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Organized Crime Indictment Accuses Defendants of Bank Fraud in Santa Ana

February 17, 2011
By The Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera, Jr. on February 17, 2011 7:18 AM |

Numerous Santa Ana defendants face criminal charges as part of a massive raid charging more than 100 individuals with operating an organized criminal enterprise, according to The Cypress Times.

An experienced Santa Ana criminal defense lawyers should always be called to represent clients facing criminal charges as part of such large raids. Frequently, authorities make a big splash while the media's cameras are present. But it is not unusual for the cases against many of the defendants to be weak. An experienced attorney should be called as early as possible to protect your rights and ensure maximum leverage and bargaining power. Indictments against 102 individuals were unsealed in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Miami and Denver; federal, state and local authorities arrested 80 and additional arrests are expected.
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"Today's indictments allege literally hundreds of criminal acts in three states - from extortion and kidnapping to firearms trafficking and health care fraud," said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. "The common denominator among these defendants and their criminal enterprises is the use of violence and intimidation to commit crimes for profit. But we are determined to fight back. In less than one month, the Justice Department has announced the largest one-day takedown against La Cosa Nostra, coordinated a nationwide gang takedown and, today, arrested more than 80 Armenian Power members, associates and others with ties to organized crime. These groups bring fear into our communities, defraud innocent victims, and put the safety and security of our neighborhoods at risk. We are taking an aggressive stand against these organized criminal groups and will continue our efforts to put them out of business."

The federal indictment in Santa Ana charged 20 defendants. Allegations include a bank-fraud scheme that targeted the elderly and other vulnerable victims. Conspirators allegedly paid insiders for confidential bank account information, including Social Security numbers and passwords. They are accused of stealing at least $10 million from hundreds of accounts.

"We have seen organized crime spread from shakedowns on street corners to complex cyber schemes, human trafficking and other crimes perpetrated across international borders," said Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry of the FBI. "Transnational enterprises are siphoning hundreds of millions of dollars from our economy to perpetuate their cycle of greed."

The two-year investigation, known as Operation Power Outage, included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as state and local authorities.

If you are facing state or federal criminal charges involving fraud in Santa Ana, contact the Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera Jr. to discuss your rights. Through three decades of experienced, Attorney LaBarbera has argued over 200 criminal trials and appeals. Call (714) 541-9668 for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights.