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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET
A 64-year-old Palmdale man was pistol-whipped, beaten and robbed by masked men at his apartment Monday night in an incident authorities believe was a set-up involving two women who the victim invited to his home. Two teenage boys were later arrested in connection with the robbery, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2000 | DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A burglary suspect being chased by police crashed a van into an apartment, stole a truck from a neighboring family and then struck and killed an elderly motorist before being arrested, police said Friday. The pursuit through the heart of the San Fernando Valley began in Northridge at 12:20 p.m. and ended an hour later in Encino. Police said the suspect hit speeds of up to 80 mph as they trailed him by car and helicopter.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Older investors caught in an alleged $159-million securities fraud got a close look Monday at the man accused of masterminding the scheme, while a federal judge appointed a permanent receiver to liquidate the man's company. E. Frank Cossey, former chief executive of TLC America Inc. in Brea, sat slightly hunched, clenching his jaw, in federal court in Santa Ana as a standing-room-only crowd of about 60 investors, insurance agents and estate planners measured their chances for recovery.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elderly investors caught in an alleged $159-million securities fraud got a close look Monday at the man accused of masterminding the scheme as a federal judge appointed a permanent receiver to liquidate the man's company. E. Frank Cossey, the former chief executive of TLC America Inc. in Brea, sat slightly hunched, clenching his jaw, in a federal court in Santa Ana as a standing-room-only crowd of about 60 investors, insurance agents and estate planners measured their chances for recovery.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal agents are conducting a criminal investigation of a Brea real estate investment firm that was accused earlier this month by securities regulators of raising $156 million in an alleged scheme to defraud the elderly, according to new documents filed in the case. Documents in Santa Ana federal court indicate that IRS and FBI agents raided the Brea offices of TLC America Inc. and the Diamond Bar home of the firm's chief executive, E. Frank Cossey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2000
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the shooting deaths of an elderly Rancho Palos Verdes couple. The bodies of George Chapin, 87, and his wife Pauline, 77, were discovered Oct. 3 in separate bedrooms of their home in the 28000 block of East Palos Verdes Drive. They were discovered by caretakers. The man had been shot multiple times. The woman appeared to have been shot once.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal agents are conducting a criminal investigation of a Brea real estate investment firm that was accused earlier this month by securities regulators of raising $156 million in an alleged scheme to defraud the elderly, according to new documents filed in the case. Documents in federal court in Santa Ana indicate that agents from the Internal Revenue Service and FBI raided the Brea offices of TLC America Inc. and the Diamond Bar home of the firm's chief executive, E. Frank Cossey.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
A federal jury in Santa Ana found two Orange County telemarketers and a cohort in Corona guilty of fraud and money-laundering in schemes that defrauded 2,200 mostly elderly victims nationwide of more than $1.2 million. The jury late Thursday convicted Robert Flarida, 32, of Anaheim Hills and Doreen Woods, 34, of Costa Mesa on fraud and money-laundering charges involving two schemes. Jurors found Jason Garcia, 26, of Corona guilty of mail and wire fraud in one of the illegal operations.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal regulators accused two Diamond Bar men this week of a massive Ponzi scheme that siphoned $156 million through their Brea investment company and diverted at least some of the money to racehorses--using age-old techniques that played on investors' vulnerabilities. In a lawsuit, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that E. Frank Cossey, 54, and Gary W. Williams, 54, and their TLC America Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2000
Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials remained tight-lipped Wednesday as they searched for clues in the deaths of an elderly couple found shot to death in their home. George Chapin, 87, was shot numerous times, and his bedridden wife, Pauline Chapin, 77, was shot once, authorities said. Investigators found no gun or signs of forced entry at their residence, in the 28000 block of East Palos Verdes Drive. Sheriffs officials said they do not believe any of the wounds were self-inflicted.
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