Category Archives: Crime

Trump Sues To Block Subpoenas Over Finances

(Washington, DC-AP) — President Trump is suing to keep his banking records from being given to Congress.

Trump, his family and his businesses filed a lawsuit to stop Deutsche  Bank and Capital One from complying with congressional subpoenas demanding banking records. The lawsuit says the subpoenas were issued to harass President Trump by rummaging through his personal finances.

The complaint suggested the subpoenas are purely political. Committees controlled by Democrats in the House are looking into the President’s financial history.

LA Church Fires Charges Made

(Opelousas, LA-AP) — A 21-year-old son of a sheriff’s deputy is being charged with burning down three predominantly black churches in Louisiana. Officials said they acted quickly because they were concerned the suspect would strikegain.

Officers said they are still trying to determine a motive. One possibility is that Holden Matthews was a fan of “black metal,” a subgenre of heavy metal. It has had an association with church burnings in other parts of the world. Matthews is accused of burning three churches in Saint Landry Parish over a ten-day period.

A Joke? Loughlin Thought D.A. Was Bluffing

(Los Angeles, CA_AP) — Actress Lori Loughlin  may have thought the charges against her were bogus. There are several reports that say the former Full House star thought the District Attorney in Boston was bluffing, and believed that she might be able to skate by.

There are also reports that she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli rejected a plea deal. Loughlin and her husband are accused of paying $500-grand in bribes to get her kids into USC and they face hefty fines and prison time.

Michael Avenatii Indicted For Fraud, Embezzlement

(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — L.A. prosecutors are charging celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti in a 36-count federal indictment. Avenatti has been indicted by a federal grand jury for fraud, perjury, failure to pay taxes, embezzlement and other financial crimes.

The grand jury in Southern California believes that the former lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels stole millions of dollars from five clients and used shell companies and bank accounts to cover it up.

The announcement comes just days after Avenatti was hit with criminal complaints in L.A. and New York. He was arrested in New York for an alleged plot to extort money from Nike.

U.S. attorney in Los Angeles Nick Hanna went over some of the details of the new indictment, including defrauding a paraplegic client of a four-million-dollar settlement then using the cash for his coffee business and auto races. Avenatti allegedly took nearly three-million from another client’s legal settlement and bought a jet. Hanna said that jet has been seized.

Accused Nipsey Hussle Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

(Los Angeles, CA) — The man accused of gunning down rapper Nipsey Hussle is pleading not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. Police say Eric Holder shot and killed the rapper outside of his Los Angeles clothing store last weekend.

The 29-year-old faces a possible life sentence if he’s convicted. He is being represented by former prosecutor Chris Darden, who served on OJ Simpson’s murder trial. Holder is due back in court on May 10th. Police say he shot Nipsey Hussle over a personal dispute.

In related news, Film director Ava DuVernay is commending the media coverage of Nipsey. DuVernay dedicated an honor she received at last night’s Free Expression Awards to Hussle, and said the coverage of his death is a testament to him and to inclusivity in newsrooms.

She also said that “people like him” rarely receive so much attention. Hussle’s death has also been mourned in the African country of Eritrea, where his father is from. Eritrean Minister of Information Yemane Meskel tweeted his condolences to the “iconic recording artist” and his family this week.

LAPD Confirms Nipsey Hussle Suspect Is Captured

(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — Los Angeles Police are confirming they have arrested a suspect in the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle.

The LAPD tweeted that Eric Holder has been captured, and thanked the people of the community for their vigilance. Police said the 29-year-old Holder was the main suspect in the murder on Sunday outside Hussle’s clothing store.

LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore said the shooting was a personal dispute between the two men.

More Than a Dozen Parents Due in Court for Largest College Cheating Scheme in U.S. History

(Boston, MA-AP) — More than a dozen parents charged in the nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are appearing in court. Authorities say the parents paid to rig their children’s standardized test scores or they bribed coaches and college administrators to get their children into prestigious universities.

Among the group of parents appearing in court today is Michelle Janavs, a member of the family that invented of “Hot Pockets.” Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who were also charged, are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. At least three people have pleaded guilty in the case in Boston, including former Yale Women’s Soccer Coach Rudy Meredith.

Trump: FBI, DOJ To Look Into Smollett Case

(Washington, DC – AP) — President Trump is blasting this week’s developments in the Jussie Smollett case. He tweeted this morning “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!”

It comes after prosecutors in Chicago dropped all 16 charges the Empire actor was facing in connection with accusations he lied to police about an alleged racist and homophobic attack by two men wearing MAGA hats.

When the story first broke in January, Trump sympathized with Smollett saying “It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned.” After the actor was accused of staging the whole thing, Trump called out Smollett on Twitter, asking “What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments?”

