A Sacramento-area registered nurse was charged by federal agents on April 5 with selling thousands of opioid pills on what is known as the darknet. The 46-year-old woman faces narcotics distribution and conspiracy charges.
Lawyer Michael Avenatti is famous to many people in California for his representation of high-profile figures in the entertainment industry. He became nationally known after representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal action against President Donald Trump over payments made to conceal an affair. However, Avenatti is now facing criminal charges after being arrested for allegedly attempting to extort $25 million from sneaker manufacturer Nike. Avenatti publicly tweeted and spoke about the potential to reveal information about Nike's involvement in an alleged high school basketball bribery case.
A 58-year-old man in California pleaded guilty on March 12 to federal charges related to racketeering, money laundering, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with the college admissions scandal. The scandal has engulfed a number of wealthy parents, including real estate developers, investors and actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who reportedly paid the man to help ensure that their children were admitted to such colleges as Georgetown University and Yale.
A San Jose man was sentenced to serve 33 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to mail fraud and embezzlement. The man was also ordered to pay $2,618,000 in restitution as a part of his plea agreement.
A Department of Homeland Security investigation based in California has led to the indictment of 19 people accused of taking part in a "birth tourism" scam aimed at Chinese residents. The scheme was designed to aid Chinese parents obtain birthright citizenship in the United States for their children.
California residents might be aware of a case going on in Los Angeles, where a man allegedly drove his family off a pier in order to collect insurance benefits. The defendant has denied all accusations and has pleadednot guilty to the federal charges levied against him, some of which are mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering.
Hate crimes are serious, especially because they could be committed by individuals or groups aligned with terrorists. Perpetrators also have the potential to commit acts of terror on their own. A hate crime is one in which the perpetrator singles out the victim based on one or more specific attributes.
Telemarketers have made many Californians wary of answering their telephones. Considering the telephone scam that was recently shut down by federal prosecutors, it's easy to understand that sentiment. An indictment against three men alleges that they ran a call center overseas for the purpose of posing as the Internal Revenue Service or a payday loan company. The U.S. attorney handling the case said that the men collected $2.3 million while committing their alleged crimes and that they should forfeit property of equal value.
Identity theft is a growing problem for authorities in California and around the country, and protecting the community is especially difficult because technology designed to make life easier is providing criminals with new ways to obtain confidential consumer information. Identity thieves use people's personal or financial data, such as their Social Security number or login details, without their knowledge or consent to commit crimes like fraud or theft. One of the chief problems faced by police officers and federal agents investigating identity theft is that victims often do not find out that their information has been used without their consent until they receive credit card bills with unusual charges.
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter appeared with his wife in federal court in San Diego for a hearing after a 60-count indictment detailed their alleged misuse of over $250,000 in political campaign funds. Hunter's lawyer requested another status conference because he needed more time to prepare motions prior to a trial. He wanted the judge to excuse the congressman from that hearing, but the judge refused the request.