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March 20, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The construction company that allegedly bilked Los Angeles County out of $1.5 million in cash and construction costs while one of its top executives was in jail for drug trafficking will be charged next week with at least one count of fraud, a source close to the investigation said Thursday.
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June 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A man found guilty in 1998 of defrauding the elderly by telling them they had won a sweepstakes was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Thursday. Ray Prince, 42, formerly of Burbank, was convicted of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud in a scheme in which he told elderly people that they had won the American Family Publisher's sweepstakes and asked them for "processing fees," the U.S. attorney's office said. Prince may have bilked his victims of as much as $1.3 million.
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July 8, 1998 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the eighth race at Hollywood Park, the horses are heading into the far turn and Windy Treat is making his move. As he glides around the turn and inches past Brimfield Bound with an eighth of a mile to go, the 14,000 spectators jump to their feet and shout and plead and snap imaginary whips in an effort to speed their horses to the wire. The entire crowd is facing the track, eyes fixed on the horses, intently following the race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2000 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday arrested a deputy who investigators allege is the ringleader in two credit card scams uncovered by the department last spring. David Osorio, 31, was arrested at his home in Gardena and was being held on $50,000 bail, authorities said. He is being held on four felony counts: two counts of grand theft and two counts of commercial burglary. The charges involve Osorio's alleged use of stolen credit cards. He is expected to be arraigned Monday.
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October 23, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police and prosecutors have retained one state legislative weapon but lost another in the fight against real estate fraud in Los Angeles County. A bill signed last week by Gov. Pete Wilson will extend the life of a special real estate fraud unit within the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. With the exhaustion of its start-up grant, the unit had been threatened with extinction. But the California Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1993 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Lancaster electrical contractor James H. Paxin, convicted of payroll fraud in 1991, was ordered jailed again Thursday pending a hearing on new allegations he also defrauded several hundred employees of more than $640,000 in pension contributions. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles Horan, who handled the original case when he was based in Lancaster, ordered Paxin held in lieu of $250,000 bail pending another hearing set for Tuesday.
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July 9, 1999 | BILL PLASCHKE
Hearing the news was as nauseating as watching somebody pull into a blue curbside parking spot, then sprint from the car. Criminal charges were filed Thursday by the Los Angeles City Attorney's office against 14 current and former UCLA football players who allegedly submitted phony applications to obtain handicapped parking placards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1993 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A once-prominent Lancaster electrical contractor, jailed in 1991 on a payroll fraud conviction, was sentenced Tuesday to nine more months in County Jail and ordered to repay several hundred ex-employees for shortchanging their pension fund by more than $640,000. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles Horan imposed the sentence on James H. Paxin, 40, owner of the now-defunct Paxin Electric Inc.
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July 22, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities charged eight men Tuesday with taking part in a sophisticated ATM fraud that stole more than $2 million from bank and gas station customers throughout Los Angeles County. Authorities say the men, who worked as service station operators and bank tellers, conspired with the ring's leaders to illegally tap into the bank accounts of thousands of unsuspecting customers. One of the men named in the 41-page criminal complaint is a fugitive.
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November 19, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff's deputies investigating fraud on senior citizens raided the homes of two Woodland Hills men and their office near Hollywood on Tuesday morning, seizing computers and financial records. Seven women, all more than 75 years old, have complained that three home-remodeling firms have bilked them out of tens of thousands of dollars and left them in jeopardy of losing their homes. Telemarketers with Century Home Improvement Inc., Pacific Remodeling and MY Construction Co.
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July 24, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By the time 4-year-old Juan Carlos visited a dentist, his teeth were decayed and he cried from the pain of his gum infection. He needed immediate care and two teeth were eventually extracted. His mother thought that she had enrolled him in a government-assisted health insurance program that would cover the costs. But like other poor and recent immigrants, she discovered too late that she had been victimized. Months earlier, she had called a toll-free number that she read on a flier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY
The president of a Valencia postal supplies company was ordered Monday to pay $6,550 in fines and court costs and perform 150 hours of community service for fleecing businesses nationwide in a billing scam. Daniel Lynch, 45, of Canyon Country, pleaded no contest to three counts of illegally soliciting orders. Authorities say he sent merchandise to companies that never ordered the goods, then billed them for it.
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May 26, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Duarte couple are being held on 77 felony charges of operating what authorities say was a sham children's charity that bilked pop singer Michael Jackson, major corporations and individual contributors of hundreds of thousands of dollars over six years. Gary Gene Harder, 55, and Grace Darlene Brandt, 56, were being held on $1.4-million bail each at Twin Towers jail Thursday.
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April 19, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of the nation's biggest building firms, Dillingham Construction Inc., has agreed not to bid on any public works projects with Los Angeles County for 20 years to avoid a major courtroom fight over allegations that the company fraudulently billed the county. The unprecedented ban is part of a sweeping out-of-court settlement approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors.
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February 4, 2000 | INDRANEEL SUR
Two Santa Clarita Valley men who allegedly sent false bills to firms across the country for postage meter supplies from their Valencia company were charged Thursday with making false and misleading statements, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said. Daniel Mark Lynch, 45, of Canyon Country, and John Harry Dougherty, 57, of Newhall, were investigated after three businesses--one from as far away as Greenwich, Conn.--complained to the Postal Inspection Service, authorities said.
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December 18, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Tarzana man convicted of defrauding businesses by falsely claiming he could get celebrities Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson and Tom Cruise to attend their events was sentenced Friday to 16 months in prison. William Patrick Bentley, 39, was also ordered to pay $60,000 in restitution to an Ohio-based company and a charity that raises funds for widows and orphans of Los Angeles police officers killed while on duty. Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty.
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January 25, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former administrator of UCLA's radiological services department has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution. James Campbell, 46, pleaded guilty in September to embezzling more than $500,000 from UCLA over the course of four years. Assistant U.S. Atty. Nathan J.
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December 30, 1994
An Alhambra woman previously convicted of running a fraudulent immigration services business was sentenced Thursday to three years in County Jail for violating probation by resuming the scam, authorities said. Lo-Li V. Gregor, 48, ran a business that sold Chinese immigrants documents that purported to be green cards and work visas, according to Los Angeles Deputy City Atty. Greg Parham. But those documents were worthless, Parham said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU
A federal grand jury indicted a Lancaster woman on multiple fraud charges Thursday for allegedly offering her unborn child and 1-year-old son to several couples in exchange for money. Sateva Seals, 21, was indicted on nine counts of wire fraud and five counts of mail fraud. From August to November 1997, Seals promised three couples they could adopt her son and told two couples that they could adopt her unborn child, according to the federal grand jury indictment.
SPORTS
July 9, 1999 | BILL PLASCHKE
Hearing the news was as nauseating as watching somebody pull into a blue curbside parking spot, then sprint from the car. Criminal charges were filed Thursday by the Los Angeles City Attorney's office against 14 current and former UCLA football players who allegedly submitted phony applications to obtain handicapped parking placards.
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