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November 1, 1993 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
Jim Donckels runs the Orange County office of the FBI from a nondescript Santa Ana building in an office decorated with golfing trinkets. A seemingly mild-mannered man with a slightly professorial mien, Donckels worked on some of the biggest local frauds of the 1980s, such as the ring that defrauded Bank of America and other banks out of half a billion dollars and the notorious $2.5-billion Lincoln Savings & Loan scandal.
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November 1, 1993 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
Jim Donckels runs the Orange County office of the FBI from a nondescript Santa Ana building in an office decorated with golfing trinkets. A seemingly mild-mannered man with a slightly professorial mien, Donckels worked on some of the biggest local frauds of the 1980s, such as the ring that defrauded Bank of America and other banks out of half a billion dollars and the notorious $2.5-billion Lincoln Savings & Loan scandal.
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October 17, 1991 | JAMES M. GOMEZ
Authorities said Wednesday that they are investigating the shooting and beating of an ex-Marine, who was discovered over the weekend after field workers laboring near the Irvine Spectrum saw him lying bleeding in an empty parking lot. "He was in bad shape," Police Lt. Vic Thies said. William Constable, 26, of Mission Viejo remained in a coma Wednesday night at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center while Irvine police kept a close watch on him, authorities said. FBI Special Agent James M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1992 | AJOWA IFATEYO
A man brandishing a phony remote-control bomb walked into a Citizens Thrift & Loan office on Monday afternoon and robbed it of an undisclosed amount of money, authorities said. The FBI believes that the robber, described as a white male 45 to 55 years of age with a grizzled mustache, is the same man who last Thursday robbed a Security Pacific National Bank in Downey using a similar technique. On Monday he departed in a late-model, silver-gray Cadillac.
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December 5, 1991 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending an eight-month sting operation, authorities in Orange County and Massachusetts arrested six men suspected of arranging a $7-million cocaine deal with undercover officers, the FBI said Wednesday. The Tuesday night sting included a member of a Medellin, Colombia, drug cartel, who was in the United States to oversee the cocaine transaction, said Linus Danilevicius, special agent for the FBI's Santa Ana office.
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April 11, 1992 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal agents raided a defense contractor here Friday in search of evidence in a criminal fraud investigation into suspected false testing of fasteners used in military and commercial aircraft, officials said. Several dozen agents--armed with search warrants--raided the headquarters of Air Industries Corp., said James M. Donckels, who heads the FBI's office in Orange County. No arrests were made, he said. Donckels declined to discuss details of the investigation.
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April 25, 1995 | CHING-CHING NI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The residents of South Poplar Street became one big family Monday evening as friends, relatives and strangers clustered around police to get handfuls of flyers and then canvassed neighborhoods seeking a woman believed to have kidnaped an infant. "Why would this lady want to steal this little kid and make another mother's life miserable?" asked Memo Ramirez, 18, who did not know Stefanny Zamora, the 4-month-old who disappeared from Sears in South Coast Plaza on Saturday. "It's sad it happened.
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November 10, 1991 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They called him the Mummy. It was an appropriate moniker for the convicted thief who taped Band-Aids across his face to conceal his identity during a yearlong spree of 40 bank robberies throughout the Southland. Jaime Reyes Torres, arrested by FBI agents March 27 during a holdup at a local Wells Fargo Bank, also had the look of a mummy--that all-too-familiar face of a strung-out heroin addict.
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September 14, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bank robberies in the county this year are running neck and neck with the record number tallied last year, according to the FBI. The federal agents said 245 robberies of county banks had occurred as of Friday, and that total is about the same for the equivalent period last year. For all of 1991, there were 371 bank robberies in Orange County, an all-time high. The general reason for this year's spate of bank robberies is the same as for last year, according to James M.
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May 13, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The ex-wife of Supervisor Don R. Roth has been ordered to appear before the Orange County Grand Jury early next month as part of the district attorney's investigation of the two-term supervisor, it was learned Monday. Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Maurice L. Evans declined comment Tuesday on whether Roth's former wife, Jackie Roth, or others had been subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury.
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November 11, 1991 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They call him The Mummy. It is an appropriate moniker for the convicted thief who taped Band-Aids across his face to conceal his identity during a yearlong spree of 40 bank robberies throughout the Southland. Jaime Reyes Torres, arrested by FBI agents March 27 during a holdup at a Wells Fargo bank, also had the look of a mummy--that all-too-familiar face of a strung-out heroin addict. His bloodshot eyes were sunk deep into his skull, his cheeks were hollow and his mouth was half agape.
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