Until they were nabbed by federal agents, a prison-based crime group consisting of individuals with nicknames like “Horse,” “Homicide” and “Showtime” operated a five-year aggravated identity theft and bank fraud scheme that stole more than $8 million in Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties.
A federal grand jury in Southern California ended the crime spree with a 99-count, 20-person indictment in February 2011.
This month, Robert Haskell, a middle-level player in the scam, learned his punishment.
Federal judge David O. Carter agreed with the restitution demand but gave Haskell (AKA “Bone”) a 30-month prison trip.
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.