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Santa Clarita Residents Being Scammed

Santa Clarita Crime News

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are warning Santa Clarita Valley residents against phone calls from scammers misrepresenting themselves as Sheriff’s Department employees. The caller usually tells the citizen that there has been a warrant issued for their arrest for failure to appear for Jury Duty.  The caller will tell the victim that they have to pay a sum of money ...

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Tony Alamo Victims’ Lawyer To Seek Sierra Highway Land

Tony Alamo Victims' Lawyer To Seek Sierra Highway Land

A Texarkana lawyer seeking compensation for the victims of a pastor convicted of sex crimes against children said he’ll likely be seeking Tony Alamo’s Santa Clarita Valley properties in October. In the meantime, followers at Tony Alamo's Santa Clarita Valley properties on Sierra Highway continue to carry on the church in the name of Alamo. Santa Clarita Valley parking lots are still peppered with flyers about his ministry. Attorney W. David Carter said he’s been litigating properties for the victims of Alamo, whose real name is Bernie Lazar Hoffman, for nearly five years.

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

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.

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