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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
When Justin Bravo applied to be a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, background investigators noted the young man had some brushes with the law that raised red flags about his past. Nonetheless, the department hired Bravo as a deputy through a little-known program called "Friends of the Sheriff" - a screening process for applicants with connections to department officials. Bravo's link was his uncle: Sheriff Lee Baca. Now, the jail deputy is the subject of a Sheriff's Department criminal probe into whether he abused an inmate.
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NEWS
July 26, 1989 | From Reuters
The Defense Department confirmed today that the government is conducting an investigation into possible fraud by Northrop Corp. in the B-2 stealth bomber program. Pentagon spokesman Pete Williams said a criminal probe by the Defense and Justice departments is under way but that it did not involve any questionable parts or the operational ability of the controversial radar-evading bomber, which first flew this month. Williams would not elaborate on the investigation.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Qwest Communications International Inc., already under investigation for its accounting practices, said Wednesday that federal prosecutors have launched a criminal probe, sending shares diving as investors worry the nation's fourth-largest local phone company may be headed for bankruptcy. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office confirmed the investigation but declined to provide details.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
The estranged husband of a woman stabbed to death in a Century City parking garage pleaded not guilty Monday to a federal charge of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. James Michael Fayed, 45, was ordered back to court Sept. 15 for a status conference, and his trial is set to begin Sept. 30. His wife, Pamela, 44, was killed July 28. Although Fayed has not been charged in the slaying, prosecutors have said in court documents that he is "the primary suspect."
BUSINESS
May 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
A federal judge criticized the government's investigation of fraud allegations at HealthSouth Corp. as she gave ousted Chief Executive Richard M. Scrushy access to all his money and property. In a 64-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Inge Johnson said the government had "undoubtedly manipulated simultaneous criminal and civil proceedings" in its probe of accounting practices at the medical services company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2012 | Jack Dolan and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said on Tuesday that the corruption investigation of Assessor John Noguez has grown to include other individuals and that he intends to seek grand jury indictments in the near future. In his first public comments about the expanding criminal probe, Cooley also accused the union that represents assessor's office employees of inappropriately interfering with the investigation by ordering members to refuse to cooperate without permission from Noguez's office.
NATIONAL
November 28, 2012 | By Richard Serrano
WASHINGTON -- The former president of a Massey coal mine in West Virginia was charged with conspiracy to violate federal safety laws at various company mining sites in a widening criminal probe that began after a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. David C. Hughart, former president of Massey's Green Valley Coal Co., agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with federal law enforcement agents investigating allegations that company officials ordered workers to violate standards for maintaining airflow through mines and limiting combustible coal dust, all allegedly in attempts to maximize profits over employee safety.
NEWS
July 14, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano
Responding to allegations from several Washington lawmakers, the FBI has opened an investigation into whether Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. attempted to hack into the telephones of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the families of those who died. According to federal law enforcement sources, the decision by the FBI's field office in New York to launch the criminal probe came after several members of Congress raised concerns in letters to FBI headquarters, questioning whether reporters for the media empire may have tried to compromise Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have launched a criminal probe into a deputy's allegations that she was the victim of sexual misconduct involving three top sheriff's officials, according to sources with knowledge of the probe. The deputy is the daughter of a top aide to Sheriff Lee Baca. In a statement to The Times, Baca did not discuss details of the case, but said "I take this very seriously, and I will find out what did or did not happen. " Capt. Joseph Stephen of the Malibu station confirmed that he was one of the targets of the probe and had been questioned by investigators Friday.
BUSINESS
April 29, 1989 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
The Pentagon on Friday suspended the Voi-Shan subsidiary of Fairchild Industries from getting any new defense contracts, citing evidence that the Culver City-based operation had falsified testing of aerospace nuts, bolts and rivets. Voi-Shan has been the subject of a criminal investigation by a grand jury convened in Seattle, which earlier this month subpoenaed three current company employees who allegedly were involved in the falsification of testing. In addition, a civil lawsuit filed by three other current and former employees is pending against Voi-Shan, seeking more than $200 million in damages on behalf of the government.
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