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Monday, April 29, 2013

Orange County Counterfeiters Charged

In Southern California, running into a man or woman selling counterfeit items such as purses, wallets, and clothing is not so out of the ordinary to raise an eyebrow. However, most people do not realize the severe penalities associated with infringing intellectual property and producing counterfeit goods.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office has filed felony charges against three local vendors identified during Operation Fashion Faux Pas, a crackdown by U.S. Immigration and Custom's Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations on Orange County retailers suspected of dealing in counterfeit designer goods.

Gokhan Kucuk, 22, who operates the Hot Trends kiosks in Huntington Beach, and John Giang Ly, 24, accused of selling high end counterfeit purses out of his Westminster residence, were taken into custody last week. The third defendant, Joon Heung Son, 45, owner of Shoe World stores in Garden Grove and Los Angeles, surrendered to the court Friday. All three defendants are charged in criminal complaints filed last week with multiple counts of manufacture and sale of a counterfeit mark.

With the filing of these latest criminal complaints, seven Orange County vendors have now been charged with state criminal violations as a result of Operation Fashion Faux Pas. Others charged include the suppliers and proprietors of Cobbler's Corner in Laguna Beach and the operators of Spa by Mode in Westminster. Over the course of enforcement action, investigators conducted a total of 18 warranted and consensual searches resulting in the seizure of more than $820,000 worth of counterfeit goods. That figure is based on the estimated retail value of the merchandise had it been genuine. The seized counterfeit goods included purses, jewelry, sunglasses, cosmetics and perfume.

In fiscal year 2012, intellectual property rights enforcement by HSI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection led to more than 22,000 seizures with an estimated retail value of than $1.26 billion. That figure is based upon the suggested retail price had the products been genuine.

If you face a criminal charge in Orange County, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting your charges and/or reducing your sentence. 

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

OC Home Invasion Suspects Arrested

Laguna Beach detectives, with help from Los Angeles police, arrested two men who allegedly robbed three men and pistol whipped two of them inside a Laguna Beach home last October, according to a Laguna Beach police news release

Officer took Tyron Lamont Beasley, 21, and Jyvontaye Demetric Harris, 20, both of Los Angeles, into custody atseparate locations in South Los Angeles on Monday, Laguna Beach Police Capt. Jason Kravetz said in the release.


A LAPD narcotics search warrant tipped authorities to Beasley and Harris. Los Angeles detectives found a cell phone stolen during the home invasion on a member of the Bounty Hunter bloods, which police describe as an "extremely violent" South L.A. gang.

Police arrested Beasley at a home. Authorities arrested Harris at the Compton Courthouse during a pre-trial hearing for a separate case involving possession of a loaded firearm in public. Police transported both men to Orange County Jail for booking.

The pair allegedly burst into the Laguna home and pistol whipped two of three men there and stole jewelry at 10:30 p.m., October 13, 2012. 

Beasley and Harris are both being charged with robbery, residential burglary, false imprisonment, use of a firearm during a robbery and gang enhancement, according to police. 

If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime, it is important that you are represented by an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights and/or reduce your charges. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Brower and Associates are ready to fight for you, call Brower and Associates for help with your case.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Trial Begins for Garden Grove Woman Accused of Cutting Husband's Penis

A Garden Grove woman accused of drugging her husband, cutting off his penis, and tossing it in a garbage disposal went on trial today in Orange County.

Cathereine Kieu, 50, faces felony charges of torture and aggravated mayhem, with the sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife. She faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.


Kieu's attorney is putting forward the argument that his client is suffering from mental problems and grew up in war-torn Vietnam which later influenced her actions. Prosecutors argued in opening statement that she was moved by jealousy.

Prosecutors allege that on the night of July 11, 2011, after a heated argument with her husband, Kieu prepared an dinner laced with Ambien, prompting her husband to go to bed. Kieu then allegedly tied her husbands legs to the bed, and cut off his genitalia. She then, allegedly, went to the kitchen, threw his genetalia in the garbage disposal and turned it on.

Police reported that after Kieu's arrest she had told the officer her husband "deserved it". She later pleaded not guilty to the charges.

If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime, it is important that you are represented by an aggressive and experienced attorney who will fight for your rights. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Brower and Associates are ready to fight for you, call Brower and Associates to receive help with your case.
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Irvine Couple Arrested in Steroid Drug Ring

Local and federal law enforcement have uncovered a large-scale steroids ring in Irvine this week, which may have distributed drugs locally and internationally. The Irvine Police Department worked alongside with U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to search an Irvine couple's home, the couple were suspected of selling drugs from their home. 


Authorities say they found 40 vials and 20,000 pills believed to be steroids in the home of Carlos Hernandez, 27, and his wife, Roxanne, 30. The couple allegedly produced and distributed the illegal substance from Irvine.

Police seized equipment used to manufacture drugs such as chemicals they believe was used to covert powdered steroids into a liquid form and shipping material allegedly used to send the product across the U.S. and world. Police also recovered three handguns, a shotgun, a rifle, several large-capacity magazines, and more than $6,000 in cash. 

Carlos and Roxanne Hernandez were arrest on suspicion of transporting or selling a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance, conspiring to engage in these activities, and weapons charges. 

Individuals charged with drug offenses in California can face severe consequences, ranging from a fine and community service to years in prison. Effective legal representation is important to ensure that your rights have not been violated and to provide an aggressive defense. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Brower & Associates are ready to fight for you, call Brower & Associates to receive help with your case. 
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