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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Democratic state Sen. Roderick Wright on Tuesday was granted a paid leave of absence from his position as he awaits sentencing in May on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud, leaving the Democratic supermajority no votes to spare in the upper house. Wright's decision could hasten Senate action against Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello), who was indicted last week on 24 federal counts involving the acceptance of nearly $100,000 in bribes in exchange for influencing legislation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The indictments against state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon and former Assemblyman Tom Calderon struck a severe blow to a political family that has held sway from the Capitol to the San Gabriel Valley for three decades - and hoped to extend its influence with this year's elections. The Calderon name has been strong currency in Sacramento since the 1982 election of Charles Calderon, the brother of the indicted siblings, to the state Assembly. He rose to become Senate Majority Leader in the 1990s and has a son in the Legislature now: Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A wealthy Mexican businessman, accused of hoping to buy influence with political contributions, has been indicted on a federal charge of making illegal contributions during the 2012 mayoral election. Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, 48, a Mexican citizen, was arrested without incident at his home in Coronado in San Diego County. He was arraigned Thursday in federal court. Magistrate Mitchell Dembin set bail at $5 million. Federal law makes it illegal for foreign nationals to contribute to U.S. political campaigns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Lee Romney
A 22-year-old man is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on an indictment in connection with missing Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar. The Superior Court grand jury's murder indictment against Antolin Garcia-Torres was handed down Tuesday. It came nearly two years after Sierra, a vibrant cheerleader, disappeared near her home while on her way to school. She was 15 at the time. Sierra is presumed dead, although her body has not been found. The day after her March 16, 2012, disappearance, deputies found her cellphone lying near a road less than a mile from her home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A Santa Clara County criminal grand jury has handed down a murder indictment in connection with missing Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar . Santa Clara County District Atty. Jeff Rosen disclosed the Superior Court grand jury's indictment against 22-year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres on Tuesday. It comes nearly two years after Sierra, a vibrant cheerleader, disappeared near her Morgan Hill home while on her way to school. She was 15 at the time. She is presumed dead, although her body has not been found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Jack Leonard, Richard Winton and Robert Faturechi
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies conspired to assault a handcuffed jail inmate and struck him with a flashlight before writing reports that falsely claimed he attacked them, according to a federal indictment made public on Friday. The alleged attack was witnessed by a jail chaplain who wrote a sworn declaration saying he witnessed deputies beat an inmate in Men's Central Jail.  The indictment does not mention the chaplain but accuses Deputies Joey Aguiar, 26, and Mariano Ramirez, 38, of beating an inmate on the same date in February 2009.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
FBI agents arrested the owners of a now-closed Southern California real estate investment firm on an indictment accusing them of using the business to run a Ponzi scheme that cost victims more than $110 million. John Packard, 63, of Long Beach and Michael Stewart, 66, of Phoenix were indicted on 11 counts of mail fraud, three counts of bank fraud and two counts of bankruptcy fraud. Both men were arrested Wednesday "without incident," the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | Bloomberg News
Ross William Ulbricht was indicted Tuesday on charges that he operated the billion-dollar Silk Road website where customers used Bitcoins to buy and sell drugs. The indictment for Ulbricht, 29, who authorities said was known by his Internet moniker "Dread Pirate Roberts," includes a new charge, of engaging in a "continuing criminal enterprise. " The count carries a maximum life sentence and a mandatory minimum term of 20 years, said Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan. Ulbricht was also indicted on previous charges of conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to launder money.
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