OAKLAND -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that the Clorox Company, based in Oakland, has entered into a settlement regarding the contents of household bleach containers. Marin, Monterey, Napa and Sonoma Counties joined Alameda County in bringing this consumer protection regulatory action.
The District Attorneys’ investigation involved two specialty bleach products sold in retail locations throughout California from January 2008 to January 2010: Anti-Allergen Bleach and Cold-Water Bleach. The District Attorneys’ alleged that these specialty bleaches were sold in the same 3-liter bottles as Clorox Regular Bleach, yet were filled to only 80% of capacity in violation of California’s Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. The action was filed in Alameda County and the Clorox Company stipulated to the judgment without admitting liability. The Clorox Company is now subject to an injunction that prohibits them from selling any household bleach product that are packaged in such a way as to be misleading, deceptive or contain any unnecessary headspace. Clorox has also agreed to pay $199,654.00 in civil penalties, law enforcement costs and restitution.
OAKLAND -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced today that Angeline Lisa Lizarrago, 69, was sentenced to a term of five years in prison following her conviction of Grand Theft and her admission that she was on bail from Madera County at the time she committed the offense and has a prior felony conviction for grand theft.
In addition to her prison sentence, Lizarrago has been ordered to pay $31,942 in restitution to nine victims of her foreclosure scam. Two additional victims are seeking additional restitution; a restitution hearing was set for February 2012 to address their claims.
OAKLAND -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announces that a jury has found gang member Andrew Barrientos guilty of multiple violent felonies stemming from a 2010 crime spree. Convictions include the attempted murder of Fremont Police Officer Todd Young as well as assault with a firearm on a police officer, carjacking, attempted carjacking, shooting into occupied vehicles, assault with a firearm, making criminal threats and unlawful gun possession. The jury also found to be true several enhancements including firearm use, infliction of great bodily injury and promoting criminal conduct by gang members.
Alan David Tikal and Las Vegas-Based 'KATN Trust' Convicted of Felony Counts
Related to Foreclosure Rescue Scam
OAKLAND -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley announced today that Alan David Tikal, owner of Las Vegas-based “KATN Trust”, was convicted of two felony counts related to a massive foreclosure rescue scam on Monday, October 31, 2011.
Tikal entered pleas of “no contest” and was found guilty by the court of one felony charge of filing false documents, a violation of Penal Code § 115, and one felony charge of accepting advance fees for a loan modification, a violation of Civil Code § 2945.4. As part of his plea, Tikal will serve 16 months in state prison, and be ordered to pay restitution to the 11 homeowners in Alameda County victimized by this scam.
Two members from our Speakers Bureau gave a presentation on cybersafety to 1,000 students at Hopkins Junior High in Fremont last week. Below are articles about the presentation as featured in the Fremont Bulletin and the Oakland Tribune.
If you are interested in hosting a speaker from the District Attorney Office at your next community meeting, class or function, please visit our Speakers Bureau page to register your interest.
DA O’Malley commends passage of legislation that saves State’s eligibility to receive millions in
Federal funding for sexual assault victim services
On September 28, 2011 Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 534, which ensures that all victims of sexual assault are guaranteed a forensic sexual assault exam at no cost to the victim. The legislation was introduced by California Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro), and sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).
California has been receiving between $13 million and $19 million annually in federal funds from the Office on Violence Against Women for its STOP program. “STOP” refers to Specialized Units, Training, Officer, Prosecutor. Through the STOP Program, funds are distributed to California’s Rape Crisis Centers and Domestic Violence Shelters and Programs, as well as to Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Offices to ensure a comprehensive response to sexual assault and domestic violence.
OAKLAND -- The Alameda County Superior Court has ordered an Ohio direct marketing company to stop the sales and deliveries of a medical device (called the DPL Therapy System) in California for unauthorized uses. The Preliminary Injunction issued by Judge Robert Freedman will enjoin Suarez Corporation Industries (SCI) during the pending civil law enforcement action filed by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, along with the District Attorneys for the Counties Marin, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, and Sonoma, against SCI and Benjamin D. Suarez (Suarez), an officer of SCI and resident of Canton, Ohio.
SCI is a direct-to-consumer marketing company operating under the fictitious business name of BioTech Research that sells dietary supplements and medical devices to California residents primarily through advertising on the Internet, in newspapers and direct mailers to targeted customers.
