From the Office of the Alameda County District Attorney

Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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Issue 6, 2013 

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Alameda County DA Nancy E. O'Malley Speaks at American Bar Association Annual Meeting on Human Trafficking

San Francisco, Aug. 2013 - The American Bar Association's (ABA) House of Delegates unanimously approved a human trafficking resolution at their Annual Meeting, highlighting the increasing importance of the issue. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley lauded the ABA's resolution as "a major milestone for bringing uniformity and awareness to all states, as well as our federal government," and referenced the new resolution as "the floor for all states to start building their legislation."

Under the leadership of DA O'Malley, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office has emerged as a national and statewide model in the field of combating of human trafficking. In DA O'Malley's speech to the ABA, she stated "we are putting a face, a name, an identity, a human being attached to what some people would like to be invisible."

United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was also present at the ABA's annual meeting. The American Bar Association's covered his speech and wrote; "Kennedy described the 'dehumanizing process' of slavery that Frederick Douglass articulated in his autobiography two centuries ago. 'From a historical perspective, we can somehow understand the injustice of it better than the injustice in our own time.'For Kennedy, attention to human trafficking and what can be done now to attack the problem is critical."  

 

 


To learn more about the Alameda County District Attorney's H.E.A.T. (Human
Exploitation and Trafficking program), please visit our H.E.A.T. Watch Website
CELEBRATE ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors proclaimed September 2013 as

Attendance Awareness Month



The Alameda County District Attorney's Office is committed to addressing the epidemics of chronic absenteeism and habitual truancy.
The Office is dedicated to working together with educators, school administrators, law enforcement, health professionals and community based organizations to ensure that our youth attend school every day and graduate ready to succeed in college and work.
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Visit our At School Website to learn more about the D.A. Office's innovative truancy and attendance program and to find valuable resources. Our new Parent Health Form was created in collaboration with the Alameda County Office of Education, the Alameda County Probation Department, Alameda County Health are Services Agency and the Alameda County Superior Court.

Oakland Travel Agent Sentenced for Massive Customer Fraud

May Cheong, the owner of May's Travel Agency in Oakland, pled guilty on July 12, 2013 to multiple felony counts of fraud, grand theft, relaying false information to customers, and failing to reimburse victims. At her sentencing on August 30, 2013, Cheong was placed on five years of felony probation and was ordered to pay restitution of over $54,000 to more than a dozen customers she defrauded. May's Travels is located at 340 9th Street in Oakland Chinatown.

This case was investigated and prosecuted by the Alameda County DA's Consumer Fraud division. The investigation began when the DA's Office received multiple complaints from customers of May's Travels who had spent thousands of dollars on phony airline tickets and bus tours. Victims paid thousands of dollars for round trip flights to Hong Kong from SFO and vice versa. However, beginning in March of 2012, the victims found themselves stranded abroad with cancelled return flights to their home countries. In all, 15 Oakland residents fell victim to Cheong's scam with a loss totaling $54,715.40. 

The Alameda County District Attorney maintains the Consumer Fraud Hotline that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Service is available in multiple languages, including Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.

The District Attorney's Consumer Fraud Unit can be reached at the Consumer Fraud Hotline at:
1 (877) 288-2882
D.A. O'Malley Speaks at the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club
Alameda County D.A. Nancy E. O' Malley pictured with two members of the L.M.B.C.
The Lake Merritt Breakfast Club is a social and service organization of professionals from Alameda and Contra Costa counties that gathers to network, and hear local, national and international speakers discuss topics of significance. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley was invited to speak at the L.M.B.C.'s morning meeting on August 1, 2013. She discussed the impact of court budget cuts on county prosecutions.

The District Attorney's Speaker's Bureau is a community outreach and education program that will match qualified members of the District Attorney's staff with community groups and organizations wishing to learn more about various aspects of the criminal justice system.

If you would like one of our Deputy District Attorneys to speak at your organization's events, click here to fill out a Speaker's Bureau Request Form.
CSAC CHALLENGE AWARDS COMPETITION 
Congratulations to ...
The District Attorney's Justice Academy
This outstanding program has been selected to receive a Merit Award in the 2013 California State Association of Counties Challenge (C.S.A.C.) Awards competition!