Fall Of A Dynasty: Greed Could Mean The End For Big Baller Brand

(Los Angeles, CA) –  The Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:10, For the love of money is the root of all evil. And it looks like money could end up being the downfall of the Big Baller Brand.
Love him or hate him, LaVar Ball  with his valiant and often boisterous personality has positioned his three sons Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo to be a 1,2,3 punch dynasty in the NBA. He’s groomed his boys to be disciplined in life and the game of basketball and as they transform to current and future NBA stars, the marketing almost works itself.
Who wouldn’t be interested in three brothers, at one point, lined up to dominate High School, College and NBA basketball all at the same time. Fans are banking on decades of the Ball brothers showing out, especially the youngest one. It made perfect financial sense to turn the Ball Brand into a real business.
That’s what family friend Alan Foster said when he saw the attention and publicity surrounding LaVar’s sons and LaVar as he stirred up controversy and interest (often negative) pretty much everywhere he went.  Some say that controversy is what’s keeping middle son LiAngelo out of the league right now while others, from the beginning, understood the father of three’s vision and the mechanics of his abrasive ways.
I’ll admit.  For the longest, I just wanted pops to be quiet. I was one that was skeptical until I took the time to watch the family’s reality show on Facebook Watch, “Ball in The Family”.
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What I saw was a well orchestrated and organized household designed to turn LaVar Ball and Tina Ball’s sons, and any of their friends who were willing to put in the work, into bonafide basketball beasts and respectable young men. LaVar ball doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke and detests tattoos (until his son Gelo got not one, but a few and Lonzo soon followed). And then there’s the dynamic between him and his wife and his commitment to her after she suffered a stroke.  It’s safe to say that Tina Ball brings out LaVar’s soft side. Yes, he has one.
With help from both LaVar and Tina’s parents along with his brothers, there’s a strong family support system and everyone plays his or her role in the family business.  Alan Foster, whose son befriended Lonzo in middle school, pitched an idea to LaVar that would turn the creation of professional endorsement deals and signature shoes for an NBA rookie on its head.  Forget NIKE, forget Adidas, Rebook and any other athletic brand. Let’s do our own.  The Big Baller Brand. Subsequently, overpriced shoes, hats, t-shirts and hoodies with triple BBBs emblazoned on them became the gear to have.
They even have a girl’s line.
Ball in The Family started airing on Facebook Watch and the dynasty had officially begun.
At the start of his rookie season, Lonzo Ball hit the court for the Los Angeles Lakers in his own signature shoe created by the Big Baller Brand. Major pop-up shops across the world soon followed and the JBA league which was a direct marketing tool for the Triple BBBs took off as well. Minus Lonzo suffering from continuous ankle problems (which the Lakers reportedly think are caused by his triple BBBs shoes) business was booming.
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Alan Foster was leading the way. He served as LaVar’s business partner, advisor and was purported to be the one who organized LaMelo’s move to SPIRE Institute in Ohio and kept close contact with LiAngelo’s agent to keep LaVar abreast on what moves were possible in advance for his middle son. LaVar trusted him blindly to not only manage the family business but some of Lonzo’s personal business as well. Afterall, Foster is a Co-Owner of BBB so it seemed like a win/win.
Alan held a near 17% stake in the company while Lonzo was the majority holder with over 51% percent leaving just over 30% presumably for LaVar, Melo and Gelo to split. I’m pretty sure Lonzo initially funded the Big Baller Brand.  He had just signed a 3-year 22 million dollar deal with the Lakers when BBB started.
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There was only one instance that appeared to be a red flag but with new startups some bumps in the road are expected.  On one episode of Ball In The Family a number of JBA players hadn’t been paid. Deposits were quickly made, but it made you question how money was being transferred for both payments and purchases.  It’s no secret that the other triple BBB – The Better Business Bureau isn’t too fond of the Big Baller Brand.  There has been a number of complaints from consumers. But again, with startups you expect a few wrinkles.
But what you don’t expect is to have the Co-Owner and friend of the family embezzle $1.5 million dollars in the first year and a half of the company’s existence and Lonzo Ball’s professional career.  However, when the Co-Owner is a convicted fraudster……it’s more than plausible. In fact financial misdeeds are not new to Foster.
According to federal records, in 2002, he was sentenced to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud and two counts of money laundering as part of a scheme that defrauded 70 investors of $4 million. Foster was also ordered to pay $3.7 million in restitution to victims.
Lonzo told ESPN that he believes, “Alan Foster used his access to my business and personal finances to enrich himself. As a result, I have decided to sever all ties with Alan, effective immediately.”
Lonzo also scrubbed all visuals of the Big Baller Brand and logo including the triple BBBs tattoo that he had on his forearm.  It’s been replaced by a pair of dice showing allegiance to his two younger brothers with the numbers 1,2,3.
All three of the Ball brothers have stopped following the Big Baller Brand on social media as well. And ..I’m sure that won’t be the end of it.

Sephora Drops Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Amid College Scandal

(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — The fallout from the college cheating scandal continues for the daughter of actress Lori Loughlin.

The makeup company Sephora has reportedly dropped its partnership with Olivia Jade. TMZ is reporting that the 19-year old YouTube star was behind a product called the Olivia Jade x Sephora palette and the partnership has been terminated, effective immediately.

Loughlin and her husband are accused of handing over around half a million dollars in bribes so their kids can get into USC.