According to the Sheriff’s department, a child was left home alone when a man broke through the door and started ransacking the house, the child thwarted the crime by calling 911, officials said. A person who the child did not know started knocking on the door just before 2:59 p.m. on Monday, March 30, in the neighborhood located on the 7400 block of Palm Avenue. The child immediately called 911, when the man kicked in the door and began taking different items, sheriff's officials wrote in a news release. The deputies arrived less than a minute later and chased down the suspected burglar, who tried to flee the scene. Then the suspect jumped over several fences during the chase, officials wrote in the release. Robert Michael Odell, 47, was arrested nearby in the 27200 block of Norwood Street. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of burglary, attempted burglary and auto theft and held in lieu of $150,000 bail, jail logs show. Deputies found the boy hiding in the house, terrified of what just happened. Officials believe their were two other men were involved in the crime. The investigation is ongoing and officials asked anybody with information to call 909-425-9793.
Attorney Stephen Siringoringo was disbarred and arrested March 5, a criminal complaint filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court accuses the attorney of felony grand theft and money laundering. Mr. Siringoringo has entered not guilty pleas to all the charges. Siringorongo, of Westminster, and two others- Alfred Clausen, and Joshua Cobb- allegedly collected upfront fees from distressed homeowners for loan modification services. All the victims were told their modifications would be handled by a licensed attorney, according to the complaint, but instead, all files were managed by non-attorney representatives who allegedly falsified numbers and violated state law by collecting upfront fees. According to the complaint, Attorney Stephen Siringoringo has been arrested in connection with a $44 million loan modification fraud scheme. The arrest of attorney Stephen Siringoringo, 34, of the Siringoringo Law Firm, and an alleged co-conspirator, Joshua Michael Cobb, 32, of Upland, was announced Thursday by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office. According to the criminal complaint filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court accuses the two of 24 felony counts of money laundering and 23 felony counts of grand theft for roles played to allegedly take large sums of money from victims who were seeking loan modifications. A third suspect in this felony and fraud case, Alfred O. Clausen, 41, of Rancho Cucamonga, was reported to be missing and is suspected of leaving the country, according to a news release by the prosecutor’s office.
Attorney Stephen Siringoringo and Cobb, who each remain in custody, with a bond set at $17.8 million has entered not guilty pleas to the charges, are scheduled for a court conference Friday. The Siringoringo Law Firm, based in Garden Grove, has several branch offices located in Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and Glendale, and advertised loan modification services extensively on English and Spanish-language radio and TV stations. California lawmakers outlawed the acceptance of upfront fees or payments for loan modification work in October 2009. Fees cannot be collected until mortgages are modified, according to state law. The San Bernardino County prosecutor’s office declined to discuss the case, saying the investigation is ongoing. The California State Bar, however, has indicated that more than 796 complaints have been filed in this case. Siringoringo was ordered to stop practicing law on July 26, 2013, by the California State Bar Court. In December 2013, the State Bar Court found Stephen Siringoringo illegally collecting advance loan modification fees in 20 client matters. Siringoringo admitted to 14 cases, and agreed to provide clients refunds of $1,500 to $5,970, the state court said. However, the State Bar’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel disclosed at that time that the state had 796 additional complaints filed against Siringoringo for alleged misconduct.
Separate juries found a Corona mother and her boyfriend guilty of all charges in connection with the 2009 murder of her 2 1/2-year-old son, the verdicts were announced on Monday, January 12th and Tuesday, the 13th, in Riverside County Superior Court. The mother Belinda Magana, 29, and her boyfriend, Naresh “Michael” Narine, 42, were convicted of first degree murder, torture, mayhem and assault on a child, causing death, and additional enhancements involving torture and mayhem that make the defendants eligible for the death penalty as well. Toddler Malachi Magana suffered several scalding injuries from his head to his buttocks that were left untreated, with the exception of the diaper ointment, and endured punishment from both defendants who tried to quiet his cries that disturbed them over the next five days, according to witness testimony. Experts concluded blunt force trauma to his head and complications of the burn injuries contributed to his death. According to the court records, both defendants gave statements to law enforcement that incriminated themselves and each other, so separate juries were impaneled for each defendant. The mother jury will begin hearing all the evidence in the penalty phase Thursday, Jan. 15, and Narine’s jury is likely to return to hear testimony in the penalty phase Jan. 20 or Jan. 21, according to John Hall, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesman. According to the juries they will recommend punishments of life in prison without possibility of parole or the death penalty to Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz. After the toddler’s death, the toddler’s body was stuffed into a trash bag that day, May 9, 2009, and stored on the floor of the car so the couple and older child could attend a party in Apple Valley. After the party, they drove to the Lytle Creek foothills, where Magana (the mother) claimed she stayed in the vehicle while Narine (the boyfriend) buried the toddler boy. The next day, Mother’s Day, they concocted a story that Malachi went missing from a Corona park. Under questioning by Corona police, Magana admitted the boy was dead and led police to his grave.