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California Man Convicted After Fatal Tanker Explosion

Posted by Vitaly Sigal | Jan 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Carl Bradley Johansson, the owner of numerous Inland Empire-based trucking companies, was convicted in November 2022 for conspiracy to make illegal repairs on an oil tanker's cargo tanks and defraud the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), tax evasion, and bank fraud. The Charge...

Real Estate “Coupon Bond” Scam

Posted by Vitaly Sigal | Jan 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

Matthew Skinner, a 45-year-old Santa Clarita resident, was sentenced to 77 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution after pleading guilty to securities fraud. Social Media Helps Scams Flourish Skinner founded Empire West Equity Inc. in 2014. Later, when Empire W...

Gay Men Targeted for Robbery on Grindr

Posted by Vitaly Sigal | Jan 07, 2023 | 0 Comments

Derrick Patterson, a 23-year-old resident of Compton, was sentenced to 111 months in federal prison for targeting and robbing five victims from June 2021 to March 2022 using the app Grindr. Targeting and Robbing Members of the LGBTQIA+ Community Patterson used the popular social networking ap...

Man Arrested for Selling Unlicensed ‘Ghost Guns’

Posted by Vitaly Sigal | Dec 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

Puleaga Pele was arrested at his home on November 4, 2022, after being federally accused of illegally selling firearms without serial numbers – usually referred to as “ghost guns.” Earlier in the year, law enforcement investigated a separate complaint and discovered communications where Pele offe...

Convicted of Insurance Fraud, Chiropractor Sent to Prison

Posted by Vitaly Sigal | Nov 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

On June 28, 2018, chiropractor Brian Carrico of Redondo Beach was charged along with eight others in a $40 million workers' compensation insurance fraud scheme. After almost four years, Carrico pleaded guilty on February 24 of this year to one count of soliciting kickbacks. His two companies, Pe...

The Shortage of U.S. Attorneys

Posted by Vitaly Sigal | Aug 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

There are 94 federal court districts in the United States. More than half of those districts do not have Senate-confirmed U.S. attorneys. Seven of the 10 largest cities in the country don't have a confirmed U.S. attorney, according to a June 1 Bloomberg Law analysis in U.S. Law Week. President J...

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