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Five reputed gang members were indicted in federal court Tuesday on charges that they conspired to steal firearms from Southern California gun dealers. Four of the five were arraigned Tuesday morning in U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter's courtroom. The fifth, named in the indictment as George Batiste Thenarse, was arraigned later Tuesday.
April 25, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Leland Yee, who was indicted recently for accepting payments for favors, promises in an official ballot guide arriving at voters' homes this week to “expose special interests, and prevent corruption.” Yee wrote the candidate statement for the voter guide before his March 26 arrest by federal authorities who have also accused him of conspiracy to traffic in firearms. The San Francisco Democrat paid to include the statement in voter guides as part of a candidacy for secretary of state that he has since abandoned.
May 22, 1993
A federal grand jury has indicted a Montebello firearms dealer and a former narcotics investigator as part of its continuing probe of corruption within the narcotics bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The nine-count indictment, announced Tuesday, charges that gun dealer George Papac laundered money stolen by narcotics investigators by buying cashier's checks.
April 22, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Well, no one is going to accuse them of being smart. A team of kidnappers -- hired by a prison inmate to capture the prosecutor who put him away -- went to the wrong house and abducted the prosecutor's father, according to a federal indictment filed Tuesday in North Carolina. Nine people have been charged in the alleged plot, which originally targeted Wake County Assistant Dist. Atty. Colleen Janssen, officials said. The plan went awry when an Internet search gave the kidnappers the address for her father, Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, of Wake Forest.
A professional gambler has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a racetrack scheme that allegedly involved cashing other bettors' tickets and obtaining refunds from false tax returns. The activities of James J. Greulich of Huntington Beach took place at the Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park tracks in 1995.
April 18, 1993 | researcher CECILIA RASMUSSEN and from staff reports
Each of the defendants charged in Count 1 of the indictment was accused of both a principal offense, willfully using unreasonable force against Rodney G. King, and a secondary one, aiding and abetting the other officers. A conviction on either offense is enough to find the defendant guilty of violating the civil rights law. COUNT 1 LAURENCE M.
March 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The federal fraud indictments of two former CalPERS officials , announced today in San Francisco, represent the dropping of shoes from a very tall height -- at least that's one explanation of why the case has taken so long.  The charges against former CalPERS Chief Executive Fred Buenrostro and former CalPERS board member Alfred Villalobos stem from wrongdoing that may date back as far as 2002. A report CalPERS commissioned from the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson was made public in 2011.
February 21, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The indictments against state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon and former Assemblyman Tom Calderon on Friday initially drew a muted response from colleagues in the Legislature who huddled behind closed doors to decide what to do. The Senate Democratic Caucus scheduled an emergency meeting by teleconference Friday afternoon, and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg declined comment until he had a chance to meet with his members. More than two hours after the indictments, the only public comment had come from Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens)
January 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Twenty-four street-gang members and associates have been indicted on charges of conspiring to run an interstate prostitution ring, federal officials announced Wednesday. Of the 24 indicted, 14 face possible life sentences in prison because the charges against them include sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking by violence. Arrests were made in San Diego, Arizona and New Jersey. The organization is known as BMS, which is a combination of the Black MOB and Skanless gangs, officials said.
February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A federal grand jury has indicted five San Francisco police officers and a former city policeman in two separate cases, one involving the theft of drugs and computers from suspects, the U.S. attorney's office announced Thursday. A San Francisco Police Department sergeant, officer and former officer face multiple charges for allegedly selling marijuana, as well as allegedly stealing money, gift cards and computers from suspects. Sgt. Ian Furminger, 47, of Pleasant Hill; Officer Edmond Robles, 46, of Danville; and former Officer Reynaldo Vargas, 45, of Palm Desert, are also accused of stealing drugs and valuables from the city.
April 11, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - A secret Senate report on the CIA's treatment of Al Qaeda detainees from 2001 to 2006 concludes that the spy agency used brutal, unauthorized interrogation techniques, misrepresented key elements of the program to policymakers and the public, and actively sought to undermine congressional oversight, officials who have read the report say. Contrary to previous assertions by President George W. Bush and CIA leaders, the use of harsh interrogation...
