September 6, 2014

Deputy L.A. City Attorney Charged with Possessing Child Porn

Christopher Richard Garcia, 57, a deputy city attorney for the city of Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography. Garcia had been under investigation for ten months and a warrant to search his home produced computers and other electronic devices.

Authorities said they found some questionable images on his computer and after a forensic search, found child exploitation. Law enforcement official say that Garcia has been charged with sending obscene material into the state for sale and possessing material depicting minors engaged in sexual activity.

Garcia who has been on placed on administrative leave remains free of custody after positing a bond in the amount of $40,000.

September 6, 2014

Former USC Professor Pleads Guilty to Having Sex With Minors Overseas

A former anthropology and history professor for the past 20 years was arrested and plead guilty to engaging in illegal sexual contact with minors in foreign places. Walter Lee Williams, 65, appeared in federal court yesterday and federal prosecutors recommended the disgraced professor receive no more than five years in federal prison and 10 years of supervision upon release.

Williams, traveled frequently to Southeast Asia/Pacific region and used his profession as a ruse to go overseas and research the topic of sexuality. While there, authorities allege he had sexual intercourse with boys aged 13-15-years-old.

Williams, was listed on the FBI's Most Wanted List in June 2013 after being indicted. He was captured in Playa del Carmen a coastal town in Mexico.

September 3, 2014

Boeing Engineer Arrested On Pornography Charge

Keith Gartenlaub, 46, formally of Irvine but now living in Laguna Hills was arrested by the F.B.I. on allegations of possessing child pornography. Gartenlaub, was being monitored by federal agencies and had his home searched pursuant to a warrant. According to law enforcement, Gartenlaub had what appeared to be pornographic videos of children appearing to be around 10-12 years old.

Gartenlaub was a senior engineer at Boeing for over 20 years and worked on "sensitive military matters." Gartenlaub is out of custody on bail and subject to electronic monitoring. If convicted, Gartenlaub faces 9-11 years in prison.

August 21, 2014

Man Arrestred for Home Invasion Robbery While Posing As Delivery Man

Jerry Coleman, 34, of Garden Grove was arrested for suspicion of posing as a delivery man and committing two home invasion robberies at gunpoint in Garden Grove. Coleman, is charged with first degree robbery in concert, false imprisonment, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, dissuading a witness, imprisonment by violence and criminal threats. Several of the felonies were charged seven times, likely indicating there were seven occupants of the homes at the time of the home invasion robberies.

According to law enforcement, on August 11, 2014 around 3:45 p.m. Coleman allegedly was carrying a bouquet of flowers and a clipboard, posing as a flower deliveryman. When the resident opened the door, Coleman and his accomplices pushed their way into the home. There were three people home in the residence who were allegedly threatened and had their property taken by Coleman.

On August 13, 2014, authorities again allege Coleman and accomplices, posing as a deliverymen, enter a home through an open garage. The men are accused of using zip ties to tie up three children and two adults who were inside the home. The two adults were ordered at gunpoint to disclose where their valuables were located and threatened with great bodily harm.

If convicted, Coleman faces 100 years in state prison. Coleman is currently being held on $1 million bail.

August 6, 2014

Former Lobbyist Charged in Embezzlement Scheme

Rob Katherman, 68 and his wife Marilyn Katherman, 65 were both charged with felony counts of misappropriation of public funds. Rob Katherman worked as a lobbyist for Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price but has since resigned.

Authorities allege that the Katherman's illegally sent money from a nonprofit organization in Torrance to cover personal expenses for Ronald Smith, a member of the board of West Basin Municipal Water District. Smith, has also been charged with one county of financial conflict of interest, two counts of misappropriation of public funds and four counts of perjury. Smith has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

In total, authorities allege the Katherman's funneled about $20,000 to Smith by way of writing checks on behalf of his children for tuition, tennis lessons and dance classes. In addition, checks sent by the Katherman's also covered rent and repairs to Smith's boat.

If convicted, the Katherman's face up 4 years in state prison.

August 6, 2014

Huntington Beach Man Arrested for Newport Beach Bank Robbery

A Huntington Beach man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of robbing a bank in Newport Beach. 28-year-old Christopher Mellies was arrested by Newport Beach police for allegedly robbing a Wells Fargo Bank on East Coast Highway July 20, 2014.

Newport Beach investigators are looking into other similar bank robberies to see if Meilles can be tied to additional criminal conduct.

