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October 23, 1991 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years ago, Charles E. Fuentes lived in a 4,200-square-foot house in Thousand Oaks, complete with a swimming pool and three fireplaces. Parked in his driveway were a red Rolls-Royce and a black Lamborghini. Fuentes wore designer suits from Bijan, a Beverly Hills men's store where he sometimes spent $15,000 in a single month. He maintained a $16,000-per-month suite in a Westlake Village complex to house his oil-exploration business.
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October 23, 1991 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years ago, Charles E. Fuentes lived in a 4,200-square-foot house in Thousand Oaks, complete with a swimming pool and three fireplaces. Parked in his driveway were a red Rolls-Royce and a black Lamborghini. Fuentes wore designer suits from Bijan, a Beverly Hills men's store where he sometimes spent $15,000 in a single month. He maintained a $16,000-per-month suite in a Westlake Village complex to house his oil-exploration business.
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November 21, 1991 | GARY GORMAN
A Ventura County judge has ordered brothers Charles E. and James A. Fuentes to stand trial on 33 charges each that they stole more than $2.3 million from investors in their defunct Fountain Oil & Gas Co. in Thousand Oaks. But Municipal Judge Thomas J. Hutchins on Tuesday said there was insufficient evidence to support some of the charges against a third brother, Kenneth R. Fuentes. Hutchins ordered Kenneth Fuentes to stand trial on 13 charges that he violated state securities laws.
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February 25, 1992 | MACK REED
One of three Ventura County brothers accused of involvement in a $2.3-million swindle through the defunct Fountain Oil & Gas Co. has been sentenced to a year in County Jail. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Frederick A. Jones imposed the sentence Friday on Kenneth R. Fuentes, 36, of Thousand Oaks, who pleaded guilty in December to seven charges of securities fraud. The sentence also includes six years probation. Fountain President Charles E.
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December 18, 1991 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of three Ventura County brothers accused of bilking more than 100 investors out of about $2.3 million through the now-defunct Fountain Oil & Gas Co. has pleaded guilty to seven charges of securities fraud. Kenneth R. Fuentes, 36, of Thousand Oaks admitted the charges Monday in Ventura County Superior Court, Deputy Dist. Atty. John Geb said. Fuentes faces a sentence of up to one year in jail, Geb said. Fountain President Charles E. Fuentes, 47 of Thousand Oaks and Vice President James A.
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May 8, 1992 | RON SOBLE
Two Thousand Oaks brothers were sentenced to prison on Thursday for bilking about 200 investors in their gas exploration business out of nearly $3 million. Investors' cash was illegally pumped into their company, Fountain Oil & Gas of Westlake, to keep it afloat, investigators said. The president and founder of the firm, Charles E.
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May 8, 1992 | RON SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Thousand Oaks brothers were sentenced to prison on Thursday for their roles in bilking about 200 investors in their gas exploration business out of nearly $3 million. Investors' cash was illegally pumped into their company, Fountain Oil & Gas of Westlake, to keep it afloat, investigators said. Moreover, investigators said the president and founder of the firm, Charles E. Fuentes, diverted company funds into expensive cars, clothes and personal expenses.
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December 11, 1991 | GARY GORMAN
Amid indications that the case may be settled by guilty pleas, a Ventura County judge Tuesday postponed action in the case of three brothers accused of bilking more than 100 investors out of more than $2.3 million. Judge Frederick A. Jones delayed setting a trial date for Charles, James and Kenneth Fuentes after a 30-minute private conference with the prosecutor and defense attorneys. "We discussed the relative disposition positions," Jones said in court.
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March 13, 1992 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Thousand Oaks brothers have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the misappropriation of almost $3 million invested with their defunct gas exploration business based in Westlake. Charles E. Fuentes, 47, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Ventura County Superior Court to seven counts of grand theft, two counts of securities fraud, one count of tax fraud, and another theft allegation. His brother, James A. Fuentes, 42, pleaded guilty to seven counts of securities fraud. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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October 15, 1991 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three Ventura County brothers were charged Monday with stealing $2.3 million from more than 100 people who invested in their oil and gas exploration company. The three men were identified as Charles E. Fuentes, 47, of Thousand Oaks, president of Fountain Oil & Gas Co.; James A. Fuentes, 42, of Westlake Village, vice president of the company; and Kenneth R. Fuentes, 36, of Thousand Oaks, the company's senior account manager.
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