Immigration Agent Myles Kui Zhang Busted for $13,000 in Alleged Phony Overtime Claims

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Myles Kui Zhang worked at the Ziggurat (Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel).
A federal immigration agent who worked in the Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel has been charged with grand theft for allegedly making more than $13,000 worth of phony overtime claims over a nine-month period, authorities said.

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Lawsuit Against Pop Warner by Paralyzed Player Donnovan Hill Can Proceed, Judge Rules

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In a 30 on 30 interview, Donnovan Hill said his coaches taught him to tackle head first.
A Los Alamitos teenager who was paralyzed by a freak hit in a November 2011 football game in Laguna Hills can proceed with his lawsuit against the national Pop Warner organization and his former local chapter, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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Public Defender Plays Prosecution Misconduct Card in Daniel Wozniak's Double Murder Case

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Daniel Wozniak is accused of beheading a pal and slaying the pal's close friend.
The public defender who raised prosecutorial misconduct to try to spare the death penalty for the alleged worst mass killer in Orange County history is now trying to play the same card when it comes to one of the most twisted alleged killers in Orange County history.

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Zillow Real Estate of Sexual Harassment Suit Fame Sued for Age, Race and Religious Bias

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You've come a long way, baby. ... Sorry, wrong ad slogan from 1973.
One man alleging age discrimination, another claiming religious discrimination and three more leveling accusations of race discrimination are suing Irvine real estate company Zillow. Yes, that Zillow, the one my colleague R. Scott Moxley just reported on being sued by a woman who alleges she was subjected to sexual harassment that included a supervisor sending her a text that read: "Joke of the day - A black woman can tell if she is pregnant if she pulls out her tampon and all the cotton has been picked off." Ah, the classics!

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Newport Beach Con Man Turned International Fugitive Pays For No Regrets Line

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

FBI photo from 1999
James Stanley Eberhart
Earlier this week, mainstream Southern California news outlets reported that on Dec. 8 a federal judge sentenced a Newport Beach con man and international fugitive to 10 years in prison based on a 1990s telemarketing scam that targeted victim's retirement funds.

James Eberhart, 73 and a classical music lover who dropped out of the 12th grade, had sought a punishment of only three years because of his age and the possibility that he may die in prison with a longer sentence for stealing more than $12 million in an Internet programming conspiracy called YES Entertainment Network, Inc..

His defense lawyer said it wouldn't be fair for Eberhart to leave prison "in a pine box."

But the mainstream papers missed a key reason why U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney, the most unpredictable sentencing judge inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, didn't grant Eberhart's wish.

It wasn't just that while a fugitive Eberhart lived well off money stolen from 811 individuals, traveled extensively around the world and made home the Infinity, a custom-built, luxury 58-foot yacht.

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Ex-Anaheim City Attorney Says She Is Victim Of Council Majority's War On Latinos

A veteran Anaheim city attorney forced to resign in Jan. 2013 is hoping a future federal jury will believe her claims of discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment, and award her damages.

In the pending lawsuit filed inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, Cristina Talley alleges that a city council majority "continuously harassed" her because they perceived she sided with Latino community protesters who oppose city government subsidies to private corporations and believe the city's elections are rigged to dilute their representation.

"When certain issues pending before the city council angered the Latino community, resulting in large turnouts of Latino citizens at council meetings, certain members of the city council implied that perhaps Ms. Talley would not and could not be objective in those matters," the lawsuit states.

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How OC Law Enforcement Locked Up an Innocent 14-Year-Old Boy for Two Years

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Eyewitness statements can be notoriously unreliable, a fact Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) detective Andy Alvarez knew when he investigated a 2009 attempted-murder case that happened near South Coast Plaza. He'd spent half of his then-14-year career as a California Highway Patrol officer, earned the rank of SAPD sergeant and served as a teacher at a Southern California police academy, as well as an "analytical thinking" instructor for Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) agency.

At the outset, at least, the vicious, attempted murder of three teenagers created the usual mystery for Alvarez: Who were the gun-toting assailants, and why had they committed the bloody crime? The victims--Brian Marin, Carlos Vega and Manuel Ventura--were next to a 1992 Acura Integra when a Jeep loaded with what they described as "Hispanics" approached. A man wearing a red, hooded sweat shirt emerged from the left rear passenger side and demanded to know their gang affiliation by asking, "Where you from?"

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Michael Drobot of Pacific Hospital Workers Comp Scheme Fame is Sued by Two Patients

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Michael D. Drobot
Starting from our earliest headline up through to the most recent before today gives you the best back story on Corona del Mar's Michael D. Drobot:

* Michael D. Drobot-Owned Pacific Hospital and Pharmacy Raided by Feds Suspecting Fraud
* Ron Calderon, State Senator, Had His Offices Raided After the FBI Searched Newport Beach and Long Beach Properties of Campaign Donor
* Michael D. Drobot Signs Plea Deal to Testify Against Slimed Legislator Ron Calderon
* Michael D. Drobot of Pacific Hospital Fame Files $50 mil Defamation Suit Against Lawyers

Now the latest from the massive legal fees generator: Two patients are suing Drobot, his son Michael Drobot Jr., Drs. Simon Lavi and Edward Kolpin, then-Drobot-owned Pacific Hospital Long Beach and Drobot owned International Implants LLC for allegedly being "subjected to ineffective and painful spinal fusion surgeries performed by doctors using defective implant hardware supplied by International Implants at grossly inflated prices."

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Marissa Starr Bilotti Cops to Role in Murdy Park Murder and Gets 8 Years, 4 Months

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Marissa Starr Bilotti
When I saw there was a hearing Friday aimed at dismissing a murder count against Marissa Starr Bilotti for her role in the fatal shooting of a man in Huntington Beach's Murdy Park four years ago, I wondered if it had something to do with the claims of her innocence from friends and family members over the years.

But the 23-year-old, who famously married and later divorced a defendant in a different murder from behind bars, instead pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and other counts and was immediately sentenced to eight years and four months in prison. Her co-defendant Derek Christopher Adams, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in August 2012 and had that conviction upheld by appellate justices in March, is already serving 46 years to life for the Oct. 22, 2010, slaying of 35-year-old Gregory Ryan Heintz.

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Weekender Updater: $20 Million for Catholics; Guilty Wife Killer; PTO Embezzler Un-Jailed

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Fixer upper?
This weekend's Weekender Updater looks at a $20 million hail Mary for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, conviction for a wife killer and the jail's revolving door for a Parent Teacher Organization embezzler.

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