August 4, 2014

DUI Arrests in San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano

The Orange County Sheriff's Department in conjunction with with the California Office of Traffic Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made nine arrests over the weekend for driving under the influence. Sheriff deputies saturated the areas with patrol cars and stopped 92 vehicles and conducted 16 sobriety tests. In addition to the nine DUI arrests, there were additional citations for unlicensed drivers and suspended licenses.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has serious consequences that can lead to heavy fines, jail, loss of driving privileges and even loss of employment. Anyone arrested for DUI in Orange County should contact our office for a consultation.

August 2, 2014

Grandfather Arrested for Allegedly Shooting Grandkids

Michael Fredrick Molle was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly shooting his two step-grandchildren. Molle 72, of Rossmoor allegedly shot his step-grandchildren after a domestic dispute at their home. No word on what led to the shooting.

Neighbors reported that there seemed to be a party at Molle's home prior to hearing ambulance and police sirens. Both victims are in their early 20's and the male victim was said to have been released from a local hospital while the female victim suffered life threading injuries and remains hospitalized.

Molle was booked into Orange County Men's Central Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. Molle faces possible charges including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and enhancements including discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury.

July 30, 2014

Orange County Woman Wanted in $5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Federal authorities are on the hunt for a Fullerton woman who they say is involved in a scheme to defraud Medicare of millions of dollars. Ji Have Kim, 43, of Fullerton is the woman they are looking for.

Kim, a registered nurse worked for GreatCare Home Health Inc., a Los Angeles based home health care company. Authorities allege Kim prepared false forms for Medicare home health care patients and falsified nursing notes to look as though she was visiting the patients when she in fact was not.

The insurance fraud scheme first came to light when a former employee filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the company and Hee Jung Mun, the owner, in 2010. In 2011, Kim pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and was out of custody pending sentencing. Kim never showed up for sentencing. Mun was sentenced to 57 months in prison.

July 28, 2014

Man Sentenced for Cold Case Sexual Assault in Orange County

Raul Moreno-Perez, 34, was sentenced to 25 years to life and lifetime registration as a sex offender for a crime he committed in 2001. On November 3, 2001 a 19-year-old girl was waiting at a bus stop in the city of Orange when Moreno-Perez asked her if she wanted a ride. She declined. Minutes later, Moreno-Perez got out of his car and sat next to the girl on the bus bench telling her he wanted to take her home. Again she declined so Moreno-Perez forced her into his vehicle.

Once in the vehicle, Moreno-Perez forced Jane Doe to orally copulate him. Jane Doe was able to escape and reported the assault where physical evidence was collected and stored. In March 2012, Moreno-Perez provided a DNA sample to the OCDA DNA data bank on an unrelated case where a match to the prior crime was made.

July 26, 2014

Cypress Resident Charged with 24 Felony Counts of Lewd Acts

Michael Mordaunt, 45, of Cypress was arrested and charged with 24 felony counts, including 7 counts of lewd acts with minors under 14. According to authorities, Mordaunt was posing as a teenage boy on social media connecting with underage girls. He alleged used MySpace and Facebook between 2009 and 2014 contacting girls between the ages of 12 and 16. Authorities are also alleging that he did in fact meet several of the girls in person and had inappropriate physical contact with them.

Mordaunt, worked in the IT department at Boeing and was arrested by a joint task force. If convicted on the felony lewd act counts and related substantial conduct enhancement, Mordaunt could face up to 27 years in prison.

July 25, 2014

Big Win for Defense in San Bernardino County Colonies Case

Judge Michael A. Smith dismissed conspiracy charges against all four defendants in the Colonies Partners LP case citing the expiration of the statute of limitations. Jeff Burum, Paul Baine, Jim Erwin and Mark Kirk are accused of conspiring to approve a $102 million settlement between San Bernardino County and Burum's investment group, Colonies in November 2006.

Conspiracy carries a three-year statute of limitations and the defense successfully argued that the alleged conspiracy was known in 2006, more than three-years prior to the filing of a criminal complaint. The defendants are currently pending other criminal charges that Judge Smith is also considering dismissing. The judge needed time to make an informed and accurate decision and continued the case one day.

On Thursday, Judge Smith indicated he was leaning toward dismissing another 12 felony counts against the defendants because of statue of limitation issues. The judge gave both the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office and The California Department of Justice attorneys additional time to argue why he should not dismiss the charges and he is taking their argument under submission.

The charges Judge Smith is currently considering dismissing are misappropriation of public funds, bribery and conflict of interest. If those charges are dismissed, the entire case against Burum will be dismissed. However, if the court allows the prosecutors to amend their complaint, it may prevent a dismissal.