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  • Fund Manager Pleads to Stealing $336,000 From UCLA's History Department

    Pamela J. Johnson, District Attorney Office|Jul 30, 2021

    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that a fund manager at UCLA's history department pleaded no contest today to stealing more than $300,000 from the university through fraudulent purchase orders and travel reimbursements. "Public employees have a financial responsibility to the people they serve," District Attorney Gascón said. "This criminal conduct drained resources from the history department that could have been used to benefit students and fulfill the u...

  • $1 Million Dollar Fine for ignoring California Coastal Commission is Actually Small Potatoes for Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

    Pamela J. Johnson, Los Angeles County District Attorney Office|Dec 23, 2020

    The owners of a luxury hotel built in Santa Monica without the required permits have agreed to pay a total of $1 million in penalties and restitution, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today. The final judgment, approved Dec. 14 by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr, provides discounted and affordable room rates. "The planning and permitting process ensures our community has the opportunity to provide input into what our neighborhoods look and feel...

  • Apple Inc. Settles $24.6 Million Consumer Protection Lawsuit Over Slowing Performance in Older iPhones

    Pamela J. Johnson, LA District Attorney Office|Nov 21, 2020

    Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today that Apple Inc. will pay $24.6 million to settle a California lawsuit alleging the company failed to disclose that iPhone software it instructed consumers to download slowed down the performance in older iPhones. The California settlement is part of a larger $113 million settlement negotiated with a total of 34 states resolving allegations that the company made misrepresentations about iPhone batteries and software updates that th...

  • El Monte Toy Importer Pleads, Sentenced for Possessing, Manufacturing $1.4 Million in Counterfeit Goods

    Pamela J. Johnson, LA District Attorney Office|Nov 19, 2020

    The owner of an El Monte toy import business pleaded no contest today for manufacturing and possessing more than $1.4 million in counterfeit goods, including plush toys, backpacks and playing cards, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Wan Piao (dob 8/31/82), aka Edison Piao or Edisson Park, entered the plea to two felony counts of counterfeit of registered marks and was immediately sentenced to three years of formal probation, plus 90 days of community service and...