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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1990
A lawyer for one of seven Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on trial for alleged money-skimming suggested Wednesday that the prosecution's chief witness framed his former deputies to hide his own thefts of drug money. Attorney Jay Lichtman told a federal court jury that former Sheriff's Sgt. Robert R. Sobel lied when he testified that the deputies shared in the thefts. And Lichtman said Sobel may even have planted "bait money" from an FBI sting on two deputies to implicate them.
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December 1, 1993 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One night in September, 1989, Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Sobel told his wife he was leaving their Westminster home to buy a pack of cigarettes. Instead, he drove straight toward the ocean, with $12,000 in stolen drug money and thoughts of suicide. Only hours earlier, the $100 bills were hidden in a roll-top desk, overlooked by investigators searching Sobel's house. Now, he was intent on ridding himself of the tainted cash.
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NEWS
February 23, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA and DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted 10 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department narcotics officers--including all nine members of an elite team--on charges of stealing more than $1.4 million in seized drug cash and using much of that money to buy homes, luxury cars, jewelry and stocks. The 10 veteran officers were also accused of conspiring to take money from suspected drug dealers during narcotics raids over the last two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1993
Without actually denying charges made Monday that it "stole $60 million" by using drug asset forfeiture laws to add to its own budget, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department issued a short reply Tuesday pointing out that the former sheriff's deputy who made the accusations has been convicted of money skimming operations. "Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1990
The trial date for nine Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department narcotics officers charged with stealing more than $1.4 million in seized narcotics profits has been pushed back three months at the request of defense attorneys. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie on Friday moved the trial from early July to Oct. 9 to allow the lawyers time to study more than 50,000 pages of documents from pretrial proceedings. Prosecutors said they may wait until two weeks before the trial to provide the defense with statements made by a 10th indicted officer, Sgt. Robert R. Sobel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1991
A former sheriff's sergeant, who is the chief prosecution witness in the civil rights trial of six Los Angeles County narcotics officers, stepped down from the witness stand on Friday after 17 days of testimony. Robert R. Sobel, who once supervised the five sheriff's deputies and a Los Angeles police officer now on trial, concluded his testimony amid a legal dispute over whether jurors should see a four-page autobiography Sobel had written to his psychologist in 1989.
NEWS
November 13, 1991
Former Sheriff's Department Sgt. Robert R. Sobel, whose testimony nearly triggered a mistrial in a civil rights case involving six Los Angeles County narcotics officers, returned to the witness stand Tuesday and acknowledged the accuracy of FBI reports that he had previously questioned. Sobel, the chief prosecution witness in the corruption case, had questioned the accuracy of the reports of his interviews with FBI agents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1993 | KENNETH REICH and VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant who has cooperated with federal prosecutors in a series of drug money skimming cases involving narcotics deputies said Monday the Sheriff's Department "stole $60 million" it seized under forfeiture laws during drug raids in 1988 and 1989. Robert R. Sobel added that he is convinced such practices continue because of recent accusations that the Sheriff's Department acted improperly in the 1992 drug raid and slaying of Malibu millionaire Donald P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1991 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key prosecution witness in the federal civil rights trial of six narcotics officers testified Wednesday that several unindicted Los Angeles Police Department detectives falsified search warrants to validate drug raids and knew that deputies planted cocaine on suspects. Former Sheriff's Sgt. Robert R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, accused of skimming more than $1.4 million during narcotics raids, were portrayed by a prosecutor Tuesday as corrupt officers who "turned the war on drugs into their own personal piggy banks" and used stolen drug cash for spending sprees. The officers--who worked together on an elite narcotics investigation team--stole huge sums of money from drug traffickers and money launderers to finance cars, boats, vacation homes and other luxuries, Assistant U.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1993 | KENNETH REICH and VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant said Monday that the Sheriff's Department "stole $60 million" through forfeiture laws in 1988 and 1989 and that he believes the practice continues because of recent accusations of impropriety in the 1992 drug raid and slaying of Malibu millionaire Donald P. Scott. Robert R. Sobel's comments come two weeks after Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1993 | KENNETH REICH and VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant who has cooperated with federal prosecutors in a series of drug money skimming cases involving narcotics deputies said Monday the Sheriff's Department "stole $60 million" it seized under forfeiture laws during drug raids in 1988 and 1989. Robert R. Sobel added that he is convinced such practices continue because of recent accusations that the Sheriff's Department acted improperly in the 1992 drug raid and slaying of Malibu millionaire Donald P.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the last few months, the corruption probe called Operation Big Spender gained a burst of momentum when two former Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics officers pleaded guilty to money-skimming charges and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. With their help, the 3 1/2-year-old investigation widened--and the two officers joined several others in the government's small but expanding battery of informants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1991
A former sheriff's sergeant, who is the chief prosecution witness in the civil rights trial of six Los Angeles County narcotics officers, stepped down from the witness stand on Friday after 17 days of testimony. Robert R. Sobel, who once supervised the five sheriff's deputies and a Los Angeles police officer now on trial, concluded his testimony amid a legal dispute over whether jurors should see a four-page autobiography Sobel had written to his psychologist in 1989.
NEWS
November 13, 1991
Former Sheriff's Department Sgt. Robert R. Sobel, whose testimony nearly triggered a mistrial in a civil rights case involving six Los Angeles County narcotics officers, returned to the witness stand Tuesday and acknowledged the accuracy of FBI reports that he had previously questioned. Sobel, the chief prosecution witness in the corruption case, had questioned the accuracy of the reports of his interviews with FBI agents.
NEWS
February 23, 1990 | DARYL KELLEY and VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
All but one of the sheriff's officers indicted Thursday had worked under a hard-charging narcotics sergeant who has been identified as both a principal suspect and an important prosecution witness. Sgt. Robert R. Sobel, who dubbed himself "El Diablo," or "the Devil," was indicted along with the other eight members of his drug squad on charges of stealing a total of $1.4 million in drug money. Before its members were suspended last Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1990 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was videotaped taking money during an FBI sting testified Thursday that he took $30,000 from a suspected drug dealer at the direction of his former sergeant, who has turned chief accuser. James R. Bauder said he spotted a nylon bag filled with cash while searching the drug suspect's hotel suite and showed it to Sgt. Robert R. Sobel during an August, 1989, operation that turned out to be a sting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1991 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the end, the word of two FBI agents prevailed over the testimony of a chief prosecution witness and helped avert a mistrial in the civil rights case of six Los Angeles County narcotics officers. But as the trial resumes today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the surprise disclosures that brought the federal court case to the brink of a mistrial have not faded.
NEWS
November 7, 1991 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge on Wednesday rescinded his mistrial ruling in the civil rights case against six Los Angeles County narcotics officers but opened the door for defense attorneys to cross-examine the key prosecution witness about numerous contradictions between his testimony and that of two FBI agents. U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi declared a mistrial last week after the government acknowledged that corrected versions of key interviews with former Sheriff's Sgt. Robert R.
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