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Posted: Sun, November 27, 2011 03:47 PM PST
Updated: Mon, November 28, 2011 01:50 PM PST
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (pictured left in mugshot) was already on Neiman Marcus' radar when she was arrested outside its Union Square store last month for allegedly shoplifting $2,450 worth of merchandise, including a pair of leather pants. According to sources close to the case, a week before the Neiman bust, a store saleswoman noticed that a dress was missing after a woman matching Hayashi's description tried it on. The saleswoman did not know who Hayashi was, but when the Castro Valley Democrat showed up Oct. 25, the clerk alerted store security and they began tracking her with surveillance cameras. The surveillance tape, now in prosecutors' hands, shows nothing conclusive. But at one point Hayashi took several items into a dressing room - out of the cameras' view - then left 18 minutes later carrying a shopping bag. When she checked out at the register, she allegedly didn't produce the leather pants, a skirt and a blouse in the bag. Security guards stopped her outside. Hayashi's attorney declined to comment on the latest details in the case. A PR man for Hayashi has said it was all a big mistake, that the assemblywoman was distracted by phone calls and text messages and was just about to return to the store when she was stopped. She has pleaded not guilty to grand theft and is free on bail.
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Assemble on Bench!
Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 3:36 pm PDT
San Francisco, CA (WCJB) -- Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, 45, of Castro Valley, who has served in the Assembly since 2006 (and who is married to Alameda Superior Court Judge Dennis Hayashi) has been charged with felony grand theft. The charges arose after Hayashi was caught on video surveillance shoplifting approximately $2,450 worth of merchandise from San Francisco’s Neiman Marcus store on Union Square.
Upon leaving the store around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Hayashi was stopped by Neiman Marcus’ security detail. A search of her shopping bag included three additional items, not listed on her receipt and worth $2,450. The district attorney’s office said that a review of the surveillance video revealed that Hayashi hadn’t paid for the items when she checked out at the register. Neiman Marcus’ security detail summoned the San Francisco Police. Hayashi was later questioned by police at the Tenderloin Station. She was eventually booked at the County Jail on one count of felony theft. Prosecutors did not specify what the items were, but a source familiar with the case tells us they were leather pants, a black skirt and white blouse. Prosecutors say Hayashi was arraigned Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court. She had earlier posted $15,000 bail. She pleaded not guilty Thursday before Judge Samuel Feng and is due back in court Nov. 15, 2011, to set a preliminary hearing.
Prosecutors have video evidence, Stephanie Ong Stillman, a San Francisco district attorney spokeswoman said. Hayashi could face up to three years in jail for the charge, Stillman added.
Hayashi, who was born in South Korea, became the first Korean American woman to be elected to the state Legislature, 18th Assembly District. She chairs the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protections. The 18th Assembly District includes Hayward, San Leandro, Castro Valley and Dublin, Before winning election Hayashi was a public health analyst and member of the state Board of Registered Nursing. Hayashi, a Castro Valley Democrat, known for her fashionable outfits, earned $115,000 for her state position in 2009 and her husband made $165,000 on the bench. Just two years ago, Hayashi pumped at least $202,212 of her own campaign money into helping elect her husband, Dennis Hayashi, a former attorney (pictured left) to the Alameda County bench.
Prince of Deceit!
Posted: 10/06/2011 05:30:59 AM PDT
Updated: 10/06/2011 01:50:57 PM PDT
A South Bay attorney was found guilty Wednesday of defrauding more than 30 people as part of a $1.1 million investment scheme, federal prosecutors said. A federal jury in San Francisco convicted 49-year-old David Prince, who lives in Saratoga and had a law office in Los Gatos, of five counts of wire fraud but did not reach a verdict on two other counts, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors say Prince led an investment fraud scheme from August 2005 to January 2007 by recruiting people to put their money in investment firms called MJE Invest and Leopard Fund.
Prince told investors their principal would be guaranteed and that they would receive a rate of return as high as 5 to 25 percent each month through investments in the stock market, prosecutors said. But he ultimately lost most of the money through "risky options trading," they said, using other cash to pay his credit card bills and lease a Mercedes.
