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    DMV Going After Disabled-Placard Fraudsters

    The California Department of Motor Vehicles  announced Monday the arrest of three suspects in connection with illegal activity associated with the Disabled Person Placard (DPP) application process.  


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    Santa Clarita Man Pleads Guilty In Gold Fraud, Gets 4 Years, 4 Months

    A Santa Clarita man charged in a $2.39 million consumer protection case involving the buying and selling of gold bullion and coins received a four-year, four-month sentence in state prison Thursday, officials said. Michael Berman, 54, of Canyon Country, pleaded guilty to 82 felony counts, including grand theft of personal property and false and fraudulent claim, according to Deputy District Attorney Greg Alker in a news release. He also admitted excessive-taking allegations. The defendant pleaded "open" to the court, meaning there was no negotiated settlement or plea deal with the District Attorney's Office, officials said.

    U.S. Department Of Transportation Warns About Long-Running Fax Scam

    KHTS AM-1220 was made aware last week of a scam letter that claims to be from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The scam involves a faxed letter that asks businesses to fill out a "financial information release form." The DOT is addressing the issue.

    Target Announces Possible Credit Card Fraud Affecting 40 Million Shoppers

    The Target Corporation recently announced that as many as 40 million shoppers could have been affected by unauthorized access of the company's payment transaction data. Customers are encouraged to check their statements for unusual purchases.

    Fraudulent Santa Clarita Realtor Gets 5 Years In Ponzi Scheme

    A former Santa Clarita woman who posed as a real estate agent and investor and bilked Santa Clarita Valley investors out of millions, was sentenced Monday in federal court

    Newhall Man Indicted In Long-Running Immigration Fraud Ring

    A Newhall man was indicted Wednesday on charges that he was involved in a long-running immigration fraud ring

    SCV Ponzi Scheme Architect Faces Sentencing In May

    When Celia Gallardo, 42, of North Hills, is sentenced in May in a federal courtroom, there will be plenty of Santa Clarita Valley residents paying attention, according to a victim who said Tuesday he was milked out of about $200,000.


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