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Former Saramento Kings executive gets 7 years for multi million fraud scheme

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 / No Comments


A former executive with the National Basketball Assocaiton's Sacramento Kings was sentenced following his conviction for a multimillion dollar fraud scheme.

In a sentenced issued yesterday at U.S. District Court in Sacramento, Jeffrey R. David will serve a seven year prison term. David is scheduled for incarceration on August 20.

As the chief revenue officer for the Kings, part of David's duties included negotiating sponsorship and other marketing agreements with companies. Between October 2012 through July 2016, David used this position to defraud these companies like Kaiser Permanente and and Golden 1 Credit Union. 

David took the sponsorships payments and diverted them to a bank accounts under his sole control, but held in the name of Sacramento Sports Partners LLC. The Kings did not know about these payments or this LLC at the time the payments were solicited and made. 

In total, David stole approximately $13.4 million from five companies and used the proceeds to purchase and remodel real estate in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, in Southern California. The stolen cash was also used on various personal expenses, including checks to family members, a private jet membership, and substantial credit card bills. 

The United States moved to forfeit and seize these properties and other assets held by David, and the professional sports franchise has received over $13.2 million in restitution to date.




5 Delicious Low-Carb Recipes Perfect for a Cookout

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(StatePoint) Food on the grill, carb-loaded side dishes and high-sugar desserts are at the center of most seasonal cookouts. But this doesn’t mean you need to avoid those countless neighborhood barbecues to ensure you stay on track with your healthy lifestyle.

Courtney McCormick, manager of Clinical Research & Nutrition for South Beach Diet, recommends these five lower-carb recipes that are great to bring along to any cookout.

• Shredded Chicken Chili: Just toss some chicken, beans, tomatoes and a combination of chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano in your slow cooker and let that magic machine do all the work. Six hours later, you’ll have perfectly cooked chicken and plenty of flavorful fixings for fewer calories than a chicken prepared in a sugary or cheesy sauce.

• Avocado Tuna Sandwiches: Mix lemon juice, avocado, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl and add canned tuna fish. Scoop onto a slice of whole grain bread with arugula, sliced cucumbers and red onions and you’ve got yourself a delicious sandwich to eat in place of that hamburger.

• Skinny Shrimp Fajitas: You won’t miss the tortilla with this recipe! Combine shrimp, onion, bell pepper, olive oil and dry fajita spices such as chili powder, garlic, onion, cumin and paprika in a large bowl. Pour into a veggie basket or place on skewers and let the grill do the work for you.

• Pesto Cilantro Dip: Bake walnuts at 275 degrees until golden brown, then chop cilantro, garlic, and walnuts in a food processor for about 25 seconds. With the machine running, pour olive oil in a steady stream. Add sour cream, lemon juice and salt. Pulse a few times to combine and you’re done! Serve with fresh veggies. 

“This recipe is quick and simple,” says McCormick. “It contains minimal ingredients and it is packed with healthy fats. Plus, it keeps five days in the refrigerator and freezes for up to a month.” 

• South Beach Coleslaw: Coleslaw is a BBQ staple and this recipe for a lighter version of it is easy as 1-2-3! Whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, celery seed and a sugar substitute. Add cabbage and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For more details on these recipes and other great tips and tricks to lose weight and live healthier, visit South Beach Diet’s website The Palm at palm.southbeachdiet.com/cookout-low-carb-recipes.

Remember, cookouts don’t need to wreak havoc on your healthy diet. By making some simple swaps and choosing healthier options, you’ll stay on track while still enjoying time outdoors with family and friends. 


Assistance sought by Sacramento FBI office to identify serial bank robber

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 / No Comments


The FBI field office in Sacramento is asking for the publics' assistance in identifying a male suspect who has robbed four banks in the region.

The suspect is described as a young Causasian male whose modus operandi includes approaching a teller, presenting a demand note, and after compliance with the demands, flees the area on foot. In none of the four banks that were robbed and in one where he attempted to rob but failed, the suspect did not display or imply he had a firearm. 

The banks that were robbed include the following:

  • Friday, November 23, 2018, at approximately 1:55 p.m. River City Bank located at 239 E Street in Davis
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at approximately 2:05 p.m. U.S. Bank located at 903 Colusa Avenue in Yuba City
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at approximately 1:43 p.m. U.S. Bank located at 1020 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills
  • Friday, February 15, 2019, at approximately 3:25 p.m. U.S. Bank located at 1020 white Rock Road in El Dorado Hills
Additionally, the suspect also allegedly attempted to rob the Wells Fargo Bank located at 1235 Stratford Avenue in Dixon on Saturday, March 2, 2019, but was unsuccessful.
The suspect—believed to be 20 to 30 years old - stands 5’6” to 5’10” tall with a thin build. He has frequently worn hooded sweatshirts with the hood pulled over baseball-style caps, dark basketball-style shorts, and black shoes.
Images of the suspect, including a composite developed from surveillance footage from the robberies, are posted above and below. 
Individuals with information about this man may call the FBI Sacramento Field Office. Tips may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. If the subject is spotted in the community, the public is urged to call 911 and not approach the individual. 





