News Releases

March 5, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten today issued a consumer alert regarding price gouging following Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 4, 2020, declaration of a state of emergency due to the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. Pursuant to this state of emergency, price gouging as defined by Penal Code section 396 is illegal until September 4, 2020.

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March 5, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Debra Elaine Ashcraft (DOB 11/23/57), of Camarillo, was sentenced to 180 days in the Ventura County jail for income tax evasion. The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit and the California Franchise Tax Board.

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March 4, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today the filing of a criminal complaint against Megan Elizabeth Zucaro (DOB 7/11/70), of Thousand Oaks, charging one felony count of grand theft, one felony count of diversion of construction funds, and one felony count of money laundering.

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March 4, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that James Anthony Rojas (DOB 1/11/57), of Murrieta, was sentenced to 13 years 8 months in state prison by Judge David Worley.

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March 2, 2020

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced that Euren Balbuena (DOB 11/29/90), of Simi Valley, was charged with the murder of Zaira Patino, of Simi Valley, which occurred on February 27, 2020.

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February 26, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Santa Paula Police Officer Matthew Arthur Alonzo (DOB 09/28/79), of Ventura, pled no contest today to felony auto insurance fraud in violation of Penal Code section 550(b)(1).

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February 26, 2020

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Sasha Carrillo (DOB 11/11/85), of Los Angeles County, has been charged with one felony count of recording a false instrument. The charge is the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit acting on a report from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

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February 21, 2020

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the Ventura County District Attorney’s Environmental Protection Unit, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, has obtained a $143,000 stipulated final judgment against The Termo Company (“TERMO”). TERMO, based in Long Beach, California, owns and operates oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) facilities in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties (“TERMO’s California E&P Operations”).

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February 19, 2020

VENTURA, California –District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Retha Mae Drummond (DOB 3/1/56), of Moorpark, pled guilty to five felony counts of misappropriation of public funds. At the hearing, Drummond paid partial restitution in the amount of $155,810.

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February 12, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Colin Meyer
(DOB 10/01/80), of Ventura, pled guilty to attempted murder and admitted to personally inflicting great bodily injury on his ex-girlfriend and using a deadly weapon during the commission of the crime.

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