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By Joseph Serna | April 15, 2010
A Newport Beach doctor faces possibly decades behind bars for allegedly defrauding medical insurance companies and Medicare up to $1 million through false billing, authorities said Thursday. Glen R. Justice, 65, who lives in Corona del Mar, indicated in a plea agreement Wednesday that he is ready to plead guilty to five counts of health-care fraud related to his cancer-treatment practice, authorities said. Federal prosecutors said that Justice charged companies up to $1 million for injectable cancer medications that he never administered.
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LOCAL
April 6, 2010
A Newport Beach business owner has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for scamming corporations out of millions of dollars through fake workers’ compensation insurance policies. Mitchell Zogob, 51, of San Juan Capistrano, pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple counts of grand theft, fraud embezzlement and forgery as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Between 2002 and 2003, Zogob, who owned Professional Employers Assurance Group and Program Administrators Inc., both on Birch Street, sold more than $4.6 million in fake insurance policies.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 9, 2010
A Newport Beach woman and her adult daughter are due in court today on charges of committing more than $16 million in real estate fraud by securing property loans for “straw buyers” who wouldn’t control the properties. Sushama Devi Lohia, 71, is scheduled to be arraigned in Orange County Superior Court’s Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. Her daughter Suniti Shah, 48, also of Newport Beach, will be there for a pretrial hearing on dozens of felony counts of conspiracy, forgery, forging documents and grand theft related to their alleged three-year scheme to receive millions in property loans under others’ names.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 3, 2010
A Newport Beach financial advisor has been accused of ripping off two people, including a former intern from his company, out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for personal use. According to a complaint filed Monday in federal court by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Gary R. Headding, 41, stole more than $274,000 from two of his clients at Envision Direct LLC, where he is president and chief executive. In April 2007, Headding was the only financial investor left at the company, which months earlier had more than 50 clients and $40 million in funds.
LOCAL
By Erik Holmes | February 19, 2010
SANTA ANA — The Blue Note Bandit’s remarkable run is over, authorities said Friday. After 15 bank robberies in Orange County during a two-and-a-half-month period, including at least two in Costa Mesa, authorities Wednesday arrested and booked David Andrew Camp, 50, an unemployed salesman from Laguna Niguel, for allegedly committing the crimes. A team of FBI and Orange County Sheriff’s Department personnel arrested Camp on an unrelated warrant from Los Angeles.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | January 14, 2010
In almost all serious categories, crime was down in Newport Beach in 2009 compared with 2008. From public drunkenness and driving under the influence to robberies and assaults, police saw decreases in many frequent crimes last year. According to Police Department statistics, there was a 28% decrease in public drunkenness in 2009. Police recorded 730 incidents in Newport Beach last year, compared with 1,009 incidents in 2008. Last year’s total was the lowest amount of drunkenness incidents tallied since 2006, according department statistics.
LOCAL
January 12, 2010
A San Clemente man who operated a Ponzi scheme out of his Newport Beach-based company was sentenced to 13 years and three months in federal prison, federal officials announced Tuesday. John Anthony Miller, 52, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty last year to mail fraud, bribery, passport fraud and identity fraud charges related to the Ponzi scheme he operated through his companies, JAM Jr. Enterprises and Forte Financial Partners. From 2000 through 2008, Miller ripped off more than 130 people out of more than $21 million, officials said.
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