Articles Tagged with grand theft

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When the leaseholder of a storage unit reported that $50,000 worth of collectible guitars were missing from their space the authorities opened an investigation to try to discover the perpetrator of the alleged theft.

On October 3, the alleged victim reported that 21 pricey guitars had been taken from their container at an Extra Space Storage facility located in Irvine.

Video footage from the storage facility premises during the time that the alleged incident took place was reviewed and it reportedly displayed a man and woman each wheeling many cases of guitars on a dolly and loading the cases into a vehicle.

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A tourist riding in a taxi cab has been accused of using a gun while robbing the driver of her personal items and money.

30-year-old Houston resident John Cleveland, who was reportedly visiting Florida on vacation, ordered a cab to pick him up from the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon around 2:00 am on October 4.

Isabel Samanez, the cab driver, arrived to retrieve Cleveland from the hotel to take him to Hallandale Beach as per his request, and she reported that nothing seemed out-of-sorts during the ride.

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After thousands of dollars reportedly went missing from the accounts of more than one Girl Scout troop and the Beverly Hills Cancer Center, the person they suspect is responsible for the illegal misappropriation of the funds is now facing criminal charges for the allegations.

Around 15 months ago, a new employee working in accounting for the Girl Scouts found that some of the financial records appeared suspicious. The claim was reported to the authorities and an investigation was opened inspecting the activity of the woman who served as treasurer for several Girl Scout troops over the span of two decades.

During the investigation, it was allegedly discovered that the suspect, 52-year-old Patricia Cascione, had reportedly stolen over $58,000 from the Girl Scouts accounts within the last five years.

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After he met women online and asked them out on expensive dinner dates a Los Angeles man is accused of making up excuses to leave the table near the end of the meal to avoid paying the check.

Over nearly a two-year span of time beginning in May 2016, 45-year-old Paul Guadalupe Gonzales reportedly made the acquaintance of at least ten women through online dating sites such as Plenty of Fish.

Gonzales allegedly began talking to each woman online and as he got to know each of them he eventually arranged dates to meet in person. He asked them to accompany him to upscale restaurants for their dinners together and it was reported by some of the women he went out with that he was charismatic and engaging company during the course of their meals and interactions with him.

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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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Two Florida men are facing charges on suspicion that they broke into the home of a man with whom they had both reportedly had a previous intimate relationship and tried to hide evidence of the event by attempting to cause a fire using Ragu sauce.

A DeLand, Florida, man with a home protected by security cameras received a telephone notification near 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday telling him that his surveillance equipment detected movement inside of his dwelling. A towel had been placed over the lens of one of the cameras which further alarmed him that foul play might be taking place. The man notified the authorities, and Volusia County police dispatched to the location to investigate his report.

As deputies pulled up to the home they allegedly spotted a red SUV driving away from the site. The men inside the vehicle were pulled over before they were able to leave the area, and police found John Silva, 28, driving with a passenger identified as Derrick Irving, 36. Irving was reportedly clothed in a bull costume.

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An ex-insurance agent from San Clemente has been accused of using fraudulent practices to profit off of investments he made for at least six elderly clients in Southern California.

55-year-old Mark Malatesta, a man employed as a licensed insurance agent, was taken into custody on Monday after the California Department of Insurance detectives found what they believe is supporting evidence that he was taking part in a monetary ruse which cost his former clients over $1.6 million. The alleged victims were reported as senior citizens, who are said to be a target demographic of an increasing number of deceptions designed to cheat them out of their money, as reported by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

Malatesta has been accused of a procedure called “churning,” wherein a broker who typically has permission to make independent determinations on how to invest money from the client’s account performs transactions “chiefly to generate commissions that benefit the broker,” as described by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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The once-treasurer of the Herbert Hoover Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Association has been accused of misappropriating money from the organization’s fund and is facing felony charges for the claims made against him.

As reported by a spokesperson for the Desert Sands Unified School District, $22,000 of the money raised by the Herbert PTA was observed as allegedly missing from their fund. The financial discrepancy was detected sometime during the summer months of last year.

34-year-old Danny Cervantes, the treasurer of the Herbert PTA during the 11-month period that the money came up missing, became the main suspect for the misappropriated cash. Cervantes is no longer the treasurer of the PTA but it is unknown whether that is related to the allegations against him.

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A Dana Point resident who allegedly made millions of dollars in purchases through fraudulent means at several businesses in San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties is facing 89 charges for the schemes.

Over a nine-month period last year, businesses in three Southern California counties were the victims of a forced-sale scheme consisting of the perpetrator purchasing expensive merchandise with credit cards; some of which were fake and others were inactive. The standard authorization process that the credit card machines typically issue was surpassed by the customer requesting that the sales associate enter the transaction by hand or telling them to force the sale through.

When the transactions were processed by the credit card companies the merchants received notification that the payment was not approved.

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Three suspects have been arrested for alleged theft when they were discovered taking luggage that did not belong to them at the Miami International Airport. The bags in question were taken during a three month period in the middle of the holiday travel season.

On December 15 a passenger on board a flight arrived at the Miami International Airport and learned that her luggage was not on the conveyor belt at her designated baggage claim area. The woman called Miami-Dade police and told them of the incident three days later on December 18, which led to the authorities viewing the video surveillance camera footage from the time period in which the event took place.

The video displayed a man, later identified as Wilbert Cabrera-Valdes, removing two bags from the belt, one of which was recognized as the woman caller’s possessions.