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April 24, 1990 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Orange County businessman Jose Manuel de la Jara, who state and federal officials believe conducted one of the biggest investment scams ever focused on Southern California Latinos, was found guilty Monday of federal banking law violations. A U.S.
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January 23, 1993 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jose De La Jara of Costa Mesa pleaded guilty Friday to a single charge of federal mail fraud after admitting that he used forged documents to get Mission Viejo National Bank to give him an $828,000 loan. De La Jara, prosecutors said, preyed on the Latino communities in Orange and Los Angeles counties, promising 22% annual returns on investments in real estate. His company, Santa Ana's Inversiones y Finanzas America, or IFA, advertised widely on Spanish-language radio and television.
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BUSINESS
April 25, 1990
Jose Manuel de la Jara, who once ran a Santa Ana company that federal and state officials say was a major investment scam targeting Latino investors in Southern California, was found guilty Tuesday of two counts of money laundering. The federal jury's findings concluded two days of deliberations over a 12-count indictment charging de la Jara, a former Peruvian businessman, with laundering drug money.
BUSINESS
May 6, 1990 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For thousands of low-income Latinos, Jose Manuel de la Jara burst onto the scene as a modern-day Messiah promising to transport his own kind into middle-class comfort and a life free of financial concerns. On Spanish-speaking television and radio, de la Jara repeatedly broadcast his message of hope--he knew a way to earn a 22% annual rate of return. Guaranteed.
BUSINESS
April 21, 1990 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Postal Service filed a criminal complaint of bank fraud Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against former Orange County businessman Jose Manuel de la Jara as part of a broader investigation into what state and federal officials claim is one of the biggest scams ever to focus on local Latino investors. De la Jara, 44, is under investigation by local, state and federal authorities for allegedly bilking $8.2 million from about 1,400 Latino investors in Southern California.
BUSINESS
May 6, 1990 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For thousands of low-income Latinos, Jose Manuel de la Jara burst onto the scene as a modern-day Messiah promising to transport his own kind into middle-class comfort and a life free of financial concerns. On Spanish-speaking television and radio, de la Jara repeatedly broadcast his message of hope--he knew a way to earn a 22% annual rate of return. Guaranteed.
BUSINESS
January 23, 1993 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jose De La Jara of Costa Mesa pleaded guilty Friday to a single charge of federal mail fraud after admitting that he used forged documents to get Mission Viejo National Bank to give him an $828,000 loan. De La Jara, prosecutors said, preyed on the Latino communities in Orange and Los Angeles counties, promising 22% annual returns on investments in real estate. His company, Santa Ana's Inversiones y Finanzas America, or IFA, advertised widely on Spanish-language radio and television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1989 | JONATHAN WEBER, Times Staff Writer
A Costa Mesa businessman, suspected of operating a fraudulent multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme from his Santa Ana office, appeared in federal court in Los Angeles Friday after his arrest on charges of laundering drug money and avoiding financial reporting requirements.
NEWS
June 14, 1990 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Catalina Torres and her husband were told in late 1988 they had two years to find somewhere else to live. The apartment building the South-Central Los Angeles couple calls home is scheduled to be demolished by the end of this year. Torres decided it was time they bought a house, but she figured they needed more than the $40,000 they had saved.
NEWS
August 8, 1990 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Word has it Anthony Mendes de Moraes is hiding out in the rain forests of Brazil or the jungles of Paraguay. Every now and then, somebody claims to have seen him walking around East Los Angeles. All anyone really knows for sure is that he has vanished, along with the $15 million that 4,200 hopeful Latinos invested with him. Moraes wasn't hard to find during the late 1980s.
BUSINESS
April 25, 1990
Jose Manuel de la Jara, who once ran a Santa Ana company that federal and state officials say was a major investment scam targeting Latino investors in Southern California, was found guilty Tuesday of two counts of money laundering. The federal jury's findings concluded two days of deliberations over a 12-count indictment charging de la Jara, a former Peruvian businessman, with laundering drug money.
BUSINESS
April 24, 1990 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Orange County businessman Jose Manuel de la Jara, who state and federal officials believe conducted one of the biggest investment scams ever focused on Southern California Latinos, was found guilty Monday of federal banking law violations. A U.S.
BUSINESS
April 21, 1990 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Postal Service filed a criminal complaint of bank fraud Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against former Orange County businessman Jose Manuel de la Jara as part of a broader investigation into what state and federal officials claim is one of the biggest scams ever to focus on local Latino investors. De la Jara, 44, is under investigation by local, state and federal authorities for allegedly bilking $8.2 million from about 1,400 Latino investors in Southern California.
BUSINESS
December 23, 1990 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She went from princess to prisoner in 1990. Janet Faye McKinzie spent much of the last decade living in luxury--driving a Rolls-Royce, wearing $1,000 cocktail dresses and hiring the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. to sing at lavish private parties. Nowadays, she is awakened every morning at 6 a.m. and sent to the showers.
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