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July 9, 2000 | AARON SANDERFORD
A Burbank-based water filtration company charged with felony and misdemeanor violations concerning its sales tactics was ordered by an administrative law judge Friday to stop doing business in California. The judge found that Everclear Water Systems and its owner, Aurora Elizabeth Vergara, were contracting without a license. Vergara agreed to the injunction.
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August 20, 2001
Employees of a Los Angeles company have been convicted of deceiving several Piru families to whom they sold water treatment systems. Everclear Water Systems, company President Aurora Elizabeth Vergara of North Hollywood and salespeople Laura Indiana Ortega and Juan Castaneda Abanto, both of Sherman Oaks, were convicted in Ventura County Superior Court of several felony and misdemeanor counts. Sentencing is set for Oct. 4.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2001
Employees of a Los Angeles company have been convicted of deceiving several Piru families to whom they sold water treatment systems. Everclear Water Systems, company President Aurora Elizabeth Vergara of North Hollywood and salespeople Laura Indiana Ortega and Juan Castaneda Abanto, both of Sherman Oaks, were convicted in Ventura County Superior Court of several felony and misdemeanor counts. Sentencing is set for Oct. 4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Employees of a Los Angeles company have been convicted of deceiving several Piru families to whom they sold water treatment systems. Everclear Water Systems, company President Aurora Elizabeth Vergara of North Hollywood and salespeople Laura Indiana Ortega and Juan Castaneda Abanto, both of Sherman Oaks, were convicted in Ventura County Superior Court of several felony and misdemeanor counts. Sentencing is set for Oct. 4. Authorities said the Spanish-speaking salespeople went door to door in heavily Latino parts of the county, telling families that drinking tap water posed health hazards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Employees of a Los Angeles company have been convicted of deceiving several Piru families to whom they sold water treatment systems. Everclear Water Systems, company President Aurora Elizabeth Vergara of North Hollywood and salespeople Laura Indiana Ortega and Juan Castaneda Abanto, both of Sherman Oaks, were convicted in Ventura County Superior Court of several felony and misdemeanor counts. Sentencing is set for Oct. 4. Authorities said the Spanish-speaking salespeople went door to door in heavily Latino parts of the county, telling families that drinking tap water posed health hazards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2001
Two San Fernando Valley residents were ordered to serve jail time and pay more than $20,000 in restitution Tuesday for using scare tactics to pressure six Piru families into buying unnecessary water-treatment systems, prosecutors said. Laura Indiana Ortega, 48, will serve 180 days and Juan Castaneda Abanto, 50, will serve 90 days. The Sherman Oaks pair, who remain free on bail, had worked for Burbank-based Everclear Water Systems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
Three people facing charges in connection with the high-pressure sales of water filtration systems surrendered to authorities Wednesday in Ventura, officials said. Authorities say the three were released on their promises to appear in court March 31 for arraignment. Aurora Elizabeth Vergara, president of Everclear Water Systems Inc., and salespeople Laura Dora Ortega Saenz and Juan Castaneda Abanto have been named in a 28-count felony and misdemeanor complaint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least six Ventura County families were duped into buying costly and unnecessary drinking water treatment systems by aggressive salespeople who are now on trial in connection with the alleged scam, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Two employees and the owner of the now-defunct Everclear Water Systems of Burbank are charged with 29 felony and misdemeanor counts of conspiracy and grand theft by false pretenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2000 | SYLVIA PAGAN WESTPHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Authorities are investigating at least two Southland firms they believe have duped thousands of Latino families into buying expensive home water filtration systems by preying on their fears of bad tap water.
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March 6, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
Sounds like the problem wasn't in the water. A Burbank company and three employees are accused of pressuring 40 Ventura County families into buying water-treatment systems by telling them their tap water contained pesticides and microscopic bits of feces, human remains and sanitary napkins. "It seemed incredible that any salesperson would make such a farfetched claim," Deputy Dist. Atty. Mitchell F. Disney said. "They said it [the bad water] happened because of the recession."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2000 | AARON SANDERFORD
A Burbank-based water filtration company charged with felony and misdemeanor violations concerning its sales tactics was ordered by an administrative law judge Friday to stop doing business in California. The judge found that Everclear Water Systems and its owner, Aurora Elizabeth Vergara, were contracting without a license. Vergara agreed to the injunction.
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