May 6, 2009 |
A former vice president of Peregrine Systems Inc. who pleaded guilty in January to wire fraud was sentenced to 27 months in custody for his part in a scheme that destroyed the software maker once valued at $4.72 billion. Jeremy Crook was the 14th person sentenced in connection with the scheme at Peregrine, U.S. Atty. Karen Hewitt in San Diego said. Prosecutors have charged 18 people in a multimillion-dollar accounting scam to falsely inflate profit and boost Peregrine's stock that sent the San Diego company into bankruptcy in 2002.
July 8, 1989
Mike Downey writes about kid's games for an adult readership. Now that is something truly meaningful and courageous to do with one's life. Writing about sports in the scheme of things ranks somewhere between flagpole sitting and cherry-pit spitting. It sure doesn't rank with cheerleading. WILLIAM ASH Santa Monica
April 12, 1985 |
Former Deputy Auditor General John Kerr Thursday was sentenced to two to five years in prison and fined $6,900 for selling jobs in the auditor general's office. Kerr, 33, allegedly netted $200,000 from the scheme.
January 12, 1989 |
The Chicago Board of Trade has fined and suspended six men linked to a scheme in which a trader donned a wig and used fake identification to gain access to privileged information, CBOT officials said today. The six CBOT members were fined between $5,000 and $50,000 each and suspended for periods ranging from 15 days to 10 years. The traders were linked through federal court testimony last summer to the wig scheme masterminded by veteran trader Thompson B. Sanders, 45.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1985 |
A 68-year-old retired Los Angeles insurance agent Tuesday admitted his role in a $1.1-million scheme using phony death certificates to defraud the company that employed him for 30 years. As part of a plea bargain, William Ekaireb pleaded guilty in federal court to five of the 15 felony counts filed against him and agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation of the scheme. U.S. District Judge James M.
January 13, 2012 |
"Contraband," starring the rock-steady Mark Wahlberg, is about a high-risk, high-seas heist involving a supertanker that is so super complicated (implausible?) that in the wrong hands it would be laughable. Instead, this very gritty bit of greased action does a decent job of shaking the sluggish out of January. Based on the 2008 Icelandic thriller, "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," the filmmakers have turned up the heat — both literally and figuratively — shifting it from icy Nordic seas and alcohol trafficking, to set things in New Orleans with a Panama port of call and a few million counterfeit dollars on the horizon.
October 31, 2013 |
The scheme at the center of "Nosotros los Nobles" is a flimsy one at best: When Mexican construction mogul Germán Noble (Gonzalo Vega) tires of his grown children's spoiled antics, he fakes an embezzlement scheme and "freezes" their assets. Party boy Javier (Luis Gerardo Méndez), princess Bárbara (the Amanda Peet-esque Karla Souza) and hipster Charlie (Juan Pablo Gil) all go into "hiding" in a rundown fixer-upper and must get real jobs for the first time in their lives - presumably where they could easily follow their family company's perfectly legal and solvent activities in the papers or through friends.
May 18, 1985 |
A federal appeals court Friday blocked the execution of a man scheduled to die early today for killing a woman who police said was involved with him in an embezzling scheme. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the stay about 13 hours before Sterling Rault Jr., 34, was to die in the electric chair. The three-judge panel asked attorneys to submit additional briefs. Rault had been sentenced to die for the 1982 slaying of Jane Ellen Francioni of Slidell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1990
A former administrator of an Inglewood hospital and two of his sons were sentenced to prison Monday for their roles in a false billing and kickback scheme that defrauded local hospitals and businesses out of millions of dollars. Donald A. Wright Sr., 57, former director of engineering at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, was sentenced to three years in prison, fined $100,000 and ordered to pay $23,799 in restitution to the hospital. Wright's oldest son, Donald Wright Jr.