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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Augustin Renteria's ad seemed to be working. He got a call asking him to bid on a house-painting job in Glendale. On Tuesday morning, he walked around the outside of the vacant house at 800 E. Elk St. and jotted down his bid of $1,100 on a scrap of paper and handed it to the man. That's when his trouble began. He was handcuffed and brought into a makeshift booking area in the house's detached garage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A controversial undercover operation in which authorities manufactured crack cocaine to snare drug buyers on Santa Ana streets has been quietly shelved in the face of a key judge's opposition and other roadblocks, and is now probably gone for good, police said Tuesday. Superior Court Judge David O.
NEWS
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
November 15, 1997
A car theft ring that allegedly specialized in stealing sport utility vehicles and smuggling them to Latin America was broken up this week as the result of an undercover operation that put 22 people behind bars, authorities said Friday. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. John S. Bryan said the suspects, all from the Los Angeles area, stole more than $2.5 million worth of the popular vehicles. Then, he said, they altered the vehicle identity numbers and resold them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1998
The city has received the 1998 California Cities Helen Putman Award for Excellence for a sting operation orchestrated by its police department, officials announced Wednesday. Redondo Beach was one of 23 cities to receive the award from the California League of Cities, said Clark Goeker, the league's assistant director. The award will be presented Oct. 4 at the league's Centennial Annual Conference in Long Beach. The Redondo Beach Police Department was elated at the news, said Capt. Jeff Cameron."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1987 | ASHLEY DUNN and GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writers
In two undercover police operations in the last two months, Inglewood police officers posing as drug dealers have arrested 57 crack cocaine buyers in a sting aimed at putting the fear of prosecution into recreational drug buyers. Police Lt. Larry Carter, commander of the operation, said the sting, the first of its kind in the county, has had a "dramatic" impact on the targeted neighborhood near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Century Boulevard, damaging the area's drive-by drug traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?"
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.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2010 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
How do we break this to Ponch? Federal regulators on Thursday brought securities fraud charges against more than a dozen penny-stock promoters ? including Larry Wilcox, who played California Highway Patrol officer Jonathan "Jon" Baker on the hit TV show "CHiPs" in the late 1970s and early '80s. The Securities and Exchange Commission said it caught the promoters in "various illicit kickback schemes to manipulate the volume and price of microcap stocks and illegally generate stock sales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1987 | NIESON HIMMEL, Times Staff Writer
Police set up a cocaine "sting" operation in Inglewood on Thursday--the easy way. Instead of having to rent a house, fortify it and then depend on street word-of-mouth advertising to build a clientele, they took over an existing operation in the 800 block of Cory Drive.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1994 | ADAM S. BAUMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relying on an impromptu sting operation, Glendale police have broken up what allegedly was one of the largest and most active cellular-phone fraud rings in Southern California, officials said Sunday. After arresting the owner of a Los Angeles cellular phone store Friday afternoon, police took control of the business' operations--nabbing customers as they came in either to purchase illegal phones or bring phones back to be reprogrammed, according to sources familiar with the operation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2010 | Sandy Banks
Venus Mason wasn't wearing her uniform at the Los Angeles Police Department's press conference outside the Starbucks on Crenshaw Boulevard. With her bright blouse, matching necklace and auburn-tipped dreadlocks, she looked more like the folks watching from the sidewalk than like her fellow police officers behind the microphones. That seemed fitting to me, given Det. Mason's role in the drama that brought us together to mark the arrest of a local man on a murder warrant. This was no high-profile case, like the Grim Sleeper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
An insurance fraud sting targeting auto body repair shops in Orange County ended with the arrest of 53 mechanics Wednesday and Thursday, including Richard Evans, who once appeared on the Speed Channel reality show "Chop Cut Rebuild." Evans owns Huntington Beach Bodyworks. The Orange County district attorney's office conducted 152 covert investigations from January to May in Operation Straight Body, which targeted repair shops that had received consumer complaints over the last three years, authorities said.
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