April 4, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal grand jury indicted 29 suspects, including California state Sen. Leland Yee, with a wide range of crimes, including firearms trafficking and public corruption, U.S. Atty. Melinda Haag announced Friday. Yee, a Democrat who represents parts of San Francisco and San Mateo County, and other suspects were arrested last week on a criminal complaint that outlined the charges behind the grand jury indictments. Yee was indicted on charges of corruption, wire fraud and gun trafficking, the same charges laid out in the complaint.
April 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Pacific Gas & Electric Co., indicted by the federal government for criminal behavior stemming from a Bay Area natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, still faces more trouble. In the next few months, PG&E will face the likelihood of a fine from the California Public Utilities Commission as high as $2.25 billion for its role in the September 2010 disaster in the city of San Bruno. On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced that a grand jury indicted PG&E on 12 alleged violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act involving poor record keeping and faulty management practices.
April 1, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was indicted Tuesday on a dozen felony counts connected to the massive 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people and ravaged a San Bruno, Calif., neighborhood. The utility was charged with violating federal pipeline safety laws, including failing to identify all potential threats to the aging, high-pressure line that sparked the disaster and not maintaining proper repair records, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
March 27, 2014 | By Melanie Mason, Maura Dolan and Joe Mozingo
The public-corruption case filed against state Sen. Leland Yee on Wednesday could mark an abrupt end to the prestigious, and sometimes divisive, political career of one of the most prominent figures in California's Democratic legislative majority. After prosecutors unsealed a federal indictment accusing Yee of sidestepping campaign donation rules in exchange for political favors, and of engaging in a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally import firearms, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday  called on the San Francisco Democrat to either resign or face swift suspension by his colleagues.
March 27, 2014 | By Chris Megerian, Richard Winton and Matt Stevens
The public corruption and arms-trafficking allegations levied against state Sen. Leland Yee on Wednesday may have shocked some, but to those who have kept an eye on the criminal underworld of the San Francisco area, it came as little surprise that the most colorful figure in the indictment was a man authorities say is an  ostentatious gangster known as "Shrimp Boy. " Raymond Chow, who has been in and out of prison for his roles in the San...
August 6, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A notorious prison gang and a Mexican drug cartel were on the brink of forging a powerful alliance as part of an effort to muscle into the Southern California methamphetamine business with an army of street dealers, federal and local authorities confirmed Tuesday. In announcing a pair of indictments, authorities said they were able to disrupt the planned merger between the Michoacan drug cartel and leaders in California's Mexican Mafia prison gang. "This would have opened a superhighway for drugs and guns and given this cartel an exclusive franchise," U.S. Atty.
August 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Philippine prosecutors indicted 321 soldiers and junior officers suspected of involvement in last weekend's bloodless mutiny, and Interior Secretary Jose Lina accused an opposition senator of backing the uprising, which the government says was part of a larger coup plot. Opposition senators demanded that Lina present evidence to back up his allegations against Sen. Gregorio Honasan. He has denied involvement in Sunday's mutiny and was not present at the hearing.
March 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Leland Yee, a child psychologist and veteran lawmaker, was a visible member of the Capitol's Democratic majority who most recently has done much of his work out of the spotlight. He focused on issues involving mental health, open government and the protection of minors. He was involved in efforts to regulate guns, particularly after the 2012 mass murder of children at a Connecticut elementary school, a tragedy that Yee said touched him. "As a father," he said then, "I have wept for the parents and families who lost their precious children.
March 26, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment against state Sen. Leland Yee in court Wednesday, accusing him of conspiring to commit wire fraud and traffic firearms. In all, 26 people, including former school board president Keith Jackson, were indicted on charges related to an extensive crime ring headed by well-known Chinatown figure Raymond Chow, who was also arrested and charged Wednesday. The indictment alleges Yee and Jackson defrauded "citizens of honest services" and were involved in a scheme to traffic firearms in exchange for thousands in campaign donations to the senator.
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