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Howard Jarvis’ Annual ‘Follow the Money’ Report Exposes Billions in Government Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Howard Jarvis’ Annual ‘Follow the Money’ Report Exposes Billions in Government Waste, Fraud and Abuse

As tax season comes to a close and Californians wrap up their tax returns today, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has released this year’s Follow the Money report, chronicling cases of bureaucratic waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars. The cases illustrated in the report exemplify the need for vigilance in any matter concerning the government’s use of […]

Multiple Defendants Plead Guilty in Separate Auto Insurance Fraud Cases

Multiple Defendants Plead Guilty in Separate Auto Insurance Fraud Cases

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that multiple defendants pled guilty on March 14, 2019, in separate auto insurance fraud cases prosecuted by the Auto Insurance Fraud Unit of the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. Raymond Merkley (DOB 10/22/78), of Woodland Hills, pled guilty to presenting a fraudulent auto insurance claim […]

Disbarred Attorney Charged With Fraud

Disbarred Attorney Charged With Fraud

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Jamaul D. Cannon (DOB 9/3/1976) of Carson, California, was arraigned on a felony complaint charging violations of the unauthorized practice of law, identity theft, false impersonation, second degree commercial burglary, and grand theft. This case was the result of an investigation by the California […]

Yes on Prop 6 Campaign to File Action Over False and Misleading Ballot Title on Gas Tax Repeal Initiative

Yes on Prop 6 Campaign to File Action Over False and Misleading Ballot Title on Gas Tax Repeal Initiative

“California voters are being deceived and defrauded – their votes are being stolen and this action is our only remedy at this late stage” WHAT: The Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal campaign will announce a legal action as they seek a last-minute remedy to the false and misleading ballot title that was given by […]

Rooting out scientific corruption

Rooting out scientific corruption

  by Paul Driessen Dr. Brian Wansink recently resigned from his position as Columbia University professor, eating behavior researcher and director of the Cornell “food lab.” A faculty investigation found that he had misreported research data, failed to preserve data and results properly, and employed dubious statistical techniques. A fellow faculty member accused him of “serious research […]

5 Convicted in Fraudulent Debt Collection Scheme

5 Convicted in Fraudulent Debt Collection Scheme

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today the felony conviction of five members of a debt collection scheme: Timothy Edmond Burke, Jr. (DOB 8/24/81), of Las Vegas; Deisi Tapia Rivera (DOB 10/18/83), of Las Vegas; Veronica Esther Ventura (DOB 8/20/84), of Oxnard; Angela Maire Covarrubias (DOB 5/14/76), of Ventura; and Elizabeth Angie […]

Simi Valley | Help Us Identify This Fraud Suspect

Simi Valley | Help Us Identify This Fraud Suspect

Simi Valley Police Department – Incident Press Release On August 16, 2018, a Simi Valley Police Officer responded to a report of a Vehicle Burglary at the Wood Ranch Golf Course located at 301 N. Wood Ranch Parkway. The officer’s investigation revealed that between 12:47 p.m. and 12:58 p.m., a suspect utilized an unknown type […]

Thousand Oaks | Arrest in Investment Fraud/Elder Abuse Case

Thousand Oaks | Arrest in Investment Fraud/Elder Abuse Case

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release  A lengthy investigation by Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives leads to the arrest of 71 year old Thousand Oaks resident James Johnson for victimizing elderly investors in financial scam. In early 2012, (S) James Johnson relocated to Ventura County, claiming to be a successful day trader and retired partner […]

Annual “Follow the Money” report documents almost half a trillion in government waste, fraud and abuse

Annual “Follow the Money” report documents almost half a trillion in government waste, fraud and abuse

As many Californians raced to meet Tuesday’s deadline to file their tax returns, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association released its annual Follow the Money report, exposing waste, fraud, and abuse of almost half a trillion hard-earned taxpayer dollars. The report documents examples of bureaucratic fraud and negligence, including a $440 million train meant to haul trash that […]

Advisory: Credit card skimmer fraud is back!

Advisory: Credit card skimmer fraud is back!

Credit card skimmer fraud is back! Be on alert! As our crime prevention officers like to say, “Arm yourself with knowledge!” Last year, Camarillo Police arrested four suspects responsible for placing credit card skimmers in gas station pumps. This crew worked in conjunction with a larger crime ring that was responsible for over $90,000 in […]

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