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February 24, 2007 | William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writer
THE official end of the notorious Cali cocaine cartel came late last year here with little more commotion than the rap of a judge's gavel. The Colombian drug lords Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, 63, and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 67, entered guilty pleas and were ushered off to federal prison for the next 30 years -- no Miami Vice-like dramatics, no bodies riddled with gunfire in the manner of Medellin rival Pablo Escobar.
April 19, 2014
Re "Rizzo is sentenced to 12 years in prison," April 17 Now that another chapter in the saga of the city of Bell corruption scandal has been closed, let's thank the Founding Fathers for the constitutional amendment that guarantees freedom of the press. We see, in countless media investigations of wrongdoing by officials such as former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo, a shining beacon of hope for freedom, fair play and democracy. Without the media - more precisely, newspapers in America - we would be like a small ant being stepped on by a Herculean giant of institutional self-interest.
The nation's most famous "country club prison," once the domain of such celebrity felons as inside trader Ivan Boesky and Watergate figure H.R. Haldeman, is shutting down. The Lompoc Federal Prison Camp is being converted into a higher security federal prison. A prison with fences and razor wire instead of small "off-limits" signs around the property. A prison where inmates have to wear khaki uniforms instead of shorts and T-shirts. A prison where inmates can't play tennis in the afternoon.
April 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Corina Knoll
Sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution in connection with a massive public corruption scandal, former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo walked to his car Wednesday a defeated man. “I should have realized the salaries were way out of whack and taken steps to bring them back in line, but it just got away from me,” Rizzo said in an brief chat with The Times. "There's not much I could do after a period of time.” FULL COVERAGE: Corruption in Bell As he spoke about a block from the downtown Los Angeles courthouse where his fate had been sealed moments earlier, a man recognized him and shouted out, “Taxpayer justice.” “I can't go anywhere,” Rizzo murmured.
May 26, 1986 | MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writer
The prison has no walls, fences, bars, gun towers or guns. Guards are nattily attired in gray slacks, powder-blue shirts, maroon ties and navy blazers. Amenities include a swimming pool and two full-time recreation directors. Some inmates, who are allowed to leave the prison unescorted, spend their days working in nearby communities and their evenings umpiring games for the local Little League. Incarceration at the Federal Prison Camp at Boron is more a state of mind than a state of siege.
January 3, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Rising 10 stories next to the Hollywood Freeway, the sleek, stucco-and-glass building looks more like a backdrop for television's "L.A. Law" than a prison designed to house some of the most notorious criminal suspects in Southern California. Kevin Mitnick, the 25-year-old computer genius accused of breaking into university and corporate computers from Los Angeles to Leeds, England, now calls it home.
May 7, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Ja Rule took another step Tuesday toward life as a free man when he was released from a federal prison in upstate New York and headed home to begin home confinement for the balance of his sentence. The rapper, real name Jeffrey Atkins, was picked up around 10 a.m. by his wife, who drove him straight home, a source told TMZ . According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, his release date remains July 28. The 37-year-old will serve out his federal time in federally monitored home confinement, his rep told MTV in a statement.
July 8, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month jail sentence Monday after pleading guilty last year to not paying approximately $1 million in taxes. The singer and rapper, best known as a member of the Fugees, reported to the federal prison in Danbury, Conn., according to the Associated Press , which quoted a Bureau of Prisons spokesman. Following the completion of her stint there, she's to spend an additional three months under home confinement, the AP said. Hill was sentenced in May, the result of leaving taxes on earnings of over $2 million unpaid from 2005 to 2009.
March 15, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
With a final wave from the parking lot, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich walked into the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colo., on Thursday and began serving his sentence of 14 years in prison for his conviction on corruption charges. Blagojevich did not go gently into what is expected to be years out of the  limelight he once inhabited so fully. Every step -- beginning with the morning's departure from his Chicago home, to the flight, to an unexpected stop for lunch -- was fully documented by local reporters who have long feasted on the charismatic politician.
April 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A member of the LulzSec hacker group was sentence to a year in federal prison Thursday as a result of his involvement with a cyberattack in 2011. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ordered Cody Andrew Kretsinger, a 25-year-old Decatur, Ill., resident to also serve a year of home detention after he completes his time in prison. He will also be required to perform 1,000 hours of community service and pay more than $605,000 in restitution. Kretsinger, who went by the name of "recursion" during his days with LulzSec, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer in connection with the hacker group's attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer systems in May and June 2011.
