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October 10, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
The city's Ethics Commission voted Tuesday to impose $20,000 in fines on a Port of Los Angeles shipping company and two top executives who admitted engaging in campaign money laundering practices that benefited three candidates. Trans Pacific Container Service Corp. exceeded the city's campaign contribution limit by reimbursing employees who wrote checks to the 2005 reelection campaign of former Mayor James K. Hahn, the 2005 reelection campaign of City Atty.
September 17, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County sheriff's employee who was fired for visiting friends in state prison is trying to get her job back by noting that the department didn't dismiss the son of a top county executive for a similar offense. Sheriff's Department policy prohibits employees from visiting inmates in county jail facilities or associating with people who have a "reputation in the community for criminal activity."
September 5, 2007 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
A coalition of national nonprofit groups asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate and suspend an FBI employee who was found by a jury to have falsified evidence against a man who served 12 years in prison before being exonerated by DNA evidence. The National Innocence Network, which is dedicated to clearing people who are wrongfully convicted, asked Justice Department officials to investigate former Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Danny Miller, who now works for the FBI.
September 2, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
Police have arrested an employee of a local newspaper who they say placed a classified advertisement that is being investigated as a death threat against Riverside County Dist. Atty. Rod Pacheco. Gang and SWAT team officers from the Riverside Police Department took Chandler William Cardwell, 32, into custody late Friday night at his home in Perris and booked him Saturday on suspicion of making terrorist threats and possession of a concealed firearm.
August 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A former American Red Cross employee who managed finances at the Orange County chapter has been sentenced to six months in jail and six months of house arrest for embezzling $110,000 from the agency, authorities said Monday. Karen Shuerger, 59, formerly of Santa Ana and now living in Henderson, Nev., pleaded guilty in May to three counts of wire fraud and one of mail fraud in connection with the case.
July 8, 2007 | Philip Hersh
The United States Olympic Committee has apologized to the people of Brazil and, specifically, Rio de Janeiro, for an incident at the Pan American Games, which open Friday. The incident involved the message "Welcome to the Congo!" written in red ink on a whiteboard at the USOC office in the main media center. A photo of the message, with USOC staffer Kevin Neuendorf standing in front of it, appeared Saturday in a Brazilian newspaper.
June 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The head of the General Services Administration should be "punished to the fullest extent" for violating a ban on political advocacy on government time, a watchdog agency has concluded. The Office of Special Counsel, in a letter to President Bush, said GSA chief Lurita Alexis Doan engaged in "the most pernicious of political activity" banned by the 1939 Hatch Act when she asked, at a meeting of agency political appointees, how they could help GOP candidates.
April 25, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
In the stock option backdating predicament that never quite reached the level of full-blown scandal, Apple Inc. might have done some things right -- once it acknowledged it had a problem.
April 14, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
At least 16 Los Angeles police officers or recruits who joined the force in the last year may be on the job without proper background checks after a city screener allegedly signed off on hiring recruits without checking personal and employment references for disqualifying issues, officials said Friday.
April 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former employee of the Drug Enforcement Administration pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally profiting from his position by taking money from a DEA vendor that he managed, federal authorities said. Leopoldo B. Villanueva, 63, admitted that he received $13,500 from Redline Towing at the same time he was working for the DEA as a contracting officer in charge of negotiating and managing contracts with vendors.
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