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March 28, 2014
Having once lived in New York state, I discovered it had a straightforward way of ensuring that drivers were insured. Every year in order to renew your car's registration you were required to submit proof of insurance and smog certification. You then received a very large sticker that was prominently placed on the driver's side windshield that could be easily detected from a great distance. The sticker changed color each year which aided law enforcement to quickly identify whether you belonged on the road or not. New York charges the same road-usage fee for your car registration whether you drive a BMW or a beat-up Chevy.
NEWS
May 11, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman GLENDALE -- Two Glendale residents pleaded no contest to charges they staged a car accident in order to collect insurance money, according to officials at the California Department of Insurance. David Chatalbashyan, 26, and his wife, Aida Karapetyan, 26, pleaded no contest in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday to felony insurance fraud and felony conspiracy. Chatalbashyan's mother, Los Angeles resident Knarik Chatalbashyan, 52, also pleaded no contest on Wednesday.
NEWS
July 17, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman At least three Glendale residents have been arrested in an undercover investigation and surveillance of a suspected insurance fraud ring, officials said. Investigators with a Los Angeles County-organized auto-fraud task force arrested 28 people on Tuesday morning, and more arrests are pending. No names or locations are being disclosed because the task force is still tracking additional suspects, investigators said. The alleged insurance fraud ring is suspected of staging fraudulent collisions to collect settlements from insurance companies.
NEWS
March 13, 2004
In March 2003, 120 officers arrested more than one dozen cab drivers, doctors, lawyers and people of other professions in a huge insurance fraud ring bust called Operation Cabbie. The group had staged at least 13 collisions, filing for claims totaling more than $500,000. (www.insurance.ca.gov/PRS/PRS2003/nr021-03.htm) Between February and May 2003, 15 people were arrested in Glendale, including insurance brokers, for fraud and conspiracy in another auto-insurance scam.
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By Max Zimbert | October 28, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Glendale attorney John Akopian pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 38 counts of money laundering, possession of an assault weapon and grand theft in an auto insurance fraud investigation that prosecutors said netted one the largest such busts in recent history. Akopian, 37, and three other Los Angeles attorneys and four chiropractors collectively face more than 150 counts of insurance fraud, grand theft of personal property and false and making fraudulent claims. They are accused of defrauding 15 insurance companies by allegedly filing false claims for staged accidents.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
Prosecutors on Wednesday filed additional charges against a Glendale attorney who already faces 38 counts in connection with a 2009 auto insurance fraud investigation. The attorney, John Akopian, 39, was charged with nine more counts of insurance fraud in a case in which he allegedly filed bogus claims for staged collisions, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. He also faces an enhanced charge of aggravated while-collar crime. Akopian, along with a group of chiropractors and attorneys, were charged in October 2009 in connection with defrauding 15 insurance companies.
NEWS
November 25, 2004
Azizian takes over ANC Glendale chapter GLENDALE -- The Armenian National Committee appointed Alina Azizian executive director of its Glendale chapter Wednesday, ending a month-long search. Azizian, a Glendale native, served as campaign manager for the Democratic Party in San Mateo County leading up to the November election, supervising 500 volunteers during a three-month campaign. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Azizian was a member of the student Senate and co-president of the Armenian Students Assn.
NEWS
March 13, 2003
Darleene Barrientos Authorities are expanding the investigation into an alleged automobile insurance-fraud ring, following the arrests of 12 Glendale residents and a North Hollywood woman accused of participating in more than a dozen "paper collisions." Investigators at the state Department of Insurance believe Andre Khodagulyan of Glendale was one of the main culprits in the ring. The department dubbed its 11-month investigation "Operation Cabbie," because Khodagulyan was a cab driver, said Moses Gomez, bureau chief of the agency's central region.
LOCAL
By Ryan Carter | May 2, 2006
GLENDALE ? A Sherman Oaks couple has reached a $1.8-million legal settlement with the city of Glendale and an anti-insurance fraud organization five years after Glendale Police raided their home using information that turned out to be unfounded, officials said. Glendale Police served a search warrant at Rouhel Feinstein's and his wife Marilyn Slome's home in Feb. 2001, seizing vehicles, jewelry and cash, but nothing was found that substantiated allegations that Feinstein, was involved in insurance fraud, his attorney Howard R. Price said.
NEWS
January 13, 2000
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- Glendale Police Lt. Don Meredith recalls driving home one night and getting into a relatively minor fender-bender. "It was raining and the car in front of me stopped suddenly. I hit him at a very slow speed," Meredith said. A California Highway Patrol officer did a report and Meredith notified his insurance company, Meredith said. Then it got interesting. "There were two people in the car at the time, but the next thing I know I'm being sued for injuries to six people," Meredith said.
