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ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Kevin Trudeau, the television pitchman who has been both successful and suspect, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for making false claims, Reuters reports . Trudeau was found found guilty of criminal contempt in November in Chicago. The claims in question were made in Trudeau's book "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You To Know About" and the television spots that promoted it. In sentencing Trudeau, Judge Ronald Guzman said, "He is deceitful to the very core, and that type of conduct simply cannot stand.
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BUSINESS
September 9, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Trade Commission has sued longtime bulb manufacturer Lights of America Inc., charging that some of the company's energy-saving LED bulbs don't burn nearly as brightly or as long as advertised. Light emitting diode bulbs made by the Walnut company are sold at major national retailers, such as Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Costco. The suit alleges that Lights of America made false claims about the performance of some bulbs on its packaging and marketing materials beginning in 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
A woman who claimed that Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo insinuated she could pay off a legal bill by granting him sexual favors has withdrawn her allegations. Deborah J. Hegel of San Clemente apologized in court documents for filing false claims, which she said she made in response to vigorous attempts by Jaramillo's law firm to recover $4,764.69 in unpaid legal bills. "Mr.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2000 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN, BLOOMBERG NEWS
The state attorney general's office is investigating a whistle-blower's claim that IBM Corp., Toshiba Corp. and other computer makers hid a defect in personal computers sold to local governments, people familiar with the case said. The probe was prompted by a whistle-blower lawsuit by former IBM engineer Phillip Adams. The companies are accused of concealing a problem in floppy disk controllers that can corrupt data, the people said. Toshiba on Monday won a federal judge's approval of a $2.
OPINION
May 24, 2006
Re "FBI Hears Pellicano Threat," May 6 Your account of Cynthia Garvey's 1988 assault charge against Ron Meyer, president of Universal Studios, omitted some salient information. The story noted the district attorney's office did not pursue the case because of insufficient evidence. What the story did not say is that, as has been reported elsewhere, Garvey has a history of filing false claims of abuse at the hands of ex-lovers. Indeed, Garvey accepted a plea bargain after being charged with filing five false police reports against one such ex-boyfriend in 1996.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Computer Sciences Corp., the manager of networks for NASA and the Navy, agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle U.S. allegations that it solicited improper payments in connection with government contracts. The El Segundo-based company received the kickbacks from other companies with which it had business relationships, the Justice Department alleged. The civil case was first brought by whistle-blowers who will receive a share of the settlement, the government said. Computer Sciences spokesman Mike Dickerson said, "We can confirm that we have settled this matter, but we emphatically deny that CSC engaged in any false claims or other wrongdoing in association with this case."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1991 | JOHN RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four employees of a Valencia firm were charged Thursday with perpetrating a $7.2-million Medi-Cal scam that involved using the names of thousands of aid recipients, the state attorney general's office said. Eliseo Sur of Granada Hills, Macario Tiu Sr. of Valencia, Carol Dunbar of Newhall and Lisa Cabuntala of Los Angeles were arraigned in Los Angeles Municipal Court on charges of taking part in the alleged fraud while they worked at Bruce Pharmacal Inc.
BUSINESS
February 13, 1997 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Laguna Niguel man, convicted nearly three years ago of defrauding investors of $1.8 million, has admitted in an unrelated case that he collected nearly $300,000 from the government by filing false claims for tax refunds. Randall Craig Hutchens, 43, used the names and Social Security numbers of nine adults to fabricate W-2 forms and file fraudulent refund claims for the 1995 tax year, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Gregory Weingart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 | By Joe Mozingo
FBI agents arrested a Century City man for allegedly running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that primarily targeted the Persian-Jewish community in Los Angeles, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Shervin Neman, whose given name is Shervin Davatgarzadeh,   31, was indicted on two counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. He was taken into custody Friday morning. His victims allegedly lost more than $3 million, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.
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