June 30, 2009
Police are investigating how a South African man’s account with a Newport Beach bank had more than $1 million drained from it in the last month without his making any withdrawals or even visiting the bank, police said. Brian Greenberg, 50, of Johannesburg, South Africa, notified police last week that between June 8 and 25, someone had transferred $1,095,000 out of his Newport Beach Union Bank account, said Sgt. Evan Sailor. Greenberg has a bank account with a Newport Beach branch of Union Bank of California that he keeps open though he lives in Africa, Sailor said.
January 10, 2009
Costa Mesa police tackled a man on the Santa Ana Country Club golf course after authorities say he nearly ran over a police officer and crashed a car through a fence into the country club while fleeing the scene of a suspected drug deal in a grocery store parking lot on Friday night. Police shot a second man involved in the incident with a Taser gun after he fled the parking lot on foot. Law enforcement officials now believe that the men were involved in an identity-theft scheme involving stolen bank account information, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Clay Epperson.
December 30, 1999
From a news perspective, the 1990s in Newport-Mesa had it all. Million-dollar embezzlements by officials in a city and a school district. A sexual harassment scandal in the Newport Beach Police Department that took down the chief and his top lieutenant. A hard-fought and highly emotional political campaign over a proposed airport that divided the north and the south. An ongoing environmental story. An international sports star in our backyard. A devastating car crash and its aftermath, including what many called a modern miracle.