Los Angeles, California - A federal grand jury returned a 14-count indictment that charges five defendants with participating in a fraud scheme that generated tens of millions of dollars by soliciting investments in a company that purportedly offered children’s educational courses, but in reality was a pyramid scheme designed to generate revenue by adding new investors.

Los Angeles, California - Three men were taken into custody after being indicted by a federal grand jury on a host of federal charges related to the sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old girl. A fourth defendant named in the indictment is expected to be taken into custody.

San Quentin, California - Administrators at San Quentin State Prison (SQ) continue to restore services to inmates as the institution deals with a number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease. Out-of-cell time for inmates will resume; inmate movement has been limited since August 27 to help facilitate an investigation into an outbreak of the disease.

San Francisco, California - A former U.S. Secret Service special agent pleaded guilty today to money laundering and obstruction of justice in connection with his theft of digital currency during the federal investigation of Silk Road, an online marketplace used to facilitate the purchase and sale of illegal drugs and other contraband.

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites nonprofit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2016-17 season.

Los Angeles, California - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in the Los Angeles area arrested more than 240 criminals and individuals who pose a threat to public safety last week, a record number for a four-day ICE operation in the Southland.