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October 25, 1989 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A watchdog group charged Tuesday that the Internal Revenue Service's top criminal investigator in Los Angeles and several colleagues improperly bought property from an El Monte firm that was being audited by the IRS and then used it for their own tax benefit. "Had anything like the El Monte situation occurred in the district I was working in, the officials certainly would have been fired," said Paul J.
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October 25, 1989 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A watchdog group charged Tuesday that the Internal Revenue Service's top criminal investigator in Los Angeles and several colleagues improperly bought property from an El Monte firm that was being audited by the IRS and then used it for their own tax benefit. "Had anything like the El Monte situation occurred in the district I was working in, the officials certainly would have been fired," said Paul J.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1995
A federal judge ruled Monday that a former Internal Revenue Service agent can testify as an expert witness for the defense in the tax evasion and money-laundering trial of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. U.S. Dist. Judge Consuelo Marshall ruled that Howard Emirhanian can be called today to attack testimony offered Friday by IRS Special Agent Liza Shovar. Shovar testified that Fleiss received $160,000 in checks alone during 1992 but reported only $33,000 of that income to the IRS.
NEWS
May 16, 1991
Over the objections of Mayor Donna Smith, the city will hire attorneys to defend City Council members Tomas Ursua and Nell Soto, who were sued for slander and invasion of privacy last month for claiming that special interests had profited from dealings with the city Redevelopment Agency. The city will also provide the legal defense for Howard Emirhanian, a private detective who was hired by the city to investigate corruption and was sued after his confidential reports became public.
BUSINESS
November 5, 1987 | MARTHA GROVES, Times Staff Writer
The chief of the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigation division in Los Angeles is under investigation by superiors after a series of allegations about improper conduct in connection with a bitter, long-running feud between Guess and Jordache, rival blue-jeans makers. The official acknowledged that the investigation was begun months ago, but he said it was recently stepped up at his request because he feels that it will clear his name. First reported in the Nov.
NEWS
February 14, 1991 | MIKE WARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A private detective hired by the city at a cost of $36,000 to investigate possible wrongdoing in the city Redevelopment Agency has turned in his report, but city officials are refusing to release it. Mayor Donna Smith says the findings of investigator Howard Emirhanian, of the Laguna Hills firm Saranow, Wells & Emirhanian, could expose the city to lawsuits. "It would be very unwise to release it," she said.
NEWS
October 10, 1991 | MIKE WARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An opinion by the state Fair Political Practices Commission has opened the way for the city of Pomona to pay the legal expenses of council members Nell Soto and Tomas Ursua, who are being sued for slander, invasion of privacy and civil rights violations. The City Council voted 5 to 2 to pay the attorney fees after an FPPC opinion allowed Soto and Ursua to vote on the issue. They had abstained from a vote in June, leaving the council without the majority needed to approve the payments. City Atty.
NEWS
April 14, 1991 | MIKE WARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Donna Smith was picketed by activists charging racism and her opponent, Councilman Tomas Ursua, was sued for slander and invasion of privacy last week as they prepared for a showdown in Tuesday's municipal election. Ursua and Councilwoman Nell Soto, who is also on Tuesday's ballot, were sued by four people who claim they were harmed by the leak earlier this year of an investigative report on alleged city corruption. Ursua and Soto dismissed the lawsuit as politically motivated.
NEWS
February 21, 1991 | MIKE WARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First the City Council hired a private detective to investigate allegations of corruption in its redevelopment agency. Now it wants someone to get to the bottom of another mystery: how a copy of the investigator's top secret report ended up in the hands of mayoral hopeful Abe Tapia. The City Council early Wednesday instructed city staff members to try to find out who leaked the confidential report to Tapia.
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