Theresa Fisher of Tustin Gets 3.5 Years in Scam That Gave Patients New Noses, Boobs, Tummies

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Their tummy tucks were billed as "hernia disc surgeries."
A Tustin woman has been sentenced to nearly 3.5 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $2.6 million in restitution for her part in an Orange plastic surgery center's scam that gave new noses, boobs and tummy tucks to patients whose insurance companies were fraudulently billed for covered, medically necessary procedures.

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Marvin Jay Caukin Gets 135 Months in Prison for Flying Off with Gulfstream's $10 Million

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Gulfstream jet departs London Luton Airport in England.
The former director of finance and accounting at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s Long Beach facility was sentenced this week to 11 years and change in federal prison for embezzling more than $10 million from his employer over a 13-year period.

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Deborah Mueller Busted for Allegedly Stealing $75,000 from Her Company ... Four Years Ago

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Police say Deborah Mueller stole $75,000 over a 14-month period.
An ex-office manager, who embezzled more than $75,000 from her Santa Ana company in 2010-11 and moved to Arizona after she was fired, was arrested near her new home in Huntington Beach Tuesday, according to police.

Deborah Mueller, 60, was arrested on a warrant charging her with grand theft, forgery, computer-access fraud and falsifying records, the Santa Ana Police Department reports.

She had been employed at Jorgenson Metal Rolling & Forming as the office manager for over a decade when, in January 2011, Mueller was suspected of embezzling a large amount of money and was terminated.

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Athena Maldonado and Christopher Harati Guilty of Scamming Debt Relief Customers

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Until debt do depart
Two Orange County residents pleaded guilty this week to having roles in a scam where what was supposed to be payment assistance for credit card debtors was diverted to upfront fees customers were not aware of, according to federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C.

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Are "Orange County" and "Ethics Reform" Mutually Exclusive? Kick It Around Wednesday

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Would you buy an ethics commission from this board chairman?
Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer hosts a roundtable discussion in Irvine Wednesday afternoon that is either part of genuine, much needed ethics reform or a continuation of a charade pulled on county voters last year.

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Pair Padded Chests in $50 mil Insurance Scam, Agent Padded Wallet in $900k Sales Schemes

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Don't hate me because I am beautiful.
Two women have been convicted in federal court for defrauding union and private health insurance firms out of $50 million for medically unnecessary procedures performed on insurance beneficiaries who received free or discounted liposuction, tummy tucks and boob jobs.

Meanwhile, an ex-insurance agent in Brea was convicted and sentenced to seven years in state prison recently for receiving more than $900,000 from fraudulent insurance policies that he spent on luxury high-rise apartments, travel, wine clubs and fine dining.

Which proves my theory the rich really are different than you and me.

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First House Detox of Newport Beach Hit with $10.25 mil Judgment in Bulimic Man's Death

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Detox centers were accused of "buying and selling" young clients such as Brandon Jacques "like they were pieces of meat."
An Orange County Superior Court jury recently awarded more than $10.25 million to the parents of a young man who died while in the care of a Newport Beach drug and alcohol detox center, plaintiff attorneys announced.

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Chapman University Settles Donation Dispute with 98-year-old Philanthropist and His Wife

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Chapman President James Doti and Catherine and James Emmi are all smiles again.
UPDATE NO. 2, FEB. 26, 9:03 A.M.: Chapman University and a Corona del Mar philanthropist and his wife have settled their dispute over a $12 million donation to the private institution in Orange, and they have issued the joint statement that follows that will be their only comment on the matter.

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Steven Bren, Irvine Co. Chairman's Son, Leads Firm on State's Delinquent Corporate Tax List

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In April 2010, we reported that Steven Bren, son of billionaire Irvine Co. chairman Donald Bren, occupied the No. 18 spot on California's list of most delinquent tax delinquents, as he and his wife Cynthia owed $2,209,561.23 in personal income tax at the time. We're happy to report the Brens of Emerald Bay are not on the state's 2015 list of the top 500 personal tax delinquents. However, Steven Bren's company is on the California Franchise Tax Board's 2015 list of top corporate tax delinquents.

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Orange Most Economically Diverse, Garden Grove Most Ethno-Linguistically Diverse in OC

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Finally something all sides can agree on.
Those number crunchers at the online consumer site are really into diversity lately, ranking cities by the most and least economic, ethno-racial and linguistic diversity. Orange County cities make both lists.

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