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May 26, 1995 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN and ERIC SLATER and JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a move the government called a warning to disgruntled aerospace workers tempted to peddle U.S. defense secrets, a former Lockheed engineer was indicted Thursday on charges of attempted espionage for allegedly trying to sell secret plans concerning the Sea Shadow, a Navy stealth project. John Douglas Charlton, 62, allegedly tried to sell the plans concerning the ship and other projects to an FBI agent posing as an official of an unnamed Western European government, according to prosecutors.
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November 13, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon, who is being investigated by the FBI on suspicion that he accepted bribes, accused federal authorities Wednesday of trying to smear him for refusing to wear a wire in a sting operation against two other senators. In a motion filed in federal court in Sacramento, Calderon (D-Montebello) says authorities from the FBI and the U.S attorney's office repeatedly asked him to participate in an investigation of Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It just can't be, what they're saying about state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon - that he took $60,000 in bribes during an FBI sting operation. Nobody these days could be that stupid. Right? Pocketing the money from essentially a stranger who turns out to be an undercover agent? I mean, only 25 years after a highly publicized FBI sting in the Capitol resulted in the convictions of 14 politicos - legislators, staffers, lobbyists - in what became known as Shrimpscam.
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November 3, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It just can't be, what they're saying about state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon - that he took $60,000 in bribes during an FBI sting operation. Nobody these days could be that stupid. Right? Pocketing the money from essentially a stranger who turns out to be an undercover agent? I mean, only 25 years after a highly publicized FBI sting in the Capitol resulted in the convictions of 14 politicos - legislators, staffers, lobbyists - in what became known as Shrimpscam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1998 | REGINA HONG
Law enforcement officials on Thursday conducted a sting operation in Moorpark in an effort to stem a rash of bicycle thefts that have taken place since June. During the one-day operation at three shopping areas--Lucky, Albertson's and Kmart--authorities from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department apprehended one 17-year-old who allegedly was trying to steal a BMX bike, authorities said. The boy was arrested on suspicion of petty theft but later released, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE
A criminal complaint has been filed against an auto repairman accusing him of grand theft and insurance fraud after a sting operation by state authorities. The investigation was triggered by a woman who complained to the state Bureau of Automotive Repair that Liberty Auto Center operator Mark Nodd billed her insurance company for car repairs that were never done, said Deputy City Atty. Mark Lambert. The shop, which was located in the 9500 block of DeSoto Avenue, has since moved, Lambert said.
NEWS
April 23, 1991 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court said Monday that it would decide whether government agents may repeatedly entice a presumably innocent person to commit a crime, setting the stage for a major ruling on sting operations. The justices agreed to hear an appeal from a 60-year-old Nebraska farmer who was sent at least 10 mailings by Postal Service inspectors trying to interest him in child pornography.
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May 27, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. has apologized for not letting Mexican authorities in on a sting operation against a money-laundering network involving 12 of Mexico's biggest banks. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called Foreign Minister Rosario Green after Mexico complained that its sovereignty had been violated. President Clinton also expressed regret on the matter to his counterpart, Ernesto Zedillo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1989
Customers out to buy cocaine at a Palmdale house were arrested Friday and Saturday by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies posing as drug dealers during a sting operation. Sheriff's Department undercover officers, aided by patrol deputies, served a search warrant at 715 E. Ave. Q and arrested one resident for narcotics violations, said Deputy Khris Wahla. The man was not immediately identified. The deputies then set up a five-hour sting operation that ended at 1 a.m. Saturday, he said.
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May 31, 1992
San Diego police continued a crackdown on men who solicit prostitutes by conducting their second vice operation in as many weekends. On Friday night, police arrested 20 men for soliciting women officers posing as prostitutes near the 2200 block of El Cajon Boulevard. Police said the sting operation was conducted between 9 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Those arrested were booked at the new city jail and charged with misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Angel Jennings
Authorities handed out dozens of citations at Los Angeles International Airport this week in an operation that focused on limousine, taxi and van drivers. Law enforcement officers from several different agencies conducted the sting operation at three locations around the airport from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday. There were random stops for commercial ground transportation vehicles. "This operation is part of a proactive approach by Los Angeles Airport Police and our partner agencies to provide the traveling public with safe commercial transportation to and from LAX," Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said in a statement.
