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By Kelly Strodl | October 12, 2006
A new Orange County federal law enforcement task force has arrested nearly 50 people, including four Huntington Beach residents suspected of identity theft. Federal prosecutors on Friday held a news conference in the Ronald Reagan Federal Building in Santa Ana to discuss 15 cases put together over the last year by the Orange County Identity Theft Task Force. Using agents and investigators from the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Social Security Administration, Federal Trade Commission, the FBI and the Secret Service, the task force helped build cases against this growing white-collar crime.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | November 2, 2006
Last week, Crissy Baker checked her bank account and found $600 mysteriously gone. It was the day before her daughter's second birthday, and the woman, who had only moved to Huntington Beach a month ago, needed to get that money back right away. "I called the bank and they told me that my [personal identification number] had been entered and my card swiped," Baker said. "I panicked and checked my purse." But the debit card was still in her bag. Baker discovered later that her account information had been pilfered from a checkout stand card-reader inside a Ralphs supermarket in Huntington Beach.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | October 8, 2008
A former employee at a Huntington Beach Verizon Wireless store has been charged with embezzlement and identity theft using credit information from that store’s customers. Huntington Beach police have arrested George Cardenas, 25, of Compton, a former employee of the Verizon Wireless store at 16120 Beach Blvd., authorities said. At least 14 customers of Schools First bank (formerly Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union) have had identity and credit card information compromised since May, Huntington Beach police said.
NEWS
By Jim Silva | November 15, 2007
In the ongoing debate over illegal immigration, those in favor of letting them cross our border cite numerous positives ? they do the jobs average Americans can?t or won?t do, and they pay taxes like any other citizen. However, the one thing you will never hear such people defend is the blatant and continual theft of Social Security numbers by illegal immigrants and the forging of documents to provide ?legal? cover for their actions. A person?s Social Security number (SSN)
NEWS
By: | August 8, 2005
Valeant revenues up, losses down Costa Mesa's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International reported second-quarter financial results Thursday. Compared with figures from the second quarter of 2004, Valeant increased revenues and reduced its net loss. For the second quarter of 2005, Valeant reported a $500,000 loss, better than last year's loss of $41.3 million. The firm's revenue for the second quarter improved 20% from $170.4 million to $205 million.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl and Michael Alexander | December 21, 2006
More than 300 officers from several law enforcement agencies recently assisted in a massive sweep across Orange County, which led to the arrest of 57 alleged members of a white supremacist gang with strong ties to Huntington Beach. Some of the alleged members of the Public Enemy Number 1 (PEN1) street gang arrested in the Dec. 14 sweeps appeared in court Friday and Monday to answer allegations. Charges included possession of illegal weapons and narcotics, forgery and identity theft, said Sgt. Rick Martinez of the Anaheim Police Department, the officer in charge of public information for the sweep.
NEWS
March 7, 2002
Michael Matter Police arrested a Huntington Beach man on suspicion of mail theft and now warn residents and businesses to be careful and quick with their daily mail. Huntington Beach Police say they have linked William Shelton, 24, to at least three separate incidents in which a resident's mail has been taken. Shelton was arrested at his home and was booked for possession of stolen documents and attempted forgery. Huntington Beach police say that on Feb. 28 Shelton attempted to cash a stolen check at a Bank of America.
NEWS
May 13, 2009
A man who may have worked at medical facilities in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley has been convicted of using a stolen identity to work as a physician assistant and treating a patient without a license. Steve Armand Martinez, 60, of San Juan Capistrano, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of the unauthorized practice of medicine, six felony counts of prescribing medication without a license, two felony counts of identity theft, one felony count of grand theft, one felony count of theft with a prior conviction, one misdemeanor count of identity theft with the intent to defraud, and one misdemeanor count of misrepresenting himself as a physician assistant.
NEWS
August 20, 2009
A Tustin resident was sentenced to 31 years and four months in state prison for using a stolen identity to buy a Huntington Beach home and other fraudulent schemes totaling $2.8 million, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney. Gene Anthony Franklin, 34, was charged with 46 felony counts in April for identity theft, false impersonation, failure to appear on a felony while on bail, attempted extortion by threat, dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime and a long list of misdeeds, according to the release.
NEWS
October 30, 2003
Jenny Marder The use of methamphetamines, a powerfully addictive and sometimes fatal stimulant, has skyrocketed in Huntington Beach in the past decade. Methamphetamine possession makes up more than 70% of the narcotics related arrests in Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach Police Sgt. Corby Bright said. Bright heads the unit that handles all investigations of narcotics-related activities. "Probably seven or eight years ago, meth made up maybe 20% of our narcotics arrests, and the rest was cocaine," Bright said.
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February 4, 2014
AREA 1 Connector Lane: Petty theft was reported in the 15200 block at 10:18 a.m. Feb. 3. McFadden Avenue: Burglary was reported in the 5000 block at 8:38 p.m. Jan. 31. Harbour Lane: Theft from a vehicle was reported in the 16400 block at 5:03 a.m. Feb. 4. Pacific Coast Highway: A stolen vehicle was reported in the 16900 block at 7:56 a.m. Feb. 1. Warner Avenue: Burglary was reported in the 5100 block at...
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NEWS
By Tony Perry | July 18, 2013
SAN DIEGO - A 22-year-old man from Huntington Beach was sentenced Monday to a year in federal prison for stealing the identities and computer passwords of more than 700 students so he could rig an election and become student body president at Cal State San Marcos. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said that Matthew Weaver showed "phenomenal misjudgment" by stealing the identities and passwords and then, when caught, trying to blame other students. "He's on fire for this crime and then he pours gasoline on it" by blaming others, Burns said.
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