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December 12, 2011
A former Newport Beach paralegal and her roommate pleaded not guilty Monday to stealing a check from a law firm and using it to fund a lavish spending spree in New York City. Alexa Antonella Polar, 34, and her roommate, Robin Johzen Pabello, 33, both of Garden Grove, were charged Monday with two felony counts of forgery, felony grand theft and felony embezzlement with a sentencing enhancement of committing a white-collar crime of more than $100,000. Prosecutors said Polar worked for a Newport Beach law firm, which wasn't named, took a $19,500 check made payable to the firm and altered it into a $285,000 check made payable to Pabello.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | November 9, 2010
COSTA MESA — A Costa Mesa woman faces nearly 40 years in prison for her alleged role in an identity theft and bank fraud ring linked to an Orange car dealership, prosecutors said Tuesday. Luz Belem Corral, 28, is charged with 77 felonies, including 43 counts of forgery and 31 counts of grand theft as a desk manager at Douglas Nissan. She, along with three men, are accused of using their jobs at the used car dealership to target Latino customers who did not have proper identification or didn't understand the complexities of buying a car to get them inflated loans they couldn't afford to pay. As desk managers from 2005-07, Corral and her accused accomplices had access to dealership customers' financial information.
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By Joseph Serna | October 2, 2009
An accused friend of the Hells Angels biker gang could escape drug charges if a judge determines that a Newport Beach detective lied in court papers used to search the man’s home. Newport Beach police said they found cocaine and methamphetamine when they searched 39-year-old Brian David Heslington’s Costa Mesa home in July 2008. The search was part of a multi-city raid on members of the Hells Angels and Set Free Soldiers biker gangs, who had brawled a week earlier. During a Friday hearing at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, Heslington’s lawyer, Scott B. Well, pointed to the documents that the Orange County district attorney’s office had submitted to obtain a search warrant.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | December 16, 2011
A Costa Mesa woman who pleaded guilty to 76 felonies, including forgery and grand theft in a scheme to defraud banks, was sentenced Friday to jail time and formal probation, authorities said. While working as a desk manager at the Douglas Nissan dealership in Orange, Luz Belem Corral, 29, submitted falsified Kelly Blue Book records overstating the value of cars in an effort to defraud banks. Prosecutors said was assisted by colleague Kevin Allen DeRosier, 31, of Anaheim, and part-owner Frank Ignacio Urbano, 57, of Anaheim, according to an Orange County district attorney's office news release.
NEWS
August 17, 2003
POLICE FILES COSTA MESA Newport Boulevard: A man was arrested on an outside warrant in the 2000 block at 4:40 p.m. Thursday. Dogwood Street: A man was arrested on suspicion of threat with intent to terrorize in the 900 block at 9:08 p.m. Thursday. Bristol Street: A man was arrested on suspicion of forgery in the 3000 block at 5:10 p.m. Thursday. Bristol Street: A woman was arrested on suspicion of passing a fictitious check and showing a false ID to a peace officer in the 3000 block at 5:10 p.m. Thursday.
NEWS
July 30, 2012
An Orange County judge sentenced two sisters to eight and 10 years in prison, respectively, for their part in a conspiracy with two other members of their family to commit $16 million worth of real estate fraud, prosecutors said Monday. Suniti Shah, 51, and Supriti Soni, 52, falsified documents to secure loans for "straw buyers" — or people who allow their credit to be used with no intention of controlling a property, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The last known addresses were in Newport Coast for Shah and Corona del Mar for Soni, according to D.A. spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
NEWS
From the Los Angeles Times | October 11, 2012
An Orange County financial consultant has been ordered to stand trial in connection with the 2008 slaying of a Santa Monica artist. Daniel Edward Becerril II of Huntington Beach was arrested last March on suspicion of murder, grand theft, forgery and money laundering in connection with the slaying of  Alexander Merman . His wife, Sandra Becerril, was charged with forgery and grand theft. Merman, a 35-year-old artist and Russian immigrant, was found stabbed to death in his Montana Avenue apartment.
LOCAL
August 13, 2007
Three men suspected of making a number of purchases with fraudulent credit cards in South Coast Plaza pleaded not guilty Monday to 42 charges of credit fraud, identify theft, commercial burglary and forgery, Orange County prosecutors said. Costa Mesa Police arrested Cristian Manolache, 31, of Las Vegas; Florian Boldoni, 27, of Fountain Valley; and Dan Bercean, 27, of Peoria, Ariz., Thursday night as they drove out of the center's parking lot, police said. Between Aug. 7 and Aug. 9 Manolache, Boldoni and Bercean made several purchases with forged credit cards at Sephora, Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores in the center, prosecutors said.
