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Solana Beach Surfing Exec Sentencing Pending for Admissions Scam

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Solana Beach Surfing Exec to Be Sentenced for Paying $250K to Get Son Into USC in Admissions Scam

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A former California business executive is returning to court to be sentenced in the college admissions scandal.


Jeffrey Bizzack, of Solana Beach, California, is scheduled to appear in Boston’s federal court Wednesday. The 59-year-old pleaded guilty in July to a single count of fraud and conspiracy.

Authorities say Bizzack paid $250,000 to get his son admitted to the University of Southern California in 2018 as a fake volleyball recruit.

Prosecutors are recommending nine months in prison and a $75,000 fine. Bizzack’s lawyers say he deserves probation and community service.His lawyers say he contacted federal investigators as soon as he heard the scheme was […]

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Man Pleads Guilty in Voter Fraud Scheme on LA’s Skid Row

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LOS ANGELES — A 62-year-old man has pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme where money and cigarettes were allegedly offered to homeless people on Skid Row in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Norman Hall entered his plea on February 19th to one count of circulating a petition with false names. He was immediately sentenced to one year in county jail, placed on formal probation for three years and must complete 100 hours of community service.

Deputy District Attorney Marian Thompson of the Public Integrity Division is prosecuting the case. Eight others face various charges including use of false names on a petition and voter fraud.

The defendants allegedly solicited hundreds of false and/or forged signatures on state ballot petitions and voter registration forms by offering homeless people $1 and/or cigarettes for their participation.

The alleged offenses occurred during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles.The defendants are scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing on May 5 .

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15 Conspirators Charged in LA Drug Trafficking Ring Indictment

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LOS ANGELES – Law enforcement announced Wednesday they have arrested 11 defendants charged in a federal grand jury indictment in the Central District of California, alleging they participated in a long-running drug trafficking operation that distributed kilograms of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine from multiple locations in Los Angeles County, including a storefront in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles.

The 20-count indictment charges a total of 15 defendants with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and alleges a series of acts in furtherance of the conspiracy between December 2015 and December 2019.

Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized approximately eight kilograms of cocaine, five kilograms of heroin, 10 kilograms of methamphetamine, 10 firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and more than $200,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

The 11 defendants arrested are expected to make their initial court appearance this afternoon in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles.

Those arrested include Gabriel Ortega, a.k.a. “Nightowl,” 42, of Lynwood, alleged to be one of the organization’s ringleaders who allegedly directed narcotics distribution operations from his home in Lynwood and from a storefront he operated in Lincoln Heights.

Ortega sold nearly one pound of methamphetamine for $2,800 on two separate occasions at his Lincoln Heights storefront between December 2015 and February 2016, the indictment alleges.

Also arrested was Raul Sanchez, a.k.a. “Rawlo,” 39, of Alhambra, another of the organization’s alleged ringleaders, charged with being one of the ring’s primary distributors of narcotics.

On March 21, 2018, Sanchez allegedly coordinated the delivery of 4.9 kilograms (10.8 pounds) of cocaine, 3.9 kilograms (8.6 pounds) of heroin, and 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds) of methamphetamine to a storage facility in Alhambra. He also allegedly possessed three unregistered “ghost guns,” one .45-caliber Glock pistol, and ammunition at the Alhambra location.

In addition to the conspiracy charge, Ortega and Sanchez each face individual charges of knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances. Sanchez, who previously was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court of four separate drug possession charges, also has been charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

If convicted on all counts, the defendants would face a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison and mandatory minimum sentences of at least 10 years in federal prison. An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce K. Riordan of the Violent and Organized Crime Section.

The Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Group 51 and the Los Angeles Police Department investigated this matter. HIDTA Group 51 is comprised of members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and the LAPD.

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Man Enters Plea to Shooting Dog in La Mirada

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West Hollywood Doctor Indicted In Fraud Case

LOS ANGELES– A Lakewood man pleaded no contest for fatally shooting a dog last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced.

Shane Michael Dubyak, 23, entered the plea to one felony count of cruelty to an animal and admitted using a revolver in the commission of the crime.
 
Deputy District Attorney Mireya Camacho said Dubyak was immediately sentenced to five years in state prison and is prohibited from caring, owning or possessing any animals for 10 years.

On January 5, the defendant shot a 15-year-old terrier named Kurtis that was left under his care in the 16400 block of Phoebe Avenue in La Mirada, the prosecutor said. A few days later, police spotted Dubyak and he fled when they attempted to detain him but was ultimately arrested.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Norwalk Station.

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