San Francisco, California - Francisco Javier Marmolejo, aka “Blindy,” was sentenced to 114 months in prison Wednesday for robbing and conspiring to rob three San Francisco Bay Area banks, announced Acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Lucy H. Koh, United States District Judge, following Marmolejo’s guilty plea to the bank robbery on January 5, 2018.

Fresno, California - Mark Merrill Reynolds, 62, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to  unlawfully converting to his own use client funds held by his company, Ben-E-Lect, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

San Francisco, California - Kevin Kyes was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seventeen counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of money laundering by a federal jury Tuesday, announced Acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Michael T. Batdorf.  The jury’s verdict followed a week-long trial before the Honorable Susan Illston, U.S. District Judge.

San Francisco, California - Five real estate investors were sentenced for their role in a conspiracy to rig bids, in violation of the antitrust laws, at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

Fresno, California - Michael Vincent Alvarez, 32, of Fresno, was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for striking Air-1, a Fresno Police Department helicopter, with a powerful green laser beam, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s 2018-2019 revised state budget proposal: