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February 3, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former American Honda Motor Co. executive on Thursday became the 19th person to plead guilty to federal charges of participating in a massive kickback and bribery scheme at the Torrance-based auto importer. James Mortimer, 39, a former Honda regional manager, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H., to charges that he knew of the illegal actions of others--including two American Honda executives based in Orange County--but failed to report them.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An engineer whose job is to examine public works plans for the city of Cypress has been arrested on suspicion of accepting a bribe, authorities said. Alfonso Castro Cornelio was arrested Monday afternoon after meeting at a local restaurant with a would-be developer who had informed police that the engineer had asked for cash to reduce building permit fees.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An engineer whose job is to examine public works plans for the city of Cypress has been arrested on suspicion of accepting a bribe, authorities said. Alfonso Castro Cornelio was arrested Monday afternoon after meeting at a local restaurant with a would-be developer who had informed police that the engineer had asked for cash to reduce building permit fees.
SPORTS
February 26, 1998 | BILL SHAIKIN
The Cal State Fullerton student charged with trying to bribe one of the school's basketball players to fix a game pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Jack Oh, 21, remained in Fullerton jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Municipal Court Judge W. Michael Hayes set a pretrial hearing for March 5 and ordered that Oh must prove to the court that any bail money was legally obtained. That condition is common in gambling-related cases, Deputy Dist. Atty. John Anderson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury indicted a Santa Ana man and his partner Tuesday on charges that they paid nearly $200,000 in an attempt to bribe an Immigration and Naturalization official for phony work permits for illegal immigrants. "This case represents the largest bribe of any Justice Department official that has been prosecuted to date by the United States attorney's office," acting U.S. Atty. Terree A. Bowers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1998 | STEVE KRESAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Cal State Fullerton student was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempting to bribe a member of the Titan men's basketball team to throw a recent game, according to the Fullerton Police Department. Jack Oh, 21, of La Verne was booked into the Fullerton jail on one felony count and is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. Oh, who was arrested between classes without incident, is expected to be arraigned in Municipal Court in Santa Ana on Wednesday, Sgt. Dave Stanko said.
SPORTS
February 26, 1998 | BILL SHAIKIN
The Cal State Fullerton student charged with trying to bribe one of the school's basketball players to fix a game pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Jack Oh, 21, remained in Fullerton jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Municipal Court Judge W. Michael Hayes set a pretrial hearing for March 5 and ordered that Oh must prove to the court that any bail money was legally obtained. That condition is common in gambling-related cases, Deputy Dist. Atty. John Anderson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted a Santa Ana man and his partner on charges that they paid nearly $200,000 to bribe a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization official for phony work permits for illegal immigrants. "This case represents the largest bribe of any Justice Department official that has been prosecuted to date by the United States attorney's office," said acting U.S. Atty. Terre A. Bowers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1994
A La Habra businessman convicted of bribing an agent of the Internal Revenue Service was sentenced this week to 27 months in prison. David Chiang, 41, was found guilty of offering the agent $10,000 in cash if she would eliminate $124,000 in taxes, penalties and interest that he failed to pay to the IRS on money he withheld from his employees' salaries. Chiang was the owner and president of East Hill Management Corp., which ran two Arby's restaurants--one in La Habra and one in Covina.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1995 | From Associated Press
Tentative witness lists for the Honda bribery and kickback case include figures from the world of auto racing, including an Indianapolis 500 winner. Lawyers for the defendants would not explain the connection of the sports figures to the upcoming trial. The U.S. District Court trial of two former American Honda Motor Co. executives, John Billmyer of Raleigh, N.C., and Dennis Josleyn of Penn Valley, Calif., is scheduled to begin Feb. 22 and last at least two months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1998 | STEVE KRESAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Cal State Fullerton student was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempting to bribe a member of the Titan men's basketball team to throw a recent game, according to the Fullerton Police Department. Jack Oh, 21, of La Verne was booked into the Fullerton jail on one felony count and is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. Oh, who was arrested between classes without incident, is expected to be arraigned in Municipal Court in Santa Ana on Wednesday, Sgt. Dave Stanko said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1997 | From Associated Press
Two driving school operators in Costa Mesa and two Department of Motor Vehicle employees have been charged with getting valid California driver's licenses for illegal immigrants for substantial payments, according to federal prosecutors. The four, indicted by a federal grand jury, are Carlos Cribari, 45, Noemi Manuet, 39, both of Fountain Valley, Lydia Coppola, 31, of Whittier and Ralph Jackman, 42, of Menifee.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1995 | From Associated Press
Tentative witness lists for the Honda bribery and kickback case include figures from the world of auto racing, including an Indianapolis 500 winner. Lawyers for the defendants would not explain the connection of the sports figures to the upcoming trial. The U.S. District Court trial of two former American Honda Motor Co. executives, John Billmyer of Raleigh, N.C., and Dennis Josleyn of Penn Valley, Calif., is scheduled to begin Feb. 22 and last at least two months.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former American Honda Motor Co. executive on Thursday became the 19th person to plead guilty to federal charges of participating in a massive kickback and bribery scheme at the Torrance-based auto importer. James Mortimer, 39, a former Honda regional manager, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H., to charges that he knew of the illegal actions of others--including two American Honda executives based in Orange County--but failed to report them.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1995 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time in a week, a figure in the American Honda bribery probe has pleaded guilty to federal charges and agreed to testify against three of the Torrance-based auto importer's former top executives in their upcoming fraud and racketeering trial. Peter Epsteen, 66, former owner of a series of Southern California auto dealerships, including Beverly Hills Honda, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1994
A La Habra businessman convicted of bribing an agent of the Internal Revenue Service was sentenced this week to 27 months in prison. David Chiang, 41, was found guilty of offering the agent $10,000 in cash if she would eliminate $124,000 in taxes, penalties and interest that he failed to pay to the IRS on money he withheld from his employees' salaries. Chiang was the owner and president of East Hill Management Corp., which ran two Arby's restaurants--one in La Habra and one in Covina.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1995 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time in a week, a figure in the American Honda bribery probe has pleaded guilty to federal charges and agreed to testify against three of the Torrance-based auto importer's former top executives in their upcoming fraud and racketeering trial. Peter Epsteen, 66, former owner of a series of Southern California auto dealerships, including Beverly Hills Honda, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1997 | From Associated Press
Two driving school operators in Costa Mesa and two Department of Motor Vehicle employees have been charged with getting valid California driver's licenses for illegal immigrants for substantial payments, according to federal prosecutors. The four, indicted by a federal grand jury, are Carlos Cribari, 45, Noemi Manuet, 39, both of Fountain Valley, Lydia Coppola, 31, of Whittier and Ralph Jackman, 42, of Menifee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury indicted a Santa Ana man and his partner Tuesday on charges that they paid nearly $200,000 in an attempt to bribe an Immigration and Naturalization official for phony work permits for illegal immigrants. "This case represents the largest bribe of any Justice Department official that has been prosecuted to date by the United States attorney's office," acting U.S. Atty. Terree A. Bowers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted a Santa Ana man and his partner on charges that they paid nearly $200,000 to bribe a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization official for phony work permits for illegal immigrants. "This case represents the largest bribe of any Justice Department official that has been prosecuted to date by the United States attorney's office," said acting U.S. Atty. Terre A. Bowers.
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