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January 28, 2012
An Anaheim woman is out on bail after being arrested earlier this week on suspicion of stealing an Irvine woman's credit card and buying designer handbags. Judy Nguyen, 28, was booked on suspicion of identity theft and grand theft and unauthorized use of a credit card Tuesday after police found her waiting outside an Irvine woman's home, allegedly to pick up an item she had illegally ordered online. Police said her victim didn't know her card had been compromised until the credit card company called her telling her that a purchase for a $2,700 Louis Vuitton bag was rejected.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | July 3, 2012
A Los Angeles man arrested at South Coast Plaza in August has been convicted of stealing credit cards from the elderly. Doren Harold Ward, 37, was convicted last week of six felonies, including charges of aggravated identity theft, bank fraud and credit card fraud, according to the federal Department of Justice and Costa Mesa police. He faces a maximum sentence of 104 years in federal prison. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a two-year, mandatory sentence, federal authorities said.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | March 4, 2008
Law enforcement authorities believe a Costa Mesa bar owner and member of the 1980s punk band M.I.A., found dead last week, slipped and fell in an icy motel parking lot in suburban Chicago after a woman he had been “partying with” took his cell phone and credit card, a Cook County Sheriff’s Department official said Monday. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Adrienne Kastaneda, 34, Friday after the woman tried to use the credit card of Avalon Bar owner and musician Michael Conley to make a small purchase at a store near her home in Leyden Township, an unincorporated area about 35 minutes west of downtown Chicago, said Penny Mateck, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 19, 2008
This corrects an earlier version of the story. Detectives have identified 10 more credit card fraud victims of a Newport Beach man who is accused of using his web-related job to collect financial information from more than 800 people, authorities said. Police have found 13 victims so far, out of more than 800 who allegedly had their credit card numbers stolen by Trevor Hammonds, 46, of Newport Beach, Sgt. Evan Sailor said. Hammonds created the Catalina Conservancy Divers website in 2005 and saved the credit card numbers of people who used the site to donate to the group through 2006, Sailor said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 30, 2008
It may not be as classy a ride as he’s used to, but Newport Beach police think the back of a squad car suits one Newport Beach man just fine. Police on Thursday arrested a local limo business owner they say defrauded hundreds of customers out of thousands of dollars through unauthorized credit card charges. Police said Hamid Derakhshi, 45, would make unauthorized charges ranging from $900 to $1,500 on people’s credit cards a few days after they used his limousine service, “A Classy Ride.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 8, 2012
The recovery of a stolen Mercedes-Benz by Irvine police this week has led to the arrest of four people, including a man they believe was involved in multiple car thefts and burglaries in Irvine, police announced. Officers saw a Mercedes-Benz with a paper license plate speeding on Lake Forest Drive at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and followed it into a neighborhood where the driver and two passengers pulled into a residential driveway, turned off the headlights and ducked down, according to a release from the Irvine Police Department.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 16, 2012
Costa Mesa's former police chief confirmed in a recent interview that he was suspended and ultimately resigned from the city after an investigation found that he had charged gas for his personal vehicle on a city credit card. "Bad judgment? Yes," said Chris Shawkey, 52. "I should've gone to the city manager and said, 'What do you want me to do?' and work it out that way. But that was really the only thing outside of my employment agreement. " Expense reports submitted to his department over his four years - he was hired in 2006 - show he charged hundreds of gallons of gas across California, Arizona and other states.
LOCAL
By STEVE SMITH | June 26, 2007
When I was 15, my mother did something so remarkably simple to help me establish my credit that I wondered why it has not been done before. All she did was list me on the family checking account. Fortunately for me, my parents paid their bills on time. So when I applied for my first credit card at age 24, I got approved. That card was a Mobil Oil card. Getting cards was easy. Paying some of them off was not. In a short period of time, I had a lot of credit cards.
NEWS
July 10, 2004
Program offers gun locks Wednesday Members of a nonprofit organization will distribute free gun locks outside the Newport Beach Police Department from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Project ChildSafe is a nationwide program that promotes safe firearms handling and storage practices through the distribution of key safety-education messages and free gun-locking devices. The group is providing the free locks thanks to a federal grant. For more information about the program, visit www.projectchildsafe.
LOCAL
By Steve Smith | May 4, 2009
Of the events and actions that can adversely affect family life, first or second is credit card debt. When not properly used, credit cards can sap thousands of dollars from family funds over just a few years; money that could be used for college savings, family vacations or the purchase of a better home. That wasted money comes not from the use of the card, but the failure to pay off the balance each month. The subject of credit cards hit home recently as three events came together in one week.
