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April 29, 2003
A Glendale woman was sentenced to two years in federal prison Monday for abusing her position as a loan officer to steal the identities of her credit union's customers, officials said. Ibell Abellon, 40, pleaded guilty to four counts of bank fraud Dec. 9, after using the names and social-security numbers of several Southland Credit Union customers to obtain bogus loans totaling $367,995, Assistant U.S. Atty. Angela J. Davis said. Davis called Abellon's scheme a "loan kite," because Abellon would obtain funds for a car, using a VIN number from an account at her bank and open another loan to pay for the first one. Abellon funded 17 of these loans from January 2000 to October 2001, Davis said.
NEWS
June 24, 2004
Man pleads guilty to trafficking fake Viagra GLENDALE -- Glendale resident Khoa Twan Do pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of trafficking counterfeit Viagra tablets that were manufactured in China. He had pleaded innocent to the same charges in January. Do, 32, who authorities said also goes by Chris Do, pleaded guilty to three counts of an indictment, which charged him with conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods and a felony violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, according to reports.
LOCAL
By Vince Lovato and Ryan Carter | August 1, 2006
GLENDALE — A 22-year-old Glendale woman was sentenced to six months in a halfway house and community service Monday for posing as an American Red Cross volunteer and pocketing money under the guise of helping Hurricane Katrina victims, wire reports said. U.S. District Court Judge George King sentenced Gina Liz Nicholas to a term in the halfway house, after which she will remain on probation for 30 months, pay a $1,000 fine and get psychological therapy, reports said. She will perform 20 hours of community service every week, the judge ordered.
NEWS
October 30, 2012
A second man who played a key role in defrauding Huntington Memorial Hospital of millions during a large renovation project was sentenced Monday to 18 months in a federal prison. Alexander Svidler, 54, who owns a Bay Area construction firm, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of mail fraud for his role in defrauding the hospital out of $2.3 million via false invoices and billing statements and was sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.
NEWS
April 23, 2013
The second of two Glendale brothers who masterminded construction contract kickback schemes that bilked Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and a Bay Area business out of millions of dollars has been sentenced to federal prison. Tony Hamedany, 58, was sentenced to a 20-month prison term on Monday and ordered to pay $1.54 million in restitution, according to federal prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud in October 2011. Hamedany's younger brother, 56-year-old David Hamedany, is currently serving out a three-year sentence at a federal prison in San Pedro.
LOCAL
February 25, 2009
Man pleads guilty to $2-million fraud A 35-year-old Glendale man pleaded guilty Monday to using fake identities to defraud trucking companies and brokers out of at least $2.4 million, officials said. Nicholas Lakes, who was also known as Dmitry Nadezhdin, and Viacheslav Berkovich, 34, of Los Feliz pleaded guilty to computer and mail fraud, said Thom Mrozek, a United States Attorney?s Office spokesman. They reportedly used fake identities and created a bogus brokerage firm to gain access to the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System website, which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration maintains, in order to arrange the transport of trucking loads to companies and brokerages that use trucks to move goods, he said.
NEWS
October 9, 2003
Darleene Barrientos A Glendale man angry with Philadelphia Phillies management officials is facing federal charges of hacking and hijacking e-mail addresses. Allan Eric Carlson, 39, was arrested Tuesday at his apartment in the 1200 block of East Lexington Drive after a U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania unsealed a grand jury indictment accusing him of hacking into thousands of computers across the country and in Canada. Carlson allegedly used e-mail addresses he collected to denounce the management of the Philadelphia Phillies between November 2001 and December 2002.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
Four members of an alleged Armenian organized crime ring were convicted by a federal judge in San Ana Wednesday on charges of identity theft and bank fraud, prosecutors announced Thursday. The five-week trial at the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana ended this week, where prosecutors linked the four defendants to a crime operation that lasted six years and claimed $10 million from victims in Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Southern California. Arman Sharopetrosian, of Burbank, ran the operation while behind bars at Avenal State Prison and directed the co-defendants to illegally obtain information from investors' bank accounts, according to prosecutors.
LOCAL
By Max Zimbert | April 29, 2010
A Glendale resident who was convicted of cigarette fraud and tax evasion in April 2008 was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in a federal prison. Between January 2002 and June 2005, Avedis Djeredjian, now 41, bought more than 367,960 cartons of cigarettes from North Carolina without adequate tax stamps from California regulators, depriving California of $3.2 million in tax revenue, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. District Court Judge George King also ordered Djeredjian to pay back more than $6.4 million.
NEWS
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | September 11, 2012
U.S. attorneys on Tuesday indicted 17 people suspected of taking part in a conspiracy to withdraw nearly $9 million from fraudulent pharmaceutical sales in increments small enough to avoid federal bank reporting requirements. Two of the people included in the indictment were from Glendale: 23-year-old Areg Bezik and 55-year-old Andre Beziki, who died earlier this year before he could be arrested, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Prosecutors allege that the group withdrew more than $8.9 million in “structured” transactions designed to be below the federal reporting requirement for banks of $10,000.
