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January 27, 1989 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
The trial of two men charged in a $25-million bank fraud began in U.S. District Court Thursday, with the prosecutor using an elaborate set of color-coded charts in an attempt to explain the complex financial transactions to the jurors. Assistant U.S. Atty. Leon Weidman portrayed defendants Kimball Dean Richards and Thomas E.
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January 27, 1989 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
The trial of two men charged in a $25-million bank fraud began in U.S. District Court Thursday, with the prosecutor using an elaborate set of color-coded charts in an attempt to explain the complex financial transactions to the jurors. Assistant U.S. Atty. Leon Weidman portrayed defendants Kimball Dean Richards and Thomas E.
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November 7, 1989 | GREGORY CROUCH
Two Orange County men were ordered to pay $21.9 million in restitution to several financial institutions they defrauded in a phony equipment leasing and tax scheme. Robert P. Bernfeld, 37, of Huntington Beach and John Newton Griffith, 39, of Santa Ana were ordered in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to pay the restitution on top of prison sentences and fines that were imposed last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1989
Guilty verdicts against two Orange County men charged in a $23-million fraud scheme involving phony equipment-leasing transactions were unsealed Friday in Los Angeles. The verdicts against Robert P. Bernfeld, 37, of Huntington Beach and John N. Griffith, 39, of Santa Ana were sealed while the jury deliberated on a third defendant, Georgianna Carson, 41, of Huntington Beach. But U.S. District Judge William J.
BUSINESS
February 27, 1987 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Backed by a Sheriff's Department special weapons team and local police, investigators for the Los Angeles District Attorney's major frauds unit Thursday searched the Whittier home of a record company president and seized financial documents of his troubled company. The pre-dawn raid at the home of Kimball D. Richards, 30-year-old president and owner of Consolidated Allied Cos., was part of a coordinated operation that searched seven other locations in Los Angeles and Orange counties Thursday.
BUSINESS
April 15, 1989 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles area businessmen, found innocent by a jury Wednesday on four criminal charges in a $25-million bank fraud case, do not have to go to trial again Tuesday along with a separate group of defendants, U.S. District Court Judge William J. Rea ruled Friday. The judge rejected a motion by the U.S. Attorney's Office involving the retrial of 35 still-unresolved charges against the two, Kimball Dean Richards and Thomas E. Curnow. The jury, which sat in the case since mid-January, ended in a deadlock on those charges.
BUSINESS
March 30, 1987 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
An alleged multimillion-dollar fraud by a now-defunct Santa Fe Springs-based recording company has kicked off a flurry of investigations by federal, state and local authorities, as well as internal investigations at several large financial institutions that lent the company money, The Times has learned. Consolidated Allied Cos.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1987 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
After Union Bank alleged that it had been defrauded, a judge in Los Angeles last week appointed a receiver to take control of a company that operates a small Studio City record label. Superior Court Judge Ricardo A. Torres also issued a temporary restraining order that prevents Consolidated Allied Co.
BUSINESS
February 23, 1987 | Wm. K. KNOEDELSEDER JR., Times Staff Writer
Over the last two years, Consolidated Allied Cos. and its 30-year-old president and owner, Kimball D. Richards, have spent millions attempting to establish the Santa Fe Springs-based music firm as a major player in the record industry. The company filled a warehouse with expensive concert-staging equipment, such as amplifiers, speakers, microphones and stage lighting. It opened a state-of-the-art recording studio complete with a $137,000 jacuzzi room and a shark aquarium.
NEWS
May 12, 1988 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury has indicted six people in a bank fraud scheme that allegedly netted $20 million--10 times that taken annually in all Los Angeles bank robberies--in one of the largest such cases ever prosecuted in the United States, prosecutors announced Wednesday. The indictment charges the six--principally Kimball D. Richards, 32, of Santa Fe Springs--with a total of 39 counts of mail and wire fraud stemming from the operation of a recording studio owned by Richards.
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May 10, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Huntington Beach finance company under police scrutiny in connection with a series of violent crimes demanded delinquent borrowers buy life insurance policies naming the company as sole beneficiary, and collected about $2.5 million after the shooting death of a Hollywood record executive, according to sources close to the investigation. Three Long Beach-area businessmen have told police that Coleman Allen, the late president of Premium Commercial Services Corp.
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