Developer Burum’s attorney says FBI searches unconstitutional

Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 10/04/2011 01:59:35 PM PDT

Federal search warrants served at the home and business of Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum were unconstitutionally overbroad and vague, according to a motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Riverside.

Burum’s attorney, Stephen G. Larson, is demanding that all of Burum’s property seized during the Sept. 15 FBI and IRS raid immediately be returned to him.

The warrants were served at nine locations in San Bernardino and Riverside counties in connection with a sweeping corruption scandal involving allegations of bribery, extortion and fraud, according to the federal search warrant.

The allegations stem from a $102 million legal settlement between the county and Burum’s development consortium, Colonies Partners LP, in November 2006.
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Dozens in Inland Empire indicted in huge tax fraud scheme

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/03/2011 12:25:41 PM PDT

A federal investigation into the practices of two San Bernardino County tax service companies has resulted in one of the largest indictments issued for tax fraud, federal officials said.

The Fontana-based Old Quest Foundation Inc. and Rancho Cucamonga-based De la Fuente and Ramirez and Associates filed false federal income tax returns containing bogus claims for refunds that sought more than $250 million, officials said.

The IRS investigation, code named “Operation Stolen Treasures,” resulted in 32 federal indictments that name a total of 55 defendants. Nearly half were arraigned in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana.
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Eyler gets trial date in San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office scandal

Former taxpayer advocate Gregory Eyler, one of several people suspected of political malfeasance and fraud in the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office, has been scheduled for a jury trial in January.

Eyler appeared for a pretrial hearing on Wednesday before Judge Michael Smith in San Bernardino Superior Court.

The trial was set to start Jan.30. Smith said he was “treating this as a firm date.” An assignment calendar date, to ensure the case is ready for trial, was set for Jan.27.
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DA to bulk up on cold-case, environmental prosecutions

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/30/2008 09:39:05 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Despite a tight budget, District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said he plans to expand a few key areas of his office, including the Cold Case Unit and environmental- fraud prosecution, with existing resources in 2009.

Like other San Bernardino County department leaders, Ramos has had to find ways to address a growing list of needs with manpower he already has in a tough economic environment. Adding more people isn’t an option.

Ramos announced a hiring freeze three weeks ago but has avoided layoffs, he said in a telephone interview last week. Nevertheless, the county’s top prosecutor believes he already has the people to tackle new goals in the new year.
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Sentencing tomorrow in fraudulent Colton signature-gathering case

A man who fraudulently collected signatures for a Colton voter initiative faces is scheduled to appear for sentencing Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Joon Il Kim, 30, pleaded no contest last month to charges of filing a false affidavit. He is expected to be sentenced to three months in jail.

Kim, a former Los Angeles resident, was alleged to have forged more than 300 signatures on a Colton petition that sought to limit locations for metal-shredding facilities, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
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Fontana woman arrested for auto insurance fraud

By Stacia Glenn on October 15, 2008 4:47 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

A 35-year-old Fontana woman was arrested this week for falsely telling police that she was the driver in a traffic collision, rather than her husband.

Maria Reynoso was booked in Central Detention Center in San Bernardino Tuesday on suspicion of felony auto insurance fraud. Bail was set at $25,000.

Her husband got into a car accident in July 2007 and called her to come to the scene because he did not speak English, according to a San Bernardino County District Attorney Office news release.

Reynoso, who arrived before police, told them she had been driving. The other driver assumed she was interpreting but discovered her lies during the claims process, investigators said.

Corona man arrested for insurance fraud

A Corona man surrendered to authorities Wednesday on a felony arrest warrant alleging he had committed auto insurance fraud.

Alec Amaton, 29, faces two felony counts of auto insurance fraud in connection with a false report filed with authorities on his Ford F-150 pickup truck, according to a statement from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

In March 2007, Corona Police recovered Amaton’s truck, which had been abandoned at the scene of a hit and run collision. Hours later, the defendant filed a stolen vehicle report with Moreno Valley Police Department, alleging the truck was stolen from the driveway of his home.

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Man jailed for fraudulent petition scam in Colton

Many thanks to Sun Staff Writer Melissa Pinion-Whitt for picking up this post for us.

By Melissa Pinion Whitt on September 26, 2008 12:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

A man pleaded no contest Thursday to 19 counts of perjury related to a voter fraud scam and was sentenced to three months in jail.

Joon Il Kim will serve his sentence in June, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said.

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Former Redlands city treasurer sentenced

Here’s an update from today’s sentencing of former Redlands treasurer Mike Reynolds by Sun Staff Writer Andrew Edwards, who covers issues in San Bernardino. Read up on Andrew’s blog “SB Now” at:

September 25, 2008 9:32 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

REDLANDS — Former Redlands City Treasurer Michael Reynolds was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to one count of falsifying a public document.

Reynolds paid a restitution of nearly $38,000 to the city of Redlands. San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael Dest sentenced Reynolds to three years’ supervised probation and 30 days at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center, with the ability to do time on weekends and on work release.

Mike Reynolds

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District Attorney investigating alleged voter fraud

Here’s an interesting post from our colleague here at The Sun, Lauren McSherry. She covers many issues affecting San Bernardino County, and her blog can be found at:

September 24, 2008 1:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The San Bernardino County District Attorney confirmed today that an investigation is underway into a claim of voter fraud filed by the local Democratic Party.

The Democrats claim the group Young Political Majors that used a petition drive as a front to register San Bernardino County residents as Republicans without their knowledge.

Young Political Majors collected signatures at Wal-Marts in Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Rialto and San Bernardino, said Carol Robb, chairwoman of the county Democratic Party. Students at Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley colleges also unknowingly registered Republicans, Robb said.

District Attorney Michael A. Ramos