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January 19, 1996 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County lawyer has been accused of ignoring discrepancies in his clients' bankruptcy claims--discrepancies that enabled them to engage in a widespread credit-card scheme centered in Westminster's Vietnamese community. Timothy J. McCandless, a previously disciplined Costa Mesa lawyer, is awaiting word on whether he will be sanctioned by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge. Sanctions can range from a reprimand to a stiff fine or a ban from practicing before the court.
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July 23, 2001 | From Times wire reports
Thieves using stolen windshield toll transponders have charged about $4,000 worth of food at McDonald's, where the devices have been accepted as debit cards since April 2000, according to a Transportation Corridor Agencies spokeswoman. The transponders, which operate with a radio signal that credits tolls--and now cheeseburgers--to motorists' accounts, allows users to skip toll plazas. The agency receives 20 cents each time a McDonald's purchase is made with a FasTrak.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1996 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assemblyman Scott Baugh charged $15,010 on his credit cards last year in a fraudulent scheme with a close friend who owns a convenience market near Baugh's home, according to court papers filed by the Orange County district attorney's office on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
Thieves using stolen windshield toll transponders have charged about $4,000 worth of food at McDonald's, where the devices have been accepted as debit cards since April 2000, according to the Transportation Corridor Agencies. The FasTrak transponders respond to radio signals to credit tolls--and now cheeseburgers--to motorists' accounts. They allow users to roll through toll plazas without stopping. TCA receives 20 cents each time a McDonald's purchase is made with a FasTrak.
NEWS
October 18, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A fraud ring that allegedly bilked banks out of millions of dollars by selling false credit histories was smashed with the arrest of three men, Anaheim police and U.S. Secret Service agents said Thursday. Police said the operators of Crossroads Leasing, which for five years was a front for the ring, would establish false credit histories for their customers for as little as $500 and provide them with dummy addresses, birth certificates, driver's licenses and Social Security cards.
BUSINESS
May 26, 1999 | ROBIN FIELDS, Robin Fields covers consumer issues for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7810 and at robin.fields@latimes.com
Postal inspectors have a nickname for Michael Dantorio: Dead Man Walking. Not because he resembles the death-row inmate played by Sean Penn in the movie of that name. The 45-year-old Costa Mesa resident just has the habit of getting credit cards under dead people's names, then charging up a storm, investigators say. Dantorio has been convicted three times of the ghoulish fraud. Once, when Costa Mesa police arrested him, they founds obituaries in his possession, records show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1994
Police have arrested three men suspected of bilking banks and credit card holders of $250,000 by making fake credit cards using valid credit card numbers. Tin Tri Nguyen, 20, Tri Don Nguyen, 19, and Walter Randall Shaw, 57, were arrested Friday on suspicion of forgery and credit card fraud. The three were being held at the Orange County Jail.
NEWS
March 2, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Quick thinking by a bank customer who flagged down police after seeing someone loitering near an automated teller machine led to the arrest of a man suspected of being part of an ATM fraud ring, authorities said Tuesday. Shimon Levi, 29, was arrested without incident Monday night after police discovered him carrying a handgun outside the Bank of America at 1831 W. Orangethorpe Ave., said Fullerton Police Lt. Tony Hernandez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Junk mail may be a nuisance, but just throwing it out can ruin your credit, police warn. Irvine police arrested William Everly, 31, earlier this week on suspicion of obtaining more than 30 stolen credit cards by rummaging through trash bins at post offices for credit card applications that were tossed out, investigators said.
BUSINESS
December 5, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 17 suspects arrested so far in one of the nation's largest busts of credit card fraud pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they helped to bilk $40 million from financial institutions across the country. The two rings, based in Orange County's Little Saigon area, were shut down in raids Thursday as law enforcement authorities confiscated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gold bullion, jewelry, cash and such big-ticket electronic goods as large-screen televisions.
BUSINESS
May 26, 1999 | ROBIN FIELDS, Robin Fields covers consumer issues for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7810 and at robin.fields@latimes.com
Postal inspectors have a nickname for Michael Dantorio: Dead Man Walking. Not because he resembles the death-row inmate played by Sean Penn in the movie of that name. The 45-year-old Costa Mesa resident just has the habit of getting credit cards under dead people's names, then charging up a storm, investigators say. Dantorio has been convicted three times of the ghoulish fraud. Once, when Costa Mesa police arrested him, they founds obituaries in his possession, records show.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1998 | Patrice Apodaca
An anti-fraud task force this week raided a Lake Forest operation that allegedly ran an illegal loan and credit card scheme that defrauded victims out of about $400,000 in the past two years. The targets of the investigation are Monica Sue Montes, 24, and Aldo Montes, also known as Julio Montes Ramirez, approximately 28.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1996 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assemblyman Scott Baugh charged $15,010 on his credit cards last year in a fraudulent scheme with a close friend who owns a convenience market near Baugh's home, according to court papers filed by the Orange County district attorney's office on Tuesday.
BUSINESS
January 19, 1996 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County lawyer has been accused of ignoring discrepancies in his clients' bankruptcy claims--discrepancies that enabled them to engage in a widespread credit-card scheme centered in Westminster's Vietnamese community. Timothy J. McCandless, a previously disciplined Costa Mesa lawyer, is awaiting word on whether he will be sanctioned by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge. Sanctions can range from a reprimand to a stiff fine or a ban from practicing before the court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Junk mail may be a nuisance, but just throwing it out can ruin your credit, police warn. Irvine police arrested William Everly, 31, earlier this week on suspicion of obtaining more than 30 stolen credit cards by rummaging through trash bins at post offices for credit card applications that were tossed out, investigators said.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
FBI agents arrested eight more Orange County suspects in the so-called bust-out credit card scheme early Tuesday as authorities started concentrating on cardholders who allegedly acted alone to defraud banks. The eight are among 42 people arrested or being sought on federal indictments and criminal complaints alleging that they, acting alone or with "facilitators," bilked about 120 banks nationwide of $40 million.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
FBI agents arrested eight more Orange County suspects in the so-called bust-out credit card scheme early Tuesday as authorities started concentrating on cardholders who allegedly acted alone to defraud banks. The eight are among 42 people arrested or being sought on federal indictments and criminal complaints alleging that they, acting alone or with "facilitators," bilked about 120 banks nationwide of $40 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2001 | From Times wire reports
Thieves using stolen windshield toll transponders have charged about $4,000 worth of food at McDonald's, where the devices have been accepted as debit cards since April 2000, according to a Transportation Corridor Agencies spokeswoman. The transponders, which operate with a radio signal that credits tolls--and now cheeseburgers--to motorists' accounts, allows users to skip toll plazas. The agency receives 20 cents each time a McDonald's purchase is made with a FasTrak.
BUSINESS
December 5, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 17 suspects arrested so far in one of the nation's largest busts of credit card fraud pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they helped to bilk $40 million from financial institutions across the country. The two rings, based in Orange County's Little Saigon area, were shut down in raids Thursday as law enforcement authorities confiscated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gold bullion, jewelry, cash and such big-ticket electronic goods as large-screen televisions.
NEWS
March 2, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Quick thinking by a bank customer who flagged down police after seeing someone loitering near an automated teller machine led to the arrest of a man suspected of being part of an ATM fraud ring, authorities said Tuesday. Shimon Levi, 29, was arrested without incident Monday night after police discovered him carrying a handgun outside the Bank of America at 1831 W. Orangethorpe Ave., said Fullerton Police Lt. Tony Hernandez.
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