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March 11, 2009 |
The live-in caretaker of an 84-year-old Huntington Beach woman allegedly took out fraudulent loans in her name, bilking the older woman out of about $200,000 and putting the woman's home in danger of foreclosure, authorities said Tuesday. Cindi Dee Powell, 54, has been charged with financial elder abuse, grand theft, identity theft, vehicle theft, fraud and forgery. She remains in custody.
February 10, 2009 |
An Irvine lawyer convicted last year of conspiracy and securities fraud in a scheme that bilked investors out of tens of millions of dollars pleaded not guilty Monday to new charges of credit card fraud and forgery. Jeanne M. Rowzee is accused of fraudulently applying for credit cards in her children's names and adding herself to the accounts as a second cardholder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2009 |
Prosecutors are investigating allegations that someone forged a character-reference letter in the name of an El Monte police officer for a defendant who was seeking lower bail in a high-profile drug-money case, authorities said Thursday. Pedro Yanez, a narcotics detective with the El Monte Police Department, told The Times that he did not write the Aug. 5 letter, which bore a photocopy of his business card.
December 9, 2008 |
Nina Burleigh (" Hoaxes from the Holy Land” Op-Ed article, Nov. 29) is unwilling to consider the possibility that the now-famous bone box inscribed "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" is authentic. This is despite the fact that the Jerusalem judge in the case, after listening to the state's witnesses for more than three years, is of the view that the government has failed to prove the inscription is a forgery and should consider dropping the case. Burleigh's view after the judge's pronouncement remains the same as in her book, "Unholy Business.
November 9, 2008 |
Leonardo Patterson made his first archaeological find at age 7 in a yam field in his native Costa Rica -- a piece of clay pottery his cousin said could be thousands of years old. It launched a lifelong fascination with pre-Columbian art, and a career checkered by charges of smuggling and selling forgeries. In April, Munich police seized more than 1,000 Aztec, Maya, Olmec and Inca antiquities from Patterson after an international investigation and a chase across Europe. "The guy is legendary in the field," said Michael Coe, a retired Yale anthropology professor who told authorities that a 1997 Patterson exhibit in Spain included possible fakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2008 |
FBI agents arrested a Los Angeles woman Thursday on suspicion of using counterfeit documents and forging the names of two federal judges in an attempt to free her husband from state prison, where he is serving time on a murder conviction, authorities said. Danielle Denise Jones, 27, a supervisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was charged with forging court seals and judges' signatures on court documents, said Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman. Jones was released on $50,000 bond.
August 6, 2008 |
The Bush administration and former top CIA officials denounced a new book's assertion that the White House ordered the forgery of Iraqi documents to suggest a link between Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the lead hijacker in the Sept. 11 attacks.
January 28, 2008 |
The most outspoken opposition politician vying for the Russian presidency was thrown out of the race Sunday, accused by elections officials of forging tens of thousands of signatures. The disqualification of former Prime Minister Mikhail M. Kasyanov was immediately decried by opposition figures and analysts, who said the decision was a politically motivated attempt to silence a vocal critic of the government and maintain an image of uncontested Kremlin popularity.
December 13, 2007 |
For about a decade, "The Faun," a ceramic sculpture of a half-man, half-goat figure, has been at the Art Institute of Chicago, presented as a work of the 19th century French master Paul Gauguin. But now the museum says that the work, which it bought in 1997, is a forgery. "The Faun" has been confirmed to be one of a long string of contemporary forgeries by the Greenhalgh family, which had been under investigation for 20 months by Scotland Yard.