Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Thursday urged the Veterans Administration (VA) to preserve a policy that protects veterans from receiving biased advice when making decisions about their education. Currently, VA employees are subject to stringent rules that govern their relationships with predatory for-profit colleges, which have a long history of exploiting veterans. But, on September 14, the VA proposed a broad waiver to those rules, which would have allowed VA employees to receive payments and gifts from for-profit colleges. Earlier this week, the VA reversed course and withdrew the proposed waiver.

Los Angeles, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit earlier this week against Consumer Rights Legal Services, a so-called “investment recovery marketer” that preyed on victims of securities fraud. This defendant allegedly purchased lists with names of vulnerable investors, many of whom were elderly. The purchased lists, known as “sucker lists,” are used to identify individuals across the country who have lost money after falling victim to investment scams.

Fresno, California - A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment today against Nancy Lopez Perez, 42, of Lemoore, California, charging her with two counts of distributing methamphetamine and three counts of being a felon in possession of firearms, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

San Francisco, California - A federal jury convicted Jorge Cornejo of making threats by phone and text message, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.  The guilty verdict was issued late Monday following a week-long trial before the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Judge.

Santa Ana, California - The owner and operator of a financial services company that provided accounting, tax and bookkeeping services to small businesses was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $1.5 million from her clients.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today welcomed Armenia to the Under2 Coalition - the global pact of cities, states and countries committed to limiting the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the level of potentially catastrophic consequences.