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How graffiti crimes are punished in California

In driving around California's inner cities, it doesn't take long before you encounter graffiti. It's virtually everywhere. In fact, as soon as one community service worker paints over one surface, it seems like another tagger comes and puts graffiti on it all over again.

Van Nuys man faces $7 million bankruptcy fraud charges

A Los Angeles federal judge, in a ruling on June 17, 2017, decided that a 68-year-old Van Nuys man should remain in federal custody until his bankruptcy fraud trial begins on Aug. 8. The criminal complaint in this case alleges that the man devised a fake program aimed at helping distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure that netted him as much as $7 million in proceeds.The grand jury met to decide whether the United States Attorney's Office should move forward in prosecuting the man on June 8. In presenting the case to the panel, prosecutors had alleged that the man and his co-conspirators had marketed his company, Valueline, as a foreclosure or eviction relief company.Fake deeds

How shoplifting is punished in California

When it comes to shopping, no one state has more high-end shopping spots than California. It's these types of establishments that makes the state a mecca for shoplifters. In 2014, Proposition 47 was passed in California. It gave way to reduced sentences for once-serious drug offenses, but also shoplifting as well.

Van Nuys man arrested stealing from car parked in FlyAway lot

A 43-year-old Van Nuys man was arrested around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Van Nuys Airport area bus terminal on suspicion of having burglarized a vehicle in one of the surrounding FlyAway parking lots. Los Angeles World Airport Police report that the incident occurred in the lot located at 7600 Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys.

Understanding who shoplifts and why they do it

When it comes to shoplifting, the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) argues that it's a crime that not only adversely impacts the retailer, but also causes unnecessary work for law enforcement and court systems as well. It also affects the average consumer's pocketbook as stores are forced to invest in added security measures and make up for lost revenue.

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