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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former high-ranking official in the EPA during the Reagan administration was sentenced Monday to 15 months in federal prison for wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI. Rita Marie Lavelle orchestrated a scheme to fraudulently obtain money from a client who had hired her San Diego County company to assist in the cleanup of a Superfund site, federal authorities said. A jury convicted her last year.
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BUSINESS
August 5, 2006 | From Reuters
A federal jury in Houston found two former energy traders guilty of wire fraud in connection with the transmission of natural gas prices to industry newsletters but did not convict the pair on conspiracy and other false-reporting charges, the Justice Department said. Former Dynegy Inc. gas trader Michelle Valencia was convicted of seven counts of wire fraud. Former El Paso Corp. trader Greg Singelton was convicted of one count of wire fraud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
An Irvine woman once accused of running an international baby-selling operation was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for wire fraud and ordered to pay $5,000 in fines. Marianne Gati, 54, said only, "Thank you," when U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler let her address the court. It was a quiet ending to a seven-year battle in which prosecutors struggled to build a baby-selling case.
NEWS
July 26, 1989 | From Associated Press
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered permanent dismissal of theft and wire fraud charges in the Iran-Contra criminal case against former National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter. In the same ruling, U.S. District Judge Harold Greene spelled out the procedure prosecutors may use to narrow a broad conspiracy charge against Poindexter, who faces trial later this year in the scandal. Greene said that the theft and wire fraud charges against Poindexter may not be reinstituted later.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
An Orange County man whose car dealerships accounted for about 5% of all Lamborghinis sold worldwide has agreed to plead guilty to a single count of felony wire fraud and faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, authorities said Wednesday. Viken Keuylian, 45, of Laguna Hills was charged with defrauding Volkswagen Credit Inc. out of at least $12 million, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Andrew Stolper. The financing company gave Keuylian loans to purchase the luxury sports cars.
SPORTS
October 11, 1995 | ELLIOTT ALMOND and STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The FBI has entered the investigation of Robert Troy Caron, the Oxnard sports agent who is the target of a joint NCAA-Pacific 10 Conference probe. The ongoing controversy over alleged payments to college athletes led authorities to question whether federal laws of mail and wire fraud were violated, said sources who asked not to be identified. Steve Zipperstein, U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1985 | DANIEL AKST, Times Staff Writer
The FBI is investigating allegations that the little-known Bass Oil Co., whose last known address was in Canoga Park, committed mail and wire fraud, reportedly in connection with an oil and gas venture in Kentucky. Details of the investigation were unavailable, and Bass Oil President Donald E. Bass could not be reached for comment. But Los Angeles FBI spokesman John Hoos confirmed that an inquiry is under way.
SPORTS
October 8, 1994 | LISA DILLMAN and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
C. David Rossen, the executive who ran Bruce McNall's thoroughbred horse operations, will plead guilty to one count of wire fraud in connection with the ongoing federal investigation into the King president's banking practices, according to his attorney. Rossen, 39, was charged Friday by federal prosecutors of defrauding the French bank Credit Lyonnais by creating false documents, inventory lists and invoices surrounding $10 million in loans.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles real estate mogul Ezri Namvar, an Iranian immigrant who amassed and then lost billions of dollars of commercial real estate holdings, has been indicted on wire fraud charges, his attorney said. Namvar, former owner of such high-profile properties as the Marriott hotel in downtown Los Angeles and the Cal Neva resort in Lake Tahoe, was accused of five counts of wire fraud related to a company, Namco Financial Exchange Corp., that sheltered proceeds from real estate transactions, said defense attorney Marc Harris.
NEWS
June 22, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal agents arrested an Irvine woman Friday and accused her of running an international baby-selling operation that arranged for pregnant Hungarian women to enter the country illegally and sell their babies--sometimes for as much as $80,000--to adoptive parents. Marianne Gati, 48, was arrested on suspicion of mail and wire fraud by federal agents who have been working with Hungarian National Police to investigate the allegations that Gati arranged to sell as many as 30 babies.
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