VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today the arrests of Patrick Abrahamian (DOB 1/6/70), Michelle Abrahamian (DOB 5/27/71) and Taline Indra (DOB 2/29/80). Patrick Abrahamian is charged with three felony counts of filing a forged instrument. Michelle Abrahamian and Taline Indra are each charged with a felony count of filing a false instrument and a felony count of forgery. The defendants are also alleged to have taken property in excess of $500,000. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.

Patrick Abrahamian is alleged to have approached the 65-year-old victim in 2012 with an offer to help negotiate a modification of his mortgage. In return, the victim agreed to move out and lease his home to Abrahamian while Abrahamian supposedly negotiated a new mortgage. At the end of the lease term, Abrahamian refused to vacate the home as the victim requested. After consulting with an attorney, the victim learned that a notarized grant deed had been recorded that conveyed his home to Abrahamian’s wife, Michelle Abrahamian, a licensed real estate broker.

The deed was allegedly signed by the victim in the presence of a notary public, defendant Taline Indra, who is the sister of Michelle Abrahamian. The investigation determined the victim never met Indra nor signed the grant deed. After the deed was recorded, Patrick Abrahamian is further alleged to have impersonated the victim in a lawsuit filed by Abrahamian against the victim’s lender.

Defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, October 9, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom 12 of the Ventura Superior Court.



VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the review by the District Attorney’s Office of the circumstances surrounding the August 24, 2013, shooting of Ryan Carnan by Simi Valley Police Officers Frank Mika and Lincoln Purcell has been completed.

The full report, authored by Senior Deputy District Attorney Christopher Harman, is available on the Ventura County District Attorney’s Web site ( and explains the District Attorney’s conclusions that Officer Mika and Officer Purcell acted reasonably, and the killing of Ryan Carnan was a justifiable homicide.


Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Geoff Dean is pleased to announce the graduation of the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center’s Academy Class #2015-1. The graduation ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2015, at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, California. The guest speaker for the graduation ceremony will be State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, who represents California’s 44th Assembly District.

The recruits have completed 24 weeks of instruction provided through the combined efforts of local law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice entities. The intense training and education prepares these recruits for the responsibilities of serving their communities as peace officers.

Please see below for the names of the graduating recruits and their respective agencies.

Basic Academy Class #2015-1
Graduating Recruits


Jackson Tran


Fernando Espinosa
Anthony Golia
Victor Gonzalez
Evan Howard
Timothy Roberts
Alex Smith


Kristin Kim
Hakeem Moradeyo
Gareth Neumann
Brittney Rohrs
Anthony Tornello


Matthew Gage


Aric Almaguer
Alina Davis
James Dillard
Miguel Espinoza
Edward Kasper
Michael Rodriguez


Danny Brutz
Abraham Bueno
Nathan Carpenter
Justin Doering
Maxwell Ellis
Daniel Esters
Julian Fergerson
Amanda Foster
Steven McIntire
Conrad Meadows
Katherine Mindrup
Miguel Munguia
Spencer Nagy
Cody Pietro
Terry Ruppel Jr.
Brett Suliga

Nature of Incident: Academy Class 2015-1 Graduation
Location: Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, California.
Date & Time: Friday, October 9, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center
Prepared by: Sergeant Cecil Valenti
Media Release Date: October 6, 2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Captain Dave Murray (805) 383-4744
Approved by: Captain Dave Murray



VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Clemente Zamarippa-Mata (DOB 12/29/1987) of Ventura, will not be charged in the August 2, 2014, incident in which he recklessly drove his pickup truck near the Ventura County Fair. Zamarippa-Mata struck a security gate, a parked bus, and several police vehicles as he attempted to evade officers. He then accelerated the pickup in the direction of law enforcement and struck a sergeant from the Ventura Police Department. Two officers who witnessed the potentially deadly assault by Zamarippa-Mata responded by discharging their firearms, shooting him in the neck. The pickup came to a stop as it crashed into other police vehicles. Zamarippa-Mata was treated at the scene and then transported to the hospital.

A pipe used to smoke methamphetamine was located inside the truck, and Zamarippa-Mata tested positive for amphetamines.

