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09/02/2011
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation
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Ian Victor Kincheloe, 25, of Laguna Hills, Calif., was arrested Thursday by investigators from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD). Kincheloe is accused in a federal indictment handed down Wednesday with using the Internet and telephone to attempt to entice a minor into illegal sexual activity.
10/07/2016
Santa Ana, CA
Financial Crimes

The identity theft charges to which the seven defendants have pleaded guilty carry a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

08/01/2017
Santa Ana, CA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Rasheed Al Jijakli, 56, of Walnut, is expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court on a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury July 14. The indictment was unsealed Tuesday following Jijakli’s arrest.

01/28/2013
Santa Ana, CA
Financial Crimes
Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges Monday against William McMahon, the CEO of an Orange County electronic components company who paid kickbacks for years to ensure contracts for his firm, and against Sean Volin, an official with Panasonic's American subsidiary who accepted the bribes.
10/19/2016
Santa Ana, CA
National Security

Muhanad Elfatih M.A. Badawi, 25, of Anaheim, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, who called the defendant “extraordinarily dangerous.”

03/29/2012
Santa Ana, CA
Narcotics
Two Canadian men are expected to make their initial appearance in federal court Friday afternoon on charges stemming from their alleged role in a complex scheme operating out of Southern California to launder millions of dollars in drug proceeds for a Canada-based narcotics trafficking organization.
04/29/2015
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
As detailed in the affidavits in support of those search warrants, federal agents are investigating multiple Chinese maternity operations in Southern California for suspected immigration fraud and tax fraud, as well as failing to report foreign bank accounts in China and Hong Kong.
03/20/2017
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation

Michael Theodore Mordaunt, 47, of Cypress, pleaded guilty to 19 felony counts of contacting a child with the intent to commit a specified crime, five felony counts of lewd acts upon a child age 14 or 15, two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, three felony counts of meeting a minor with the intent to engage in lewd conduct, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for substantial sexual conduct with a child.

04/06/2012
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation
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An English teacher at a private high school in Irvine was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of allegedly sending sexually explicit photos and text messages to a female student at the school.
01/27/2014
Santa Ana, CA
Financial Crimes
Tod Hipsher, 51, of Irvine, pleaded guilty to a 1-count criminal information charging him with conducting an illegal gambling business.
05/19/2017
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation

Ryan Michael Booth, 32, of Long Beach, was convicted by a jury in March of eight counts of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a minor 10 years or younger and five felony counts of using a minor for sex acts.

09/11/2017
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation

Victor James Sporman, 47, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James V. Selna. Once he completes the prison sentence, Sporman will be on supervised release for the rest of his life.

08/10/2014
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation
John Mordecai Scott, 58, of Lake Forest, was taken into custody Friday by HSI special agents and Orange County sheriff's deputies on a state charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. Specifically, Scott is suspected of showing and taking lewd photographs of a minor female victim at his residence and place of employment.
01/31/2019
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
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The indictments charge operators and clients of three “maternity house” or “birthing house” schemes that were dismantled in March 2015 when federal agents executed 35 search warrants, which resulted from international undercover operations.

04/06/2011
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Three members of an Orange County family who operate an immigration consulting business that caters primarily to Indian nationals were arrested Wednesday morning on immigration fraud charges for allegedly filing bogus marriage and work visa petitions on behalf of aliens who paid fees as high as $60,000.
10/08/2015
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation
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Meghan Breanna Alt, 25, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon in San Diego County by investigators assigned to the multi-agency Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF).
05/31/2013
Santa Ana, CA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
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Jesus Quinones-Chavez, a Mexican man who attempted to smuggle seven illegal aliens, including a convicted felon, into the U.S. aboard a cabin cruiser that ran aground near San Clemente last September, faces up to 90 years in prison following his conviction in federal court Thursday.
04/24/2013
Santa Ana, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The Orange County District Attorney's Office has filed felony charges against three local vendors identified during Operation Fashion Faux Pas, a crackdown by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on Orange County retailers suspected of dealing in counterfeit designer goods.
10/26/2014
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation
Robert Ruben Ornelas, 63, of Santa Ana, was taken into federal custody Friday afternoon after being named in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
12/02/2011
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation
David Lavern Paine, a registered sex offender from Orange County, made his initial appearance in federal court Thursday, following his arrest after witnesses allegedly observed him viewing child pornography on one of the local public library's computers. When asked way he was doing it in a public library, he responded "because it's available."
06/13/2011
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
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A federal judge here Monday sentenced a Korea-born pastor who operated a now defunct Orange County religious university to one year in prison and ordered him to forfeit to the government the $4 million property housing the school following his conviction on visa fraud and money laundering charges.
01/22/2015
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation
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Qayed Murtaza Shareef, 39, Aliso Viejo, was formally charged Friday with 30 felony counts of lewd acts with a child under 14; one felony count of using a minor for sex acts; one felony count of distributing pornography to a minor; one felony count of possession or control of child pornography, with a sentencing enhancement for substantial sexual conduct with a child under 14 years old and committing lewd acts upon multiple victims.
08/15/2011
Santa Ana, CA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Samuel Martinez Gonzalez, who was charged with sex trafficking, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court Monday following his arrest Friday night, when authorities rescued three teenage girls he allegedly brought from Texas for the purpose of having them work as prostitutes.
06/21/2016
Santa Ana, CA
National Security

Nader Elhuzayel and Muhanad Badawi, both 25, were convicted Tuesday in U.S. District Court following a two-week trial. Elhuzayel was also found guilty of attempting to provide material support, and Badawi was convicted of aiding and abetting the attempt to provide support to ISIL.

05/31/2017
Santa Ana, CA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Lawrence T. Gunn Jr., 33, whose last known residence was in Woodland Hills, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. 

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