Criminal charges are what two women from Los Angeles County are looking at from an IRS scam they allegedly participated in. According to Fox 11, 25-year-old Ailing Lu, of Los Angeles, and 25-year-old Ji Hyun Lee, of Gardena, were identified as the suspects. The scam these women potentially were engaged in was one that stole thousands of dollars from their victims.
The investigation started early in September, on the 4th. A male victim reported to the Fontana Police Department that he received a call from an individual pretending to be the IRS. The phone call was threatening in nature and the individual claimed that the victim would be arrested if he didn’t pay $2,200 worth of Target gift cards. The male victim did pay the money to the scammers.
Detectives investigated the trail of the gift cards and were able to locate them in the Los Angeles area. In combination with Target’s Loss Prevention Team, surveillance video of the incident was retrieved. In the state of Indiana, a similar case took place which, when compared to the LA incident, showed that the suspects were both Lu and Lee. The authorities found over $900,000 in goods that included electronics, gift cards, as well as a variety of other items that lead to the arrest of both Lu and Lee. The women were booked into the West Valley Detention Center.
Authorities believe that there are many more individuals who are a part of the scam and are telling the public to contact their local law enforcement agency should they receive these types of calls. It is important to note neither law enforcement nor public agencies will ask for payments in the form of gift cards.
Safety Tips From Scammer Calls
The IRS lists the scams they are monitoring and provides resources to help individuals recognize these scams and avoid them. Victims of these scams have lost over $23 million throughout the country. Scammers are tricky and will always try to change their approach in order to trip up victims. Scammers that are arrested face steep penalties and punishment for these federal crimes.
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Democratic Activist Ed Buck Arrested In Connection With Drug Charges That Killed A Man
Ed Buck, a longtime Democratic Party donor was arrested and charged with distribution of methamphetamine which resulted in the death of at least one victim. The authorities believe that Buck could also be responsible for up to 10 other victims as well. Buck was a contributor to both President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He did not enter a plea to the federal charge while he was in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 19.
The death of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore was a foundation for the charges. Moore was the victim of an overdose of methamphetamine while at Buck’s apartment on July 27, 2017. Timothy Dean, 55, also died from a drug overdose in Buck’s apartment on January 2019. Multiple victims were identified by investigators who also had similar experiences being drugged by Buck as payment for sexual services.
Prosecutors are going to pursue having Buck held without bail while awaiting his trial. If Buck is convicted he is looking at no less than 20 years in prison. It is believed that some of the victims were homeless males and similarly disadvantaged individuals who may have been easier to exploit. After a 37-year-old male victim survived an overdose at Buck’s home the arrest was made.
Ed Buck was charged in state court with one felony count each for battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. Additionally, Buck was in criminal court in L.A. for state charges. The length of time it took to finally arrest the Democratic activist was one that was prolonged due to a lack of witnesses agreeing to testify against him in court. According to prosecutors, Buck continually solicited men for sex with the lure of money and drugs as payment.
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