12 indicted in alleged Southern California ‘green’ loan and mortgage fraud scheme

LOS ANGELES — A dozen people have been indicted in connection with an alleged mortgage fraud and “green” loan scheme that operated throughout Southern California and resulted in losses of about $15 million, the California Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday.

The 133-count grand jury indictment, handed up April 26, alleges that the crimes occurred in Los Angeles, Riverside and Ventura counties.

The indictment charges the defendants with a variety of counts, including conspiracy, mortgage fraud, grand theft, identity theft, forgery, filing a false or forged document and money laundering.

The defendants allegedly exploited the Yrgene Energy Fund and Renew Funding, companies that provide funding to licensed contractors for energy- efficient home improvements for homeowners, and used false identities to get mortgage loans from conventional banks and hard money lenders, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

“The allegations against these defendants charge a pattern of disregard for the law and willingness to go as far as stealing the identities of the deceased just to further their scheme,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement announcing the charges. “Our office will seek to hold these defendants accountable for their alleged actions.”

Those named in the indictment are: Tamara Dadyan, 39, Richard Ayvazyan, 42, Artur Ayvazyan, 41, Grigor Tatoian, 50, Andranik Petrosyan, 46, Arshak Bartoumian, 48, Artashes Martirosyan, 43, Lilit Malyan, 39, Lubia Carrillo, 41, Rosa Zarate, 49, Estephanie Reynoso, 31, and Vanessa Bell, 60.

Eleven of the defendants have pleaded not guilty, with Malyan due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom for arraignment May 18.

The case stemmed from a multi-year investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, with assistance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Office of Inspector General.

The attorney general lauded the two agencies for “their work to put an end to an extensive, six-year fraud scheme that resulted in the theft of an estimated $15 million.”

“If you were a victim or have information please call 213-486-6979,” said a tweet from LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza.

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LAPD gang officer reported to be stable after undergoing surgery, he and a suspect were shot and injured in South L.A.

A Los Angeles police gang officer was wounded Saturday night in an officer-involved shooting in which a suspect also was wounded and another suspect was at large, authorities said.

#LAPD officer wounded in shooting in South LA underwent surgery at County USC Medical Center. Authorities say he’s in stable condition pic.twitter.com/llbKTkkO0z

— Amy Powell (@abc7amy) April 21, 2019

 

Officer shot has gone through surgery and is stable. @FOXLA @LAPDWestLA pic.twitter.com/6BSPUH3NeR

— Hailey Winslow (@HaileyBWinslow) April 21, 2019

The gang officer patrolling in South Los Angeles made a traffic stop just after 9 p.m. in the area of 52nd Street and Long Beach Avenue, pulling over a vehicle with two occupants, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Mehgan Aguilar said.

A foot chase ensued that led to an officer-involved shooting in which one suspect and one officer were wounded, Aguilar said.

The officer was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery, Aguilar said. He was described as stable after surgery.

There was no immediate word on the condition of the suspect.

In response, the LAPD issued a citywide tactical alert, keeping all officers on shift.

“You should expect to see a large police presence in the area of 52nd Street and Long Beach Avenue for several hours,” the LAPD tweeted.

The search was focused on a suspect believed to be armed, Aguilar said.

The search was in a large area bounded by Vernon and Slauson avenues and Compton Avenue and Alameda Street, she said.

Due to the ongoing incident, the LAPD has issued a citywide tactical alert. You should expect to see a large police presence in the area of 52nd Street and Long Beach Avenue for several hours.

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 21, 2019

At approx 9:10pm Newton Area Gang Officers conducted a vehicle stop in the area of 51st & Long Beach. 2 occupants in the vehicle got out at which point there was foot pursuit. During the foot pursuit there was an Officer-Involved Shooting & 1 of the suspects was struck by gunfire

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 21, 2019

Unfortunately, one of our officers was also struck by gunfire and has been transported to a local hospital. We will provide more details as they become available.

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 21, 2019

 

 

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LAPD officers deliver a Christmas baby at downtown apartment building

By JIM CROGAN

LOS ANGELES — Two Los Angeles police officers helped deliver a healthy baby girl Monday at an apartment building in downtown L.A., according to police.

The baby’s birth took place at an apartment building at 451 S. Main St. on Christmas afternoon, police said.

The officers were responding to a report of a woman screaming in that building, police said. When they arrived she was walking the hallway of the 5th floor of the building.

LAPD Officers Clinton Popham and his partner Officer Francisco Muro were the first to see the pregnant woman.
Popham, who has nearly 20 years on the force, told reporters that he and Muro and four other officers went to the fifth floor.

“The woman was screaming and had no pants on when we got there,” Popham said. “It was clear that her water had broken, there was a trail from the room to the hall where she was standing.”

Popham said the officers had her lay down on the floor. At that point, he said, “we put out a call for a RA (paramedics).”

One of the officers began counting her contractions and told Popham that it looked like the woman was about to give birth. At this point Popham told reporters that the woman got back up momentarily but the officers quickly convinced her to lay back down on the floor.

“At that point the baby started to crown. My partner grabbed one leg and one of the other officers grabbed the other leg. I told her to push and push hard,” Popham said. “She began to push and the baby came out facing down. I told her to keep pushing and the baby came right out.

“One of the neighbors brought a blanket in and we wrapped up the baby. Then paramedics stabilized the mother. She had lost a lot of blood and we got a blanket over the mother. I transferred the baby to the mother so she could have some skin to skin contact and the baby could stay warm.”

Popham said they took the mother and child down in an elevator and paramedics took them both to the hospital. Both the mother and the baby girl were doing fine, he said.

As to his apparent calmness during the delivery, Popham said, “I have four kids of my own. I’ve been there for three of them (deliveries) but I missed one because I was in business school.”

LAPD Central Area Capt. Marc Reina tweeted, “A Christmas baby! We are proud of our LAPD Central Area officers who helped deliver a baby this afternoon.”

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