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March 19, 2007 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
Senate Democrats signaled Sunday that of the eight federal prosecutors abruptly ousted by the Bush administration, the case in San Diego is emerging as the most troubling because of new allegations that U.S. Atty. Carol C. Lam was fired in an attempt to shut down investigations into Republican politicians in Southern California. Appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.
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March 19, 2007 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
Senate Democrats signaled Sunday that of the eight federal prosecutors abruptly ousted by the Bush administration, the case in San Diego is emerging as the most troubling because of new allegations that U.S. Atty. Carol C. Lam was fired in an attempt to shut down investigations into Republican politicians in Southern California. Appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.
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February 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Carol Lam, who was forced out by the Bush administration as U.S. attorney, will become senior vice president and legal counsel for Qualcomm Inc., the locally based telecommunications company. Lam starts at Qualcomm on Feb. 26. Her last day as U.S. attorney was Thursday. Executive Assistant U.S. Atty. Karen Hewitt will act as interim U.S. attorney while the Bush administration selects a successor.
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March 15, 2007 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
The day news broke that a federal corruption probe in Southern California was spreading to Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis, the chief of staff to Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales fired off an e-mail to the White House about the federal prosecutor who had begun the investigation. "The real problem we have right now is Carol Lam," D. Kyle Sampson told White House Deputy Counsel William Kelley on May 11.
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January 18, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Two prominent Democratic congressmen asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday whether the Bush administration forced San Diego U.S. Atty. Carol Lam to resign because of her vigorous prosecution of public corruption cases, including that of a longtime Republican lawmaker. In a letter to Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzalez, Reps.
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March 15, 2007 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
The day news broke that a federal corruption probe in Southern California was spreading to Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis, the chief of staff to Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales fired off an e-mail to the White House about the federal prosecutor who had begun the investigation. "The real problem we have right now is Carol Lam," D. Kyle Sampson told White House Deputy Counsel William Kelley on May 11.
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March 9, 2007 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
From the moment she took over as U.S. attorney in San Diego in 2002, Carol Chien-Hua Lam made no secret that white-collar crime would be her top priority -- including transgressions by prominent business and political figures. And she was as good as her word, prosecuting corporate targets, local officials and a U.S. congressman, Republican Randy "Duke" Cunningham of Rancho Santa Fe, who is in prison as a result of her efforts. Lam, however, was recently fired, one of eight U.S.
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December 13, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former Border Patrol agent was sentenced Monday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle 749 pounds of marijuana into the United States. Luis Francisco Higareda, 30, was caught with marijuana worth $600,000 in his Border Patrol vehicle near El Centro, according to U.S. Atty. Carol Lam. A co-conspirator, Marcelino Verdugo, 24, a Mexican national, is set to be sentenced next month in federal court.
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February 14, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Edmundo P. Rubi, 47, was sentenced Monday to 70 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to a financial scheme that targeted the Filipino American community and swindled investors out of more than $12 million. Rubi operated a Ponzi scheme in which older investors were paid with money from new investors. The scheme offered investors, many of them immigrants, an opportunity to gain "financial independence." "Rubi thought he found the key to easy money," U.S. Atty. Carol Lam said.
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March 9, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 48-year-old Santee man was arrested Monday on two federal counts of sending threatening letters to an Internal Revenue Service auditor. The letters allegedly contained a white powder meant to scare the auditor into thinking he had been exposed to anthrax. James Robert Harer, a building contractor, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted on both counts. "We will not tolerate threats or hoaxes," said U.S. Atty. Carol Lam.
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March 9, 2007 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
From the moment she took over as U.S. attorney in San Diego in 2002, Carol Chien-Hua Lam made no secret that white-collar crime would be her top priority -- including transgressions by prominent business and political figures. And she was as good as her word, prosecuting corporate targets, local officials and a U.S. congressman, Republican Randy "Duke" Cunningham of Rancho Santa Fe, who is in prison as a result of her efforts. Lam, however, was recently fired, one of eight U.S.
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February 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Carol Lam, who was forced out by the Bush administration as U.S. attorney, will become senior vice president and legal counsel for Qualcomm Inc., the locally based telecommunications company. Lam starts at Qualcomm on Feb. 26. Her last day as U.S. attorney was Thursday. Executive Assistant U.S. Atty. Karen Hewitt will act as interim U.S. attorney while the Bush administration selects a successor.
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January 18, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Two prominent Democratic congressmen asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday whether the Bush administration forced San Diego U.S. Atty. Carol Lam to resign because of her vigorous prosecution of public corruption cases, including that of a longtime Republican lawmaker. In a letter to Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzalez, Reps.
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April 8, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A mistrial was declared Friday in the corruption trial of political consultant Larry Remer after the jury announced it was deadlocked 10 to 2 for conviction. U.S. Atty. Carol Lam said the case would be retried. Remer is accused of six felony counts for allegedly conspiring with the former president of Southwestern College in Chula Vista to spend $5,890.47 of public money on a TV commercial favoring an $89-million bond issue for the college on the 2000 ballot.
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April 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two San Diego County women were indicted on federal conspiracy charges of operating a pyramid scheme disguised as a program for women's empowerment. The 12-count indictment filed Wednesday against Rozann Sweeney, 60, and Carolyn Freismuth, 50, included charges of mail and wire fraud. The schemes run by Sweeney and Freismuth were called the Garden Circle, the Garden, Women Empowering Women, Feminine Philanthropy/Philanthropic Circle, Prosper Forever and Pay It Forward, U.S. Atty.
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