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Cannabis grower pleads guilty to bribing SLO County supervisor

By   /  Thursday, July 29th, 2021  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Law, middle, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Cannabis grower pleads guilty to bribing SLO County supervisor

A San Luis Obispo County cannabis grower and dispensary owner bribed the late County Supervisor Adam Hill and attempted to bribe the mayor of Grover Beach, and will plead guilty to federal bribery and tax crimes. Helios Dayspring, who also goes by “Bobby,” agreed to a plea deal that was filed July 28 in federal Read More →

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Simi Valley contractor sentenced for workers comp fraud

By   /  Thursday, March 4th, 2021  /  Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Simi Valley contractor sentenced for workers comp fraud

A general contractor in Simi Valley was sentenced March 3 for workers compensation fraud, Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko’s office announced. David Burgmeier, who owned and operated Burgmeier Construction Company in Simi Valley, pleaded guilty in December to multiple counts of insurance and unemployment fraud. From March 2008 through March 2016, Burgmeier underreported the Read More →

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Guilty pleas in $2 million unemployment fraud case in Santa Barbara County

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2021  /  Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Guilty pleas in $2 million unemployment fraud case in Santa Barbara County

Three people have pleaded guilty in Santa Barbara County to multiple counts of felony unemployment benefit fraud and identity theft, in just one example of the type of fraud that has cost the state tens of billions of dollars during the pandemic. The three defendants were Gordon Alan Welterlen and Nicole Michelle Milan, of San Read More →

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Inmates may have taken state for $1B in fraudulent unemployment benefits

By   /  Wednesday, November 25th, 2020  /  Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Inmates may have taken state for $1B in fraudulent unemployment benefits

California’s unemployment benefits system has been rife with fraud since the pandemic began and may have handed out upwards of $1 billion to jail and prison inmates, a coalition of local, state and federal prosecutors announced at a Sacramento news conference on Nov. 24. Tens of thousands of inmates at county, state and federal prisons Read More →

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Editorial: Crime and tourism don’t mix

By   /  Friday, July 26th, 2013  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Crime and tourism don’t mix

Amid Santa Barbara’s effort to portray itself as a family-friendly place to stay is what appears to be a surge in street crime.

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Editorial: Smuggling surge is a threat to tourism

By   /  Friday, December 7th, 2012  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Smuggling surge is a threat to tourism

Gangs and gang-related drug activities, along with the burgeoning business of Panga boat drug couriers, are a serious threat to a tourism-based economy.

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Santa Barbara hoteliers ask for more police aid

By   /  Friday, May 27th, 2011  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara hoteliers ask for more police aid

Fed up with reports that crime and homelessness are putting a damper on the Santa Barbara vacation experience, tourism industry leaders stormed City Hall earlier this month to ask for more cops on the city’s streets. Despite a projected $2.7 million shortfall in the city’s general fund next year, the Santa Barbara Police Department proposed Read More →

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