LOS ANGELES (AP) — A reputed leader of a Southern California gang that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars through sophisticated fraud schemes has been sentenced to 32 years in federal prison.
Mher Darbinyan of Valencia was sentenced Monday for racketeering conspiracy, extortion and other crimes.READ MORE: Jose Guzman Given Gift Of Mobility After Wheelchair Is Destroyed In Santa Ana Hit-And-Run
Prosecutors say Darbinyan — also known as “Hollywood Mike” and “Capone” — was a leader of the Armenian Power gang and ran a bank fraud scheme that cashed phony checks drawn on the accounts of jewelry businesses and elderly bank customers.READ MORE: Boy Killed In Wilmington Shooting; Young Girl On School Playground Critically Wounded By Stray Bullet
Authorities say he also ran a skimming operation that stole debit card information from thousands of customers of 99 Cents Only Stores.
Darbinyan was among 90 people charged with federal crimes in a 2011 crackdown on the gang. All but three have been convicted.MORE NEWS: Compton Homeowner Shoots, Kills Attempted Robbery Suspect, Deputies Say
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