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May 3, 1993 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the spray-painted graffiti began to appear on Tim Barnett's expensive hillside home, there were enough suspects to fill a bus. A loan broker and investment adviser who promoted his business as "Christian owned and operated," Barnett had been accused by dozens of customers--most of them inner-city residents--of stealing their meager savings and even their homes.
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September 16, 1999 | EVELYN LARUBBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An alleged mother-and-son con artist duo, already awaiting trial in New York in the slaying of an elderly Manhattan socialite, have been charged with capital murder for an earlier San Fernando Valley slaying. Prosecutors now say Kenneth Kimes, 23, and his mother, Sante, 63, killed David Kazdin, 63, of Granada Hills and dumped his body in a trash bin at Los Angeles International Airport in March 1998.
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May 28, 1995 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART and MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Mazisi and Mathabo Kunene, exiled leaders of South Africa's African National Congress, arrived in Los Angeles 20 years ago, they never imagined the new battle that awaited them. Seeking a loan a few years ago to clean up debts and pay for their children's schooling, the Kunenes say they fell into the clutches of Michael D. (Mickey) Henschel, a Van Nuys loan broker and real estate man who promised to help, but allegedly swindled them out of their house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lauri Lampkin got a four-bedroom house in an upscale Woodland Hills neighborhood for a steal, authorities said: no money down, no monthly payments. The 43-year-old Los Angeles woman and her family simply moved into a vacant home in Woodland Hills late one night and installed phone service, utilities and cable television, according to the city attorney's office, which eventually prosecuted her for squatting. When the owners asked her to leave, she refused.
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August 4, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his long-running battle with the legal system, Van Nuys real estate whiz Michael D. Henschel has won another around. Henschel's grand theft trial in Los Angeles Superior Court ended in a directed verdict of acquittal, when Judge Paul Gutman ruled that jurors had not been provided sufficient evidence to support a guilty finding. Henschel is "delighted. He feels vindicated," Henschel's lawyer, Donald M. Re, said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Westside businessman agreed Wednesday to turn over about $30 million in assets and pay $580,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging a massive land-fraud scheme in the Antelope Valley. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige approved the settlement Wednesday, ending a suit that named developer Marshall Redman, three of his real estate companies and 10 others accused of selling desert land to unwitting investors, most of them Latinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1999 | EVELYN LARUBBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An alleged mother-and-son con artist duo, already awaiting trial in New York in the slaying of an elderly Manhattan socialite, have been charged with capital murder for an earlier San Fernando Valley slaying. Prosecutors now say Kenneth Kimes, 23, and his mother, Sante, 63, killed David Kazdin, 63, of Granada Hills and dumped his body in a trash bin at Los Angeles International Airport in March 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1995
Two brothers who allegedly conned numerous Los Angeles inner-city residents in loan and real estate transactions were bound over for trial Wednesday on grand theft, securities fraud and other charges. Timothy Barnett, 32, a Bible-quoting loan broker and investment adviser who promoted his business as "Christian owned and operated," was held to answer to 23 felony counts. Darryl Barnett, 34, was held to answer to four felony charges. Both are scheduled for arraignment May 17.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Westside businessman agreed Wednesday to turn over about $30 million in assets and pay $580,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging a massive land-fraud scheme in the Antelope Valley. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige approved the settlement Wednesday, ending a suit that named developer Marshall Redman, three of his real estate companies and 10 others accused of selling desert land to unwitting investors, most of them Latinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lauri Lampkin got a four-bedroom house in an upscale Woodland Hills neighborhood for a steal, authorities said: no money down, no monthly payments. The 43-year-old Los Angeles woman and her family simply moved into a vacant home in Woodland Hills late one night and installed phone service, utilities and cable television, according to the city attorney's office, which eventually prosecuted her for squatting. When the owners asked her to leave, she refused.
BUSINESS
December 21, 1996 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kevin S. Merritt, a defendant in a high-profile Los Angeles real estate fraud case, has dropped from sight, and authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest on $1-million bail after he failed to show up at a pretrial hearing. Separately, a task force of U.S. and local arson investigators is seeking to question Merritt about a string of arson fires in rundown buildings owned by a business firm that Merritt worked for, law enforcement officials have told The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Embattled real estate whiz Michael D. Henschel was arrested this week by U.S. marshals and released several hours later after paying more than $9,300 in sanctions stemming from his involvement in a bitterly contested bankruptcy case. Henschel, 46, was taken into custody at his Van Nuys office Wednesday morning on a warrant issued by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Geraldine Mund.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his long-running battle with the legal system, Van Nuys real estate whiz Michael D. Henschel has won another around. Henschel's grand theft trial in Los Angeles Superior Court ended in a directed verdict of acquittal, when Judge Paul Gutman ruled that jurors had not been provided sufficient evidence to support a guilty finding. Henschel is "delighted. He feels vindicated," Henschel's lawyer, Donald M. Re, said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Westside businessman agreed Wednesday to turn over about $30 million in assets and pay $580,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging a massive land-fraud scheme in the Antelope Valley. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige approved the settlement Wednesday, ending a suit that named developer Marshall Redman, three of his real estate companies and 10 others accused of selling desert land to unwitting investors, most of them Latinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Westside businessman agreed Wednesday to turn over about $30 million in assets and pay $580,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging a massive land-fraud scheme in the Antelope Valley. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige approved the settlement Wednesday, ending a suit that named developer Marshall Redman, three of his real estate companies and 10 others accused of selling desert land to unwitting investors, most of them Latinos.
NEWS
May 28, 1995 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART and MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Mazisi and Mathabo Kunene, exiled leaders of South Africa's African National Congress, arrived in Los Angeles 20 years ago, they never imagined the new battle that awaited them. Seeking a loan a few years ago to clean up debts and pay for their children's schooling, the Kunenes say they fell into the clutches of Michael D. (Mickey) Henschel, a Van Nuys loan broker and real estate man who promised to help, but allegedly swindled them out of their house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Embattled real estate whiz Michael D. Henschel was arrested this week by U.S. marshals and released several hours later after paying more than $9,300 in sanctions stemming from his involvement in a bitterly contested bankruptcy case. Henschel, 46, was taken into custody at his Van Nuys office Wednesday morning on a warrant issued by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Geraldine Mund.
NEWS
June 26, 1993 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a tale of deception worthy of a spy novel, a big Los Angeles real estate fraud case has been rocked by a sting carried out by a prosecution informant who secretly defected to the defense and videotaped the chief investigator making sexual advances toward her. The trap was set last year by a former girlfriend and employee of Kevin S. Merritt, who is charged with 32 counts of defrauding poor and elderly clients of his real estate lending and investment business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1995
Two brothers who allegedly conned numerous Los Angeles inner-city residents in loan and real estate transactions were bound over for trial Wednesday on grand theft, securities fraud and other charges. Timothy Barnett, 32, a Bible-quoting loan broker and investment adviser who promoted his business as "Christian owned and operated," was held to answer to 23 felony counts. Darryl Barnett, 34, was held to answer to four felony charges. Both are scheduled for arraignment May 17.
NEWS
June 26, 1993 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a tale of deception worthy of a spy novel, a big Los Angeles real estate fraud case has been rocked by a sting carried out by a prosecution informant who secretly defected to the defense and videotaped the chief investigator making sexual advances toward her. The trap was set last year by a former girlfriend and employee of Kevin S. Merritt, who is charged with 32 counts of defrauding poor and elderly clients of his real estate lending and investment business.
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