The District Attorney’s Office has evaluated the actions of Zamarippa-Mata and find that he committed several crimes on August 2, 2014, the most serious being Assault with a Deadly Weapon Upon a Peace Officer. Under these circumstances, we believe the officers who discharged their firearms upon Zamarippa-Mata were justified.

Zamarippa-Mata was never arrested. He continues to require medical assistance for on-going complications as a result of his injury.

Some of the factors considered when prosecuting an individual include: the future safety of the community; the need for justice of the victim(s); the need for a penalty; and deterrence. After thoughtful consideration, the District Attorney’s Office has determined that the costs and resources associated with prosecuting a person in Zamarippa-Mata’s condition will not best serve the community’s needs. We expect that Zamarippa-Mata’s medical condition will prevent him from committing future crime.

The sergeant assaulted by Zamarippa-Mata initially required medical attention but ultimately made a full recovery.



SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today that her office has filed involuntary manslaughter charges against Montrose, California-based Verdugo Valley Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre, LLC for failing to provide requisite nursing care to a burn victim resident, leading to his death.

“Families who entrust loved ones to the care of a nursing home rightfully expect residents will receive the care and attention they need and that nursing homes have a legal duty to provide,” said Attorney General Harris. “We have filed criminal charges because we allege Verdugo Valley and its employees violated that trust and their legal duties in a way that resulted in a senseless, tragic and unnecessary death. I thank the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse attorneys and agents working tirelessly to ensure these individuals are held accountable.”

The complaint filed by Attorney General Harris alleges that Verdugo Valley, LLC was grossly negligent in its care of James Populus, a resident with burns on 90 percent of his body from an arson fire two decades earlier. In the 14 months that Populus was in the care of Verdugo Valley, he was examined by a doctor far fewer times than required by law, despite the respiratory and other health needs of burn victims.

His declining health led to severe weight loss, sepsis, and pneumonia and on August 30, 2014, Populus died of multiple system failure due to sepsis. At the time of his death, Populus had infections throughout his body.

Charges of dependent adult abuse causing death have been filed against the facility’s director of nursing, Alexiuse San Mateo, who was responsible for Populus’s care at the facility and willfully permitted the patient’s death. Consuelo Policarpio, the supervising nurse, is charged with dependent adult abuse causing great bodily injury due to a delay in calling 911.

Verdugo Valley Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre, LLC, San Mateo and Policarpio were arraigned yesterday.

San Mateo faces 9 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine and Policarpio faces a maximum of 7 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine. Verdugo Valley, LLC faces a $10,000 fine and exclusion from any state or federally funded health care program.

The Declaration in Support of Arrest Warrant alleges that staff at Verdugo Valley delayed calling 911 and failed to document critical changes in their patient’s condition, in addition to making false entries in medical records.

In the 14 months that Populus was a patient at Verdugo Valley, 80 change of condition forms required signature by a treating physician, but all 80 forms were void of a doctor’s signature. The facility named the patient’s primary care doctor as his treating doctor from the hospital; however, this doctor did not have a relationship with Populus and never visited him at Verdugo Valley.

The case stems from an investigation conducted by the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse. Since taking office in 2011, Attorney General Harris has created specialized BMFEA teams in Sacramento and Los Angeles composed of legal and nursing professionals to combat abuse, neglect and poor quality of care in California’s nursing homes.

A copy of the complaint and declaration in support of arrest warrant submitted to the court is attached to the online version of this release at


Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Operation Take Back the Pumps is a collaborative effort by Ventura County law enforcement agencies, businesses, and Federal agencies to combat credit/debit card fraud and identity theft facilitated through the illegal use of credit card skimming devices placed on gasoline/fuel pumps.

Identity theft is a national problem that is significantly affecting citizens in Ventura County. One way thieves are obtaining victim’s credit and debit card information is through the use of illegal card skimming devices being surreptitiously placed in fuel pumps. When an unsuspecting customer swipes their debit or credit card into the pay station on the fuel pump, these illegal devices capture the card and pin information. The thieves then use this stolen information to commit identity theft and other fraud related crimes. Loses from a single illegal skimming device on a fuel pump usually averages between $50,000 and $100,000.

Operation Take Back the Pumps consists of multiple phases designed to combat identity theft perpetuated by the use of illegal card skimming devices on fuel pumps. The phases consists of training law enforcement and gasoline station personnel on prevention methods and the identification/detection of illegal skimming devices; Programs that promote regular inspections of the pumps for tampering and/or illegal card skimming devices, if the agency should decide; And finally, education of the public on practices that will help keep them from becoming victims of identity theft.

