Sacramento, California - CDFA Secretary Karen Ross signed a cooperative agreement today with officials from the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in Mexico City. This agreement is a follow-up to the Governor’s Trade Mission that occurred earlier this year.

Los Angeles, California - A Los Angeles-area physician whose referrals led to more than $1.7 million in fraudulent Medicare billings was sentenced this afternoon to 24 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare related to medically unnecessary power wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment.

Santa Ana, California - A former Newport Beach resident who was a fugitive for well over a decade was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison for running a fraudulent Internet company that bilked hundreds of victims out of approximately $13 million.

San Jose, California - Sanjeev Bais pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon to 14 counts of theft of government property, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas McMahon.

San Francisco, California - Craig S. On pleaded guilty today to one count of Conspiracy to Make a Materially False and Misleading Statement to an Accountant, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Inspector General, Special Agent in Charge Wade Walters; Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program Christy Romero; Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Inspector General, Special Agent in Charge Scott Redington; and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson.

Yuba City, California - Anthony Merrell Tyler, 34, of Yuba City, California, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez to serve 46 months in prison for violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  The crime involved a racially motivated attack by Tyler and two co-defendants, Billy Hammett, 30, and Perry Jackson, 29, on a white man and an African-American woman in Marysville, California, in 2011.