OAKLAND -- The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges against Giselle Esteban, 27, for the murder of Michelle Le.
Ms. Le, a 26-year old nursing student, was last seen on May 27, 2011 in Hayward, CA. She was reported missing when she failed to return to her nursing program at Kaiser Medical Center-Hayward on that date.
Officers from the Hayward Police Department arrested Esteban yesterday, September 7, 2011. She is currently in custody and will be arraigned in the Hayward Superior Court, Dept. 502 today, September 8, 2011 at 2 pm.
The Alameda County DA's Office today announced a youth art competition to design the official logo for the National Conference on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).
"It's a great opportunity for our young artists to showcase their talent while creating awareness of domestic minor sex trafficking both in our community and on a national level," said District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley.
OAKLAND -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced today that her office and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office have settled a civil lawsuit brought against the Campbell Soup Company for engaging in advertising practices that the District Attorneys believed to be misleading.
OAKLAND -- Alameda County DA Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that murder charges have been filed against Willie Antawn Torrence for the August 8, 2011 murder of a three-year-old Oakland child.
Additionally, the defendant is charged with two counts of attempted murder. The young boy who was killed was the victim of a drive-by shooting at approximately 1:00 in the afternoon on the 65th block of International Blvd. in Oakland.
OAKLAND -- Alameda County DA Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that murder charges have been filed against Lawrence Denard, 26, for the August 8, 2011 murder of a three-year-old Oakland child. Additionally, the defendant is charged with two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
The child who was killed was the victim of a drive-by shooting just after 1pm in the afternoon on the 65th block of International Blvd. in Oakland.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today charges have been filed against two men for the murder of Jane Doe on July 14, 2011.
Hector Garcia (also known as Ivan Garcia) and Salvador Arturo Valasco are charged with murder with a kidnapping special circumstance, desecration of human remains and evading a law enforcement officer. Defendant Garcia also faces an additional two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and six prior serious felony convictions are also alleged for Garcia.
On July 14, 2011, at approximately 4:39 AM, the body of victim Jane Doe was found burning onIvanhoe Road, in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland. Her identity was unknown at the time and she was later identified by the Alameda County coroner.
OAKLAND -- Today, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced a jury found Rosa Hill, 36, and her mother Mei Li, 57, guilty of the first degree murder of Selma Hill and the premeditated attempted murder of Eric Hill. Mei Li was also convicted of first degree burglary.
The murder victim, 91-year-old Selma Hill, lived with her grandson, Eric Hill, 37, and his two year old daughter, Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s mother is defendant Rosa Hill. Following the dissolution of Eric Hill and defendant Rosa Hill’s relationship in 2008, a court granted Eric Hill full custody of Elizabeth. The defendant Rosa Hill was unhappy with this arrangement and plotted with defendant Mei Li to physically take Elizabeth back from Eric Hill.
OAKLAND -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced that defendant Monica Mui Ung, 51, owner and president of NBC General Contractor Corporation (NBC), was sentenced in Alameda County Superior Court today.
On April 18, 2011, Ung pled guilty to felony violations involving prevailing wage fraud (Labor Code 1778), workers compensation premium fraud (Insurance Code 11880), and admitted a white-collar crime enhancement (Penal Code 186.11). Today, Ung was sentenced to 4 years State Prison (execution suspended), and placed on ten years felony probation (reducible to three years if restitution is paid in full and upon further review and order of the court.) The court ordered that she pay $350,000 in restitution for the underpaid wages to the individual workers, and $850,000.00 in restitution to State Compensation Insurance Fund if paid within five years, or $1.5 million if not. The Court also stated that Ung cannot act as a contractor unless and until all restitution is paid in full and upon further order of the court.
OAKLAND -- In the early hours of this morning, members from of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office laced up their sneakers to represent the Office in the 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run. The run was organized to raise money for and salute the 2011 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games being held this weekend at the University of California, Davis.
Our team received the Flame of Hope from the Alameda Police Department runners in East Oakland, and took the torch on a 4-1/2 mile route along the Embarcadero, to the Courthouse, and eventually to the Oakland Police Department after passing through downtown Oakland. We were ably assisted by officers from the California Highway Patrol, who provided a motorcycle escort for our runners.
OAKLAND -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that Tiffany Reynolds, 28, has been sentenced to serve 16 years in State Prison as a result of her conviction of four counts of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while intoxicated.
