ltd. and Skechers USA Inc. Full coverage: KPMG auditor accused of insider trading London, 50, who spent more than two decades as an auditor for the accounting powerhouse, was fired last week after acknowledging his role in the insider trading case.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
It was the Starbucks sting. The defining moment in the KPMG insider-trading scandal happened over coffee at a Starbucks in the San Fernando Valley, when the auditor at the center of the case was set up by his longtime friend. Accountant Scott London thought he was meeting for a casual coffee, until the friend handed him an envelope containing $5,000 cash - a payoff for giving his buddy inside information about public companies that KPMG audited. Unbeknownst to London, the FBI was secretly photographing the exchange, a source familiar with the matter said.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft is being investigated by federal agencies for allegedly bribing foreign government officials in order to secure software contracts, according a report Tuesday. The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into allegations that the Redmond-Wash. tech company and its partners offered kickbacks to officials in China, Romania and Italy, according to the Wall Street Journal. The investigation comes after the agencies were tipped off by an anonymous whistle-blower.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Two defense contractors and a corporation have been found guilty of being part of a fraud and bribery scheme involving phony payments for the repair of military aircraft at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado. Robert Ehnow and Joanne Loehr, owners of Poway-based companies, were convicted Monday of showering Navy officials with gifts and cash in exchange for millions of dollars in payments for work supposedly done on planes at the Fleet Readiness Center. Loehr's firm, Centerline Industrial Inc., also was convicted.
NATIONAL
March 2, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
The Las Vegas casino company headed by high-profile Republican donor and billionaire Sheldon Adelson said it probably violated a federal law that prohibits the bribery of foreign government officials. Las Vegas Sands Corp. said its auditors found that "there were likely violations" of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars Americans from bribing foreign officials to secure an advantage. The disclosure was made in a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
A former Cudahy councilman was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for his role in an extortion and bribery case that authorities say exposed widespread corruption in the southeast Los Angeles County city. Osvaldo Conde is the last of three officials to be sentenced in the federal case. U.S. Atty. Joseph Akrotirianakis recommended that Conde receive seven years in prison. "We sought a higher sentence for him because he was the leader of the criminal activity in which all defendants were involved," Akrotirianakis said.
WORLD
February 7, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghans paid bribes totaling about $3.9 billion last year -- twice the country's domestic revenue -- and two-thirds of the population says it's acceptable for civil servants to take kickbacks for providing basic services, according to a U.N. survey released Thursday. The results indicate corruption is deeply rooted in Afghanistan despite President Hamid Karzai's pledges to clean up the problem and years of internationally backed efforts to curb the country's extensive networks of bribery and patronage.
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