Operation Take Back the Pumps was coordinated by the Moorpark Police Department and launched on August 13, 2015, beginning with a joint effort by all of the involved agencies/businesses coming together in an attempt to inspect all fuel pumps in Ventura County. This proved to be successful as 1,512 fuel pumps were inspected and three (3) illegal skimming devices were discovered and removed. These devices will be used as evidence in an attempt to identify and prosecute the suspect(s) responsible for these crimes.

The following is a breakdown by city of pumps inspected and the number of illegal card skimming devices found:
City of Camarillo - 155 pumps inspected and no devices found
City of Fillmore - 76 pumps inspected and no devices found
City of Moorpark - 72 pumps inspected and no devices found
City of Ojai - 44 pumps inspected and no devices found
City of Oxnard - 335 pumps inspected and no devices found
City of Port Hueneme - 8 pumps inspected and no devices found
City of Santa Paula - 42 pumps inspected and no devices found
City of Simi Valley - 173 pumps inspected and no devices found
City of Thousand Oaks - 272 pumps inspected and three (3) devices found
City of Ventura – 335 pumps inspected and no devices found

Law enforcement and participants in this operation encourage the public to consider the following steps when purchasing fuel. Following these steps will significantly reduce the risk of being victimized by identity thieves.
• Pay with cash whenever possible.
• If paying with a credit/debit card, go inside the gas station instead of paying at the pump.
• Look for security seals/stickers on fuel pumps. If the seals/stickers are broken, cut or read “VOID,” do not use that pump and immediately report your observations to gas station personnel (See attached photographs).

Nature of Incident: Operation Take Back the Pumps
Report Number: None
Location: Ventura County Wide
Date & Time: August 13, 2015
Unit(s) Responsible:
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters Station, Moorpark Police Department, Thousand Oaks Police Department, Simi Valley Police Department, Camarillo Police Department, Oxnard Police Department, Fillmore Police Department, Santa Paula Police Department, Ventura Police Department, Port Hueneme Police Department, Ojai Police Department, U.S. Secret Service, Ventura County Weights and Measures, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Phillips 66, Santa Barbara Weights and Measures, Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, Ventura County Sheriff’s Crime Analysis Unit, Ventura County Credit Union
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Prepared by: Sergeant John Wright
News Release Date: August 13, 2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant John Wright, (805) 797-7128
Approved by: Stephen Wade, Captain

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).


VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Governor Brown has blocked the parole of first-degree murderer inmate Larry Jay.

Jay was convicted of the first-degree murder of Naomi Harris, aged 50. On May 6, 1976, Jay set up a false alibi for himself, then hid in the restroom of a bar in Ventura. After the bar closed, he ambushed the bartender, Ms. Harris, and killed her by fracturing her skull with a hammer. The evidence suggested that he struck her once when she was standing, then ordered her to lie face down on the floor, where he struck her in the back of her head multiple times with a hammer, crushing her skull and killing her. He stole $168 from two cash registers, fled the scene in a stolen truck, and went to a fast food restaurant for a snack.

The District Attorney’s Office opposed parole for this brutal crime. The Board of Parole Hearings nonetheless found Jay suitable for parole based on his current age of 67 years, length of incarceration of 39 years, remorse, lack of recent prison misconduct, risk assessment, and parole plans. The District Attorney then asked the Governor to overturn the decision, as authorized by the California Constitution. On July 1, 2015, Governor Brown reversed the grant of parole, finding that Jay poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison.

The District Attorney thanks the Governor for his decision protecting the community.


LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the release of four annual reports on crime and juvenile justice in California. The reports, Crime in California 2014, Hate Crime in California 2014, Homicide in California 2014 and Juvenile Justice in California 2014, show an overall drop in crime rates in the state.
The annual crime reports provide law enforcement agencies and communities with statewide data on crime levels in their communities.

