Toby G. Scammell Cops to Using Insider Info to Make Killing Off Disney Acquisition of Marvel

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If Marvel needed a comic book villain who commits fraud, Scammell would be a fitting name.

The company learned this first hand thanks to the federal securities fraud prosecutions of 29-year-old Toby G. Scammell, who pleaded guilty Monday to having made about $192,000 in profits by purchasing Marvel Entertainment Inc. stock options immediately prior to its acquisition by the Walt Disney Co. in August 2009. The San Francisco resident now faces up to 25 years in federal prison.

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Shawna Barretto Allegedly Stole $1.4 mil from Law Firms; Fred Correll Took Teamsters' $10k

An Anaheim bookkeeper has been charged with embezzling more than $1.4 million from two law firms and issuing unauthorized checks to her husband.

Meanwhile, the former treasurer of the Fullerton office of a Teamsters union has pleaded
guilty to embezzling $10,000 and faces sentencing Aug. 4.

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Federal Judge Sends Orange County Ecstasy Dealer To Prison

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Ecstasy, but not for Andrew Quoc Tran
A 2009 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into massive sales of the party drug Ecstasy (or MDMA) in Costa Mesa near Orange Coast College resulted this month in a prison term of 46 months for one of the drug dealers.

It's not known what arguments Andrew Quoc Tran's defense lawyer and Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Keenan made about punishment because U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney sealed the debate from public view.

Tran, who has been free from custody on $30,000 bail, pleaded guilty in March 2010 to four criminal counts filed in a federal indictment.

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OC Register Inks Syndication Deal with Voice of OC In Desperate Bid to Remain Local, Investigate-y

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Kushner: Fluting toward...
So you know how Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner drones on and on about how his vision for the paper is to be local, local, local? Then he bought the Riverside Press-Enterprise, spun off Long Beach and Los Angeles editions of the Reg, and began infesting the pages of the mothership with content that was of no relevance to OC readers whatsoever? All the while insisting that he had, in fact, bolstered the bones of Grand Street by hiring a shitload of reporters...that he then shipped off to other points? Remember all that?

Well, Kushner has now swung back to his commitment to syndicating the content of a competitor: the Voice of OC, a nonprofit online publication that has just sold out any indie cred it had built up by becoming Kushner's useful idiot.

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Kirk Michael Galvin Faces 15 Years to Life After Copping to Killing Uncle and Burning His Body

Douglas Brian Galvin, R.I.P.
A La Palma man who copped to murdering his uncle and setting the body on fire is expected to receive a sentence next month of 15 years to life in state prison.

Kirk Michael Galvin, who was originally charged with first-degree murder, pleaded guilty under a deal with the court to second-degree murder, which spared the 25-year-old of a much longer prison term at his scheduled May 23 sentencing.

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Attention, Target Mission Viejo Shoppers: Pets Are Delicious Meat!

Dog spelled backwards?
Shoppers at the Mission Viejo Target store got an eyeful recently thanks to a minivan in the parking lot with this message on the back window:

"Pets are delicious meat."

Actually, it really comes down to the sauce but ... I mean ... along the back bumper was the answer to readers' obvious WTF? question:

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Majida Assayed Went to an OC Social Security Office to Do the Right Thing But Left Dead

All things considered, Majida Assayed looks pretty good for a dead woman.

The Fountain Valley resident discovered the government had declared her deceased when her credit cards accounts were closed, she could not get a checking account and an Orange County Social Security Administration (SSA) worker mentioned her drivers license may have been invalidated.

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San Clemente Checkpoint Epic Drug Bust of the Week!

Categories: Bong Blotter

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That didn't take long.

Last week, it was a pickup truck carrying a metal security door full of all kinds of drugs that won the prize. Agents busted that load at the San Clemente checkpoint.

Their sniffing dogs must be working overtime, because San Clemente claims yet another win with the April 16 bust of an SUV full of cocaine. After a dog signaled the presence of drugs in the truck, agents performed a search. "Six bundles of cocaine were concealed inside the gas tank," the U.S. Border Patrol said in a press release. The narcotics were accessible through an access panel for the fuel-sending unit, which was found under the back seat."

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Marcos Sariana Gurrola, 'Fascist Island' Class Warfare Shooter, Gets 12 Years in Disputed Deal

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Remember the out-of-work security guard from Garden Grove who engaged in a little bit of the ol'd class warfare by shooting up Fashion Island with his Glock semiautomatic gun because "that's where the rich people were?"

Marcos "Mark" Sariana Gurrola, 44, pleaded guilty to dozens and dozens of felonies this morning and was immediately sentenced to 12 years in state prison under a plea deal with the court that was opposed by the prosecution.

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Controversial Photos Of Jessica Simpson's Father Prompt Lawsuit Against Gay Website

Categories: Court

A prominent Orange County-based celebrity photography agency is suing a San-Francisco-based, gay website for alleged unauthorized use of six of the company's photographs of singer/actress Jessica Simpson's father.

Mivrix Photographs filed its copyright complaint this week inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana and is seeking at least $1.8 million in damages against GayCities, Inc. and its Internet site.

According to the lawsuit written by plaintiff attorney Peter R. Afrasiabi of Newport Beach, the defendants committed copyright infringement 12 times with six different images of Joe Simpson "with a young male companion."

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