John Saro Balian, 46, of Seal Beach, pleaded guilty last July to corruption, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators investigating whether he had links to the Mexican mafia and Armenian organized crime. In the closing argument, Mr. Balian pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to investigators who examined whether he had links to the Mexican mafia and Armenian organized crime. Balian was arrested in May at his home in Seal Beach. The charges he pleaded guilty to have a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison. You have notifications. To create additional notifications, please install the RECAP extension or become a monthly donor. On Saturday, the Times published an article about the plea agreement that contained what U.S. District Judge John F. Walter called “sensitive information” that could cause harm to Balian or his family.

According to the plea, Balian accepted $2,000 to find someone who was allegedly robbed in his employee`s office and stole $100,000 worth of property. In June 2015, Balian Glendale police officers heard a plan to search and arrest about 22 people in a federal racketeering case against the Frogtown Gang, which is loyal to the Mexican mafia, said the agreement. Balian pleaded guilty last July to corruption, obstruction of justice and misrepresentation. Mr. Balian “acted corruptly with the concrete intention of undermining the proper administration of justice in order to improve his reputation with the Mexican mafia,” he said. When he pleaded guilty, Balian admitted that he had agreed to accept $10,000 – and in fact received a $2,000 deposit – from a convicted Felon who was looking for Balian to find people responsible for the theft of property from the person`s store. Following the payment, Balian provokes means of prosecution as he tried to find the alleged burglars. 17:15 .m., July 14: This story has been updated to remove references from the pleading agreement filed, which was sealed by a judge but on Friday in the online document database of the federal court.

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Last Modified: abril 10, 2021