Crime in California, 2014
Crime in California, 2014 reports statistics on crime that occurred in the state in 2014. The report presents statistics for reported crimes, arrests, dispositions of adult felony arrests, adults placed on probation, full-time criminal justice personnel, citizens’ complaints against peace officers, domestic violence related calls for assistance, and law enforcement officers killed or assaulted.
• The homicide rate decreased 4.3 percent in 2014; total of 1,697 homicides in the state
• The robbery rate decreased 10.0 percent in 2014; total of 48,650 robberies in the state
• The aggravated assault rate increased 2.4 percent in 2014; total of 91,681 aggravated assaults in the state
• There were a total of 1,212,845 arrests in the state in 2014; the lowest since 1969
• There were 9,397 rapes reported in 2014
o In 2014, the California Department of Justice initiated collection of rape data utilizing the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s revised definition of rape. Under previous crime reports, data was only collected and reported on “forcible rape,” which did not account for all instances of rape, including those committed against male victims. In 2013, the FBI revised the definition from “forcible rape” to “rape,” defined as penetration without the consent of the victim. Since an updated definition was adopted this year, 2014 data is not comparable to data reported in previous years.
All police agencies and district attorney’s offices in California submit crime statistics to the California Department of Justice, which is then compiled into a yearly report. These rates are calculated to describe the number of crimes reported for every 100,000 persons within a population.

Hate Crime in California, 2014
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VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Cody Silvestri (DOB 2/16/1982) of Ojai was sentenced to serve 180 days in the Ventura County jail. On May 1, 2015, Silvestri pleaded guilty to one count of Penal Code section 550(b)(3), felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud. This case was the result of an investigation by the District Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit.

Silvestri was employed at TACT Construction in Ojai and sustained an on-the-job injury. He had surgery and, while off work, was paid Temporary Total Disability (TTD) by TACT’s insurance carrier, State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF). When Silvestri returned to work, he failed to notify SCIF and continued to collect TTD benefits. He received $22,969 in TTD benefits after he returned to work.

In addition to the jail term, Silvestri was placed on five years formal probation. A restitution hearing is set for August 4, 2015, at 1:30 p.m., in courtroom 14.


VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Jorge Moreno (DOB 9/13/56) of Ventura, pleaded guilty to 25 felony counts including two counts of residential burglary, one count of commercial burglary, one count of extortion, one count of identity theft of more than 10 people, one count of providing a false financial statement, and 19 counts of grand theft. Moreno admitted the special allegation of taking more than $100,000. The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit in collaboration with the Ventura Police Department and Santa Barbara Police Department.

Since 2006, Moreno has been posing as an immigration lawyer and consultant, making false promises to provide immigration services to monolingual Spanish-speaking victims in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Bernardino Counties. Moreno promised victims he could prevent deportation, help with their immigration, and secure work visas. He collected cash payments up front but provided no actual services. Moreno threatened some of his victims with deportation to prevent them from notifying the authorities. It was alleged that Moreno engaged in a separate fraud scheme to sell fraudulent tickets to concerts and sporting events. The total of victims’ losses exceed $100,000.

Moreno is scheduled for sentencing at 10:30 a.m. on July 23, 2015, in courtroom 14 of the Ventura Superior Court. He is currently in custody without bail at the Ventura County jail. Under the terms of his plea agreement, it is expected that Moreno will receive a 10-year prison sentence.


VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Miguel Pena (DOB 7/14/83), of Oxnard, was found guilty by court trial of the first-degree murder of Uriel Bucio on December 1, 2008. The judge found true the special circumstance that Pena committed the murder during the commission of a robbery, and found true the special allegation that he intentionally used a gun. The murder occurred in the parking lot of the car dealership where Mr. Bucio worked, as he and his 10-year-old son walked to their vehicle. Pena demanded money and ordered Mr. Bucio and his son to lay on the ground at gunpoint. After they complied, Pena shot and killed Mr. Bucio while he was still on the ground.

Pena was also found guilty of a July 17, 2010, robbery during which Pena was armed with a firearm and took property from Margarito Lopez during a fundraising event in the city of Oxnard.

Sentencing is set for July 22, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 44 of the Ventura Superior Court, County of Ventura. Pena faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.


SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today that Casey E. Meyering, the operator of a cyber exploitation website which posted intimate images of unsuspecting victims without their consent, was sentenced to three years in jail.

“Meyering humiliated and belittled victims by operating a website that posted their intimate images and personal information, then extorted them for removal,” said Attorney General Harris. “California will not tolerate the illegal actions of cyber exploitation operators who profit by degrading victims from behind a computer screen. This sentence sends a clear message that cyber exploitation will lead to jail time.”