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June 13, 2013
A Hollywood couple accused of disclosing confidential court records to members of the organized crime group Armenian Power was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison, officials said. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald sentenced Nune Gevorkyan, 36 - a clerk in the federal court's criminal intake area - to six months in prison, and her 41-year-old husband, Oganes Koshkaryan, to 57 months in prison for his role in the scheme. The couple, who must also serve three years supervised release, was ordered to cease any association with members of Armenian Power.
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NEWS
April 23, 2013
The second of two Glendale brothers who masterminded construction contract kickback schemes that bilked Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and a Bay Area business out of millions of dollars has been sentenced to federal prison. Tony Hamedany, 58, was sentenced to a 20-month prison term on Monday and ordered to pay $1.54 million in restitution, according to federal prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud in October 2011. Hamedany's younger brother, 56-year-old David Hamedany, is currently serving out a three-year sentence at a federal prison in San Pedro.
NEWS
October 30, 2012
A second man who played a key role in defrauding Huntington Memorial Hospital of millions during a large renovation project was sentenced Monday to 18 months in a federal prison. Alexander Svidler, 54, who owns a Bay Area construction firm, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of mail fraud for his role in defrauding the hospital out of $2.3 million via false invoices and billing statements and was sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.
NEWS
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | September 11, 2012
U.S. attorneys on Tuesday indicted 17 people suspected of taking part in a conspiracy to withdraw nearly $9 million from fraudulent pharmaceutical sales in increments small enough to avoid federal bank reporting requirements. Two of the people included in the indictment were from Glendale: 23-year-old Areg Bezik and 55-year-old Andre Beziki, who died earlier this year before he could be arrested, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Prosecutors allege that the group withdrew more than $8.9 million in “structured” transactions designed to be below the federal reporting requirement for banks of $10,000.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
Four members of an alleged Armenian organized crime ring were convicted by a federal judge in San Ana Wednesday on charges of identity theft and bank fraud, prosecutors announced Thursday. The five-week trial at the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana ended this week, where prosecutors linked the four defendants to a crime operation that lasted six years and claimed $10 million from victims in Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Southern California. Arman Sharopetrosian, of Burbank, ran the operation while behind bars at Avenal State Prison and directed the co-defendants to illegally obtain information from investors' bank accounts, according to prosecutors.
LOCAL
By Max Zimbert | April 29, 2010
A Glendale resident who was convicted of cigarette fraud and tax evasion in April 2008 was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in a federal prison. Between January 2002 and June 2005, Avedis Djeredjian, now 41, bought more than 367,960 cartons of cigarettes from North Carolina without adequate tax stamps from California regulators, depriving California of $3.2 million in tax revenue, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. District Court Judge George King also ordered Djeredjian to pay back more than $6.4 million.
LOCAL
February 25, 2009
Man pleads guilty to $2-million fraud A 35-year-old Glendale man pleaded guilty Monday to using fake identities to defraud trucking companies and brokers out of at least $2.4 million, officials said. Nicholas Lakes, who was also known as Dmitry Nadezhdin, and Viacheslav Berkovich, 34, of Los Feliz pleaded guilty to computer and mail fraud, said Thom Mrozek, a United States Attorney?s Office spokesman. They reportedly used fake identities and created a bogus brokerage firm to gain access to the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System website, which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration maintains, in order to arrange the transport of trucking loads to companies and brokerages that use trucks to move goods, he said.
LOCAL
By Vince Lovato and Ryan Carter | August 1, 2006
GLENDALE — A 22-year-old Glendale woman was sentenced to six months in a halfway house and community service Monday for posing as an American Red Cross volunteer and pocketing money under the guise of helping Hurricane Katrina victims, wire reports said. U.S. District Court Judge George King sentenced Gina Liz Nicholas to a term in the halfway house, after which she will remain on probation for 30 months, pay a $1,000 fine and get psychological therapy, reports said. She will perform 20 hours of community service every week, the judge ordered.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | September 30, 2005
A local man charged with copyright infringement for distributing "Star Wars: Episode lll -- Revenge of the Sith." On Tuesday, Dwight Wayne Sityar of La Crescenta was one of eight people charged by the United States Attorney's office for unauthorized distribution or reproduction of a copyrighted work. According to court documents filed in the United States District Court in Los Angeles, when Sityar came to work at Champion Broadband in Glendale one day in May he allegedly found his co-workers viewing "Star Wars lll" on their computers.
NEWS
June 18, 2005
Robert Chacon and Deborah Meron Federal agents raided two businesses and one storage shed Thursday, seizing hundreds of cases of cigarettes that were allegedly being sold illegally. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives served three search warrants before confiscating 266 cases of cigarettes, sheets of counterfeit tax stamps -- used to indicate taxes were paid on the cigarettes -- and a vehicle. Three members of the ring were arrested in Raleigh, N.C., where the cigarettes were purchased, Special Agent in Charge Mike Bukovac said.
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