South Bay Doctor Indicted For Unlawfully Distributing Hydrocodone

San Jose, California - A federal grand jury has indicted South Bay doctor Venkat Aachi, charging him with distributing hydrocodone outside the scope of his professional practice and without a legitimate medical need, and with health care fraud related to the submission of false and fraudulent claims regarding the health care benefits, announced United States Attorney Alex G. Tse, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) Special Agent in Charge Steven J. Ryan.

Valley Springs Man Sentenced To 25 Years

Fresno, California - Nicholas Carroll Watkins, 30, of Valley Springs, was sentenced Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to 25 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release for receiving material involving the sexual exploitation of minors, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.  Watkins will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Two Fresno Men Plead Guilty To Firearms And Money Laundering Offenses

Fresno, California - On Monday, Vonshay Robinson, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic firearms, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Remembering the creator of the ‘California Raisins’

Sacramento, California - The passing last week of noted claymation artist Will Vinton brought back memories of his highly-celebrated work in agriculture: the California Raisins, featuring animated characters that rocketed to fame in the ’80s.

Court Reinstates Borrower Defense Rule

Sacramento, California - Attorney General Becerra Tuesday issued the following statement in response to the U.S. District Court ruling reinstating the Borrower Defense Rule. The ruling grants immediate relief to students of now-defunct schools who were enrolled when their schools closed, and who otherwise meet the requirements for closed school discharge.

Arizona Truck Driver Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter for Causing Bus Crash

Riverside, California - An Arizona man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his role in a fatal bus crash that happened after he parked his truck – without any lights or warning cones – on a highway on the Fort Irwin Army Base in the Mojave Desert.