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February 21, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that could broaden a money-skimming investigation, an ex-narcotics officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pleaded guilty Thursday to theft and income tax charges and told a federal judge that he and other deputies stole $235,000 during a 1986 narcotics raid. Eufrasio G.
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May 26, 2000 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least two of the 11 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employees caught up in a massive credit card fraud scheme are also suspected of having sold black tar heroin inside the Twin Towers Jail, sheriff's investigators told The Times on Thursday. One of those under suspicion of drug dealing, according to investigators, is a retired Los Angeles police officer who joined the Sheriff's Department in November 1997. Black tar is a smokable form of heroin.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Los Angeles County narcotics officer testified Friday that he and other deputies implicated in a money-skimming scandal talked about killing a former colleague when they learned that the sheriff's sergeant was secretly cooperating with federal prosecutors. Eufrasio G. Cortez told jurors that he and half a dozen other deputies "talked about doing away with" Sheriff's Sgt. Robert R.
NEWS
May 25, 2000 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eleven Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employees, including four deputies, were relieved of duty Wednesday pending the outcome of an internal criminal investigation into two credit card scams, one of which involved millions of dollars. Sheriff's investigators, who began an undercover sting operation seven months ago, say the deputies and custody assistants--civilians who work in the jails--used credit cards the suspects believed were stolen to obtain cash from automated teller machines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy testified Thursday that he and another officer once tried to impress "a police groupie" by showing her cocaine from an evidence envelope at narcotics headquarters--only to watch horrified as the young woman suddenly inhaled some of the drug. Eufrasio G. Cortez told federal jurors that he panicked during the 1986 incident, which began when the young woman joined narcotics officers in a late-night drinking session to celebrate a successful drug raid.
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October 18, 1991 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The death of a Montebello man this week has been linked to injuries he received at the hands of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies while being arrested, authorities said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1992
Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were sentenced to prison terms for skimming drug money, bringing to 13 the number of deputies convicted of such offenses in the last three years. U.S. Dist. Judge Edward Rafeedie sentenced Michael Kaliterna, 46, of Chino Hills to 40 months in prison and fined him $25,000, and sent Nancy A. Brown, 53, of Alta Loma to jail for 16 months and fined her $10,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1991 | VICTOR MERINA
A Los Angeles Police Department detective, who worked with six narcotics officers on trial for alleged civil rights violations, testified Wednesday that he never witnessed any misconduct by members of an anti-drug team accused of beating drug dealers and planting narcotics on suspects. Detective Ronald B. Michel, who was called as a prosecution witness, denied assertions by federal attorneys that the officers had engaged in wrongdoing while working on an anti-drug team in Southwest Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1992
A civilian who helped three former sheriff's deputies at the Temple City station buy more than $75,000 worth of goods with stolen credit cards was sentenced Thursday to one year in county jail and three years probation. Mario Rendon, 35, was convicted on 12 counts of fraudulent credit card use. Superior Court Judge Richard Neidorf ruled that Rendon could serve his jail sentence under a work furlough if his employer accepts terms of the program.
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September 13, 1991 | BILL BOYARSKY
Even though the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been hit hard with accusations of corruption and brutality, the first speakers at a supervisorial hearing on the controversy had nothing but praise for Sheriff Sherman Block. By the time the witnesses--city officials from around the county--had completed two hours of testimonials, you wouldn't think Block had an enemy--or a critic--in the world.
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September 28, 1996 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 6-year-old motion filed in a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department corruption case is adding fuel to a burgeoning public discussion over the alleged participation of U.S. government agents in drug trafficking and weapons shipments. The motion, filed in 1990 by Century City defense lawyer Harland W. Braun, alleges that sheriff's deputies serving a search warrant in 1986 turned up evidence linking CIA operatives to military activities in Central America and drug sales in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1992
Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were sentenced to prison terms for skimming drug money, bringing to 13 the number of deputies convicted of such offenses in the last three years. U.S. Dist. Judge Edward Rafeedie sentenced Michael Kaliterna, 46, of Chino Hills to 40 months in prison and fined him $25,000, and sent Nancy A. Brown, 53, of Alta Loma to jail for 16 months and fined her $10,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department narcotics officer was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on charges of stealing more than $1.5 million in cash seized from drug traffickers. Stephen Nichols, 40, of La Habra Heights was one of eight suspended deputies who escaped implication two years ago when nine other members of elite sheriff's drug enforcement teams were indicted as the result of an FBI sting operation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1992
A federal grand jury has indicted another Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy in connection with an ongoing investigation into corruption in the narcotics division of the Sheriff's Department. Eleven deputies already have been convicted of skimming or laundering funds. The new five-count indictment charged Deputy Narcizo Ernest Reaza, 39, of El Monte with conducting a series of financial transactions with the aim of deceiving banks and the Internal Revenue Service.
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March 27, 1992
The wife of a convicted former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy testified Thursday that she never suspected that her husband was skimming drug money even though prosecutors said she helped deposit and spend more than $200,000 in cash over a four-year period.
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March 26, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two suspended Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, dismissed as defendants in a federal civil rights trial, are the targets of a departmental investigation to determine whether they will be able to return to their jobs, Sheriff Sherman Block said Wednesday. Deputies Edward D. Jamison and Roger R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two suspended Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, dismissed as defendants in a federal civil rights trial, are the targets of a departmental investigation to determine whether they will be able to return to their jobs, Sheriff Sherman Block said Wednesday. Deputies Edward D. Jamison and Roger R.
NEWS
May 25, 2000 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eleven Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employees, including four deputies, were relieved of duty Wednesday pending the outcome of an internal criminal investigation into two credit card scams, one of which involved millions of dollars. Sheriff's investigators, who began an undercover sting operation seven months ago, say the deputies and custody assistants--civilians who work in the jails--used credit cards the suspects believed were stolen to obtain cash from automated teller machines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1992
A federal judge reinstated three corruption charges against a sheriff's deputy and a police officer, but dismissed another charge against the deputy, prosecutors announced Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi filed an amended order reversing his oral decision to throw out conspiracy and false arrest charges against Deputy Robert Tolmaire, and false arrest and false testimony charges against Los Angeles Police Officer Stephen Polak.
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March 21, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Los Angeles County narcotics officer testified Friday that he and other deputies implicated in a money-skimming scandal talked about killing a former colleague when they learned that the sheriff's sergeant was secretly cooperating with federal prosecutors. Eufrasio G. Cortez told jurors that he and half a dozen other deputies "talked about doing away with" Sheriff's Sgt. Robert R.
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