An investigation involving the illegal redemption of bottles and cans that were transferred from Arizona to California has resulted in the arrest of five people. Approximately $14 million was refunded as a part of the allegations in this plot. It is illegal for containers from outside the state to take part in the recycling program and derive benefit from the deposit - 5 or 10 cents - since the charge was not added to the cost of the container when it was purchased.
A Roman Catholic diocese in California was reportedly cooperating with the Internal Revenue Service in its investigation of a priest who was recently indicted. The 55-year-old priest, who was the former head of the Vietnamese Catholic Center for the Diocese of San Jose, was indicted for tax evasion and bank fraud by a federal grand jury on April 7.
The Justice Department helped investigate an odometer tampering scheme in California that resulted in a year and a day prison sentence for a 63-year-old Woodland Hills man. The U.S. District Court in Los Angeles sentenced the car salesman on March 16, and he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to tamper with odometers in November 2014. The man also must pay $115,818.80 to those who unknowingly purchased vehicles with incorrect mileages on the odometers.
On Jan. 20, officials from the Los Angeles County Probation Department announced they will pursue charges against a male probation officer who allegedly attempted to defraud the department of extra sick pay. The 41-year-old was taken into custody by sheriff's deputies on Jan. 17.