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A&D General Contracting and Action Telecom fraudulently got contracts for disabled veterans

Owners of construction and telecom firms arraigned yesterday

Owners of two companies were arraigned in federal court yesterday (April 21) for allegedly using fraud to get contracts of $11 million that had been specifically marked for service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses. Andrew Otero and Roger ...

KOGO Radio financial stock tout arrested in Utah

Jacob Cooper boasted of piety, good deeds

The Securities and Exchange Commission three years ago charged him and his firm, Total Wealth Management, with fraud. The agency said he got kickbacks for touting stocks without divulging the ruse to his clients. Some ...

County unemployment rate stays low

It was 4.2 percent in March, same as February

The San Diego County unemployment rate for March was 4.2 percent, the same as the revised figure for February. California was 5.1 percent and the nation 4.6 percent in the same period. The county gained ...

He didn't pay taxes, then fled before trial

Ramona resident gets 8 1/2 years in slammer

Louis Joseph Vadino of Ramona was sentenced today (April 19) to 102 months in federal prison for evading federal taxes, then vamoosing right before his trial, stashing money in an offshore bank (in Greece), and ...

Tax havens with funny names no laughing matter

Offshore: A cozy place to hide money

At least one good thing may come out of this year’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged Russian ties and last year’s Panama Papers scandal. The public may learn how oodles of money is stashed ...

Swedish businessman used Lucky Lady Casino on El Cajon Blvd. for racketeering

Peter Magnus Karlsson and the shoebox full of cash

Peter Magnus Karlsson, a Swedish businessman, pleaded guilty today (April 13) to engaging in an international racketeering conspiracy using Lucky Lady Casino and Card Room on El Cajon Boulevard between 55th and 56th streets as ...

St. Louis sues Rams and NFL over team's departure

Could San Diego sue? Doubtful. It had its chance.

St. Louis, St. Louis County, and the local Regional Convention and Sports Complex are suing the National Football League, 32 of its teams, and some owners individually over the departure of the Rams to Los ...

Engineers’ group bullish on H-1B reform

Will Issa’s bill pass?

Lots of talk on H-1B visa reform — action doubtful.

Two local stock touts hit by securities commission

Wrote articles for SeekingAlpha.com claiming no payment

San Diegan Craig Keolanui and El Cajon resident Ciaran Thornton have been spanked by the Securities and Exchange Commission for violating anti-fraud and anti-touting provisions of federal securities laws. Both published articles on investment websites ...

The Hedgecocks sue city over Pacific Beach sidewalk slip

Charge: silicone breast implants ruptured

Cynthia Hedgecock and her husband, Roger Hedgecock, former mayor and retired radio talk show host, have sued the city in Superior Court over an accident. The city was served with the suit in November and ...

Supervisor embezzled to go to Super Bowl

Edward Abellana of San Diego's Argen Corp. sentenced to two years in hoosegow

Edward Abellana was accounts payable supervisor from 2011 to 2015 at Argen Corp., a San Diego metals company. He embezzled $1.9 million during the period he was overseeing credit card accounts, according to federal Judge ...

Mayoral whopper: "Hundreds of millions" will be lost if convention center not expanded

They all say the same thing

Mayor Kevin Faulconer sent an email yesterday (April 7) promoting his plan for a ballot measure that would raise tourist taxes to provide money for fixing the streets (long overdue) and expanding the convention center ...

Drugs-for-sex doctor surrenders medical license

Naga Raja Thota sentenced to 30 months in prison

On March 15 of this year, the Medical Board of California announced that Naga Raja Thota had surrendered his medical license. That was hardly surprising, because a week earlier, he had been sentenced to 30 ...

Settlement talks possible in San Onofre lawsuit

Even Edison wonders if nuclear waste should be buried near ocean

There could be settlement talks in a lawsuit protesting the proposed burial of San Onofre nuclear waste 100 feet from the ocean near the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant. San Diego-based Citizens Oversight sued the ...

Attorney relied on non-attorney at Ford & Weinberg

San Diego's David Q. Meyer gets disbarred for losing control of funds

David Q. Meyer has been disbarred by order of the California Supreme Court, according to State Bar records. Meyer was the escrow agent for an escrow firm named Ford & Weinberg. Meyer agreed to accept ...

Six local accountants, firms disciplined

Accountancy board comes down hard

Six San Diego County accountants and accounting firms have been disciplined by the California Board of Accountancy. The firm of Oliva, Goddard and Wright has been give 20 months of probation. In 2015, the Public ...

Yay! San Diego reservoirs filling up

Aquifer-dependent Borrego Springs doesn’t have much to cheer about

On January 26, San Diego County’s water authority exulted that the drought was over. On March 22, the New York Times wrote, “We have some good news on the California drought.” The huge snowpack in ...

