Weekender Updater: Prom-Night Killer, Family Rapist, Santa Ana Slayers, Sued Plastic Surgeon

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

This weekend you are updated on Orange County prosecutors opposing the parole of a prom-night killer (again) as well as the prison sentence given to the rapist of a family member. Meanwhile, prosecutors have no issue with the prison sentences given to two Santa Ana murderers, and a plastic surgeon the DA's office once tried to convict of insurance fraud is being sued by a former business partner.

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Buddhist Monk Commits Suicide After Being Linked to Theft of $97,000 from Congregants

Categories: Crime-iny

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Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Dao Nguyen was 44.
The head monk at a Buddhist temple in Santa Ana was found dead there from an apparent suicide--after becoming the subject of a police investigation into allegations he defrauded 34 congregants out of $97,000 for a trip to Vietnam that never happened, police said today.

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Un Young Lee Charged with Murder of Mother-in-Law Whose Remains Were Found in Tustin

Categories: Crime-iny

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UPDATE, MARCH 27, 8:52 A.M.: Un Young Lee, 42, of San Dimas, is due in court in Los Angeles Pomona today after being booked for the murder of her unidentified mother-in-law, whose Diamond Bar home caught fire early Wednesday.

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Ahmad Henry Osman Accused of Molesting Three Girls Under 10 He Taught at Mosque

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Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office
Ahmad Henry Osman taught at The Indo Chinese Islamic Center in Santa Ana.
Prosecutors call him a pastor, police detectives call him a youth program educator and the leadership at his mosque calls him a Korean-studies volunteer, but whatever Ahmad Henry Osman is, he faces up to 50 years to life in state prison and lifetime mandatory sex offender registration if he is convicted of molesting three girls, ages 6, 7 and 9, who he met at the house of worship. That sentence could ultimately be longer if there are, as the Santa Ana Police Department and Orange County District Attorney's office fear, more victims. The two agencies issued a joint statement Thursday urging members of the public to contact them if they have additional information on 52-year-old Tustin resident Osman.

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Denise Huskins' "Kidnapping" in Vallejo That Ended in Huntington Beach was a Hoax: Cops

Categories: Crime-iny

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Vallejo Police Department
Denise Huskins is missing again.
Police in Vallejo say a head-scratching "kidnapping" there that ended with the "victim" turning up safe at her father's Huntington Beach apartment Wednesday was a hoax.

And now the 28-year-old physical therapist at the center of it all, Denise Huskins, is missing again. She was due to board an FBI jet for a trip back to Vallejo, but she did not show up--although she did reportedly lawyer up.

That was after Vallejo Police Lt. Kenny Park said this Wednesday night: "Today there is no evidence to support the claims that this was a stranger abduction or an abduction at all. Given the facts that have been presented thus far, this event appears to be an orchestrated event and not a kidnapping."

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Randy Orbach of "Redemption Song" Cover Story Gets 4 Years for Stalking Ex-Girlfriend

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Photo by John Gilhooley/OC Weekly
Randy Orbach hold told the Weekly he put his criminal life behind him. Then he got arrested again.
Thomas "Randy" Orbach's "Redemption Song" hit a sour note when he was sentenced to four more years in state prison earlier this month.

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How Tony Rackauckas Took A Slam Dunk Death Penalty Case And Turned It Into His Worst Crisis

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Kevin McVeigh
DA Rackauckas: If I only had a brain . . . I'd unravel every riddle for any individ'le, in trouble or in pain

Orange County's worst mass shooting, the so-called 2011 Seal Beach hair-salon massacre, began as a traumatizing event for all, but it has devolved into one of the most polarizing legal struggles to hit our legal system. The question isn't about Scott Dekraai's guilt. Dekraai admitted to police that he was the killer within minutes of the shooting. Controversy swirls, however, around the tactics of prosecutors and sheriff's deputies trying to impose a death-penalty punishment rather than a 200-plus-year prison sentence without the possibility for parole. With one embarrassing revelation after another, the battle has grown painful, especially for the baffled families of the victims. To help understand why Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals, himself an accomplished former prosecutor, this month made a historic decision to recuse Tony Rackauckas and his district attorney's office (OCDA), we are providing a chronology of events:


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Ex-County Assessor Webster J. Guillory Has Felony Count Nixed, 2 More Now Misdemeanors

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County of Orange
The felony case helped sweep Webster J. Guillory out of office.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Gassia Apkarian on Tuesday dismissed a felony count of filing false nomination papers against ex-county Assessor Webster J. Guillory and reduced two other felony counts to misdemeanors.

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Teofilo Medina Jr. Dies on Death Row; He'd Murdered 4 Young Men in OC and Corona in '84

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Courtesy of CDC
Teofilo Medina Jr.
A 70-year-old Orange County death row inmate has died not from execution after years and years of appeals were denied but of natural causes.

Teofilo Medina Jr., out of Santa Ana, died Sunday at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, where he had been receiving hospice care, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDC).

Medina served prison time in Arizona for a rape and was released about three months before October and November 1984, when over a 25-day period he robbed and murdered four store clerks in Orange and Riverside counties. Horacio Ariza Jr., 20, and Douglas Michael Metal, 23, who worked at a Santa Ana gas station, and Victor Rea, 20, who worked at a Garden Grove drive-through dairy, were all shot in the head.

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It's Not Only Tax Season, It's IRS/State Tax Agency/Police/Sheriff Telephone Scam Season

Categories: Crime-iny

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"Fine, arrest me, but can you pretend to be my son who never calls?"
Federal, state and local law enforcement officials have issued separate warnings about telephone scams the past couple weeks involving the Internal Revenue Service, the California tax agency, the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Anaheim and Santa Ana police departments.

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