Karen Hanover, Convicted of Fraud This Year, is Now Crowdfunding Microchips for Lost Pets

Photo courtesy of Karen Hanover
Karen Elaine Hanover
A crowdfunding campaign launches today for a fledgling company that is hawking veterinarian-implanted microchips that would use GPS to track lost pets.

Sweet. But what's so interesting about that? Well, the domain for the Escape Alert device is owned by Karen Hanover of West Hills and the email address bizminded@aol.com.

A Karen Hanover of Seal Beach and bizminded@aol.com signed a plea agreement in federal court in Santa Ana this past March stating that she bilked 48 people out of $1,437,091.36 through get-rich-via-real-estate seminars across the country.

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Antonio Delgado Juarez Faces Multiple Charges for Robbery via Scooter, Apartment Invasion

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Antonio Delgado Juarez has been identified as the man in the power scooter.

A 35-year-old man who allegedly rode a motorized scooter through a Santa Ana grocery store before getting up and robbing the manager was charged with several felonies Monday, according to police, who add he faces several more counts for a violent apartment invasion.

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Prosecutors Suspiciously Drop Charges In Another Case Based On Informant Work

Prosecutors pursued tainted murder solicitation case against Govey (pictured)
For two years, prosecutors, police and sheriff's deputies stalled turning over potential exculpatory evidence to defense lawyers representing Joseph Govey--a 49-year-old Orange County man wanted dead by white supremacist gangsters and facing seven felony charges that, if convicted on all counts, could have meant spending the rest of his life in one of California's notorious prisons.

But Senior Deputy District Attorney Beth Costello walked into Judge Thomas M. Goethals' Santa Ana courtroom on Sept. 22 and startled Govey, a convicted felon, as well as his attorney, Renee Garcia.

Costello dismissed three of the most serious charges: solicitation of murder, attempted murder and street terrorism.

The veteran prosecutor's eyebrow-raising move wasn't motivated by the sudden onset of a bleeding heart sensibility. Most assuredly, the decision came reluctantly and with calculation. The Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) had, after all, consumed grand jury time to win a 2012 indictment against Govey.

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Sourin Babayan Gets Prison, $80k Restitution Order for Hosing, Trying to Shut Up Workers

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Install in ceilings then get hosed.
A former sprinkler contractor cut a deal in an Orange County courtroom that had him pleading guilty to winning a lucrative bid to install improvements at the Fairview Developmental Hospital in Costa Mesa, paying his employees the state contracted amount and then forcing the workers to give him back $81,000 lest they lose their jobs.

Sourin Babayan, who also had the nerve to try to get his workers to keep quiet about the scheme, was immediately sentenced Friday to two years in state prison and ordered to pay $80,200 in restitution.

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Oscar Manuel Vaquera Gets 25 Years to Life for Secretly Taping Boys, Touching Lads' Penises

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Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office
Oscar Manuel Vaquera was convicted in June.

A 39-year-old Anaheim man on Friday was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for life for--deep breath--drilling a hole through a closet to watch and photograph young boys showering and using the facilities; touching the penis of a sleeping 11-year-old boy and recording the contact on video; touching the penis of a fully awake 9- to 11-year-old boy and recording the contact; and possessing tons of amateur and commercial child pornography.

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Richard Alan Nolan, "Monster" Nurse Who Preyed on Males, Finally Gets 34 Years to Life

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Richard Alan Nolan is finally off to prison.
In a case marked by court delays, a male nurse has finally been sentenced to 34 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting three male patients.

Two of the men were medically incapacitated at the time they were victimized by Richard Alan Nolan, 49, of Buena Park, in 2009. Nolan falsely identified himself as a doctor in July 2010, when he masturbated a man receiving a physical. The licensed vocational nurse was arrested on Aug. 18 of that year by Anaheim Police detectives.

A jury found Nolan guilty of the crimes on June 21, 2013, but due to various moves by the defense final sentencing did not happen until Friday, prompting someone close to a victim to proclaim, "Justice is finally served!"

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Federal Agents Think They Know Who Used Dead Lady's Debit Card

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

On Dec. 21, 2013, Long Beach Fire Department officials summoned police detectives to an East Anaheim Street apartment, where the the three-day-old corpse of 24-year-old Angelica Chavez was found in bed after a drug overdose.

Seven weeks later, Chavez's father received Citibank statements showing that someone had made 83 cash withdraws and purchases from his daughter's checking account after her death.

The U.S. Marshal's office today has Buena Park's Matthew Lara in no-bail custody as the thief.

According to federal prosecutors, surveillance videos show that Lara--already a convicted felon--used Chavez's debit card to steal more than $4,700 inside the Westminster Mall as well as at Walmart, Toys-R-Us, Foot Locker, Walgreens and 7-Eleven.

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"Mr. C" Tom Bosley was Unwittingly Tied to $13 Million Scam Led by Fugitive-Turned-Convictee

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Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley) and The Fonz (Henry Winkler) wind up battling in court in the Happy Days episode "Two Angry Men."

The hammer finally came down this week on a scamster who fled the country 15 years ago when the FBI started investigating his Newport Beach company, which used telemarketers to reach investors into a supposed family-oriented entertainment website whose spokesman was "Mr. C.," the late actor Tom Bosley.

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Orange County Brother-Sister Duo Operated Hospital Drug Scam

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Conspiring with his sister who worked as a nurse, an Irvine businessman got rich selling stolen and mis-branded hospital supplies and drugs--including the horse tranquilizer and party drug Ketamine.

Bahram Khandan, owner of United Capital Group Inc., profited more than $1.88 million during a two-year period by using the Internet to sell property that belonged to UCI Medical Center in Irvine, Kaiser Hospital in Riverside and Arrowhead Hospital in Colton, according to Assistant United States Attorney Jeannie M. Joseph.

Joseph argued that Khandan--who was nabbed by undercover officers--deserved a 31-month prison sentence, but the defendant hoped for a punishment of home confinement because with five minor children he is "truly Mr. Mom."

This week inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna decided the appropriate term is 15 months in prison followed by nine months of home detention.

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Steen Parker III Identified as Man Shot Dead by Police After Anaheim Armed Robbery: Update

Categories: Crime-iny

UPDATE: The man shot by police has been identified as Steen Parker III, 43, of Lake Elsinore.

Courtesy of Anaheim Police Dept.
Paul Brian Marval III, still alive
Consider a 39-year-old Lake Elsinore man in custody for the armed robbery of an Anaheim Fry's Electronics store lucky.

He could have been his alleged partner in crime.

That man, who has not yet been identified, died in a shootout with cops, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

The drama began just after 1:50 p.m. Friday, when officers were called to the Fry's at 3370 E. La Palma Ave. about an armed robbery, according to Anaheim Police Lt. Bob Dunn.

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