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By Candice Baker | October 6, 2009
A Huntington Beach woman, who turned herself in to authorities Monday, on Tuesday denied authorities’ accusations that she bilked clients out of thousands of dollars in an alleged mortgage-adjustment fraud through her Costa Mesa business. “I feel that the police did not listen to my clients who had successful loan modifications completed. I feel my side of the story needs to be heard,” Vickie Khanhvi Dang, 28, said in a statement. “We have testimonials from dozens of grateful clients to support our work,” she added.
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By Joseph Serna | March 2, 2010
A Newport Beach financial advisor has been accused of ripping off two people, including a former intern from his company, out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for personal use. According to a complaint filed Monday in federal court by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Gary R. Headding, 41, stole more than $274,000 from two of his clients at Envision Direct LLC, where he is president and chief executive. In April 2007, Headding was the only financial investor left at the company, which months earlier had more than 50 clients and $40 million in funds.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 26, 2013
Sandra Everett remembers the first time it happened. She was 13. While seated in a class - although she can't recall which one - she experienced irritation on her scalp. While attempting to stay attentive, she reached up to massage her head. But one yank and out came a clump of dark hair. And so it began. Today, 15 years later, Everett suffers from full-blown Trichotillomania, the compulsion to pull on hair, sometimes on places other than the head, until the strands break. The urge didn't decrease even as her tresses began to thin.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | August 13, 2011
Newport Beach Mayor Mike Henn has long championed the revitalization of struggling Lido Village. He led the city's efforts to improve the commercial area's streetscape, redesign streets and parking, and bring more shoppers through its stores. When residents or council members suggested they slow down or focus on other struggling parts of town, such as Mariner's Mile, Henn insisted that Lido Village remain the top priority. "It's good for all the residents of Newport Beach," Henn said in an interview.
NEWS
June 15, 2013
An Irvine attorney was sentenced to one year in jail and restitution for embezzling more than $150,000 and defrauding his clients, authorities said. Tuan Thanh Tran, 44, pleaded guilty Friday to 10 felony counts of embezzlement by a fiduciary of trust, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said that between May 2011 and February 2012, Tran represented five clients seeking compensation for damages they suffered in traffic accidents through civil lawsuits.
NEWS
September 8, 2012
A former Irvine attorney is accused of embezzling more than $150,000 worth of insurance claims and defrauding his clients, according to prosecutors. Tuan Thanh Tran, 43, pleaded not guilty Friday to 11 felony counts of acts constituting forgery and five felony counts of embezzlement by fiduciary of trust, according to Orange County Superior Court records. Prosecutors allege that Tran represented five different clients who sought damages for traffic accidents between May 2011 and February 2012.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 26, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Some people call them teacher of the year, family doctor, engineer or Girl Scout leader. Nancy Clark calls them clients. For 15 years, Clark has run a shoplifting addiction treatment program on Old Newport Boulevard. Many clients attend in lieu of possible jail or prison sentences. Despite stereotypes about petty thieves snatching items out of financial desperation, many of the folks in the program are well-to-do. They see shoplifting as an addiction that gives an endorphin rush on par with drugs.
NEWS
July 1, 2002
COSTA MESA - Noted sports attorney Leigh Steinberg will speak on his life, career and best-selling book, "Winning With Integrity: Getting What You're Worth Without Selling Your Soul," Monday at 7 p.m. in Classroom 7 at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa. Steinberg has 25 years of sports business experience and is the founding partner of Steinberg & Moorad, a law firm representing more than 150 high-profile professional athletes. He is also the chairman and CEO of Assante Enterprises, a multi-billion-dollar Canadian wealth management firm that handles financial matters for clients such as Tom Cruise and David Letterman.