 

CSAC's annual statewide program honors innovation in county government. This year, CSAC received more than 200 Challenge Award entries for its four population categories. An independent panel of judges with expertise in county programs and challenges selected the award recipients.Our county can be very proud of its exemplary programs and the dedicated staff responsible for their success.  

"I am tremendously proud that the Justice Academy is a recipient of this award," states District Attorney O'Malley. "I believe that through meaningful youth engagement, we help to shape our leaders of tomorrow and make our communities safer and stronger."

In addition to the California Award, the District Attorney's Justice Academy was the recipient of the 2013 National Association of Counties Achievement Award in the category of youth and children.

The Spring 2014 Academy will be available to public high school students in the Tri-Valley, Tri-Cities, and Eden area regions of Alameda County. The six month program offers learning and working experience for high school students ages 16 to 18. Presented in conjunction with East Bay Community Services, the Academy consists of bi-weekly seminars of topics covering the fields of criminal justice, social justice, civil and family law, and the courts. Over summer vacation, each student is placed in a law related paid summer job.
Highlighted Recent Verdicts 

* On September 18, 2013, a jury found Julius Scott guilty of murder, attempted murder and personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing death. On August 24, 2012, the victim, Lawrence Nero, called the defendant and arranged to purchase ecstasy capsules from him. The defendant directed the victim to meet at 48th and Foothill in Oakland. When Nero and his close friend, Shanika Latham, arrived to the scene, the defendant opened fire on the car. Shanika Latham was killed and Lawrence Nero was wounded. This case was prosecuted by DDA James Autrey with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo.

* On September 13, 2013, a jury convicted Oscar Maravilla of attempted murder with the enhancements of personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury. The jury also found the defendant guilty of evading of an officer and unlawfully driving a car. On March 17, 2012, the 18 year-old victim, Jose Castrejon, and the 18 year-old defendant had a brief conversation inside Tolin's Liquor in East Oakland. The victim testified that the defendant had an angry demeanor after the victim identified himself with his nickname, "Tito". When the victim turned his back, the defendant fired four shots with two hitting the victim in the neck and jaw. The defendant was a Border Brother gang member and his motive for the shooting was to avenge the death of a fellow Border Brother who was killed by someone named "Tito".  The victim in this case was in no way involved in that incident. The victim was instantly paralyzed from his neck down and the defendant successfully fled from the scene. On April 11, 2012, Alameda County Sheriff's Deputies observed the defendant driving a stolen car. When the officers attempted to pull the defendant over, he drove away and deputies pursued him at high speeds before he crashed the stolen car. The defendant ran away from the car, but officers arrested him after a brief pursuit. The case was prosecuted by DDA Amanda Chavez with the assistance of DA Inspector Gus Galindo.

* On September 4, 2013, a jury convicted defendant Christopher Miles of second degree murder for the killing of Danny Jacks. On April 12, 2010, the defendant and the victim argued outside the defendant's residence over a woman. The defendant shot the unarmed victim twice with a high powered rifle. The defendant will be sentenced on October 2, 2013. The prosecutor was DDA Greg Dolge.

* On September 3, 2013, a jury found Douglas Yim guilty of first degree murder for the killing of Dzuy Phan. He was also found guilty of assault with a firearm and mayhem for crimes committed against a second victim. On April 2, 2011, the defendant invited two friends over to his house to hang out and play video games. Both the defendant and two victims were consuming alcohol and drugs before the defendant and Mr. Phan broke out into a verbal argument about the existence of God and religion. The victims tried to calm down the defendant. He continued to sit alone quietly until he eventually got up from the table, walked 20 feet into his back bedroom, and retrieved an AR-15 assault rifle that he illegally possessed. The defendant shot the second victim through the wrist with his first shot and shot Mr. Phan 6 times. Mr. Phan suffered fatal gunshot wounds to his chest, stomach, arms, hand, and a close range shot to his head. The second victim suffered permanent and severe injuries to his left wrist and hand. The defendant fled immediately to Los Angeles, but turned himself in several days later in the Fresno area. The prosecutor was DDA Allyson Donovan.

For a full description of all felony and misdemeanor verdicts, please visit our website.
IN THIS ISSUE
N.E. O'Malley and Distinguished guests at ABA Conference
Sept. 2013 Attendance Awareness Month
Consumer Fraud Unit helps local community
D.A. Justice Academy wins Statewide Award
Recent Verdicts

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