April 2016
Volume 1, Issue 1


As your elected District Attorney, I am committed to sharing information with you about my office – whether it’s our work on cutting-edge legal issues, keeping our neighborhoods safe or helping victims become survivors...

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Spotlight: Victims' Rights
The 82-year-old woman suffered from dementia and macular degeneration. She depended on a daughter for daily care. Then, someone noticed the older woman’s money disappearing.  

This woman was a victim of financial elder abuse. 

Besides filing criminal charges against her abuser, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office reached out to the victim to make sure she overcame this ordeal. 

The office’s Bureau of Victim Services provided a wide array of services to more than 15,000 crime victims last year. This month, the District Attorney’s Office recognizes National Victims’ Rights Week by reaffirming its dedication to helping victims become survivors. 

In the case of the 82-year-old woman, a victim services representative secured the woman’s financial records and gave them to police. 

She helped another daughter, who was disabled, become her mother’s legal guardian and bar the suspected abuser from the mother’s bank accounts. 

The victim services representative also arranged for meals to be delivered and helped the mother and daughter apply for public assistance and services. She even organized the woman’s church members to periodically check in on them. 

To learn more about victim services, please visit our website at http://da.lacounty.gov/victims/.
Fraud Alert
    Significant Cases
With the annual tax filing deadline looming, seniors should be on guard for thieves posing as investigators from the Internal Revenue Service.

Read  the news release &  watch  the video.
  • An 8-year-old girl was smuggled from El Salvador to work in a local restaurant. Find out how much time the defendant will serve in state prison for human trafficking.

  • Helping immigrants with their legal issues sounds noble - but what happened to the man who took their money and didn’t do the work he promised?

  • A drunken driver killed a bicyclist and kept on driving. Read more about the consequences for these serious crimes.

Meet Laura
She’s one of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (LADA) newest employees – and she’s only 2 years old. One could say she views her job as playtime.  

That's  because Laura is a Belgian Malinois – a scent dog certified with the National Police Canine Association – who teams with Senior Investigator Wendy Lofton to contribute to the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. IMPACT).   

Laura is Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office first canine investigator. 

Beyond their duties working with deputy district attorneys, investigators with LADA’s Bureau of Investigation collaborate with numerous law enforcement agencies and are assigned to teams and regional task forces, including L.A. IMPACT. It is just one of the ways LADA personnel serve the community. Laura and Lofton underwent 400 hours of training with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit last summer. 

Laura is certified to detect marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and opium. Since joining L.A. IMPACT, she has conducted roughly 30 searches.  

What drives Laura? 

When she locates drugs, her reward is playtime with a tennis ball.  

“It’s all about the tennis ball for her,” Lofton laughed. “She will search and search and search because she knows when she finds the narcotics she’ll get the tennis ball. That’s what she lives for.”  
Did You Know...?
Opened in 1926, the Hall of Justice was the centerpiece of the Los Angeles County justice system, providing a majestic backdrop for some of our nation’s most memorable criminal trials.  The historic building was badly damaged by the 1994 Northridge earthquake and closed.  Last yearit became headquarters for District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Sheriff Jim McDonnell. 

Watch a video of the building’s colorful history and its restoration.   
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