September 15, 2011
A Costa Mesa man is facing a federal prison sentence for using a fake Arizona ID to buy guns in that state and then bring them back to California. Christopher Mathwig, 38, pleaded guilty this week in an Arizona federal court to using false statements to buy 40 guns. He's scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 28 in Phoenix. According to his Tustin-based attorney, Bill Elliott, Mathwig, an avid hunter, was trying to go around California's gun laws that require guns bought in one state be transported by one federally licensed gun dealer to another in California for pickup.
May 22, 2012
An Irvine securities lawyer who authorities said teamed with an insurance agent to bilk scores of investors out of more than $20 million has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison. Jeanne Rowzee, 53, and 65-year-old James Halstead, who already is in prison, solicited tens of millions of dollars from individual investors who ran the gamut from wealthy developers to retirees on fixed incomes. The pair promised to put the money into securities known as private investment in public equity, or PIPEs, which they said would return as much as much as 35% in as little as three months, prosecutors said.
September 20, 2007
A Newport Beach attorney was indicted Wednesday on federal fraud and money laundering charges in connection to a $1 million investment scheme, federal prosecutors said. Gerald M. Shaw, 59, and Gregory De Lavalette, 51, of Rancho Santa Fe, were indicted Wednesday on 12 counts by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana. The indictment alleges Shaw and De Lavalette solicited investments to victims, promising returns as high as 40% a week, claiming the money would be used for European bank trades, prosecutors said.
April 20, 2004
Man pleads guilty to role in royal scheme A 56-year-old Corona del Mar accountant on Monday pleaded guilty to participating in a bogus investment scheme that siphoned more than $45 million from hundreds of investors, federal officials said. Richard Glenn Dunham entered his plea in a federal court in Los Angeles where he admitted his involvement in preparing a false tax return. He could face up to eight years in federal prison. Officials say Dunham, an accountant and financial planner who operated RDA Financial Corp.
April 8, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Former Costa Mesa resident sentenced A former Costa Mesa resident who defrauded investors in a series of oil and gas investments was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a fine of $3.9 million, officials said Monday. Patrick Wayne Maloy, 44, who now lives in Norman, Okla., pleaded guilty in January to one count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion. He also admitted that he solicited victims to invest in companies, which he told them were involved in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas producing properties.
November 5, 2011
Authorities are looking for victims of an alleged fraud scheme that promised investors returns on money given to sponsor trips to China and Taiwan for prominent politicians. Irvine resident Kuei Fuang Tsuei Hu, 62, and her son Jack Hu, 26, were arrested in October and charged with three counts of wire fraud. Jack Hu was also charged with misusing the U.S. seal, according to an FBI news release. The two are accused of defrauding customers by telling them their money was being invested in Jack Hu's company, London International Group, to sponsor visits to China for former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton or to send former Vice President Al Gore to Taiwan.
February 18, 2011
The head of a deadly crime syndicate sentenced to life in federal prison earlier this month for robberies across California will be transferred to the state corrections system to face the death penalty for an earlier conviction, federal officials said. Anh The Duong, 35, was sentenced to life in prison Feb. 4 by a federal judge in a Northern California district court for killing four people and committing 15 robberies, including a pair in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. In September 2000, Duong and his men robbed Tourneau jewelry store in South Coast Plaza and disarmed the guard.
November 18, 2000
-- Deepa Bharath A Costa Mesa man was one of five fathers to be arrested Wednesday on federal charges for allegedly failing to pay court-ordered child support, officials said. Steven Quinton, 50, a father of two, is accused of owing more than $53,000 in unpaid child support since December 1993, which violated a court order issued by the Superior Court of San Luis Obispo, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles. Federal authorities targeted Quinton when local officials could not track him down because he moved out of state, said Mrozek.
April 28, 2010
A former Costa Mesa resident and convicted pedophile appeared in federal court in Florida Wednesday on charges that he took an underage girl across Florida state lines to have sex with her. George Joseph England, 65, had a hearing on his possible release on bond moved to May 5, officials said Wednesday. England is accused of taking a girl he bought in Vietnam in the 1970s into Florida’s Broward County years later with the intention of having sex with her. The statute of limitations does not apply in this case because England was a fugitive fleeing sentencing for multiple molestation convictions in California, federal prosecutors said.