Articles Posted in Orange County

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A man who works as an aide and after-school instructor at a Santa Ana elementary school has been taken into custody for the alleged sexual abuse of a girl who was 10-years-old when the reported incident took place, and the authorities suspect there are other underage victims.

23-year-old Eddy Bustamante Infante has been employed at the Greenville Elementary School in Santa Ana for approximately three years. His duties at the school have included assisting as a teacher’s aide and serving as an instructional provider in the after-school program.

A 12-year-old girl who attended the after-school program has come forward and issued a report to the police alleging that Infante had abused her sexually when she was 10-years-old.

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An Irvine man has been accused of entering two hospitals on several different occasions over a six-week period where he allegedly pretended that he was a physician.

Starting at the end of April and extending to the beginning of May, the University of California Irvine Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County reported that a man had entered their facilities and claimed that he was a doctor working on the premises eight times, and had issued a diagnosis to a patient at the university on one occasion.

The man allegedly told the university that he was a doctor but that he had misplaced his identification badge. The suspect also reportedly asked them to call the Children’s Hospital, with whom they are affiliated, in order to vouch for him and grant him access to their facility as well.

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When the authorities located and responded to an online prostitution advertisement they booked an appointment and allegedly met with a woman in a hotel room that they suspect is the victim of human trafficking. The man they purport is responsible for the illegal sexual activities was arrested.

At the end of May, the Newport Beach Police Department and the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force worked together in a sting operation targeting an ad for prostitution services that they discovered online. The website where the content was hosted is reportedly notorious for containing ads for illegal prostitution.

After setting up an encounter through the ad the authorities, posing as a client, planned a meeting with the woman at a Newport Beach hotel. A 32-year-old woman showed up for the ordered date, and it is suspected that she was being forced to prostitute herself.

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An off-duty Orange County police officer who was accused of driving under the influence in May after he was allegedly discovered asleep at the wheel on the freeway attended his arraignment on Monday.

32-year-old Jared Russell Doyle, an officer with the Garden Grove Police Department, was reportedly driving down the 55 Freeway on the morning of May 27 and his vehicle, which failed to remain in one designated lane, stopped in the middle of the road.

Doyle, who was off-duty at the time, had allegedly fallen asleep while driving which is what is suspected as the reason his car stopped short in traffic.

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A Garden Grove resident has been accused of trying to set fire to two homeless men that had a tent set up in Anaheim as their makeshift residency.

Eric Mongerson was reportedly on a bike ride on the afternoon of June 27 when he had an encounter with two men who lack permanent housing and had set up a temporary shelter using a tent.

When 29-year-old Mongerson was riding his bicycle in the direction of the site that the homeless men were located he allegedly threw a burning item at them and was reported as having said unkind words to the gentlemen as he left the scene.

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An Orange County psychiatrist who has been suspected of authorizing prescriptions for narcotics to people who were allegedly not in need of them for health reasons has declared that he is innocent of the charges.

Westminster resident Dr. Robert Tinoco Perez is a 57-year-old psychiatrist with a practice that operates out of an office in Santa Ana.

After an investigation by the DEA and the Costa Mesa Police Department, Perez has been accused of using his the office that works out of as a way to profit off of selling prescriptions for opioids, amphetamines, and benzodiazepines.

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On June 6, an executive at a company in Anaheim was arrested on suspicion of embezzlement that reportedly took place over the span of seven or more years. He is now facing several felony charges for the allegations.

Jeffrey Joseph Lenhardt has been the general manager of Foam Plastics and Rubber Products in Anaheim since September of 1990. Twenty-four years later in November of 2014, another worker at the company allegedly found discrepancies that led to suspicion of Lenhardt’s activities when noticing a cash transaction that was not written in the business ledger.

Lenhardt, who reportedly started his fraudulent behavior by offering customers off-the-books purchases of leftover pieces of materials from the shop that would have otherwise been refuse, is accused of accepting cash for the transactions without recording them.

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After a collision between two cars took place causing several injuries in early September the woman who has been held responsible for the wreck has pleaded not guilty after being charged with child abuse and driving under the influence of marijuana.

Late in the evening on September 2, 20-year-old Adriana Sabrina Cadena was allegedly under the effects of marijuana when she was involved in a wreck with another vehicle in Orange, CA. With four people traveling in one car and six in the other, a total of ten people were a part of the accident. All of them were injured, though some more than others and four of the victims were children.

All of the people in the wreck reported that they were in pain, and one of them sustained broken bones. The four children who were passengers at the time of the collision were all reported as injured, and some of the victims were treated at the Children’s Hospital of Orange. Orange Police Department’s Sgt. Phil McMullin reported that Cadena would be charged for eight of the victims.

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After a string of burglaries beginning in March took place while the alleged victims were at funerals the authorities believe they have located and arrested the man responsible for the break-ins.

On March 7 a West Los Angeles resident was attending a funeral during the time that their home was being burglarized. Though the man who allegedly committed the offense was seen while in the act of stealing from the home they were unable to positively identify him.

A second burglary took place in Los Angeles on March 11 just after 2:00 p.m. while the occupants were also at a funeral. A man approached the home and rang the doorbell which activated a home security camera located inside of it. The suspect was caught on video while at the door and when no one answered he reportedly went to the back door of the home and tried to enter, but he was unable to get inside. He allegedly returned to the front of the house and kicked open the garage door which had an entrance to the residence, but the alarm system in place deterred him from pursuing the event further. The man, whose Mercedes was seen parked in the driveway of the home, pulled away but not before a detailed description of his automobile was uncovered.

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A federal investigation of a company in Irvine that offers financial and insurance services has led to charges for three executives of the firm who have allegedly been found to have stolen investments totaling over $4 million from several elderly clients.

50-year-old Mehmet Fatih Biyikoglu is the CEO and founder of Five Star Financial Services, LLC, a financial management and insurance firm in Orange County. 58-year-old Anna Marie Holt serves as the company’s president and chief operating officer, and Ida Shaghoian, 38, was a sales agent who was also once married to Biyikoglu.

The company practices have been under investigation that has led to accusations against Biyikoglu, Holt, and Shaghoian purporting that between 2014 and 2015 they recruited clients, typically elderly people, and assured them that if they invested into certificates of deposit they would earn significant returns. Instead of taking the clients’ money and putting it into a JP Morgan Chase Bank CD account as promised, the suspects have been accused of taking over $4 million in investments and using the cash for personal items such as real estate, jewelry, and expensive automobiles.