The former owner of bicycle shops in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach that catered to the beach cruiser crowd was sent to jail for 27 months after pleading guilty to nine counts of felony tax evasion.
Just to make it clear from the outset, the Roberto Duran who along with six others was indicted in what Orange County prosecutors call the biggest loan modification scam in the country IS NOT Roberto Duran, the "no mas" boxer. According to the Newport Beach Police Department and Orange County Distri ... More >>
Why is a group of wealthy San Clemente residents asking for a tax refund when the city's schools need repairs?
A 48-year-old Huntington Beach man who has contributed thousands of dollars over the years to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) pleaded guilty to failing to report to the IRS millions his company made serving the U.S. military at Baghdad International Airport. Nadim "Nick" Saifan Jr. used h ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on Robert Rizzo's state-court sentence and apology. ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 6:37 A.M.: Former City of Bell chief administrator Robert Rizzo was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for tax evasion, as part of a plea deal that included Jabba the Cor ... More >>
You just wrote a humongous check payable to the United States Treasury. Then you stood in line at the post office to mail that check. Feeling like you can't afford lunch? Don't have much of an appetite? Arby's is giving out free snack-sized curly fries today only, Tax Day, with a coupon. No other s ... More >>
The party's over for Republicans in Orange County and California
As he paced the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. last night, Dana Rohrabacher must have felt knots in his robust belly beneath the soiled tie, incessantly wrung his hands and sweated profusely inside his ill-fitting, polyester-inspired suit.Rohrabacher, who is accustomed to barking ... More >>
As a professional tax preparer, Mark Joseph Jensen didn't just help steal money from the U.S. Treasury by falsifying tax returns in the name of his clients. Jensen also secretly diverted client refunds into his own bank account and didn't bother to file income tax documents for himself during severa ... More >>
They say a couple that strays together, stays together.Cindy Ann and John Su'a, both 46 of Whitter, face arraignment Thursday at the Santa Ana Jail: she for allegedly embezzling $360,000 as the Anaheim Police Association office manager, and he for supposedly--and willfully--failing to file tax retur ... More >>
Move over, Robert Rizzo and Jeffery Hubbard: another public official who lives in Orange County but worked in Los Angeles County is corrupt as hell. William Douglas Agopian resides in Santa Ana, but the 61-year-old was the chief business officer with the Lynwood Unified School District, from whom ... More >>
With last week's news of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' separating, as well as Adele's pregnancy, chances are you didn't have a chance to come up with any witty comments regarding hip-hop icon Lauryn Hill pleading guilty to tax evasion. Lucky for you, we wrote five one-liners for you to freely use nex ... More >>
Based on an Internal Revenue Service investigation and a 50-count federal grand jury indictment issued this week, authorities today arrested a Costa Mesa tax preparer in Prescott, Arizona.Ronald Vernon Strawn, 67, will face charges that he fraudulently prepared income tax forms that focused on manuf ... More >>
Verizon Communications has been one of the nation's biggest tax dodgers for the past three years, according to a new report that is to be released today."Unpaid Bills: How Verizon Shortchanges Government Through Tax Dodging and Subsidies" is to be unveiled at a press conference held by the Commun ... More >>
In the most hilariously misguided local effort to get Latinos to vote Republican since Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina downed tequila shots in Newport Beach, the Lincoln Club of Orange County, that august group of rainmakers whose donations make or break candidates and issues, have proposed a way t ... More >>
RohrabacherSince 1993, the wealthiest one percent of Americans have captured 50 percent of the nation's economic growth.If that fact alarms you, Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher knows who to blame for the 18-year-old crisis: a Chicago constitutional law professor. You may have heard of ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Even Orange County has far more 99 percenters than 1 percenters. Can Occupy OC be part of effecting real change?
Dan Morain, one of the true jewels of mainstream journalism in California, has tied a key campaign adviser to Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Congressman Ed Royce and state Assemblyman Jim Silva to a "shady" effort to smear Sen. Barbara Boxer in the 2010 election.Veteran political consultant Dave Gillia ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Trunk off, GOP push-pollster!
