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.
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.
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.
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.
November 15, 2012
The state attorney general has been asked to handle a drunk driving case against former California GOP Chairman Michael J. Schroeder, who was pulled over by a CHP officer who saw his black Porsche swerving on the 55 Freeway in Orange County. Schroeder, a powerful figure in Orange County politics, was arrested earlier this month, authorities said. His wife is chief of staff for the Orange County district attorney's office. Schroeder, 56, was pulled over at 3:20 a.m. on Nov. 1 after an officer observed a black 2004 Porsche that failed to stay in its lane on the 55 Freeway, said CHP Officer Devon Boatman.
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.