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February 5, 1991
A federal judge refused Monday to throw out the conviction of a Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics officer who was convicted last December in a money-skimming trial along with six other deputies. Eufrasio G. Cortez was convicted of theft, tax evasion, money-laundering and conspiracy in what prosecutors described as a two-year scheme where deputies stole $1.4 million during narcotics raids. Cortez, who faces a maximum term of 53 years in prison, had asked U.S.
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December 1, 1993 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One night in September, 1989, Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Sobel told his wife he was leaving their Westminster home to buy a pack of cigarettes. Instead, he drove straight toward the ocean, with $12,000 in stolen drug money and thoughts of suicide. Only hours earlier, the $100 bills were hidden in a roll-top desk, overlooked by investigators searching Sobel's house. Now, he was intent on ridding himself of the tainted cash.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1991
A Pomona man who testified on behalf of a former Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics deputy convicted of skimming drug money was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on five perjury counts. Jesse A. Luna Jr., 44, was accused of falsely testifying last year in the corruption trial of Eufrasio G. Cortez and six other former sheriff's narcotics deputies who were convicted of stealing money during drug raids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Los Angeles County narcotics officer testified Friday that he and other deputies implicated in a money-skimming scandal talked about killing a former colleague when they learned that the sheriff's sergeant was secretly cooperating with federal prosecutors. Eufrasio G. Cortez told jurors that he and half a dozen other deputies "talked about doing away with" Sheriff's Sgt. Robert R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge Thursday dismissed more than two dozen criminal charges against seven Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies already convicted of stealing seized drug money and laundering cash. At the request of prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie dropped 26 remaining charges against the narcotics officers who were convicted Dec. 10 in one of the department's worst corruption scandals.
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February 23, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA and DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted 10 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department narcotics officers--including all nine members of an elite team--on charges of stealing more than $1.4 million in seized drug cash and using much of that money to buy homes, luxury cars, jewelry and stocks. The 10 veteran officers were also accused of conspiring to take money from suspected drug dealers during narcotics raids over the last two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1991 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge refused Monday to dismiss convictions of five Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies involved in a drug and money-skimming scandal with two other narcotics officers. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie rejected defense claims that there was insufficient evidence to convict the deputies last month on 11 criminal counts ranging from conspiracy and theft to money laundering and tax evasion.
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February 21, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that could broaden a money-skimming investigation, an ex-narcotics officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pleaded guilty Thursday to theft and income tax charges and told a federal judge that he and other deputies stole $235,000 during a 1986 narcotics raid. Eufrasio G.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy testified Thursday that he and another officer once tried to impress "a police groupie" by showing her cocaine from an evidence envelope at narcotics headquarters--only to watch horrified as the young woman suddenly inhaled some of the drug. Eufrasio G. Cortez told federal jurors that he panicked during the 1986 incident, which began when the young woman joined narcotics officers in a late-night drinking session to celebrate a successful drug raid.
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November 28, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, accused of skimming more than $1.4 million during narcotics raids, were portrayed by a prosecutor Tuesday as corrupt officers who "turned the war on drugs into their own personal piggy banks" and used stolen drug cash for spending sprees. The officers--who worked together on an elite narcotics investigation team--stole huge sums of money from drug traffickers and money launderers to finance cars, boats, vacation homes and other luxuries, Assistant U.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy testified Thursday that he and another officer once tried to impress "a police groupie" by showing her cocaine from an evidence envelope at narcotics headquarters--only to watch horrified as the young woman suddenly inhaled some of the drug. Eufrasio G. Cortez told federal jurors that he panicked during the 1986 incident, which began when the young woman joined narcotics officers in a late-night drinking session to celebrate a successful drug raid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ex-Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, convicted earlier of skimming drug money, testified Wednesday that corruption was widespread among narcotics officers and said he took part in beatings, thefts and perjury through much of his 14-year career as a deputy. Testifying in the federal money-skimming trial of two sheriff's deputies, Eufrasio G.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that could broaden a money-skimming investigation, an ex-narcotics officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pleaded guilty Thursday to theft and income tax charges and told a federal judge that he and other deputies stole $235,000 during a 1986 narcotics raid. Eufrasio G.
NEWS
September 5, 1991 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and two former narcotics officers were indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars during drug raids, it was disclosed Wednesday. Federal prosecutors said the defendants, who had worked together on an elite anti-drug team, used the stolen money to remodel their homes and purchase cars, real estate and jewelry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1991
A Pomona man who testified on behalf of a former Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics deputy convicted of skimming drug money was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on five perjury counts. Jesse A. Luna Jr., 44, was accused of falsely testifying last year in the corruption trial of Eufrasio G. Cortez and six other former sheriff's narcotics deputies who were convicted of stealing money during drug raids.
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March 14, 1991 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On his way to court Wednesday, Reid Daub passed a San Fernando Valley motel that reminded him of how proud he had always been of his older brother, Ron. Ronald E. Daub had been a janitor at the Carriage Inn when he saved a baby from a fall. "I remember being so proud of him," said the younger Daub. "He was always a contributor to society. That's what I remember about him. Not what people think now, that he's just a bad cop."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of an indicted Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy testified Tuesday that he loaned his son more than $128,000 to buy property in Arizona and to make other purchases that federal prosecutors contend were actually bought with stolen drug money. Santana Cortez, speaking through an interpreter in his native Spanish, told jurors in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that he loaned the money to his son, Eufrasio G. Cortez, who is accused of skimming drug money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Los Angeles County narcotics officer testified Friday that he and other deputies implicated in a money-skimming scandal talked about killing a former colleague when they learned that the sheriff's sergeant was secretly cooperating with federal prosecutors. Eufrasio G. Cortez told jurors that he and half a dozen other deputies "talked about doing away with" Sheriff's Sgt. Robert R.
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March 14, 1991 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms ranging from two years to five years for participating in a massive money-skimming scheme that a federal judge portrayed as "unprecedented corruption" in local law enforcement. In sentencing the former narcotics officers, U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1991
A federal judge refused Monday to throw out the conviction of a Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics officer who was convicted last December in a money-skimming trial along with six other deputies. Eufrasio G. Cortez was convicted of theft, tax evasion, money-laundering and conspiracy in what prosecutors described as a two-year scheme where deputies stole $1.4 million during narcotics raids. Cortez, who faces a maximum term of 53 years in prison, had asked U.S.
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