San Diego, California - Kevin Brito of Imperial Beach was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 15 years in prison for deceiving girls as young as 10 into making and sending him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves.

San Francisco, California - A federal indictment filed Tuesday charges Harlan Kelly, the former General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and Victor Makras, a locally prominent San Francisco real estate investor, with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair, and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Mark H. Pearson.  The indictment also charges honest services wire fraud and conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud in connection to a bribery scheme that was first leveled against Kelly in a November 2020 federal complaint.  That complaint is superseded by today’s federal indictment.

San Diego, California - To address an increase in violent crime, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its law enforcement partners in the Southern District of California have launched an effort to strategically prosecute the region’s most violent and prolific offenders who are believed to be most responsible for the spike, including those with criminal history and criminal gang affiliation who commit gun crimes.

Sacramento, California - Juan Carlos Cortez-Gomez, 51, of Riverbank, pleaded guilty Monday to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

Fresno, California - An indictment was unsealed Tuesday following the arrest of Bobbi Jo Heiss, 34, of Fresno, charging her with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. 

Sacramento, California - A former civilian employee of the Department of Defense arrived in the United States Friday from Germany to face a charge for assaulting a U.S. military member in the Republic of Korea last year.