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March 28, 2014
Having once lived in New York state, I discovered it had a straightforward way of ensuring that drivers were insured. Every year in order to renew your car's registration you were required to submit proof of insurance and smog certification. You then received a very large sticker that was prominently placed on the driver's side windshield that could be easily detected from a great distance. The sticker changed color each year which aided law enforcement to quickly identify whether you belonged on the road or not. New York charges the same road-usage fee for your car registration whether you drive a BMW or a beat-up Chevy.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
Prosecutors on Wednesday filed additional charges against a Glendale attorney who already faces 38 counts in connection with a 2009 auto insurance fraud investigation. The attorney, John Akopian, 39, was charged with nine more counts of insurance fraud in a case in which he allegedly filed bogus claims for staged collisions, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. He also faces an enhanced charge of aggravated while-collar crime. Akopian, along with a group of chiropractors and attorneys, were charged in October 2009 in connection with defrauding 15 insurance companies.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 4, 2010
GLENDALE — The former president of the Glendale Bears Youth Football and Cheerleading organization has been charged with disability insurance fraud and forgery stemming from another job. Tina Marquez, 41, was ousted from the nonprofit youth sports organization last month after members discovered $29,000 in unpaid debt, which had amassed under her leadership. Glendale police detectives are also investigating allegations that she embezzled up to $43,000 from the organization, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Max Zimbert | October 29, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Glendale attorney John Akopian pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 38 counts of money laundering, possession of an assault weapon and grand theft in an auto insurance fraud investigation that prosecutors said netted one of the largest such busts in recent history. Akopian, 37, and three other Los Angeles attorneys and four chiropractors collectively face more than 150 counts of insurance fraud, grand theft of personal property, and false and making fraudulent claims.
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By Max Zimbert | October 28, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Glendale attorney John Akopian pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 38 counts of money laundering, possession of an assault weapon and grand theft in an auto insurance fraud investigation that prosecutors said netted one the largest such busts in recent history. Akopian, 37, and three other Los Angeles attorneys and four chiropractors collectively face more than 150 counts of insurance fraud, grand theft of personal property and false and making fraudulent claims. They are accused of defrauding 15 insurance companies by allegedly filing false claims for staged accidents.
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By Herbert Molano | July 27, 2006
There is a longing that many people have for the good ol' days. I particularly remember the theme song for "All in the family" with Archie and Edith Bunker singing an off-key rendition of "Those were the days." It may seem odd to some, but there were some truths in that old song that we should still sing today. Those lyrics held values that are worth repeating: "Didn't need no welfare state. Everybody pulled his weight." It was a value proposition that defined America vs socialist countries.
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By Ryan Carter | May 2, 2006
GLENDALE ? A Sherman Oaks couple has reached a $1.8-million legal settlement with the city of Glendale and an anti-insurance fraud organization five years after Glendale Police raided their home using information that turned out to be unfounded, officials said. Glendale Police served a search warrant at Rouhel Feinstein's and his wife Marilyn Slome's home in Feb. 2001, seizing vehicles, jewelry and cash, but nothing was found that substantiated allegations that Feinstein, was involved in insurance fraud, his attorney Howard R. Price said.
NEWS
April 7, 2006
Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy (R-Monrovia) has received the Legislative Excellence Award from the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). The award was presented by Sean J. Walsh, president of CALI, in gratitude for Assemblyman Mountjoy's support of CALI, the profession of licensed investigators, and his efforts on Assembly Bill 26. Assemblyman Mountjoy authored AB 26 to allow licensed investigators to have access to Department of Motor Vehicle information by telephone.
NEWS
November 25, 2004
Azizian takes over ANC Glendale chapter GLENDALE -- The Armenian National Committee appointed Alina Azizian executive director of its Glendale chapter Wednesday, ending a month-long search. Azizian, a Glendale native, served as campaign manager for the Democratic Party in San Mateo County leading up to the November election, supervising 500 volunteers during a three-month campaign. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Azizian was a member of the student Senate and co-president of the Armenian Students Assn.
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April 7, 2004
Couple suspected of stealing from church NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- A couple faces charges of burglary today after allegedly stealing nearly $300 from a collection box at a local church. David Lane, 19, of New Mexico, and Melissa Laymon, 22, of Kansas, were arrested Monday on suspicion of taking $270 from the collection box of St. Gregory's Armenian Catholic Church, at 1510 E. Mountain Ave. Officers were called to the church after a priest reported the burglary, according to a police report.
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