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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2003 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Relying on the assumption that people love freebies and can't read foreign languages, San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies arrested 10 wanted people on Thursday by luring them to Big Bear to receive a free pair of hiking boots made by "Stockdum Scelestus" -- meant to be a mix of German and Latin meaning "utterly stupid criminal." The sting, arranged by Sgt.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2003 | Denise M. Bonilla, Times Staff Writer
A police officer caught in a sting has been indicted on charges of stealing weapons that had been surrendered to the Los Angeles Police Department, authorities said Tuesday. Richard Piffard, 30, a desk officer at the West Valley Division, was charged with theft of a firearm, embezzlement by a public officer and unlawful possession of assault weapons. Piffard pleaded not guilty at his arraignment before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Wesley. He was released on $60,000 bond.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2002 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight people were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly tried to change vehicle identification numbers and buy phony DMV registration documents from undercover police officers during a sting operation, authorities said. The arrests capped a four-month investigation by the district attorney's Orange County auto-theft task force, which worked with officers from 12 law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2002 | WILLIAM OVEREND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 400 arrests have been made in the last two years and hundreds more are expected in a crackdown on health care fraud in California by the state's four major FBI offices, officials said Thursday. The investigation, coordinated with other federal and state law enforcement agencies, included a large-scale sting operation in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2002 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A real estate developer pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to paying a $4,000 bribe to Huntington Park's mayor, who was working undercover for the FBI. Harry Hwang, 49, of Hancock Park faces 12 to 30 months in prison when he is sentenced in Los Angeles federal court April 15 on two counts of bribery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After an Internet sting in which a teenager played decoy, Irvine police on Sunday arrested a UC Irvine student on suspicion of raping and torturing a 15-year-old girl in a deserted university parking lot. Brian Dance, 20, of Newport Beach was arrested after the decoy, also 15, went to the same chat room where he had allegedly met the victim and arranged a meeting. Dance, a social ecology major, and the victim struck up a conversation in an Internet chat room, said Police Sgt. Tom Little.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Two Los Angeles County men arrested after a shootout at a crowded Camarillo shopping center Monday were trying to sell 4 pounds of methamphetamine to undercover detectives in a sting operation, authorities said Tuesday. Ventura County Narcotics Task Force agents fired several rounds at the suspects' car when they attempted to flee a parking lot off Las Posas Road shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An 18-month methamphetamine sting in north Los Angeles County that culminated Tuesday didn't just lead to the arrests of known white supremacists, motorcycle gang members and allegedly low-level drug cookers. Several prominent Antelope Valley businessmen with ties to the biker culture were also among those taken into custody.
NEWS
August 9, 2001 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young Texas couple had two Mercedeses, a $450,000 home and a shameful secret: They were child pornographers, making millions off the rising tide of cyber-porn. The couple, indicted in April 2000 and sentenced to prison this week, ran what is believed to be the largest child pornography business in U.S. history, and authorities are now using their dismantled operation to target thousands of former customers in a stepped-up attack on child exploitation.
NEWS
June 28, 2001 | TYNISA E. TRAPPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Law enforcement officials have arrested nearly 8,000 people from 39 countries who allegedly attempted to enter the United States and Canada illegally in a sting described as one of the largest multinational anti-smuggling operations ever, authorities said Wednesday. Officials also took into custody 75 alleged smugglers--seven of whom are U.S.
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