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July 1, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A former L.A. County sheriff's narcotics sergeant has been charged with grand theft and embezzlement by a public official for allegedly stealing about $4,000 during a sting by his own department. Bonnie Theodore Bryant III, 57, allegedly took the money during a July 25, 2012, sting operation conducted by the criminal internal affairs unit of his own department. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the 28-year department veteran was targeted in the sting. Increasingly, law enforcement agencies across the country test the integrity of their deputies and officers, especially in cases where prior accusations have been made.  Bryant is charged with one felony count each of grand theft of personal property and embezzlement by a public or private officer, said Dep. Dist.
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November 13, 2012 | By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan, Los Angeles Times
In the run-up to election day, a Riverside County private investigator said he was hired to gather dirt on two Costa Mesa councilmen seeking re-election, and sent a woman into a local sports bar to flirt with one of the elected leaders with the hope of catching him behaving inappropriately. The alleged setup came the same August night that the investigator called police to alert them that another councilman appeared to be driving under the influence. A subsequent field sobriety test revealed that Councilman Jim Righeimer was sober.
OPINION
September 18, 2011 | By Petra Bartosiewicz
Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, FBI Director Robert Mueller issued a memo to his field offices detailing "one set of priorities" for the agency: Stop the next terrorist attack. This directive marked a new "preemptive" style of law enforcement that has since become the hallmark of our domestic front in the war against terrorism. Under this system, catching an actual terrorist would constitute a failure because the perpetrators would have committed the act. Instead, we are in effect seeking "pre-terrorists" — individuals whose intentions, more than their actions, constitute the primary threat.
NATIONAL
September 6, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
Congressional Republicans have been upset at the management at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which authorized a botched sting operation near the Mexican border that put guns in the hands of drug criminals. But Republican leaders, responding to complaints from gun-rights lobbyists, have refused to confirm a director for the bureau since it was split from the Treasury Department eight years ago. "They have had nothing but acting directors. Do you wonder why some things would go wrong there?"
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
A federal firearms investigation that allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of Mexican smugglers was closely monitored by the very top leaders of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to internal emails released Wednesday by a congressional committee. The head of the ATF was briefed weekly on the operation, the emails show, and had asked for access to an online video stream that showed buyers going into the gun shop that was part of the sting operation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1994 | CHRISTINA LIMA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a monthlong sting operation, authorities have arrested five Oxnard residents on suspicion of conspiracy to possess and sell cocaine and heroin, sheriff's deputies said Tuesday. The operation, conducted by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department and Oxnard police, ended Monday when Norma Bosar, 35, and Francisco Alatorre, 31, sold nine ounces of cocaine to an undercover agent, authorities said.
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August 27, 1998 | NICK GREEN
Two Oxnard convenience store workers were arrested on suspicion of selling alcohol to minors during a sting operation, police said. Jose Cardenas, 36, of Santa Barbara, co-owner of La Carneceria, 244 North A St., and Linda Karen Diaz, 43, of Oxnard, a clerk at Express Mini Mart, 400 W. Pleasant Valley Road, were arrested Tuesday after selling alcohol to two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, who were working for the police. The two workers were given citations and released.
NATIONAL
May 12, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum and Michael Muskal
Two men who officials said complained that Muslims "were being treated like dogs" were accused Thursday of conspiring to blow up a synagogue and were being held on terrorism and hate-crime charges in New York. The men were arrested Wednesday night while they buying guns and an inert hand grenade from undercover officers, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at an afternoon news conference attended by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. The case began before the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden on May 2 during a U.S. raid in Pakistan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2010 | Times staff and wire reports
Marvin Levin, a Sacramento developer who alerted the FBI to corruption in the California Legislature in the 1980s and played a pivotal role in the ensuing sting operation, has died. He was 76. Levin, who had been in declining health for a decade, died Nov. 19 at his home in Tamarac, Fla., said his wife, Janet. For three years, Levin had been an invaluable informant in the sting, which ended in 1988 when 30 investigators raided the Capitol offices of four legislators and two legislative aides.
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