Business Crimes

DNA on Stamp Leads to Arrest of Ex-County Supervisor in Santa Clara

Typically, we hear about DNA-related evidence in cases of rape or other such crimes.  Rarely is DNA evidence used in cases of fraud.  But, this is exactly what happened when George Shirakawa, Jr. (ex-Santa Clara County Supervisor) sent illegal campaign mailers to unsuspecting citizens of Santa Clara County in 2010. At that time, the City Council race was tight and the mailers that were sent connected former candidate Magdalena Carrasco with the Vietnamese government – and suggested that she was a communist. Shirakawa was charged with impersonating a City Council candidate (CA Penal Code §528-§539), which could land him with a...

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Social Media Journalist Fired on Allegations of Assisting Hacker (CA Penal Code §1030)

Last March, 26-year-old Matthew Keys was indicted on allegations of assisting others to hack the Los Angeles Times website and make changes to their web content – harmless alterations to random phrases.  Formerly an employee of Sacramento’s KTXL-TV Channel 40, the presumably disgruntled Keys has been accused of having posted sensitive login information in a chat room that was then used by a hacker named “Sharpie” to break into the system.  Keys was indicted on counts of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, transmitting information to damage a protected computer, and attempted transmission of information to damage...

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