Records from the State Bar of California show Prince was suspended from practice for one year and placed on probation in 2007 after he was charged with five counts of misconduct stemming from two client issues that appear unrelated to the fraud scheme.
The three-week trial followed a multi-year investigation by the FBI. Prince is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11, 2011.
U.S. Postal Crooks!
Posted: 09/23/2011 07:29:43 AM PDT
Updated: 09/23/2011 01:50:43 PM PDT
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Two Northern California postal workers are facing the prospect of lengthy prison terms over allegations they stole hundreds of iPhones from the mail. Prosecutors say a federal grand jury on Thursday returned a 61-count indictment charging Saravy Yem and Angel Pantoja-Lopez with conspiracy to steal mail and mail theft by postal service employees. Yem and Pantoja-Lopez, both 27, worked at a postal service distribution center in West Sacramento where they sorted and processed mail.
Prosecutors say the two postal workers opened parcels containing AT&T iPhones, took the phones, then disposed of the empty parcels. Investigators say they found nearly 300 empty AT&T iPhone parcels at the facility. Prosecutors say if convicted, Yem and Pantoja-Lopez are facing up to five years in prison on each count.
Published Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 | 5:21 p.m.
Updated Monday, Aug. 9, 2011 | 12:54 p.m.
Henderson City Attorney Elizabeth Quillin (pictured left, day & night photo) accepted a $99,500 severance package and resigned Monday following her May drunken driving arrest. Quillin will walk away from her job as part of a negotiated settlement that will pay her $99,500, plus accrued vacation time and 10 months of COBRA insurance coverage, worth about $3,800. Her resignation is effective immediately.
The City Council had several options before it at a special meeting called Monday to discuss Quillin’s employment. It could have fired her without cause, entitling Quillin to a severance package worth $320,000 laid out in her contract. It also could have fired her with cause, under a provision in her contract that prohibits “malfeasance” by an executive official. This option would have paid Quillin only her accrued vacation time.
June 22, 2011
A former U.S. Forest Service accountant has been sentenced to four years in prison for embezzling $1.4 million while working for the agency in California. Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Kathy Stamps of Rancho Cucamonga manipulated and fabricated internal Forest Service records that caused the U.S. Treasury to issue $1.4 million to accounts she controlled. Investigators say Stamps spent more than $1 million on cars, jewelry, mortgage payments and plastic surgery, among other things. She was sentenced on Tuesday in Los Angeles, and the judge ordered her to pay $1.1 million in restitution.
Trimming the Budget!
June 4, 2011 @ 12:41 PM PDT
LAS VEGAS, NV -- An imprisoned and disbarred lawyer was hit with more prison time in Nevada for stealing from clients. Charles Radosevich was sentenced Thursday in Las Vegas to five to 20 years after he pleaded guilty in March to felony theft and obtaining money under false pretenses. Another Clark County District Court judge sentenced Radosevich in April to four to 10 years after he pleaded guilty to similar charges in a different case including allegations that he used the forged signature of a Nevada state judge. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the 67-year-old Radosevich has to serve at least nine years and pay $260,000 in restitution. Prosecutors say Radosevich was disbarred in Colorado and Nebraska and fled Las Vegas in 2009. He was captured at a Phoenix airport returning from Costa Rica.
A Lil' Mo' Time!
Posted: 05/02/2011 11:42:22 AM PDT
Updated: 05/03/2011 08:29:25 AM PDT
WALNUT CREEK, CA -- A Rossmoor attorney on Monday pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving charges filed in an 85-year-old neighbor's death. Robert David Wyatt, 70 (pictured left) had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he fatally struck pedestrian Edward Phillips on Pine Knoll Drive in the gated senior community Dec. 2, 2010 prosecutors said. Wyatt is an environmental lawyer and senior partner at the Allen Matkins firm's San Francisco office. He was coming home from a Lafayette restaurant that night in his Bentley when he struck Phillips, who investigators think was waiting for a bus to take him to his regular dinner spot, P.F. Chang's China Bistro in Walnut Creek, according to Wyatt's attorney.
