CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1998 |
Two members of a low-level organized crime ring were sentenced to a year in county jail Tuesday after admitting to stealing $3,000 from an elderly Ventura couple in a tree-trimming scam three months ago. The group includes two other defendants, one of whom was too ill to attend the hearing and a fourth who received a lesser sentence last month. They have been described as a band of gypsies from Eastern Europe who use a well-known scheme to commit residential burglaries. On Sept.