Former Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector accounting assistant Laura Estrella Cruz was convicted today of stealing over $2,600 in taxes and fees residents sent to her office.The 35-year-old Santa Ana resident pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand theft and one felony count of misappro ... More >>
Obama finally gets Sanchez backingAppearing this afternoon on MSNBC, Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez defended President Barack Obama's morning speech declaring that he will not allow Republicans to continue to force the poor and middle class to pay for massive tax cuts for the rich.In ... More >>
Anti-immigrant think tanks are aiming their dubious statistics at the 14th Amendment
A letter to the Wall Street Journal by a Newport Beach real estate executive who believes it would be unfair if the Bush tax cuts were not extended for those who make over $250,000-a-year certainly set off McSweeney's writer Edward Murray. "The Poor Top 2 Percent" on the Huffington Post is Murray ... More >>
Donny's Dough is missingDonald Bren, Orange County's richest man with at least $12 billion, doesn't part easily with money. Just ask some of the teenage children he's had out of wedlock. They've been forced to go to court to collect what amounts to a buck fifty in Bren's imperial world.So Bren mu ... More >>
screenrant.comBarbarian Tax Man"We find all of the state's arguments unpersuasive."--From the Ninth Circuit's ruling this week that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's made strong-arm efforts to force the Rincon San Luiseno Band of Mission Indians to accept an illegal tax on tribal gambling ... More >>
Second prize: steak knives.Ah, Tax Day. What better day to get a spritz up your butt crack?
Only known photo to exist anywhere and everywhere of Steve Bren, not counting those other ones.A former Grand Prix racing champion and son of billionaire Irvine Co. chairman Donald Bren occupies the No. 18 spot on the most recently updated list of California's most delinquent tax delinquents.Ste ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioMeg Whitman campaigns in Buena Park.Money is not an issue for Meg Whitman as she seeks the governor's office. She has vowed to spend $150 million of her own money, if that is what it takes to win. With seven months until election day, she's well on her way.Chase Davis ... More >>
Photo by John GilhooleyDoes Chuck DeVore have an app for teabagging?Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), who's in the middle of a longshot bid to become your U.S. senator, is cooing about his impending endorsement Sunday from the Tea Party Express, the national conservative movement that helped s ... More >>
If there's no way in Helena you can pay what you owe in state income tax by April 15, fear not: you don't have to.That is, you will have to pay your taxes eventually, but the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today advised those who need extra time to contact the agency immediately for assista ... More >>
"'Tis the Season to Bone Nonprofits, Fa La La La La, La La La La," which dealt with a spate of inside thefts from Orange County charities lately, included the case of 48-year-old Lydia Kathleen Fitzgerald, the former Casa Youth Shelter executive assistant accused of stealing nearly $450,000 over ... More >>
A Laguna Hills accountant hired to manage a brother and sister's trust fund has been sentenced to four years in state prison for stealing more than a half million dollars to pay for a doll collection. Margot Jean Strawn, 58, had pleaded guilty to two felony counts ... More >>
Spurious GeorgeAs we predicted, Don Papi Pulido and his SanTana City Puppets rewarded Cordoba Corporation over more-qualified candidates with a contract to head a proposed streetcar project because of Cordoba head George Pla's many SanTana connections. Doug Irving of the Orange County Register had a ... More >>
madaise / Flickr / Creative CommonsThe Capistrano Insider caught a story in Automotive News about Newport Beach's Mike Kahn, who, until recently, ran one of the fastest-growing car dealership chains in America. Or at least, that's how Automotive News ranked his company in 2007. Come 2009, though,&nb ... More >>
Assembly Budget Committee chairwoman Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) released data from the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) that suggests cuts under the state budget plan approved Thursday morning could hit Republican areas hardest because they use more government services, while ... More >>
This morning, the Weekly stood with folks from the LAT, ABC7, NBC4 and other media outlets outside the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, waiting with bated breath and loaded cameras for the man of the hour—Sheriff Michael S. Carona (R-Indicted)—to make his walk of shame. Alas, ... More >>
The pool of 100 questions unveiled today to be used on naturalization tests starting in October 2008 doesn't look all that different from the 96 questions they're replacing. At least not $6.5 million different, the reported sum spent on the revamp. Some hard questions were simplified – applicant ... More >>
Matt Cunningham's Red County/OC Blog has an interesting post today on legislation backed by Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-Anaheim) that would require present-day U.S. taxpayers to pay reparations to World War II residents of Guam. It's not that our citizens or soldiers have ever done anything ... More >>
Is this over-reliance on her family a cultural difference?
If you're a college student in California, congratulations-- you play a leading role in Governor Schwarzenegger's new budget plan. The governor believes in you. He believes you're the sort of person who can make a sacrifice for the public good. Instead of turning to, say, big businesses, real est ... More >>
Check out this little ray of sunshine from Bloomberg (the news service, not the mayor): Candidates Ignore $1.35 Trillion Minimum Tax `Bomb' By Ryan J. Donmoyer Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Congressional candidates this fall are furiously debating Iraq, Medicare and extending tax cuts. Most are staying qu ... More >>
Eddie Rose writes: "In California this year, we have--with one notable exception--the WORST slate of candidates, including a man who can't pronounce the name of the state he claims to serve! Were it not for the importance of several ballot propositions, it probably wouldn't make much sense to go to ... More >>
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