Former Oroville resident gets home detention sentence for making mail bomb and threats to ex-Presidents

Friday, March 22, 2019 / No Comments
Kao Xiong. | 

A former resident of Oroville, Calif. was sentenced yesterday at U.S. District Court in Sacramento after entering a guilty plea on January 3, 2019 to making various threats via the U.S. Postal Service.

Kao Xiong, 34, currently a resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota, was sentenced to time served plus five months of home detention and three years of supervised release for making false bomb threats. Xiong pleaded guilty to mailing approximately 150 letters Xiong mailed between January and December 2017, containing false information about bombings and assassinations. 

Although the U.S. Postal Service intercepted many of the letters, others were delivered to the intended recipients who were located across the United States, including FBI offices, an airport, a mall, and the current and former presidents of the United States including George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama. One letter was received by a Sunnyvale, Calif. company informing the company that Xiong and others were going to bomb the location. The bomb threat was reported to the Sunnyvale Police Department who responded to the scene to investigate and ultimately reported the incident to the FBI.

Xiong was arrested on December 22, 2017, and remained in custody until May 23, 2018, which is approximately 153 days.




Opinion - Message from Democratic supermajority and health care foundations on reform: No. Relief. Coming.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 / No Comments


By Keith McCallin, PA-C  |     

Dear Sacramentans and nearby Sacramento Neighbors:

On Friday, March 1, 2019, the Superintendent of the Sacramento City school system addressed the school systems insolvency coming in November and, in doing so, described what a take-over of our public school system will look like. The first, and only, words out of the superintendents mouth to explain it all:

                        Health care costs.

Also, on that Friday, there was a Senator Dr. Richard Pan-produced health care symposium at the Sacramento Capitol.  (See the agenda here: https://ph.ucla.edu/events/e-richard-brown-symposium-universal-health-care-california-planning-policy-political )

The clear message sent from our state legislators, who possess supermajority powers, to the Sacramento School district and the California citizenry:

                        No. relief. coming.

We Americans represent 4-percent of the worlds population and we pay 43-percent of the worlds health care costs. 

We northern Californians pay 30-percent more for health care than southern Californians.

The probability that everyone reading these words is underinsured and unaware of this medical trap is likely right at 100-percent. There is a reason GoFundMe for medical bills is a thing and a thing that has been made normal. It is what we are obliged to do to survive our health care system which has us dying slower, sicker and younger.

There are a myriad of forces spending vast sums of money to block health care reform and they are getting their money’s worthAll of us are easily able to identify the most powerful of these forces because they are the medical corporations whose billboards line our freeways.

But there are others who play their nefarious part who go unnoticed. One example is a group of organizations known as the health care foundations, where the California Endowment is but one organization in that group.

Please find the time to read the attached document (posted below) because what we do not know about health care foundations is substantial. And, because the price we pay for not fixing health care involves far more than the ridiculous price of insurance bills and medical bills.

PLEASE NOTE:  The attached letter is a communication sent from this California health care advocate to other health care advocates and organizations here in California and across the country.




Defendant convicted of kidnapping, rape of Cosumnes River College student

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 / No Comments


A man charged with kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, was convicted this morning in a jury trial at Sacramento Superior Court. 

Raphael Garcia was also convicted to on two counts of sexual penetration, attempted rape, and lewd acts with a minor. On October 26, 2015, Garcia dragged a female Cosumnes River College student into a men’s bathroom on campus and sexually assaulted her. 

The next day, in a separate incident Garcia touched and sexually propositioned a 15-year-old high school student near the same campus. Los Rios and Sacramento police were able to Garcia to these crimes through DNA evidence and the quick-thinking 15-year-old victim, who took a photo of Garcia with her cell phone. 

Sentencing will be on February 4 and Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 27 years to life in prison. 




South Sacramento shooting being investigated as homicide

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 / No Comments


The Sacramento Sheriff's Department is investigating a South Sacramento shooting this morning as a homicide.

The shooting on the 7800 block of Orchard Woods way was first report just before 9:30 a.m. today in social media. According to most recent information a suspect described as Black male in his late teens or early 20s.

The suspect was seen fleeing the scene with a handgun. No other information is currently available.