On May 25, 2009, at 1:30 am, the defendant was seen speeding and weaving northbound on I-880 in Oakland. It was estimated she was traveling at up to 90 mph. She had four passengers in the car: 23 year-old Sara Terra, 20 year-old David Terra, and Sara’s 3 year-old twins, Jason and Jesse. As a result of the defendant’s reckless driving, she lost control of the 1990 Honda and crashed into a concrete support beam at the Hegenberger exit. Ms. Terra, her brother David (who was celebrating his birthday) and one of Ms. Terra’s twin boys were killed in the collision. Ms. Terra’s other twin died at Children’s Hospital after being taken off life support.
OAKLAND --- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced that the jury in the case of People v. Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey reached a verdict today, finding the defendants guilty as follows:
Count 1 -- Both defendants: 1st degree Murder of Chauncey Bailey (8/2/07) and arming clauses for both defendants. Count 2 -- Both defendants: 1st degree Murder of Michael Wills (7/12/07) with an arming clause for Bey and personal use of a firearm for Mackey. Count 3 -- Defendant Antoine Mackey: Felon in possession of firearm for the 7/12/07 murder weapon. Count 4 -- Defendant Yusef Bey only: 1st degree Murder of Odell Roberson (7/8/07) and an arming clause.
As to Defendant Mackey, a mistrial was declared after a hung jury as to this count only. Count 5 -- Defendant Bey: Shooting at an unoccupied vehicle belonging to Cameren Cook (12/7/06) and an arming clause.
OAKLAND – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced the jury in the case of People v. Asmerom Gebreselassie and Tewodros Gebreselassie reached a verdict, finding the defendants guilty on all 14 counts. The Gebreselassie brothers were convicted of three counts first degree murder with special circumstances, premeditated attempted murder, kidnapping and false imprisonment.
Target Corporation to Pay $22.5 Million Settlement for Environmental Violations:Stores Illegally Dumped Pesticides and Hazardous Chemicals
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, together with 19 other California District Attorneys, the California Attorney General and the City Attorneys in San Diego and Los Angeles, announced today that a judge in Alameda County Superior court has ordered the Minnesota-based Target Corporation to pay $22.5 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley announced that Alan David Tikal, owner of Las Vegas-based “KATN Trust”, along with local agents Bruce Blankenhorn, Luis De Leon, and attorney Linda Voss have been indicted by the Criminal Grand Jury of Alameda County on 29 felony counts related to a massive foreclosure rescue scam.
On February 2, 2011, District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley announced the largest multi-jurisdictional dietary supplement settlement in California history.
Supplement distributor Irwin Naturals, Inc., has agreed to pay a total of $2.65 million in costs, civil penalties and restitution in the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the District Attorney Offices in Alameda, Orange, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Monterey, and Shasta counties.
The Fourth Annual Alameda County Family Justice Center Gala, “One”, was held last Saturday evening, January 29th, at the Rotunda Building in Oakland. Over 300 attended the Black Tie event, which raised money for the FJC’s KidZone and other victim support programs offered by the Family Justice Center.
Guests came together from the Bay Area and beyond to unite in support of the FJC, including a number of state, regional and local elected officials. They were treated to a violin concert performed by young players from Alameda County, and were able to bid on a host of generous donations from many local and regional businesses.
In an inauguration ceremony at the Alameda County Family Justice Center, Nancy E. O’Malley became Alameda County’s first elected female District Attorney.
The Oath of Office was administered by California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol Corrigan. The event was attended by hundreds of well-wishers, including members of the District Attorney’s Office and the legal community, Superior Court Judges, County and city officials, leaders of law enforcement, family and friends.
O'Malley paid tribute to her strong, female mentor and was honored to be sworn in by Associate Justice Corrigan, for it was then-DA Corrigan who hired the young attorney O'Malley almost fresh out of law school. DA O'Malley then spoke of her dedication to her job, the office and the wider community.
"I am committed to educating the public about what the Office does; to informing victims of crime that they have rights; and continue reaching out to communities so we can work together to keep our communities safe," said DA O'Malley.
"I look forward to serving Alameda County as your elected District Attorney, and to the challenges ahead," she said.
District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley addresses the audience after taking the Oath of Office.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Kevin Dunleavy, District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley& California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol Corrigan.