|Oh, the dark rings around my eyes? Lack of sleep. Otherwise, I feel fine.|
Until they were nabbed by federal agents, a prison-based crime group consisting of individuals with nicknames like "Horse," "Homicide" and "Showtime" operated a five-year aggravated identity theft and bank fraud scheme that stole more than $8 million in Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties.
A federal grand jury in Southern California ended the crime spree with a 99-count, 20-person indictment in February 2011.
This month, Robert Haskell
, a middle-level player in the scam, learned his punishment.
Assistant United States Attorney E. Martin Estrada
sought a 37-month sentence and $640,000 in restitution.
Federal judge David O. Carter
agreed with the restitution demand but gave Haskell (AKA "Bone") a 30-month prison trip.
The hoodlum is now housed in the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Los Angeles.
So far, law enforcement officials have won the following prison terms in the case:
--Oganes Tangabakyan (AKA "Hovo"), 51 months; his whereabouts are a mystery;
--Alphonzo Strong (AKA "Trub"), 39 months; he's presently housed in a Fort Worth, TX prison;
--Hyworth Rutanhira (AKA "Ike"), 27 months; he's presently housed in a Victorville prison;
--Derrick Chatton (AKA "Doc"), 20 months; he's presently housed in a Lompoc prison.