In May, Meyering pled no contest to one count of extortion, three counts of attempted extortion, and one count of conspiracy.

An investigation by the California Department of Justice’s eCrime unit found that Meyering operated, a cyber exploitation website which solicited the anonymous, public posting of private photographs containing nude and explicit images of individuals without their permission.

Described as “a user supported website where you can trade your ex-girlfriend, your current girlfriend, or any other girl that you might know,” solicited users to identify their “wins” by city and state, often using the victim’s complete or partial name. In the California-specific user forum for the website, there were over 400 postings. also required victims to pay $250 via a Google Wallet account to remove their posted photographs, known as “takedowns”. The account was named TakeDownHammer and it was registered to Meyering at a fictitious Beverly Hills storefront. Law enforcement agents purchased a “takedown” for one of the victims in Napa and traced the funds to Meyering’s bank account in Tulsa. Surveillance footage from the bank identified him withdrawing money from the account.

The investigation began in February 2013, stemming from a complaint by a Northern California victim to a Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety detective. The victim suspected that a college classmate had hacked the victim’s computer and retrieved nude images. Through search warrants, law enforcement discovered that the victim’s classmate had indeed hacked and stolen nude images of her. The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office convicted the classmate for identity-theft related crimes and he received an eight-month jail sentence.

Meyering’s sentence follows the sentencing of Kevin Bollaert, the operator of a similar cyber exploitation website. In April, Bollaert was sentenced to 18 years of incarceration following a verdict which found him guilty of 6 counts of extortion and 21 counts of identity theft. The Bollaert case was the first criminal prosecution of a cyber exploitation website operator in the country.

Attorney General Harris has sponsored a package of bills in the California Legislature that will increase protections for victims by providing critical tools for law enforcement to help investigate and prosecute the growing number of cyber exploitation cases in California. SB 676, authored by Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), passed the Senate and has been sent to the Assembly. AB 1310, authored by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), passed the Assembly and has been sent to the Senate.

In addition, Attorney General Harris has convened a working group of 50 major technology companies, victim advocates, and legislative and law enforcement leaders to fight cyber exploitation through a public-private partnership. The Attorney General’s working group on cyber exploitation is focused on four key areas: (1) developing an industry statement of principles, (2) education and prevention, (3) law enforcement training and (4) collaboration, legislation and advocacy. The working group includes four major tech companies – Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft and Twitter.

Attorney General Harris created the eCrime Unit in 2011 to investigate and prosecute identity theft crimes, cybercrimes, and other crimes involving the use of technology.


SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today, following the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement that many more Corinthian Colleges, Inc. students will now be eligible for student loan relief. Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (CCI) recently closed its remaining campuses in California.

“Corinthian profited by preying on the educational dreams of vulnerable people and then left them under a mountain of debt,” said Attorney General Harris. “I applaud the Department of Education for answering our call to relieve students from this crippling debt Corinthian imposed upon them through its lies and deception. This action has the potential to give students new hope and the opportunity to achieve their educational goals and rebuild their lives.”

Attorney General Harris filed a complaint in 2013 alleging that CCI misrepresented job placement rates and school programs and intentionally targeted low-income, vulnerable Californians through persistent internet, telemarketing and television ad campaigns. In addition, the complaint alleges that Corinthian executives knowingly misrepresented job placement rates to investors and accrediting agencies, harming students, investors and taxpayers.

In April, Attorney General Harris and eight other state Attorneys General sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education urging immediate debt relief for the students who attended Heald College and other CCI campuses. View the letter here:


VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Christopher Morgan Gilcrest (DOB 05/08/64), of Lancaster, pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand theft, two felony counts of conspiracy, and one misdemeanor count of false advertising related to his online Ventura County based nursery stock business “Growquest Growers.” This case was the result of a joint investigation between the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner's Office, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

Gilcrest had been illegally operating a Web-based nursery supply company called “Growquest Growers” in Ventura County that sells and delivers rose bushes, citrus and olive trees, ladybugs and other nursery items online. Gilcrest sold nursery stock without a valid license, failed to comply with agriculture rules and quarantines, and took customers payments without actually providing them with any product. The Tri-Counties Better Business Bureau received hundreds of complaints from all over the United States over the course of the last three years. The quarantine regulation violations posed a serious threat to California’s multi-billion dollar agricultural industry.

