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June 30, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
State and federal wildlife officials seized hundreds of rare and endangered turtles and snakes in raids aimed at breaking up one of the nation's largest suspected networks of illegal reptile and amphibian sales. The morning raids in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan followed a two-year investigation by the states' departments of natural resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, officials said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2003 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Launching a sting operation against the growing crime of immigration fraud, City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo announced Tuesday that he has filed criminal cases against 18 immigration consultants for crimes including misrepresenting themselves as attorneys. During its initial five-month investigation the immigration fraud strike force targeted consultants in Pico-Union who specialize in assisting people from Spanish-speaking countries, including Mexico and El Salvador.
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.
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
October 19, 2002 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
A 44-year-old Lancaster man was arrested in Las Vegas during an FBI sting aimed at sex predators who prowl the Internet for child victims, authorities said Friday. Earl Roy Harvey has been charged in federal court with crossing state lines with the intent of engaging in sex with a minor, said FBI Special Agent Daren Borst. The alleged "victim" in the case was an undercover FBI agent posing as a 14-year-old boy in Internet chat rooms. Harvey's Oct.
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.
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April 30, 2002 | From Associated Press
Working undercover, congressional investigators gained unauthorized access to four Atlanta federal buildings and easily sneaked briefcases and packages past security checkpoints. One investigator obtained two different security badges and a guard's after-hours access code, according to a General Accounting Office report obtained Monday by Associated Press. One pass allowed the investigator to carry a firearm in the buildings.
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.
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