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David Meza killed his boyfriend to get inheritance, including Rosarito condo

Imperial Beach man had pregnant girlfriend who knew about the murder

David Enrique Meza of Imperial Beach was convicted by jury this morning (May 2) of killing his boyfriend to get his inheritance. The lover, Texas retiree Jake Clyde Merendino, was stabbed 24 times exactly two ...

San Diego rated most kid-friendly in U.S.

Playgrounds per capita woo visitors

San Diego is the most child-friendly U.S. city for a family to visit, concludes Reward/Expert, a statistical aggregator that helps travelers negotiate the world of frequent flyer programs and credit card awards. The City of ...

Brouhaha or foofaraw at San Diego Junior Theatre?

Lawyer taking complaint to Mayor Faulconer, city council

A brouhaha is a public clamor over a critical matter. A foofaraw is a clamor over a petty matter. At Balboa Park's Junior Theatre, a group of parents and attendees believe there have been serious ...

NPR, SDSU, UNICEF, and Doctors Without Borders beat back Encinitas attorney

Appeals court says he influenced his sick client.

On April 20, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, agreed with a lower court decision assailing an Encinitas attorney for making himself the recipient of the fortune of an elderly, mentally ailing client, who ...

U-T using charities to boost circulation

But are advertisers fooled?

The Union-Tribune has a new gimmick to boost circulation -- possibly losing money in the process. The paper is advertising that you can get a one-year Sunday subscription plus all-digital access for a mere $4.68 ...

Appellate court reverses child molest decision

Man in late 60s had been sentenced to 50 years.

On April 20, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, reversed a lower court decision of alleged 2013 child molestation by John Landis Wismer, then in his late 60s, who was a close friend of ...

In new book, Filner admits his sex addiction, mistakes

"Now I see it wasn't the sex I was after; it was the power."

Former Mayor Bob Filner, who was forced to resign from office after a short stay, has written a self-published book, Trumping Trump: Making Democrats Progressive Again. It is available on Amazon. One irony is that ...

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 ...

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