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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.
NEWS
September 23, 1999
CHICAGO - A local-area sports memorabilia dealer was found guilty Tuesday of defrauding collectors by selling thousands of dollars of goods bearing the forged autographs of athletes. Robert M. Austin, 42, of Newport Beach was convicted of eight counts of mail fraud by a federal jury that deliberated for just over a day following a four-day trial. U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo set Dec. 10 for sentencing. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years.
NEWS
September 15, 1999
Two former employees of a company suspected of engaging in mail fraud were arrested Tuesday in Costa Mesa. Nancy Klatter, 41, of Costa Mesa and Robert Perkins, 67, of Newport Beach were taken into custody along with four other people. The suspects are accused of participating in mail fraud, wire fraud and interstate transportation of property obtained through fraudulent activity. All of the people arrested were employed by Robert Syrax and his wife, Sandra Coronado, who owned Gecko Holdings in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
November 15, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Men in golf scheme convicted of fraud A federal jury on Thursday found two Costa Mesa men guilty of operating a telemarketing scheme that defrauded golfers out of more than $5 million. Rick Winters, 52 and Marvin Walker, 47, were each convicted of four counts of wire fraud and four counts of mail fraud. The trial lasted four weeks, and the jury deliberated for about two days. Another defendant, 44-year-old Glenn Totten of Thousand Oaks, was also convicted.
NEWS
April 21, 2001
Deepa Bharath CORONA DEL MAR -- A 38-year-old Corona del Mar man was arrested Wednesday night following a 25-count indictment that accuses him of running fraudulent investment schemes that defrauded 400 victims out of more than $10 million, officials said Friday. Steve Hevell was arrested by Newport Beach police based on an arrest warrant previously issued by a federal magistrate judge. The indictment alleges 12 counts of mail fraud and 13 counts of money laundering.
NEWS
November 5, 2003
Founder of 'church' convicted of fraud A 36-year-old man who operated a fake church and several similar entities in Costa Mesa for about eight years was convicted on Monday of pocketing about $11 million supposedly solicited for veterans, homeless children, firefighters and so on, officials said. A federal jury, after a two-week trial, found Gabriel Sanchez and Timothy Lyons, also 36, each guilty of 44 counts of money laundering and mail fraud, said Asst.
NEWS
February 11, 2004
Man gets 15 years in fraud case A 36-year-old Costa Mesa man who operated a fake church and several similar entities locally for about eight years was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in federal prison. In November, Timothy Lyons was convicted of pocketing about $11 million supposedly solicited for veterans, homeless children, firefighters and AIDS victims, officials said. A federal jury, after a two-week trial, found Lyons and his friend Gabriel Sanchez, also 36, each guilty of 44 counts of money laundering and mail fraud.
LOCAL
January 29, 2008
A Newport Beach attorney has agreed to plead guilty to a federal money laundering charge Tuesday, according to federal prosecutors. Thomas Burton, 60, faces up to 20 years in federal prison for his role in a money-laundering scheme, according to prosecutors. “This is a case that we have been discussing with the U.S. Attorneys for many months, trying to convince them these charges should not be brought,” said Burton’s attorney Jim Riddet. “It is very, in my opinion, outrageous conduct to do this to a legitimate lawyer.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | November 7, 2006
Illya Bond, a Newport Beach resident and former chief executive officer of PowerSource Corp. of Los Angeles, was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for running an investment scam through his company. Bond, 57, was found guilty in January of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and making a false statement to FBI agents. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson, who sentenced Bond Monday, also ordered him to pay more than $2.4 million in restitution to former clients. PowerSource, which went out of business in 2001, conducted fraudulent sales through spam e-mails, sales calls and a website.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 20, 2013
A former stock broker from Newport Beach was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison for his part in an investment scheme designed to defraud an investor of $1 billion, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. In 2006, William J. Ferry, 71, and his co-conspirators promoted a fake plan they claimed was regulated by the Federal Reserve Bank with the purpose of raising money for humanitarian purposes like relief funding after Hurricane Katrina. Profits from the invested money would supposedly be split into three equal parts: funding for disaster relief or another humanitarian purpose, financing for the project and returns for the investor.
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NEWS
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.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | March 25, 2008
Following a massive investigation by the FBI and IRS called “Operation Homewrecker,” federal prosecutors are accusing 18 people of mortgage fraud schemes centered around a Costa Mesa business. Desperate homeowners seeking ways to avoid foreclosure were scammed out of millions of dollars and still lost their properties, according to prosecutors. Federal officials in Sacramento unsealed two separate federal indictments Monday, both implicating La Habra resident Charles Head, 33, who ran Costa Mesa-based Head Financial Services, and a number of the company’s employees.
LOCAL
January 29, 2008
A Newport Beach attorney has agreed to plead guilty to a federal money laundering charge Tuesday, according to federal prosecutors. Thomas Burton, 60, faces up to 20 years in federal prison for his role in a money-laundering scheme, according to prosecutors. “This is a case that we have been discussing with the U.S. Attorneys for many months, trying to convince them these charges should not be brought,” said Burton’s attorney Jim Riddet. “It is very, in my opinion, outrageous conduct to do this to a legitimate lawyer.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | November 7, 2006
Illya Bond, a Newport Beach resident and former chief executive officer of PowerSource Corp. of Los Angeles, was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for running an investment scam through his company. Bond, 57, was found guilty in January of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and making a false statement to FBI agents. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson, who sentenced Bond Monday, also ordered him to pay more than $2.4 million in restitution to former clients. PowerSource, which went out of business in 2001, conducted fraudulent sales through spam e-mails, sales calls and a website.
NEWS
March 18, 2005
Defense rests in child molestation trial The defense rested its case Thursday in the trial of a Corona del Mar woman accused of sexually molesting a young teenage girl. Victoria Hawlish, 41, is accused of inappropriately touching the girl, who was 15 at the time, in 2003. The girl was a family friend who had been living in Hawlish's Corona del Mar home during the time of the alleged incidents. Last week the alleged victim testified that Hawlish had touched her breasts and buttocks about 40 times and bought her sex toys.
NEWS
March 9, 2004
Alicia Robinson A Corona del Mar accountant was charged Friday for his alleged involvement in an investment scheme that siphoned more than $45 million from hundreds of investors. Richard Glenn Dunham, 56, was charged with mail fraud and aiding and assisting in preparation of a false tax return. He has agreed to plead guilty to those charges, Assistant U.S Atty. Michael C. Zweiback said. Arraignment has not been scheduled but is expected to be within the next month, he said.
NEWS
February 11, 2004
Man gets 15 years in fraud case A 36-year-old Costa Mesa man who operated a fake church and several similar entities locally for about eight years was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in federal prison. In November, Timothy Lyons was convicted of pocketing about $11 million supposedly solicited for veterans, homeless children, firefighters and AIDS victims, officials said. A federal jury, after a two-week trial, found Lyons and his friend Gabriel Sanchez, also 36, each guilty of 44 counts of money laundering and mail fraud.
NEWS
November 15, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Men in golf scheme convicted of fraud A federal jury on Thursday found two Costa Mesa men guilty of operating a telemarketing scheme that defrauded golfers out of more than $5 million. Rick Winters, 52 and Marvin Walker, 47, were each convicted of four counts of wire fraud and four counts of mail fraud. The trial lasted four weeks, and the jury deliberated for about two days. Another defendant, 44-year-old Glenn Totten of Thousand Oaks, was also convicted.
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