The questions yet to be answered, Wyatt's attorney said, include where was Phillips in the roadway when he was hit and would someone with no alcohol in their system have been able to see him? "Mr. Phillips was not in a place that you'd expect a person to be," he said. Walnut Creek police did several reconstructions of the accident, which contributed to a four-month delay in charges being filed, to the frustration of Phillips' friends and neighbors. One Rossmoor resident told the Times that many are "very disappointed and perplexed" that Wyatt was not charged with hit-and-run for leaving the accident scene.
Much of the rumors and speculation at Rossmoor surrounding Wyatt has been unfair, his attorney said. Wyatt had no working cell phone that night and so, after assessing that Phillips was critically injured, he drove to a guard station to alert security to summon an ambulance, his attorney said. Wyatt was instructed to wait for police there. Wyatt is "devastated" by the death of Phillips, who by accounts was a "very popular and kind, pleasant, older gentleman," his attorney said. Wyatt is free from jail in lieu of $50,000 bail and is back in court June 30 to schedule his preliminary hearing. His driver's license is expected to be suspended by the state Department of Motor Vehicles any day now, his attorney said.
Posted: 04/30/2011 04:42:03 PM PDT
Willard "Ross" Lanham may have financed a life of luxury for himself and his “cougar” wife with $3.6 million dollars from the New York City Department of Education.
August 26, 2010
A former partner at a well-known law firm and his marketing consultant wife were arrested Wednesday on felony charges of bilking the San Francisco school district and private insurers out of about $400,000 via fraudulent bills for treatment of their autistic son, officials say. The San Francisco couple, Jonathan S. Dickstein and Barclay J. Lynn, both 43, surrendered Wednesday and are expected to appear in court this morning for arraignment on 30 counts of fraud, theft and conspiracy, authorities say. They were briefly jailed Wednesday on $100,000 bail each but were released on bond.
"This was an elaborate scheme to defraud the school district and insurance companies out of a lot of money," said Chief Assistant District Attorney David Pfeifer. "They used this scheme to make money off their child's special needs - that's terrible."
Until this year, Dickstein, who graduated from Stanford and then Harvard Law School, was a partner at the internationally recognized San Francisco firm of Morrison & Foerster, specializing in intellectual property issues and the law surrounding life sciences. He has since started his own practice, according to his Facebook page.
He and his wife had arranged for the home care of their young son through another school district before transferring to the San Francisco school district. Under state guidelines, school districts are obligated to provide or compensate parents for home education of autistic or other severely disabled children.
By law, parents are required to use licensed private educational providers to develop individual treatment plans that meet state guidelines for their disabled children.
Dickstein and Lynn had employed such a private provider, but in 2006, they created their own: Puzzle Pieces. Prosecutors said it was actually a dummy company that was not licensed to develop autism education.
In fact, they say, the couple used Puzzle Pieces to overbill and "double dip" - charging both the school district and insurers for the exact same services - from 2006 to 2008. They billed for counselors and doctors at allegedly inflated rates and charged both the district and insurers for the same hours of treatment. They allegedly told insurers the district would not pay.
Gentle Blythe, spokeswoman for the district, said it was school officials who raised red flags to prosecutors last year. "The parents weren't allowing the district personnel to talk to the service providers," Blythe said. She said it was then that the district uncovered the fact that Puzzle Pieces was not a licensed provider and in fact had been started by Lynn in 2006.
Dickstein's attorney said the couple were devoted to their severely challenged son, but admittedly took efforts too far. "They put a lot of work into getting whatever the child needed," he said. "In the process of getting all those needs met, there were problems." He said he hopes to "try to work something out" with prosecutors.
Lynn's attorney, said that it was too soon to comment in detail but that there was "some indication that their conduct could be construed as lawful."
He said the couple volunteered many hours of their time to causes associated with autism.
The alleged fraud went undetected for about three years, until the school district assigned a new case supervisor over the education and treatment of the child last year. Blythe said the district's earlier efforts to supervise the child's care met with resistance from the couple, but officials acted quickly when the problem was uncovered by the new supervisor.
The new supervisor noticed that Puzzle Pieces was charging twice what would typically be paid for in-home autism care and counseling for autistic children, prosecutors say. A doctor who supposedly provided help had no specialty in autism, prosecutors say. Dr. Robert Schenck describes himself on the Internet as a specialist in depression in adults. He declined to comment.