FINRA nails CUSO: debt-laden

Instruments sold to risk-averse seniors

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, best known as FINRA, fined San Diego's CUSO Financial Services $125,000 for selling highly leveraged unit investment trusts to customers, often elderly, who had indicated they had low tolerance for ...

He embezzled $825,000, but gets no prison time

But another who stole $557,000 gets 33 months

On October 4 of last year, Stuart Teshima, former chief financial officer for Epsilon Systems Solutions, confessed to embezzling $825,000 from the defense company over a period of eight years. He was in charge of ...

NFL owners approve Raiders move to Vegas

The league has been tied to gambling since its founding

National Football League owners, meeting in Phoenix today (March 27), approved the Oakland Raiders' move to the gambling haven. The vote was 31-1. The dissenting vote was not announced but it was said to come ...

FTC: Tangled web of Vista companies cheats consumers

Scheme is called "negative option marketing"

The Federal Trade Commission on March 23 charged in federal court that an intertwined group of Vista-based companies are hoodwinking consumers through an allegedly deceptive technique called negative option marketing. The defendants are AAFE Products, ...

De La Fuente runs for NYC mayoral seat

His "first problem is that he does not live here," said the Times.

San Diego real estate developer Roque (Rocky) De La Fuente is running for mayor of New York City, according to a March 23 article in the New York Times. In 2015, the Reader reported that ...

County unemployment rate drops to 4.2 percent

Of jobs jump of 6600 in February, government added 4200

San Diego County's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in February, down from a revised 4.5 percent in January, according to the state's Employment Development Department. The county did much better than the state (5.2 percent) ...

Fat City is elsewhere

Survey claims San Diego among cities with least amount of obese people

Residents of the San Diego metro area are among the least obese persons in the country, according to a study by WalletHub, a statistical aggregator. In a list of metro areas with the most corpulent ...

Bridgepoint VP goes to work for DeVos

Signs on with cronies at Department of Education

In March of 2011, the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions did a special investigative study of San Diego's for-profit Bridgepoint Education. Many shocking facts surfaced: Bridgepoint spent nearly 30 percent ...

Qualcomm sued for not being competitive enough

Electronics owner not happy with alleged inflated prices

A putative class action lawsuit filed on March 16 in federal court charges that Qualcomm has an unlawful monopoly in baseband processors (also called modem chipsets). David Kreuzer, a resident of Illinois, owns an Apple ...

Manchester was warned not to build in Austin

Hoteliers now say they need more convention-center space

As the Reader has been saying for years, convention centers are vastly overbuilt in the U.S. As a result, the centers have to slash prices, and lose money, to attract business. But expansions go ahead ...

Husband and wife cheated workers' compensation

Indicted for hiding the existence of 800 hotel workers

Hyok "Steven" Kwon and his wife, Woo Hui "Stephanie" Kwon, were sentenced to prison yesterday (March 15) for concocting and carrying out a complicated scheme to avoid paying workers' compensation insurance premiums and employment taxes ...

The trade war that could wallop San Diego

Mexico: 92 percent of exports, 80 percent of imports

The law of unintended consequences warns individuals, governments, and corporations that any action may backfire. The possibility of a trade war with Mexico is a classic example: the consequences could be brutal, especially for San ...

Fat Leonard to take down the entire Navy?

Retired admiral and eight others latest charged in Singapore scandal

Retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless and eight other naval officers were charged today (March 14) in the scandal involving Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia. The Navy brass received sex parties with prostitutes, ...

Two smugglers sentenced to prison

Ten years for drugs, eight years for the one who crashed and killed

Two border smugglers were sentenced to prison yesterday (March 13) for different crimes. Eduardo Peña, top dog in a Mexican pharmaceutical operation, was sentenced to 121 months in prison for distributing 55,813 tablets of the ...

Couple accused of conning investors

Michael Osborn, already in prison, charged with another scam

This is a story about Michael Osborn, who has a number of aliases, including Michael Osborn Ison, Jerry Lambert, Michael Lamont, and Tom Furlong. Osborn has spent much time in San Diego, formerly having offices ...

47,340 oxycodone tablets seized at border

American from TJ caught with opiates worth $1.42 million

Adriana Morfin-Paniagua, an American citizen living in Tijuana, was arrested yesterday (March 8) and charged with importing 47,340 tablets of oxycodone, an opioid, worth at least $1.42 million. They have an illegal street value of ...

Could Major League Soccer kick the city where it counts?