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NEWS
January 30, 2014
Costa Mesa police are looking for a man who strong-armed his way into a motel room Tuesday morning and stole electronics from inside. The victim, a 49-year-old man from Riverside, was staying at the Harbor Bay Motel at 2026 Harbor Blvd. when there was a knock at his room's door about 10:45 a.m., according to police. A man asked for a cigarette before forcing his way into the room and pushing the victim to the ground, Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott said. Police said the robber took a laptop, cell phone and credit card that were nearby in the room.
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NEWS
By Hannah Fry | October 24, 2013
Coast Community College District students expressed concern during a board meeting last week about a controversial debit card used to disperse financial aid. Beginning this fall, students have the option of using the My Coast Colleges Card, which acts like a debit card, allowing them to access their financial aid to buy items at stores for a fee. However, they say the 50-cent transaction fee is too high and accuse Higher One, the company in...
NEWS
May 22, 2013
Boaters in Newport Harbor will now be able to more easily surf the web from the water, thanks to an expanded Wi-Fi service. Temecula-based Southern California Telephone and Energy said in a news release earlier this month that it "expanded its footprint" in the harbor, making Wi-Fi available to more than 9,000 boaters and businesses through a privately held network. Executives from the company did not respond to repeated requests for comment on how much the service will cost harbor denizens, where specifically the service will be accessible or how users can connect to the network.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 8, 2012
The recovery of a stolen Mercedes-Benz by Irvine police this week has led to the arrest of four people, including a man they believe was involved in multiple car thefts and burglaries in Irvine, police announced. Officers saw a Mercedes-Benz with a paper license plate speeding on Lake Forest Drive at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and followed it into a neighborhood where the driver and two passengers pulled into a residential driveway, turned off the headlights and ducked down, according to a release from the Irvine Police Department.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | December 1, 2012
On the day after Thanksgiving, I ate leftovers, went to a movie, ate more leftovers, and put gas in my car in preparation for a trip to the Rose Bowl for the UCLA-Stanford football game the following day. Oh yes, I might also have been the victim of a crime — and I'm not referring to UCLA's defeat, although the Bruins' dismal performance was borderline criminal. My credit card number was stolen. The way it happened is a lesson in how easily such theft can be accomplished, and how powerless we often feel to stop it. In spite of safeguards taken by consumers to protect their financial information and crackdown efforts by law enforcement agencies, financial institutions and retailers, data theft remains a ubiquitous threat, like a nasty rash that can be tamped down in spots only to pop up somewhere else.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | July 3, 2012
A Los Angeles man arrested at South Coast Plaza in August has been convicted of stealing credit cards from the elderly. Doren Harold Ward, 37, was convicted last week of six felonies, including charges of aggravated identity theft, bank fraud and credit card fraud, according to the federal Department of Justice and Costa Mesa police. He faces a maximum sentence of 104 years in federal prison. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a two-year, mandatory sentence, federal authorities said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 16, 2012
Costa Mesa's former police chief confirmed in a recent interview that he was suspended and ultimately resigned from the city after an investigation found that he had charged gas for his personal vehicle on a city credit card. "Bad judgment? Yes," said Chris Shawkey, 52. "I should've gone to the city manager and said, 'What do you want me to do?' and work it out that way. But that was really the only thing outside of my employment agreement. " Expense reports submitted to his department over his four years - he was hired in 2006 - show he charged hundreds of gallons of gas across California, Arizona and other states.
NEWS
January 28, 2012
An Anaheim woman is out on bail after being arrested earlier this week on suspicion of stealing an Irvine woman's credit card and buying designer handbags. Judy Nguyen, 28, was booked on suspicion of identity theft and grand theft and unauthorized use of a credit card Tuesday after police found her waiting outside an Irvine woman's home, allegedly to pick up an item she had illegally ordered online. Police said her victim didn't know her card had been compromised until the credit card company called her telling her that a purchase for a $2,700 Louis Vuitton bag was rejected.
NEWS
October 31, 2011
A Costa Mesa man was convicted of identity theft and other federal offenses in a credit card scheme targeting Vietnamese people, authorities said Monday. Hung Van Tieu, 62, was convicted of two counts of credit card fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy after a three-day trial last week, according to a news release from the Department of Justice. Authorities said Tieu would call credit cards impersonating the cardholder and request a new card be sent to the cardholder's home.
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