NEWS
April 4, 2013
COSTA MESA Harbor Boulevard and South Coast Drive: A warrant arrest was reported at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday. Wallace Avenue: A warrant arrest was reported in the 1800 block at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. Randolph Avenue: Vandalism was reported in the 2900 block at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday. Placentia Avenue: A drunk driver was reported in the 2100 block at 7:41 a.m. Wednesday. Harbor Boulevard: A commercial burglary was reported in the 3000 block at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday. Wallace Avenue: A residential burglary was reported in the 2100 block at 10:48 a.m. Wednesday.
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NEWS
May 3, 2013
Costa Mesa Harbor Boulevard: Battery was reported in the 3500 block at 1:48 a.m. Thursday. Bristol Street: Commercial burglary was reported in the 2700 block at 6:50 a.m. Thursday. Newport Boulevard: A stolen vehicle was reported in the 2200 block at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Harbor Boulevard: Theft was reported in the 2700 block at 9:13 a.m. Thursday. Victoria Street: Assault was reported in the 300 block at 10:09 a.m. Thursday. Bristol Street: Grand theft was reported in the 3300 block at 11:31 a.m. Thursday.
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From the Los Angeles Times | October 11, 2012
An Orange County financial consultant has been ordered to stand trial in connection with the 2008 slaying of a Santa Monica artist. Daniel Edward Becerril II of Huntington Beach was arrested last March on suspicion of murder, grand theft, forgery and money laundering in connection with the slaying of  Alexander Merman . His wife, Sandra Becerril, was charged with forgery and grand theft. Merman, a 35-year-old artist and Russian immigrant, was found stabbed to death in his Montana Avenue apartment.
NEWS
July 30, 2012
An Orange County judge sentenced two sisters to eight and 10 years in prison, respectively, for their part in a conspiracy with two other members of their family to commit $16 million worth of real estate fraud, prosecutors said Monday. Suniti Shah, 51, and Supriti Soni, 52, falsified documents to secure loans for "straw buyers" — or people who allow their credit to be used with no intention of controlling a property, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The last known addresses were in Newport Coast for Shah and Corona del Mar for Soni, according to D.A. spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | December 16, 2011
A Costa Mesa woman who pleaded guilty to 76 felonies, including forgery and grand theft in a scheme to defraud banks, was sentenced Friday to jail time and formal probation, authorities said. While working as a desk manager at the Douglas Nissan dealership in Orange, Luz Belem Corral, 29, submitted falsified Kelly Blue Book records overstating the value of cars in an effort to defraud banks. Prosecutors said was assisted by colleague Kevin Allen DeRosier, 31, of Anaheim, and part-owner Frank Ignacio Urbano, 57, of Anaheim, according to an Orange County district attorney's office news release.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
A former Newport Beach paralegal and her roommate pleaded not guilty Monday to stealing a check from a law firm and using it to fund a lavish spending spree in New York City. Alexa Antonella Polar, 34, and her roommate, Robin Johzen Pabello, 33, both of Garden Grove, were charged Monday with two felony counts of forgery, felony grand theft and felony embezzlement with a sentencing enhancement of committing a white-collar crime of more than $100,000. Prosecutors said Polar worked for a Newport Beach law firm, which wasn't named, took a $19,500 check made payable to the firm and altered it into a $285,000 check made payable to Pabello.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | November 9, 2010
COSTA MESA — A Costa Mesa woman faces nearly 40 years in prison for her alleged role in an identity theft and bank fraud ring linked to an Orange car dealership, prosecutors said Tuesday. Luz Belem Corral, 28, is charged with 77 felonies, including 43 counts of forgery and 31 counts of grand theft as a desk manager at Douglas Nissan. She, along with three men, are accused of using their jobs at the used car dealership to target Latino customers who did not have proper identification or didn't understand the complexities of buying a car to get them inflated loans they couldn't afford to pay. As desk managers from 2005-07, Corral and her accused accomplices had access to dealership customers' financial information.
NEWS
September 18, 2010
An Irvine man is scheduled to surrender himself to police Nov. 12 and serve a year in jail for his role in a credit card forgery ring, Orange County prosecutors said. Jerome Abaquin Gonzales, 33, pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court Sept. 10 to felony counts of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and trafficking and possessing access card materials. The credit card information came from a data breach in a Florida supermarket chain between December 2007 and March 2008 where 4.2 million Discover Card accounts were compromised, the largest such breach in the nation's history.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 2, 2009
An accused friend of the Hells Angels biker gang could escape drug charges if a judge determines that a Newport Beach detective lied in court papers used to search the man’s home. Newport Beach police said they found cocaine and methamphetamine when they searched 39-year-old Brian David Heslington’s Costa Mesa home in July 2008. The search was part of a multi-city raid on members of the Hells Angels and Set Free Soldiers biker gangs, who had brawled a week earlier. During a Friday hearing at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, Heslington’s lawyer, Scott B. Well, pointed to the documents that the Orange County district attorney’s office had submitted to obtain a search warrant.
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