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March 2, 2007 | Walter Hamilton and Thomas S. Mulligan, Times Staff Writers
Wall Street executive Mitchel Guttenberg sat down with his friend Erik Franklin in Manhattan's famed Oyster Bar about five years ago to discuss repaying a $25,000 loan. But instead of cash, Guttenberg allegedly offered a currency that's far more valuable on Wall Street: inside information about dozens of stock analyst recommendations at his firm, financial services powerhouse UBS.
February 22, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power ran up a $97-million overtime bill over an 11-month period, with some money going to employees who did not show up for work, an internal audit has found. The study, ordered by the board that oversees the nation's largest municipal utility, also found that some employees reported both overtime and absences on the same days. The 2 million hours of overtime were incurred between March 2005 and February 2006.
February 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three Seal Beach Jail workers will be arraigned today on charges they stole a Sony PlayStation from an inmate and then manipulated documents to cover up the crime, authorities said Tuesday. Victor Calzada, 29, Fred Madrigal, 21, and Michael Navarro, 22, all non-city employees, are accused of taking the video console in September 2006 from an inmate who was transferred from Seal Beach to the Orange County Jail for failing to comply with a work release program.
February 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A bookkeeper pleaded guilty to embezzling $6.9 million to pay for such things as a ranch in Vermont, a life-size statue of Al Capone and a private performance by singer Burt Bacharach, federal authorities said. Angela Buckborough Platt, 43, pocketed the money over six years while an accountant for J & J Materials Corp. in Rehoboth, federal prosecutors said. Under the plea deal, Platt must pay back all of the money and prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence.
February 9, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
A Pentagon official who was a prime architect of Bush administration policies that led to the Iraq war presented policymakers with allegations of links between Iraq and Al Qaeda that did not accurately reflect the views of U.S. intelligence agencies, according to a Defense Department investigation disclosed Thursday by a senior Senate Democrat. The report concluded that the official's actions were inappropriate, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said.
February 8, 2007 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
A former radiologist at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of failing to pay state taxes in 2004, when he was billing the county for marathon shifts at the troubled public hospital. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Horwitz sentenced Dr. Harold A. Tate, 47, to three years' probation and ordered him to pay back taxes of $35,138 and a $10,000 fine. Dist. Atty.
February 2, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
An elementary school aide was arrested Thursday after allegedly showing sexually graphic pictures to fifth- and sixth-graders on school computers and his cellphone, police said. Homero Martinez, 31, of Santa Ana was booked into the Orange County Jail on $20,000 bail. Tynes Elementary School has placed him on administrative leave. Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, where he coached varsity softball, fired him, police said.
January 18, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
A former Riverside County Fire Department manager accused of working with a colleague to embezzle about $1 million in cash and equipment pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all charges. Authorities say that in a four- to five-year period ending in January 2005, fire communications manager Michael A. Burton and one of his employees, Steven Vaughn, developed elaborate schemes and serpentine paper trails to siphon cash and pay for vacations and home furnishings.
December 21, 2006 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
When Harry Greaves walked into the state-owned Liberian Petroleum Refining Co. less than a year ago, the excess was almost comical: There were 165 security guards to protect two gates. There were offices with a dozen or more people slouching or sitting around, doing nothing. The company had soccer and basketball teams on its payroll. Most of the more than 650 employees came into the office only on payday. Its fleet of cars, many of them ancient jalopies, supposedly cost $11,000 each.
December 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A former supervisor at the Department of Homeland Security pleaded guilty in Alexandria to accepting at least $600,000 in bribes for fraudulent citizenship documents to hundreds of Asian immigrants. Robert T. Schofield, 57, who once supervised as many as 50 employees in the Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Fairfax, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to bribery and to aiding and abetting the illegal procurement of citizenship.
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