Hard to get more than 10,000 San Diegans per game

Fútbol? Football? Everybody chatters about the so-called plan for a soccer/football stadium and surrounding development in Mission Valley. Will taxpayers get fleeced? Why does San Diego State seem so queasy? Should we preserve Qualcomm Stadium ...

Suspended by state Bar but still top lawyer?

Kerry Steigerwalt was on probation for two years

A news release sent March 1 states that San Diego lawyer Kerry Steigerwalt has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in America by the National Trial Lawyers. The release says that Steigerwalt ...

County loses jobs, unemployment rises

Up only half a percentage point, but that's 19,000 people

San Diego County's unemployment rate in January was 4.5 percent, up from 4.1 percent in December. The county lost 19,000 jobs in the month. Retail lost 6500 jobs, as people working in the holiday season ...

Notorious mail scamster takes to the internet

David Bendah now peddles old comic books

David Bendah, who for more than three decades has cooked up mail scams, is now using the internet. In a program called "Money Insanity," peddled by a company named Global Dynamics, he says you can ...

North County has less heroin today

Forty-six gang members rounded up

Federal indictments unsealed yesterday (March 1) charge 55 drug dealers and gang members with crimes including money-laundering, robberies, vehicle thefts, burglaries, assaults, and trafficking in heroin, methamphetamine, and firearms. The gang members operated in North ...

Biotech rocket ride

La Jolla Pharmaceutical stock soars 76.75 percent

Stock of biotech La Jolla Pharmaceutical today (February 27) soared a rollicking 76.75 percent to $35.12. The company got excellent results in tests for a treatment for catecholamine-resistant hypotension, a life-threatening condition featuring inadequate blood ...

Former Chargers doctor gets probation

David Chao supplied Junior Seau with Ambien, known to worsen depression

The Medical Board of California has given Dr. David Jee Wei Chao, former Chargers physician, four years of probation. In April of last year, the board accused the doctor of repeated negligent acts, unprofessional conduct, ...

Diamondbacks haul out league commissioner scam

Similar to the one attempted by the Chargers/NFL

Remember in the early part of the century when the Chargers brought out the National Football League commissioner to blackmail San Diego taxpayers into paying for a new stadium? The commissioner declared that San Diego ...

Dalai Lama causes a stir at UCSD

Chinese students don't want him as commencement speaker

According to the publication Inside Higher Ed, Chinese students at the University of California/San Diego are complaining that the university is having the Dalai Lama as this year's commencement speaker. Lhamo Dondrub (the Dalai Lama) ...

Kindergarten teacher charged with bank, wire fraud

International scam allegedly run from address off El Cajon Boulevard

San Diegan Cristina Montijo has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. She was originally charged in the Southern District of New York, but the case has been moved to federal ...

San Diego mortgage bite remains mighty

At 35.6% of income, it's a bit better than renters' 42%

Despite the staggering rise in San Diego home prices (the median is more than $500,000), the percentage of your income going to your mortgage is only a little bit higher than it was in the ...

In the Navy...you can get $1800 steaks...in the Navy...

Commander Mario Herrera goes down in Fat Leonard scandal

U.S.Navy commander Mario Herrera was charged in a complaint unsealed today (February 16) with accepting romps with prostitutes, luxury travel, and elaborate dinners featuring $1800 steaks from foreign defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis — aka ...

Union-Tribune lays off journalists

Seven on editorial staff lose jobs; hinted that more face same fate

Jeff Light, vice president and editor of the Union-Tribune, today (February 14) revealed that there will be seven layoffs on the editorial staff of the newspaper. His message reads, "All--Today, we're reducing our newsroom by ...

Movie thief can't be found

Aargh: Cell pirate eluded lawyer and lawsuit

Last summer, a movie named Cell came out. In the plot, users of cell phones were reprogrammed into mad killers. Critics sneered. The movie was not a big hit. The producer, Cell Film Holdings, sued ...

Discrimination at House of Pacific Relations?

House of Lebanon claims it is victim of prejudice

The House of Pacific Relations International Cottages in Balboa Park says it is a "near utopian multicultural organization" that was launched in the 1930s "to create a spirit of understanding, tolerance, and goodwill" among various ...

Alleged Oceanside gang members indicted

Tiny Dum, Lil' Burger, Baby West, among those caught in justice system

Eleven alleged members and associates of Oceanside's Westside Crips gang were indicted today (February 10) for racketeering, conspiracy involving drug trafficking, prostitution, and other crimes. "[T]he manager of two national brand hotels in Oceanside" was ...

Butane supplier linked to hash-oil industry

Los Angeleno will pay $1 million and be sentenced in April

Bosco Kwon, owner of BK Power Imports of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in San Diego today (February 9) to selling drug paraphernalia. Kwon admitted that his company sold thousands of butane canisters to smoke shops, ...

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