Articles Tagged With ‘Federal Court’




Ventura man pleads guilty to $8 million fraud

A Ventura man pleaded guilty Sept. 2 to federal fraud charges for his involvement in an $8 million investment scheme that lured investors with false promises relating to the development of an alternative energy technology, according to federal prosecutors. William... (Continue reading)

Is SLO’s vehicle sleeping ban unconstitutional?

By KAREN VELIE Amid a federal appellate court ruling Thursday that struck down a Los Angeles law that prohibits homeless from sleeping in their vehicles, San Luis Obispo homeless advocates are waiting to see how city officials will respond. A... (Continue reading)

Mexican cop accused of smuggling drugs into California

A Mexican police officer appeared in U.S. federal court Wednesday on charges of trafficking heroin and methamphetamine into California. [LA Times] Last month, border patrol agents stopped a vehicle on Interstate 15 near Temecula that was carrying 11 packages of... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart and James Miller receive another reprieve

By KAREN VELIE For the fifth time, former North County developer Kelly Gearhart’s fraud trial and Hurst Financial president James Miller’s sentencing hearing have been delayed. A federal judge continued Gearhart’s trial from Feb. 18 to June 17. Miller’s hearing... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart’s trial delayed a fourth time

By KAREN VELIE For the fourth time, former Atascadero “Person of the Year” and prominent North County land developer Kelly Gearhart’s fraud trial has been delayed. Gearhart’s public defender, Kim Savo, successfully requested another delay in her client’s trial originally... (Continue reading)

Appellate court upholds California foie gras ban

A federal appellate court upheld California’s ban on the sale of foie gras last week. [LA Times] Foie gras is fatty liver produced by the force-feeding of birds, typically ducks or geese. California banned the force-feeding of birds to fatten... (Continue reading)

SLO police officer pleads guilty to extortion

San Luis Obispo Police Department narcotics officer Corey Pierce pleaded guilty to extortion Monday in federal court in Los Angeles. [New Times] Pierce 39, pleaded guilty to one of two counts of extortion. In April, he pleaded not guilty to... (Continue reading)

Brown: Early prison release for some

Low-risk and elderly inmates in California state prisons would be released early in an effort to reduce institutional crowding, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday. (Los Angeles Times) Brown was responding to a federal court order requiring a plan to accomplish... (Continue reading)

Nipomo man pleads guilty to embezzling nearly $50 million

A Nipomo man pleaded guilty this afternoon to a fraud scheme that caused more than $47 million in losses to several victims, including his in-laws, a friend and five banks. John Mark Moore, 51, operated the fraud scheme for well... (Continue reading)

SLO police officer pleads not guilty to extortion and bribery

A San Luis Obispo Police Department narcotics officer plead not guilty to bribery and extortion charges related to allegations he manipulated others to sell drugs for him on April 15 in federal district court in Los Angeles. [NewTimes] Cory Pierce,... (Continue reading)