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October 29, 2013
Federal agents helped Newport Beach police search offices in a building near John Wayne Airport on Tuesday, police said. Police served a search warrant at 4500 Campus Drive as part of a white-collar crime investigation, NBPD spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella confirmed. Manzella declined to say who occupied the offices or offer details of the investigation, but she confirmed that Newport Beach police led the operation. Officers were still on the scene about 3 p.m., Manzella said.
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From KTLA News | September 27, 2012
Several people on board a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Orange County had to restrain an unruly man who was reportedly threatening fellow passengers, FBI officials said. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller identified the man as 26-year-old Arash Durrani, also known as Ash, KTLA News reported Thursday. According to Eimiller, Durrani was taken into custody when the plane landed and will be charged with interference with a flight crew, a federal offense. Durrani is an actor, model and founder of Grow Clothing, a company geared toward promoting awareness of social movements and charities, according to imdb.com.
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From the Los Angeles Times | June 11, 2012
Looking to avoid becoming a crime statistic? Move to Irvine. In 2011, for the eighth year in a row, the Orange County city had the lowest violent crime rate of any U.S. city with a population larger than 100,000, the FBI said Monday. Irvine -- population 214,872 -- reported only 120 violent crimes last year, the same number as the year before. Among the crimes: two murders, 67 aggravated assaults, 11 rapes and 40 robberies. Random comparison: Similarly sized Modesto had more than 10 times the number of robberies.
NEWS
October 14, 2001
A 41-year-old Baldwin Park man, believed to have been involved in the attempted bombing of the Vietnamese embassy in Thailand earlier this year, was arrested by FBI officials at John Wayne International Airport late Friday night, officials said. Vo Van Duc was arrested by the FBI on suspicion of using weapons of mass destruction after he got off an Alaska Airlines flight about 9 p.m., according to a statement released by FBI spokeswoman Cheryl Mimura in Los Angeles.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 11, 2010
Editor’s Note: The following article contains allegations of child molestation and abuse that some readers may find offensive. Now in her 40s, married and living in Florida, Jackie Zudis said learning that the man who claimed to be her father, George Joseph England, 65, was going to be freed from prison compelled her to tell her story to the FBI in a videotaped interview shown to the public. In the 45-minute interview, which took place in Florida last week and was released to the media Thursday, Zudis recounted her life with England.
LOCAL
June 5, 2007
A man wanted for 16 Southern California area robberies is now also wanted for hitting a Newport Beach bank Monday, making off with more than $800, police said. At 12:30 p.m. the robber walked into the California National Bank, 901 Dover Drive, Newport Beach, and handed the teller a note demanding money, police said. Investigators identified the man through a surveillance video of the robbery as the so-called Irreconcilable Differences bandit. He is wanted for a number of robberies in the Los Angeles area, Sgt. Lloyd Whisenant said.
NEWS
February 28, 2004
Deirdre Newman Two offices and a residence were raided today by a swarm of federal agents investigating a trio that includes a Newport Beach couple. The investigation of Lorenzo Espinoza, his wife Cynthia Espinoza and their associate Pedro Rodriguez involves a host of alleged crimes. They include conspiracy to engage in fraud, attempting to defraud the IRS and attempting to launder money. IRS, FBI and Department of Housing and Urban Development agents are all involved in the investigation.
NEWS
August 2, 2001
The FBI arrested two Huntington Beach residents last week on suspicion of mail and wire fraud, officials said. Members of a Telemarketing Fraud Task Force arrested Kristopher A. Menden and Adrienne C. Eichenbaum alleging they used an advance fee loan scheme to trick customers into paying insurance deposit fees between $300 and $1,500. Victims then found out no loans were funded, officials said. The investigation was initiated based on a July 2 complaint received by the FBI from the North Carolina Attorney General's office alleging the crimes.
NEWS
December 21, 2000
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Continuing the nationwide trend of declining crime statistics, overall crime in the city was down by about 7% during the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 1999, according to numbers released this week by the FBI. There were fewer violent crimes this year, except for cases of forcible rape. That number went up from eight last year to 13 this year. There were four murders during the first six months of last year compared with none from January to June this year.
NEWS
December 10, 2002
Costa Mesa man charged by FBI A Costa Mesa man was one of four people the FBI charged on Friday with multiple counts of mail fraud and money laundering that involved 800 victims across the country, officials said. James S. Eberhart, 61, was named in the indictment along with Eugene M. Carriere, 53, of Sunset Beach, Richard Hines, 57, of San Pedro, and Kenneth Gottlieb, 59, of Los Angeles, according to the indictment. Eberhart and Carriere were co-founders of the now defunct YES Entertainment Network Inc. in Newport Beach.
