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July 25, 2011
A federal judge sentenced a Corona del Mar doctor to 18 months in prison for submitting bills for drugs that cancer patients never received, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Glen R. Justice, 66, was sentenced Monday at the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. He pleaded guilty to five counts of health-care fraud in May 2010. Justice ran the Pacific Coast Hematology/Oncology Medical Group in Fountain Valley, according to a news release. He was convicted of billing insurance providers, including Medicare, for injectable drugs that patients never received and for more expensive drugs than were actually administered.
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From Latimes.com | June 15, 2011
A man accused of stealing a nearly $1.4 million tax return check from billionaire Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren pleaded guilty Monday to one count of bank fraud. Federal prosecutors say Moundir Kamil, a 41-year-old convicted bank robber, obtained Bren's Social Security number, date of birth and other personal information and opened an account in Bren's name in February 2010 at an East West Bank branch in Cerritos. Bren, a 79-year-old real estate tycoon, is listed as Forbes' 64th richest person in the world and has an estimated net worth of $12 billion.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | June 13, 2011
SANTA ANA — Prosecutors on Monday identified a Newport Beach physician and three others as defendants in a grand jury indictment alleging $17 million in workers' compensation insurance fraud. The Orange County district attorney's office and the California Department of Insurance released a grand jury transcript and a 181-page indictment listing 884 charges against Dr. Sim Carlisle Hoffman, 59, a radiologist from Newport Beach. Also charged were Dr. Thomas Michael Heric, 74, of Malibu; Louis Umberto Santillan, 44, of Chino Hills; and Beverly Jane Mitchell, 60, of Westlake Village.
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March 17, 2011
COSTA MESA — Postal inspectors are looking for a father and son who used businesses they ran in Costa Mesa to allegedly bilk hundreds of investors out of more than $20 million. Robert Louis Carver, 56, formerly of Irvine, and Robert Louis Carver II, 36, formerly of Mission Viejo, were indicted Thursday on 14 counts of mail fraud charges, the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service said in a news release. The Carvers' whereabouts are unknown and postal officials in Los Angeles are asking for the public's help in tracking them down.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 10, 2011
A Newport Coast couple face up to 30 years in prison for allegedly lying to a consortium of banks in order to establish a $130-million line of credit for their home décor business, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Thomas Chia Fu, 61, and his wife, Cheri Shyu, 48, are charged with nine counts of bank fraud for submitting allegedly fraudulent business records to Bank of America and other institutions. The couple are accused of exaggerating business expenses by up to 100 times, according to court records.
NEWS
October 12, 2010
Following the lead of their Newport Coast ringleader who was convicted last month, a Fountain Valley couple pleaded guilty Tuesday to being part of a mortgage fraud scheme that netted more than $3.6 million from Orange County banks. Sabiha Quidwai, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a crime with an enhancement for the loss totaling more than $500,000. She was sentenced to 20 days in jail and probation. Her husband, Nafees Quidwai, 55, pleaded guilty to six counts of grand theft and conspiracy with an enhancement.
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October 7, 2010
A federal grand jury has accused a Corona del Mar attorney of being part of a mortgage fraud ring that inflated home prices to get larger home loans and pocket the money. Gerald Lawrence Wolfe, 41, a former licensed real estate broker, was indicted Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors said that between at least summer 2005 and January 2006, Wolfe and two other men worked with straw buyers, or people who allowed their names and credit information to be used for home loan applications without ever intending to live in the homes.
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July 21, 2010
A Costa Mesa man faces more than 20 years in prison after being convicted as part of a Medi-Cal fraud ring that cost the program nearly $4.6 million. Dante David, 51, was one of six convicted of health-care fraud and conspiracy to commit health-care fraud — charges that together can carry up to 20 years in prison, federal officials said. David was also convicted of aggravated identity theft, which carries a two-year minimum sentence. The six convicted join 36 others indicted last year by the FBI, the state Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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By Joseph Serna | June 4, 2010
Prosecutors hoped to put a dent in the insurance fraud circuit Thursday when they announced the arrest of 53 Orange County car mechanics and auto body shop owners, including eight from Costa Mesa, who are accused of defrauding insurance companies. Among those arrested was Huntington Beach Body Works shop owner Richard Evans, who is the star of Speed Channel's "Chop Cut Rebuild" show and has been featured on "Monster Garage." Between January and May, undercover district attorney investigators conducted the largest auto body repair insurance fraud sting in county history, dubbing the effort Operation Straight Body.
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