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March 27, 2014
Attorney Michael Caspino and 10 members of his staff have joined the Irvine law practice The Busch Firm to form Busch & Caspino , which will focus on estate and tax planning, corporate real estate and business litigation, as well as religious organizations and canon law. Caspino was previously a partner in Brady, Vorwerck, Ryder and Caspino, which is dissolving its practice in Orange, according to a new release. The new firm will have 32 employees. Its client list includes JSerra High School, Marriott International and the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
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By Hannah Fry | February 4, 2014
A Newport Beach attorney accused of stealing more than $780,000 from nine victims, some of whom he met at church, was convicted Monday, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Peter David Nitschke, 47, pleaded guilty to six felony counts of grand theft, two felony counts of elder financial abuse and one felony count of issuing a check with non-sufficient funds, according to a news release. Nitschke is expected to be sentenced to up to 12 years in state prison on April 4, the release stated.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | November 26, 2013
Sandra Everett remembers the first time it happened. She was 13. While seated in a class - although she can't recall which one - she experienced irritation on her scalp. While attempting to stay attentive, she reached up to massage her head. But one yank and out came a clump of dark hair. And so it began. Today, 15 years later, Everett suffers from full-blown Trichotillomania, the compulsion to pull on hair, sometimes on places other than the head, until the strands break. The urge didn't decrease even as her tresses began to thin.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 24, 2013
The Orange County Fair Board voted Thursday to waive the attorney-client privilege it had with the state attorney general's office, a move that's expected to aid investigators reexamining the failed sale of the fairgrounds property. Six of nine board members voted in favor of the motion, with Joyce Tucker and Kristina Dodge recusing themselves and Dave Ellis absent. Tucker and Dodge were on the Fair Board during the attempt to sell the 150-acre property in Costa Mesa, which began in 2009 as part of a statewide effort by then-Gov.
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By Beau Nicolette and Bradley Zint | August 28, 2013
Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer said the city has been working for months on an ordinance that would address rehabilitation homes. Righeimer did not provide specifics, though he said city staff, in conjunction with the city attorney's office, may have a draft ready for the council's consideration by next month. The announcement comes after Morningside Recovery's rehabilitation homes in Newport Beach were forced to shut down after Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Fell's Aug. 19 ruling.
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By Hannah Fry and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 26, 2013
After six years of litigation,  a rehabilitation center long at odds with residents and City Hall has decided to move out of Newport Beach. Morningside Recovery, located in Lido Village, plans to transfer 36 sober-living clients to new facilities in Costa Mesa and other neighboring cities by October, said Mary Helen Beatificato, Morningside's chief executive. She declined to specify the other cities. Morningside's announcement comes after Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Fell ruled Aug. 19 that the recovery center violated municipal code by operating residential care facilities in neighborhoods.
NEWS
June 15, 2013
An Irvine attorney was sentenced to one year in jail and restitution for embezzling more than $150,000 and defrauding his clients, authorities said. Tuan Thanh Tran, 44, pleaded guilty Friday to 10 felony counts of embezzlement by a fiduciary of trust, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said that between May 2011 and February 2012, Tran represented five clients seeking compensation for damages they suffered in traffic accidents through civil lawsuits.
NEWS
June 14, 2013
A Costa Mesa chiropractor was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting a client during a massage, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Dennis Durbin, 65, pleaded guilty to one felony count of sexual battery by fraud against a 28-year-old female client. In 2011, Durbin treated the victim for an injured knee at Sky Park Chiropractic in Irvine. She returned in July 2012, and Durbin offered massage therapy in addition to the standard treatment. In August 2012, during a massage, the defendant inappropriately touched her on "intimate parts of her body," a news release from the district attorney's office said.
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By Annie Kim | May 31, 2013
A Newport Beach man who falsely claimed he handled investments for Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and other athletes received 13 years in state prison Friday for defrauding clients of $198,000. An Orange County Superior Court jury found Calvin James Calvin, 48, guilty in January of seven felony counts of grand theft and four felony counts of making untrue statements in the purchase or sale of securities. The defendant, who represented himself, defrauded at least seven victims whom he had met through church or business, gaining their trust by talking to them about family, faith and sports.
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By Annie Kim | May 2, 2013
The owners of a small but growing catering business packed their truck full of Costco produce and headed toward a commercial kitchen space rental in Laguna Beach. The goal: to prepare 200 dinners. But once they got to the space, Newport Beach residents Shelby Coffman and Christie Frazier found the doors padlocked. The owner, who was in Las Vegas, had forgotten to leave a key. "All we were to them was additional income," Coffman said of that day three years ago. "We told ourselves, 'never again.' There had to be a simpler way to do this.
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