Gilcrest will be sentenced on June 24, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in Department 14 of the Ventura Superior Court. He is expected to receive 365 days in the Ventura County jail, serve 60 months formal probation, and pay restitution to the named victims. Under the terms of his probation, Gilcrest will be prohibited from engaging in the agriculture or horticulture business, and will not be allowed to sell nursery stock.


VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the District Attorney of Riverside County, has settled a consumer protection lawsuit involving misleading advertising by office supply retailer Staples, Inc. The civil complaint filed in Ventura County alleged that Staples’ advertisements containing the phrases “it’s like getting it for” and “it’s like paying” misled consumers. The advertisements failed to clearly disclose the conditions required to obtain the discounted price, and the advertised price was not the actual price consumers paid at the time of the sale.

The stipulated final judgment includes a permanent injunction requiring that Staples discontinue use of the phrases “it’s like getting it for” and “it’s like paying” in its California advertisements. In addition, Staples is required to clearly disclose the actual price to be paid at the register exclusive of any rebate or loyalty program discount. Staples was ordered to pay $515,435 in civil penalties, legal and investigative costs, and restitution. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office will receive $232,500 as civil penalties and cost recovery. A portion of the settlement amount will be paid to the Consumer Protection Trust Fund for the enforcement of consumer protection laws. Staples agreed to the settlement without admitting liability and was cooperative during the investigation.


VENTURA, California — District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White has ordered CVS Pharmacy, Inc. a Rhode Island Corporation, doing business in California as CVS/pharmacy, to pay $2.4 million as part of a settlement of a civil enforcement action. The case was brought by the Ventura, Riverside and Los Angeles County District Attorneys’ Offices. The matter was brought to the attention of authorities by the State of California Division of Measurement Standards and local county Weights and Measures officials.

The settlement is the culmination of a civil action filed in Los Angeles County alleging that CVS engaged in misleading advertising by charging more at check-out than the advertised price. In addition, an investigation determined that the company failed to give cash back on gift cards under $10, as required by law. This is the second civil complaint involving misleading advertising filed against CVS in the last five years.

Pursuant to the final judgment, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office will receive $675,000 in civil penalties and Ventura County Weights and Measures will receive $14,310.45 as costs of investigation. CVS was also required to pay $275,000 to the ITT Consumer Protection Trust Fund for the enforcement of consumer protection laws. CVS agreed to the settlement without admitting any liability or wrongdoing. As part of the settlement, CVS agreed to initiate and administer pricing programs to ensure that consumers are not overcharged for their purchases.


VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Wilfredo Jimenez (DOB 4/24/76), of Los Angeles, was sentenced by Ventura County Superior Court Judge David Hirsch to seven years in county jail, and restitution in an amount exceeding $100,000 for committing 22 burglaries.

Between October 28, 2009, and September 17, 2010, Jimenez, along with five other suspects, broke into storage containers that were located at several agricultural areas throughout Ventura County, including farms and construction sites. Jimenez stole more than $100,000 worth of equipment which included tools, generators, water pumps, pressure washers, cash and other various items affecting 30 victims. The crimes were investigated and solved by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division.


District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the review by the District Attorney’s Office of the circumstances surrounding the August 14, 2012, shooting of Michael Mahoney by officers of the Oxnard Police Department has been completed.

The full report, authored by Senior Deputy District Attorney Derek Malan, is available on the Ventura County District Attorney’s Web site ( and explains the District Attorney’s conclusions that Oxnard police officers acted reasonably, and the killing of Michael Mahoney was a justifiable homicide.

(l-r) Dr. Ellen Crowe, Thousand Oaks, 54 and Paul McQuillan, Thousand Oaks, 61
(l-r) Dr. Ellen Crowe, Thousand Oaks, 54 and Paul McQuillan, Thousand Oaks, 61
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On May 13, 2015, Investigators from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and the Health Quality Investigation Unit of the California Division of Investigation (formerly the California Medical Board) arrested Dr. Ellen Crowe and Paul McQuillan for multiple felonies relating to the death of an elderly patient.

