November 2011

Clorox Settles Specialty Bleach Bottling Case Nov 30, 2011

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.

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Defendant Sentenced to Five Year Prison Term in Foreclosure Fraud Scam Nov 23, 2011

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.

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Guilty Verdict in Attempted Murder of Fremont Police Officer Nov 16, 2011

People v Andrew Barrientos

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.

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Latest Edition of 'Did You Know': September/October 2011 Nov 9, 2011

In the September/October issue of our Did You Know newsletter, we feature:

  • Officer Recognition Awards
  • Settlement in Hazmat Case
  • DA O'Malley's Legislative Initiatives
  • Day of Remembrance
  • Speakers Bureau Cybersafety Presentation
  • Felony Convictions in Foreclosure Scam
  • From the Courtroom

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Conviction in Foreclosure Scam Nov 2, 2011

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.

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