Imperial Valley News Center
Convicted Sacramento Businessman Ordered to Pay More Than $108 Million in Restitution in Decade-Long Scheme
Sacramento, California - Thursday, a federal judge ordered Deepal Wannakuwatte, 64, of Sacramento, to pay $108,199,425 in restitution to victims of his long-running fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today. This ruling concludes the federal criminal prosecution; civil proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court are ongoing.
Salton City, California - Saturday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected male drug smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint after discovering twenty packages of drugs concealed inside the fire wall of the vehicle he was driving.
Los Angeles, California - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that Valley Springs Manor owner Herminigilda Noveda Manuel and administrator Edgar Babael were charged on fourteen felony counts of elder abuse for abandoning the residents of their facility.
Sacramento, California - The United States has asked a federal court in Sacramento, California, to bar a Ripon, California, man from preparing tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today.
Washington, DC - A five-day nationwide operation targeting convicted criminal aliens subject to removal from the United States yielded the arrest of 2,059 convicted criminals. The operation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced additional support for schools working to serve school children healthy meals with the nationwide expansion of the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative. The initiative will provide school nutrition personnel across the country tailored technical assistance and peer to peer mentoring. This allows schools to address their individual resource and training needs. USDA conducted a pilot of the Team Up effort in the southeast region last fall and will now expand the program to other regions of the country.