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By Hannah Fry | February 4, 2014
Newport Beach police detectives have enlisted the help of an FBI lab in their ongoing investigation into the Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal. Police asked the federal agents for assistance in investigating the private tutor who allegedly helped a dozen students hack into the school computers to access tests and change grades. The students, 11 of whom were expelled from the high school last week, supposedly attached keylogging devices — allegedly provided by tutor Timothy Lance Lai — to the backs of several teachers' computers to boost grades and access English, science and history exams.
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OCNOW
By Chris Megerian | October 31, 2013
SACRAMENTO -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation was targeting Sen. Ron Calderon for years before allegedly catching him taking bribes during a sting operation, according to an affidavit uncovered by Al Jazeera. An agent wrote in the document that an investigation into the Montebello Democrat and his brothers, Tom and Charles, began in 2007. The genesis of the corruption investigation, the agent wrote, was a $1-million check written to Tom Calderon by Michael Drobot, a Newport Beach resident who runs Pacific Hospital of Long Beach.
NEWS
October 31, 2013
A hazardous-materials team, FBI bomb technician and local emergency personnel responded this week to a Costa Mesa apartment building after management found a suspicious substance. Employees at the Enclave apartment complex at 400 Enclave Circle discovered white powder in an envelope and called police about 5 p.m. Monday. Testing by Orange County Crime Lab technicians preliminarily determined that the powder was safe, but they will be conducting further tests to confirm that, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.
NEWS
October 29, 2013
Federal agents helped Newport Beach police search offices in a building near John Wayne Airport on Tuesday, police said. Police served a search warrant at 4500 Campus Drive as part of a white-collar crime investigation, NBPD spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella confirmed. Manzella declined to say who occupied the offices or offer details of the investigation, but she confirmed that Newport Beach police led the operation. Officers were still on the scene about 3 p.m., Manzella said.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 26, 2013
Costa Mesa police helped take down an international fraud ring that allegedly stole millions of dollars by selling nonexistent cars and other high-priced items, the department announced Friday. An organized crime syndicate run by a Romanian national orchestrated the elaborate online schemes, according to an indictment filed in a New York federal court and unsealed Thursday. Syndicate members flooded websites like Cars.com, eBay and AutoTrader.com with ads that lured victims into paying for things that didn't actually exist, usually making $10,000 to $45,0000 per sale according to the charges.
OCNOW
From KTLA News | September 27, 2012
Several people on board a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Orange County had to restrain an unruly man who was reportedly threatening fellow passengers, FBI officials said. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller identified the man as 26-year-old Arash Durrani, also known as Ash, KTLA News reported Thursday. According to Eimiller, Durrani was taken into custody when the plane landed and will be charged with interference with a flight crew, a federal offense. Durrani is an actor, model and founder of Grow Clothing, a company geared toward promoting awareness of social movements and charities, according to imdb.com.
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times | June 11, 2012
Looking to avoid becoming a crime statistic? Move to Irvine. In 2011, for the eighth year in a row, the Orange County city had the lowest violent crime rate of any U.S. city with a population larger than 100,000, the FBI said Monday. Irvine -- population 214,872 -- reported only 120 violent crimes last year, the same number as the year before. Among the crimes: two murders, 67 aggravated assaults, 11 rapes and 40 robberies. Random comparison: Similarly sized Modesto had more than 10 times the number of robberies.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | December 22, 2011
COSTA MESA - Violent crime in Costa Mesa dropped slightly in the first half of 2011, while property crime increased by about 70 incidents when compared with the same time period last year. The FBI this week released its preliminary unified crime reports (UCR), which showed that between January and June 2011, there were 114 violent crimes citywide - down from 122 during the same period in 2010. The city saw an increase in murder, from one to three, and a drop in aggravated assault from 58 to 49. Property crimes increased from 1,565 to 1,632 in the beginning of this year, with six arson cases compared with three.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | July 13, 2011
SANTA ANA - Wednesday's countywide gang sweep - a three-year effort dubbed Operation Black Flag - began with a lead in Costa Mesa, law enforcement officials said. Following the initial tip, the investigative trail led Santa Ana police investigators to Cesar "Roach" Munguia, 31. The high-ranking member of Forming Kaos, a Costa Mesa street gang, is accused of dealing guns, methamphetamines, cocaine and heroin, said Costa Mesa Police Capt. Les Gogerty. Costa Mesa was "basically where it started," Gogerty said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | February 10, 2011
Accused of impersonating a G-Man, a Seal Beach woman met real FBI agents Thursday when they arrested her at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, authorities said. Karen Hanover, 44, was arrested without incident two days after federal prosecutors charged her in a Santa Ana federal court with using special technology to mask her phone number and disguise her voice so she could scare people into thinking she was a federal agent. The criminal complaint accuses Hanover of targeting people at real estate education seminars to pay her a $30,000 "fee" to help them find commercial properties to buy. Hanover spent all of her time allegedly finding new investors to swindle out of their money instead of actually finding property, something she wasn't qualified to do anyway, prosecutors claim.
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