Category: ASA-DOJ

On July 24th, 2020

California Men Arrested in International Investment Fraud Scheme A California Department of Justice Investigation

SACRAMENTO – On July 23, 2020, California Attorney Xavier Becerra today announced the arrests of two men and the filing of charges against Christopher Mancuso, John Black, and Joseph Tufo for allegedly operating a multimillion-dollar investment fraud scheme that targeted more than 70 victims around the world. The defendants allegedly lured victims in by promising […]

On July 20th, 2020

CDFW Wardens and California DOJ Special Agents Assist Trinity County with Investigating Illegal Cannabis Operations

TRINITY COUNTY – On July 13 - 14, 2020, narcotics investigators with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, along with wardens and scientists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, special agents with the North State Major Crimes Investigation Team, and members of the California National Guard served search warrants on multiple properties in the […]

On July 17th, 2020

L.A. Man Charged with Fraudulently Obtaining Millions in COVID-Relief Loans California Department of Justice – Bureau of Gambling Control provided assistance in the investigation

 LOS ANGELES – On July 16, 2020, Andrew Marnell, 40, of Los Angeles man was arrested and ordered held without bond after on federal charges alleging he fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, some of which he used on gambling excursions to Las Vegas and transferred to his stock trading accounts. […]

On July 10th, 2020

Mexican National Sentenced to 10 years in Prison for Drug Distribution Conspiracy California Department of Justice special agents assisted with investigation

FRESNO- On July 9, 2020, Francisco Alcantar-Miranda, aka Paquin, 31, of Mexico, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiring to manufacture, to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd, who sentenced Alcantar, also ordered the forfeiture of a handgun and approximately […]

On July 10th, 2020

Two Southern California Brothers Ordered to Pay Nearly $1 Million in Restitution for Tax Evasion A joint investigation involving California State investigators and special agents

SACRAMENTO – On July 9, 2020, two Southern California brothers, Derek Stradley and Justin Stradley were arraigned and sentenced for tax evasion related to a Southern California counterfeit clothing scheme in which authorities seized an estimated $775,000 in counterfeit apparel. Each defendant, the owners and operators of P.L.A.C.T. BROS., LLC, pled guilty to multiple felonies for […]

On July 2nd, 2020

California DOJ Special Agents Arrest Nine in Recycling Fraud Ring Suspects travelled from Arizona to fraudulently redeem cans and bottles at California recycling centers

SACRAMENTO—On July 1, 2020, CalRecycle announced that California Department of Justice special agents arrested nine suspects allegedly involved in an organized recycling fraud ring that stretched from Phoenix to Los Angeles. The network of buyers, sellers, baggers, loaders and drivers are believed to be responsible for smuggling semi-truck loads of out-of-state containers into California for […]

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