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October 9, 2013 |
A former Rialto school district accountant accused of embezzling $1.8 million in schools' lunch money after being seen on video stuffing cash in her bra pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 16 felonies. After entering the not guilty pleas, Judith Oakes, 48, was held in lieu of $1.8-million bail by a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge Oakes could serve up to 11 years in prison if convicted of all the charges in what Rialto police say is the largest white-collar crime case they have ever handled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 |
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has thrown out several embezzlement counts against three defendants in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case but ruled they must stand trial on related charges of bribery and conspiracy. Judge Kathleen Kennedy on Friday granted a motion by defense attorneys to dismiss 11 counts involving money that two rave concert promoters paid to the Coliseum's events manager at the time, Todd DeStefano. The attorneys had argued that the money could not have been embezzled because it did not belong to the publicly owned Coliseum before it went to DeStefano.
September 21, 2013 |
BEIJING - Bo Xilai, at one time the most potent challenger to the current Chinese Communist Party leadership, was sentenced Sunday to life in prison for corruption. The unexpectedly harsh sentence is likely to be interpreted as a sign of just how anxious the Chinese government is to get the 64-year-old Bo, a telegenic politician in the American mold, off the political stage. For the first time since the former Chongqing Communist Party secretary was purged last year, Chinese media released a photograph of him. He wore a white shirt and black trousers instead of a prison uniform, but was flanked by two taller police officers apparently picked to minimize his 6-foot-1 height.
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September 20, 2013 |
A judge on Friday rejected a plea deal reached between prosecutors and a former Glendale councilman accused of embezzling at least $304,000, calling the agreement a "slap on the wrist" for someone in a position of public trust. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus said former Councilman John Drayman should go to jail if found guilty of the embezzlement, perjury and tax fraud charges, rejecting a deal that would have exchanged a guilty plea for community service and restitution.
July 19, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his former business partner, Pyotr Ofitserov, were released from custody Friday, one day after their conviction in a controversial embezzlement case, Interfax news agency reported. A district court in the regional capital of Kirov had sentenced Navalny and Ofitserov to five years and four years in prison, respectively, and fined them $15,000 each on charges of embezzling $530,000 from a local timber company in 2009. The Kirov regional court ruled that both men should be released while they appeal the verdict.
July 18, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Alexei Navalny, one of Russia's most popular and charismatic opposition leaders, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison in a high-profile embezzlement trial that he maintained was politically motivated. Navalny was convicted in a district court in the regional capital of Kirov of embezzling about $530,000 from a local company that has since gone bankrupt. "The court of the city of Kirov established that Navalny organized the committing of the crime, managed the execution of embezzlement of someone else's property entrusted to the guilty party in especially high volume," Judge Sergei Blinov read in handing down the sentence.