News Releases

September 14, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that David Howard Syner (DOB 08/09/61), of Los Angeles, was charged with 15 counts of felony grand theft and a special allegation that he stole more $500,000 from a local doctor.

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September 11, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that on August 31, 2020, a jury found Vidal Fregoso (DOB 11/04/69), of Camarillo, guilty of committing a hate crime against Luther Swayne, a 72-year-old African American. The jury also found Fregoso guilty of additional charges of committing an attempted vandalism and attempted theft. Fregoso faces up to one-year confinement in the Ventura County jail.

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September 4, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Judge Henry Walsh issued a preliminary injunction against BSF Fitness (BSF), a gym located in the city of Ventura. The injunction requires BSF to comply with state and local health orders currently prohibiting indoor operations by gyms and fitness centers. The District Attorney’s Office Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit previously filed a civil complaint against BSF alleging unfair business practices for BSF’s ongoing operations while other similar businesses in Ventura County either ceased or modified their operations in compliance with state and local health orders imposed in an attempt to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19.

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September 4, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Judge Henry Walsh issued a preliminary injunction against BSF Fitness (BSF), a gym located in the city of Ventura. The injunction requires BSF to comply with state and local health orders currently prohibiting indoor operations by gyms and fitness centers. The District Attorney’s Office Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit previously filed a civil complaint against BSF alleging unfair business practices for BSF’s ongoing operations while other similar businesses in Ventura County either ceased or modified their operations in compliance with state and local health orders imposed in an attempt to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19.

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September 3, 2020

VENTURA, California –District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Kevin Jacob Enns (DOB 3/10/75), of Ventura, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one felony count of embezzlement of public funds.

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September 3, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Nathaniel Newell Hunnicutt (DOB 9/13/81), of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one felony count of grand theft.

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September 3, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Christian Ornelas (DOB 12/27/85), of Oxnard, was sentenced to two years in state prison for distributing and possessing child sexual abuse material (CSAM). On August 4, 2020, Ornelas pled guilty to one count of felony distribution of obscene child pornography and one count of felony possession of more than 600 images of child pornography.

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September 1, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Give an Hour® has been awarded a contract and is partnering with the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB), the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, and the Ventura County Family Justice Center to offer support services to the victims of the October 2017 Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting who reside in Southern California. Founded in 2005, Give an Hour® is a national nonprofit that specializes in mental health and emotional wellness, and has extensive experience in providing recovery assistance after mass trauma events.

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August 26, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Corey Evans (DOB 11/07/78), of Santa Clarita, pled guilty to two felony counts of attempted grand theft by false pretenses. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit, acting on a referral from Ventura County Adult Protective Services.

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August 26, 2020

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Mary Marlene Urias (DOB 10/01/63), of Oxnard, was sentenced to 7 years 4 months in state prison for embezzling over $100,000 from 5 Star Theatricals located in Thousand Oaks. In July 2020, Urias pled guilty to multiple felonies including grand theft, presenting false documentary evidence to a court, identity theft, and one count of unemployment insurance fraud. She was also sentenced for violating her probation terms on two prior embezzlement convictions.

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