September 22, 2010 |
A former administrative assistant to a top executive at Walt Disney Co. pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraud charges related to her participation in an insider-trading scheme. Bonnie J. Hoxie, 34, of Los Angeles admitted in federal district court in New York to attempting to sell confidential information that she gained access to as an assistant for Disney's head of corporate communications, Zenia Mucha. According to the criminal complaint, Hoxie obtained material, nonpublic information about Disney, including advance details about its second-quarter earnings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2010 |
Apparently acting without City Council approval, Bell spent nearly $95,000 to repay loans that then-City Manager Robert Rizzo made to himself from his retirement accounts, a draft state audit reviewed by The Times shows. The auditors found no evidence that council members even knew about the repayments, which occurred in 2008 and 2009. "We found the city's system of internal control to be nonexistent, as all financial activities and transactions revolved around one individual, the former chief administrative officer, who had complete control and discretion over how city funds were used," the auditors wrote.
September 11, 2010 |
Apple Inc. will stop giving away cases for the iPhone 4 to most users at the end of the month, saying the antenna problems associated with the device are less widespread than originally thought. Free cases will still be given to users who experience a problem, the Cupertino, Calif., company said Friday on its website. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs promised the free cases during a July 16 news conference in response to criticism that the newest iteration of the smart phone loses signal strength if held a certain way. Consumer Reports magazine said at the time that it couldn't recommend the device because of the problem.
May 26, 2010 |
A secretary to a high-ranking Walt Disney Co. executive thought she and her boyfriend were about to pull off an alleged insider-trading scheme — and she wanted to celebrate with a Stella McCartney handbag from Neiman Marcus. "Here is the bag that you are going to get for me," Bonnie Jean Hoxie, a secretary for Zenia Mucha, Disney's head of corporate communications, allegedly wrote in an e-mail to her boyfriend this month. After the boyfriend, Yonni Sebbag, replied that they may reap a windfall from their plot, Hoxie added to her wish list, according to court documents.
March 30, 2010 |
A former Safeway Inc. employee was sentenced Tuesday to spend seven months in home detention in connection with the federal investigation of defunct California tomato processor SK Foods. Michael Chavez, 52, of Fremont had pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and accepting $5,000 in bribes from an official of SK Foods, which was based in Monterey. Chavez was a corporate purchasing manager for the Pleasanton, Calif., grocery chain from 2000 to 2007, and responsible for negotiating deals for processed tomato products, court documents said.
March 1, 2010 |
Four California men have been indicted for allegedly using their company, Wiseguy Tickets Inc., to fraudulently buy and sell tickets to popular concerts and sporting events. In a 43-count indictment, Kenneth Lowson, 40, Kristofer Kirsch, 37, and Faisal Nahdi, 36, of Los Angeles and 37-year-old Joel Stevenson of Alameda are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and gain unauthorized access to computer systems, as well as damaging computers in interstate commerce. The indictment, unsealed Monday in New Jersey, alleged that the four took in $25 million by fraudulently buying and reselling tickets for Bruce Springsteen and Hannah Montana concerts, Rose Bowl and Yankees games and other events.
February 27, 2010 |
Former SK Foods owner Frederick Scott Salyer pleaded not guilty Friday to federal racketeering and corruption charges for allegedly directing a decade-long scheme to quash competition, pay bribes and sell tomato products at inflated prices. The agribusiness executive, who entered his plea in a federal courtroom in Sacramento, is charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as well as conspiracy, obstruction of justice and four counts of wire fraud.
February 19, 2010 |
A federal grand jury has indicted former SK Foods owner Frederick Scott Salyer on racketeering and six other counts of corruption for allegedly directing a decade-long scheme to quash competition and sell tomato products at inflated prices -- a practice that led to consumers paying more at the grocery store. Salyer, a member of one of the state's most powerful farming families, was accused Thursday of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as well as conspiracy, obstruction of justice and four counts of wire fraud.
August 29, 2009 |
A computer hacker accused of masterminding one of the largest cases of identity theft in U.S. history agreed to plead guilty and serve up to 25 years in federal prison for his crimes. Albert Gonzalez was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in federal courts in New York and Boston. Court documents filed in federal court in Boston indicate the 28-year-old Gonzalez agreed to plead guilty to 19 counts and combine the two cases in federal court in Massachusetts.
August 29, 2009 |
A computer hacker accused of masterminding one of the largest cases of identity theft in U.S. history agreed to plead guilty and serve up to 25 years in federal prison for his crimes. Albert Gonzalez of Miami was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in federal court. Court documents indicate that Gonzalez, 28, agreed to plead guilty to 19 counts. Gonzalez is accused of swiping the credit and debit card numbers of more than 170 million accounts; officials said he was the ringleader of a group that targeted companies such as T.J. Maxx, Barnes and Noble and OfficeMax.