When confronted about the questionable billings, the couple told authorities at the district that they did not have copies of the checks used to pay Puzzle Pieces. Prosecutors said the couple attempted to pass off Puzzle Pieces as a company that they were not directly involved in, saying they would have to talk to the company people and get back to the district. But, Pfeifer noted: "They are the company."
Thousands in losses According to prosecutors, the district lost as much as $240,000 while Anthem Blue Cross lost an estimated $100,000 and CIGNA, which administered the law firm's health plan, lost about $40,000.
In an Internet profile, Lynn said that from March 2006 until June of this year, she was a "director" of "private autism services" and that she "designed and directed (an) individualized home education program for (a) child affected by Autism" that combined "best practices" in " therapies and techniques ..."
She said that the "10 year old child in question went from an 'untestable' IQ in 2004 to being able to reach (sic) at a 2nd grade level, write several pages of text and is able to do 2nd grade math." Dickstein's attorney, said the couple got overwhelmed as they worked with the many intricacies involved in securing care for their son. "They were dealing with multiple agencies," he said. "Somehow things kind of went south. It's really unfortunate for them, as people, and also for their kid."
Mr. Dickstein received his B.A., with high honors, in International Relations, from Stanford University, received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard University School of Law in 1993, and later served as clerk in the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Dickstein began practicing law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in New York in 1994. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Dickstein served as Vice President, Business Development, Legal Affairs and as a member of the Board of Directors of Doubletwist (formerly Pangea Systems), a bioinformatics software company. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 1999, became partner in 2001, and is a member of the California State Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Licensing Executive Society.
Note: Mr. Dickstein is the epitome of Jewish greed. Claude and Renee Zellweger bought a five-bedroom, 2.5-bath home at 621 Waller St. in Western Addition from Jonathan Dickstein and Barclay Lynn for $1.975 million on March 31, 2010. The property was previously acquired for $1.495 million on Aug. 2004. The 2,050-square-foot house was built in 2004. Mr. Zellweger is a principal and the design director at One & Co., an industrial design company. He previously worked at Pentagram Design, where he did designs for prominent industrial companies. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design (1997). The Zellwegers also own a home at 164 Hartford St. in Castro/Upper Market. According to BlockShopper.com, there have been 218 home sales in Western Addition during the past 12 months, with a median sales price of $681,500.
Jonathan S. Dickstein
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August 1, 2010
(MOBILE, Ala.) A Mobile County assistant district attorney found himself behind bars early Sunday morning.
Mobile Police says Michael Hickman was arrested shortly before midnight Sunday on a domestic violence charge.
He was released late Sunday morning on a $300 bond
July 8, 2008
Beware of this Lying Thief!! (Jessica Miller (right), dressed in a jail suit and handcuffs.)
Note: CJ posts this story to alert the community regarding a common practice of corrupt, dishonest and disbarred Attorneys. Oftentimes an Attorney disbarred in one State will simply move to another State and engage in the practice of law, or work in some capacity in the legal profession. Beware of this practice and this particular Attorney!
Story: (July 08, 2008)
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Disbarred civil attorney Jessica Miller was sentenced to 90 days in the Pasco County jail for defying the commands (called Contempt of Court) of Circuit Judge Shawn Crane.
Miller lost her law practice and her law license to the Florida Bar, which shut her down earlier this year amid a slew of client complaints and allegations that tens of thousands of client dollars are missing from her firm's bank accounts.
On June 23 [, 2008] she also lost her freedom, too, when [Judge] Crane found her guilty of contempt of court. Miller, the judge ruled, ignored his order to appear in his courtroom in December to explain herself. Miller also failed to obey a court order to return $28,000 (which has since gone missing from her firm) to a client.
Miller testified that she thought her paralegal, Kristen Collins, would take care of the money transfer and the December court hearing for her. But Collins is also the ex-employee that Miller has blamed for the money missing from the defunct firm. Collins denied this at the June 23 hearing.
Story by: Jamal Thalji, Times Staff Writer
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