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Akop Taymizyan was sentenced today (June 28) to three years behind bars for his role in a sophisticated identity theft scheme. He and co-conspirators installed skimming devices inside gas pumps in California, Arizona, and Nevada. The devices secretly recorded gas customers' debit card and PIN numbers. The conspirators plundered 400 bank accounts for half a million dollars. Taymizyan continued to steal even after his co-conspirator went to the slammer for the crime.

In other news from the U.S. Attorney's office, the La Jolla oncology office of Dr. Joel I. Bernstein was sentenced to pay a $500,000 fine, forfeit $1.2 million and make a $1.7 million restitution to Medicare for purchasing unapproved foreign cancer drugs and billing Medicare.

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HonestGovernment June 28, 2013 @ 7:21 p.m.

One of my credit cards got skimmed at a Bakersfield gas station a year or so ago. Credit card company caught it. The credit companies seem to have very complex computer algorithms that detect inappropriate activity. Bernstein - wow. I wonder if he has $3.7 mill available, and wonder if his license has been suspended. His patients do really like him.


SurfPuppy619 June 28, 2013 @ 7:43 p.m.

The bigger the white collar crime usually the lessor the sentence, if any sentence, look at Goldman Sachs.


Don Bauder June 28, 2013 @ 8:25 p.m.

SurfPup: Look at all the big banks that nearly drove us off the cliff. Their officers have gotten off thus far. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder June 28, 2013 @ 8:23 p.m.

HonestGovernment: I haven't checked Dr. Bernstein's medical license. Such a consideration will probably come later. Best, Don Bauder


Javajoe25 June 28, 2013 @ 10:31 p.m.

Re: the big banks, Goldman Sachs, et al, they not only got away with it, I believe they awarded themselves big fat bonuses to boot. Disgraceful.

Don, how does the doc "forfeit" money? You mean to say he has $1.2 mil outstanding?


Don Bauder June 29, 2013 @ 7:17 a.m.

JavaJoe25: The U.S. Attorney's office used the term "forfeit." I assumed that the doctor will be giving up the approximate amount of money he made by using the unapproved foreign drug. He had purchased $3.4 million of foreign cancer drugs, knowing they had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to the U.S. Attorney. Best, Don Bauder


MURPHYJUNK June 29, 2013 @ 7:24 a.m.

did they bother to see where he was sending the money, It could be a good change to charge him with more than theft.

tax evasion, supporting terrorism, ect.


Don Bauder June 29, 2013 @ 8:53 a.m.

Murphyjunk: The U.S. Attorney's office did not indicate that Taymizyan was laundering the money or sending it out of the country in some other way. Best, Don Bauder


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