A Santa Barbara man was sentenced Oct. 11 to 11 years in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution to victims in a $14 million Ponzi scheme. Darrell Arnold Aviss, 64, was sentenced in federal court in Los Angeles. He had pleaded guilty in June to 21 felonies, including wire fraud, tax evasion, failure to Read More →
A real estate broker and developer from Arroyo Grande was in federal court May 26 on charges that he stole the identifies of employees and business associates to obtain more than $1.5 million in fraudulent pandemic relief loans. Alfred Nevis, 52, has been charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. He made Read More →
A former Thousand Oaks resident who wrote a pamphlet warning of the dangers of drunken driving has been charged with numerous felonies including grand theft and money laundering, related to investments he solicited in his book project. George Ronald Russell, 65, was arrested in Nevada on April 1 by deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Read More →
A property manager in Santa Barbara has been charged with felony embezzlement of his clients, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office announced July 15. Adam Michael Pirozzi, 40, faces charges of embezzlement, elder abuse and money laundering, as well as a white collar crime enhancement because he is accused of taking more than $500,000. Read More →
Laura Leonard, a Simi Valley office manager and bookkeeper who was convicted of grand theft and embezzlement, was sentenced April 28 to three years and eight months in prison and ordered to pay restitution. Leonard was an office manager for Simi Valley-based Protek CNC Sales. The company discovered she was embezzling funds in 2019, and Read More →
Felony charges were filed Aug. 12 against six people suspected of hacking into the computer networks of Wolfe & Associates, a Santa Barbara-based property management firm, as part of an unemployment insurance fraud scheme. The suspects—Gordon Alan Welteren, Nicole Michelle Milan, William Lee Gormley and Christina Renata Hesler of San Diego; David Zarate of Oxnard; Read More →
D. Stephen Sorensen, who steered the fortunes of Santa Barbara-based Select Staffing through explosive growth, bankruptcy and a merger that closed on Feb. 9, has been terminated for cause.