CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1989
A San Diego man was named Friday in a 15-count indictment that charged that he ran a Ponzi scheme involving solar power companies in which investors lost at least $77 million, federal prosecutors said. The indictment, returned in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, charged Ernest P. Lampert, 49, with 15 counts of mail fraud.
November 22, 1987 |
"The law does not define fraud; it needs no definition. It is as old as falsehood and as versatile as human ingenuity," a federal appeals court once suggested in the hope of laying to rest centuries of argument over what it means to dupe a man out of his horse. Laws proscribing all manner of pyramid schemes, lottery devices, tax "savings" plans and miracle cures have passed on and off the books.
November 5, 1999 |
Federal regulators have taken an interesting tack in warning consumers about the pitfalls that can lurk in unsolicited mail. They are sending every household in America--you guessed it--unsolicited mail. Right about now, U.S. consumers should be receiving postcards cautioning them about mail fraud--the free vacation offers that turn out to have hidden costs, the too-good-to-be-true business opportunities, the bogus sweepstakes prizes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1994
A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Monday charges an Irvine man with 15 counts of mail fraud stemming from an investment scheme, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Allan H. Mawhinney, 64, is accused of bilking more than a dozen friends and business associates of $765,000 by falsely promising to invest their money with Fidelity Investments, a mutual fund company, Assistant U.S. Atty. Deirdre Z. Eliot said.
June 28, 1996 |
Two of the three physicians accused of stealing eggs and implanting them in unsuspecting women at UC Irvine's now-defunct fertility clinic were each indicted Thursday on 30 counts of federal mail fraud for allegedly submitting false claims to insurance companies. The indictments handed down by a federal grand jury accuse Drs. Jose P. Balmaceda, 47, and Sergio C.
September 30, 1988 |
Carl Zimmerman, a key figure in a Del Mar investment syndication firm that was closed down in 1984 by the Securities and Exchange Commission after allegedly bilking investors out of $48 million, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud in U.S. District Court here Wednesday. At his sentencing scheduled for Jan.
December 17, 1991 |
Former radio and television financial talk show host Richard (R.G.) Reynolds, who was found guilty by a federal jury last month of 13 counts of mail fraud and two counts of witness tampering, was sentenced Monday to 17 years in prison. In handing down the sentence, U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real in Los Angeles also ordered Reynolds, who is president of a Laguna Niguel company, to repay his victims $420,955, plus interest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2000 |
The FBI warned the public Friday about a gun-wielding doctor who is on the lam and suspected of defrauding the federal government of $4 million in medical insurance payments. Dr. Stanley Furmanski was indicted nine days ago on 13 counts of mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. When FBI agents attempted to arrest Furmanski a day later in West Los Angeles, he tried to run one agent over with his car before driving down a one-way street the wrong way, FBI spokeswoman Laura Bosley said.
December 31, 1987 |
Four top-level managers of a defunct Costa Mesa gem and investment company were sentenced in Los Angeles Wednesday on mail fraud charges stemming from a scheme that bilked about 800 customers out of nearly $9 million. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Rafeedi sentenced Fred Terrazo, also known as Fred Terr, to 10 years in federal prison; Raymond Girard to six years; Frank Lobasso, also known as Frank Bass, to five years, and James McGuire to four years.
November 18, 1994 |
A federal grand jury Thursday indicted fired Baylor basketball coach Darrel Johnson, three former assistants and four others on mail and wire fraud charges. The indictments came one day after Johnson was fired by school administrators who determined the men's basketball program had broken school and NCAA rules.