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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 24th, 2020

Poway Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for $7 million Ponzi Scheme Targeting Seniors Investigated in part by California Department of Insurance, Department of Business Oversight and the Franchise Tax Board.

SAN DIEGO – On June 22, 2020, former life insurance agent Christopher Dougherty, 47, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison after pleading guilty to three counts of securities fraud, three counts of grand theft, and a sentencing enhancement for running a more than  $7 million Ponzi scheme that scammed 49 victims—31 of whom […]

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 16th, 2020

Former LA Rehab Center Owner Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulent Health Care Billing Scheme An investigation by the California Department of Insurance, LADA, LASD

LOS ANGELES – ON July 14, 2020, Christopher Bathum, 58, the founder of a Los Angeles drug and alcohol treatment facility was sentenced to 20 years in prison for running a $175 million fraudulent healthcare billing scheme. The sentence will run concurrent to the 52-year term he received on the same day, in a sex […]

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