Dr. Ellen Crowe and Paul McQuillan own and operate a business known as House Call Doctor Thousand Oaks (HCDTO). Polly Duntley was a patient of HCDTO. On July 31, 2014, McQuillan, who has no official medical training, responded to the home of Duntley in Camarillo. This was a follow-up visit from the day prior where a HCDTO doctor other than Ellen Crowe attended to Duntley. McQuillan injected Duntley with morphine, provided by Dr. Crowe, and ordered by the other doctor. This injection was done just prior to a planned x-ray and ultrasound that was to take place at the residence. Duntley fell into a deep sleep within minutes after the injection was given. McQuillan then left the residence to treat another patient in the neighborhood. In his absence, a technician from another company arrived at the residence and performed the ultrasound on Duntley. McQuillan returned to the residence while the ultrasound was being conducted. During the ultrasound, McQuillan realized Duntley no longer had a pulse and called 911. He then attempted to provide first aid. Emergency responders resuscitated Duntley, but she never regained consciousness. Duntley died in the hospital on August 2, 2014.

McQuillan was arrested at his home in the 100 block of Los Padres, Thousand Oaks. A search warrant was also served at his residence where evidence relating to the crime was located.

Dr. Crowe was located in Bakersfield and arrested.

McQuillan was booked into the Ventura County Jail for practicing medicine without a license and furnishing morphine.

Dr. Crowe was booked into the Ventura County Jail for conspiracy to practice medicine without a license and conspiracy to furnish morphine.

Additional charges and enhancements of elder abuse, great bodily injury or death occurring in the commission of a felony, and weapons violations are also possible.

An additional arrest is expected in this case.

Both Dr. Crowe and McQuillan secured bail and are scheduled to be arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on May 27, 2015.

Anyone with information similar to this type of activity is encouraged to call the task force at (805) 383-8700.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force comprised of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, and the California Highway Patrol. The primary mission of the task force is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market. In addition, the task force works to identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdose deaths due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use. Anyone with information regarding these topics, or this case in particular, is encouraged to contact the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or via e-mail at

Nature of Incident: Thousand Oaks Doctor and Husband Arrested After Death of a Patient
Report Number: 15-8705
Location: Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, and Bakersfield, CA
Date & Time: May 13, 2015
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
Health Quality Investigation Unit- California Division of Investigation

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) Polly Duntley, Camarillo, 88
(S) Dr. Ellen Crowe, Thousand Oaks, 54
(S) Paul McQuillan, Thousand Oaks, 61
Prepared by: Sergeant Victor Fazio
News Release Date: May 14, 2015
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Victor Fazio
(805) 856-8793
Approved by: Captain Curt Rothschiller


The Peace Officers Association of Ventura County (POAVC) will be presenting the 2015 Peace Officer’s Memorial event at the Ventura County Government Center. The public is invited to attend. The event will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Peace Officer’s monument located near the west government center entrance on Victoria Avenue.

Family members of Ventura County fallen peace officers will be in attendance, as well as representatives from all county area law enforcement agencies.

This year we will be adding a name to the memorial wall, Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Yevhen “Eugene” Kostiuchenko. Eugene is the 32nd Peace Officer in Ventura County killed in the line of duty. Please come to support his family and friends and pay respect for his sacrifice.

This year’s guest speaker will be Saul Martinez Jr., whose father was a CHP Officer who selflessly pushed his partner to safety before being hit by a vehicle. Saul Martinez Jr. was a child when his father was killed. He has family in local law enforcement and government and we look forward to hearing his message.

The event will honor all Ventura County law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. A ceremonial procession will begin the event. The event will also include the reading of the names of each fallen peace officer, a 21-gun salute by the Sheriff’s Honor Guard, the symbolic riderless horse, and a helicopter formation fly-over.

A video message on this year’s event by Sheriff Dean can be viewed at For more information on the POAVC, visit

Nature of Incident: Ventura County Peace Officers Memorial Event
Location: Ventura County Government Center – 800 S.Victoria Ave., Ventura
Date & Time: Thursday May 21, 2015 @ 10:00 a.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Administration
Prepared by: Sergeant Denise Sliva
Media Release Date: May 15, 2015
Follow-Up Contact: Captain John Reilly (805) 947-6782
Sergeant Denise Sliva (805) 947-9258
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith