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Pasadena Police Lieutenant Charged in Federal Indictment with Illegal Sales of ‘Off-Roster’ Guns and Other Weapons Offenses

A lieutenant in the Pasadena Police Department was taken into custody this morning on federal charges related to the illegal sale of approximately 100 firearms. Vasken Kenneth Gourdikian, 48, of Sierra Madre, who is currently on administrative leave, self-surrendered this morning to federal authorities. Gourdikian was named by a federal grand jury yesterday in a…
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L.A. Man Convicted of ATM ‘Shoulder Surfing’ that Allowed Him to Withdraw Cash after Bank Customers Left ATMs

A federal judge has convicted a Los Angeles man of three counts of aggravated identity theft for using the secret codes of elderly Bank of America customers to make fraudulent withdrawals at ATMs in Los Angeles and Orange County. In a written order issued yesterday, Daniel Jermaine Usher, 26, of South Los Angeles, was found…
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Governor Jerry Brown Signs Sweeping Legislation to Reform the Juvenile Justice System in California

In late 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed nine bills reforming the juvenile justice system in California by placing a greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation, and maintaining family cohesion. The new laws increase parole opportunities and ease punishment for people who committed crimes as children or teens. Notable bills include SB 395, SB 394, and AB…
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Initial Coin Offerings: The New Frontier

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Cyber Unit has filed its first case, freezing an initial coin offering which, according to the SEC, is a $15 million investor fraud. The SEC’s newest enforcement arm was established in September of this year to address cyber-based threats such as market manipulation schemes involving false information spread through…
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