March 17, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A Temecula college student who extorted young women, including a future Miss Teen USA, into sending him nude photos and video was sentenced Monday to 18 months in federal prison, federal prosecutors said. Jared James Abrahams, 20, was arrested last year and pleaded guilty in November to one count of computer hacking and three counts of extortion, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. The case came to national attention last year after it was reported that Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, who was crowned in August, was one of Abrahams' victims.
March 17, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
He has served in prison, starred in a short-lived reality TV show and delivered enough quotable quips to fill a bookshelf in the public library. Now, in his latest exhibition of life as political performance art, Edwin Edwards - former Louisiana governor, convicted racketeer, celebrated womanizer and, at age 86, new father - announced Monday he would be a candidate for Congress. "I've given a great deal of thought to this ... and I acknowledge that there are good reasons why I should not run ... but there are better reasons why I should," Edwards told reporters in Baton Rouge, La. "I am positive I can run, and I am confident I can win. " When last seen on the national stage, Edwards was co-starring in " The Governor's Wife ," an A&E series focused on his pen-pal-turned-bride No. 3, Trina Scott.
March 13, 2014
Re "Why give Panetta a pass?," Opinion, March 9 Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is in federal prison because he broke the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, when he went far beyond the whistle-blowing he states he engaged in by disclosing covert operatives' names. The Espionage Act of 1950, which he says former CIA Director Leon Panetta should be punished for supposedly violating, does not adequately cover such crimes, hence the 1982 act was passed by Congress. Panetta did not break either law, for as Kiriakou admits, Panetta was not alerted beforehand that a non-cleared person, "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal, was in the group of agency employees at CIA headquarters that Panetta was addressing.
March 6, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The men who pleaded guilty last month to the brutal Dodger Stadium beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow have been indicted by a federal grand jury on a weapons charge, according to court documents. According to an indictment filed Wednesday, the grand jury charged Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, both of Rialto, with one count each of being felons in possession of firearms. If convicted, the men face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison, prosecutors said. Authorities said they found about a half-dozen weapons - two semiautomatic rifles and a pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and a revolver  - along with nearly 70 rounds of ammunition when they searched Norwood's home in connection with the Stow assault.
March 2, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - The two men are best friends, a burly odd couple pounding down meaty sandwiches at a steakhouse here. The mood was heavy. One will soon take a long trip to a place the other has been before, where the beds are hard and so is the time. In a few weeks, former Hells Angel Charles "Pee-wee" Goldsmith, 57, will enter the state prison system for a stretch of two to five years - convicted on a host of charges following a 2008 brawl at a downtown wedding chapel between rival motorcycle gangs.
February 19, 2014 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A Newport Beach contractor was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison for underreporting his income by about $2 million. The government lost out on roughly $300,000 in tax revenue as a result of Jeremy Scott Levine, 42, underreporting his income over a five-year period, according to the  Internal Revenue Service . U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow ordered Levine, who owns Newport-based JSL Construction and Landscaping, to...
August 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Rapper Fat Joe turned himself in Monday to serve a four-month prison sentence stemming for tax evasion. The "Lean Back"  rapper, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, surrendered Monday, his attorney told Associated Press.   The 42-year-old pleaded guilty in December after failing to pay income taxes in 2007 and 2008 on income that totaled more than $1 million. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots He is being held at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, according to TMZ, and will have to pay a $15,000 fine and serve an additional year under supervised release.
November 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Hours before entering a federal prison in Cumberland, disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff sent friends an e-mail lamenting "this nightmare" political scandal. Abramoff, who parlayed campaign donations and expensive gifts into political influence from Congress to the White House, was sentenced to six years for a fraudulent Florida casino deal. He is awaiting sentencing in a Capitol Hill public corruption case in which he also is the star witness.
January 16, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Hawthorne man who was convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme targeting a man dating the daughter of his cohort was sentenced Thursday to seven years in federal prison after he got caught trying to hire an undercover federal agent. Antonio Quevedo, 35, had already pleaded guilty to his part, hatched with Adelina Cristobal, to kill the boyfriend of her daughter. Cristobal, 56, of Lawndale, who also pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire,  is scheduled to be sentenced by the same judge in Santa Ana Jan. 31 The murder-for-hire scheme was uncovered when an informant tipped off authorities that Quevedo was seeking to hire someone to kill the young man for $5,000.
January 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell who already has pleaded no contest to 69 corruption felonies, pleaded guilty Monday to federal tax charges in which he claimed more than $770,000 in phony losses, mostly on his horse ranch. Rizzo was dressed in a blue blazer and gray pants, as he has been for nearly all his court appearances. His hair, dyed brown when he was illegally receiving $1.5 million in annual compensation from Bell, is gray. He agreed last month to plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit tax fraud and making a false income tax return.
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