Lam BUCK, CÂ»IH.. m,M*rt n. Â»n INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-lUEGKAMjPMj-87 Trio guilty in stolen-mail case By TOM WILLMAN Staff Writer Three Long Beach men, arrested less than a mouth ago on mail-theft charges. T h u r s d a y were f o u n d g u i l t y - in Los A n g e l e s federal court of possessing stolen mail. The three were found guilly in a juryless proceeding by U.S. District Court J u d g e David W i l - liams, to whom attorneys submitted the question of guilt or innocence on the basis of two days' testimony and arguments. Gilbert Chavarria, 38. and 50-year-old William Loudenn'ilk, both of 2495 Pasadena Ave.', and David Thomas. 35. of 1640 Cedar Avc., were convicted on one mail-theft count each. Each man had faced two additional charges -conspiracy to steal, possess and destroy mail; and possession of a counterfeit key to a mailbox -but the government dropped those counts at the close of Thursday's hearing. The three defendants, who were ordered back to court April 20 for sentenc- ing, (ace maximum penalties of five years in federal prison or fines of $2,000 or both, said Assistant U.S. A l l y . Jonathan Ra- pore. At the time the llirec were arrested, authorities alleged Ihcy were behind a massive Orange County mail-theft operation. The s c h e m e involved the use of a homemade but finely crafted key to steal mail from depositories of utility companies and p r i v a t e businesses a r o u n d Orange County, investigators alleged. Ironically, the trio was arrested on the basis of a lip about another case to (lie Independent, Press- Telegram's Secret Witness program. R a p o r e , t h e f e d e r a l proseculor, explained lhat no trial was necessary in the case because attorneys on both sides agreed to handle the issue in quick, juryless fashion. The defense contended that some of the prosecution's evidence was illegally gathered and should be suppressed, he said. To make l h a t p o i n t in a pretrial motion, they took testimony f r o m several witnesses on Tuesday. Attorneys nn both sides then reached a stipulation Thursday morning, agreeing before Judge Williams lhat they could foresee the testimony of other w i t nesses. They t h e n asked the judge for a verdict on the basis of w h a t he had heard, said Rapore. Defense attorneys, he added, still maintain thul some evidence against the trio should have been suppressed. Because the case was speedily handled, (lie way is now clear for them to make a quick appeal thai could overturn I he conviction. SURFING WEATHER Surfers like this young man at Seal Beach took advantage of sunny weather Thursday afternoon to ride their boards, 'though air temperatures stayed in the high 60s and water temperatures ;:j in the high 50s. Fair weather is expected through Saturday, except for morning low clouds. -staff Photo by CURT JOHNSON Data links congressman to L.A. trade-school scandal Vallerga's trial date due BAKERSFIELD (AT)-- of venue, then was delay- to the grand jury, the brief The date of a trial here for ed on a defense appeal of charged, former Orange County Judge P.R. Borton's refus- Assessor J a c k Vallcrga al to dismiss the indict- HOWKVEK, the appcl- will be scl next week, a ment. late court this week denied court official said Thurs- the appeal, .saying the day. A brief filed with the telephone conversation An Orange County stale's 5th District Court "does not reasonably tend grand jury indicted Vallcr- of Appeal contended thai to negate petitioner's guilt ga and his predecessor, Deputy Orange County of the criminal charges al- Andrew J. Ilinshaw, for Dist. Ally. Michael R. Icgcd in the Orange Coun- illcgally using Iheir office Capizzi surreptitiously ty indictment " staff in Hinshaw's success- taped a telephone convcr- That returned the case ful 1972 campaign tor Con- salion with Vallcrga and to Kern County, where grcss. had a district attorney's court coordinator Virginia Vallerga's case was investigator listen in. The Hcyarl said a trial date moved to Kern County Su i n v e s t i g a t o r later do- should be worked out by perior Court on a change scribed the conversation Mnmlny INSURANCE-CAREER? CAREER OPEN HOUSE SET For men and women considering Insurance as a new career James R. Foster, Vice-president and Los Angeles Regional Manager of Farmers Insurance Groirn announces a special "Career Open House" Thursday, March 25, 1976 al 7:30 PM. in the Malador Room, of the Rochelles Convention Center at J333 Lakewood Blvd. In Long Beach. : In addition to a dramatized presentation, special speakers will include R.E. Lee, Director of Agencies, who will explain the unlimited earning potential with the Farmers Insurance Group. Guests will receive a free Booklet, ''A NEW CAREER" and lull Information on how to secure, an Insurance license. Â· They wilt have the opportunity to meet management arjd some ol the firm's lop salespeople and ask questions resar.d- Ing an Insurance Career. The event Is open lo the public, ^pd there Is no admission lee. ;- ;.. By WILLIAM VANCE .' . Knight News Sen-lot WASHINGTON - Documents Unking the office of Rep. Daniel J. Flood, D-' Pa., to a California slu- denl loan scandal havo . been referred to federal prosecutors for submission lo a grand jury In Los An- 'geles. ': The malerial includes -eviccncc of Flood's efforts to gain accreditation for a group of Los Angeles trade schools so that they would be eligible for millions of dollars in federal aid. It also includes evidence of a $15,000 payment by Ihe schools' president to a firm in Flood's dis- Iricl t h a t had been managed by the congressman's top aide. So far t h e r e is no indication that Flood or his aide, Stephen B. Elko, have become targets of the grand jury investigation, which centers on alleged criminal abuses of the federally insured student loan program. An investigation into that program by the Sena t e p e r m a n e n t investigations subcommittee revealed that Flood's pressure on the D e p a r t i ment of Health, Education '. and Welfare enabled the ; schools to rake in al least : ;fÂ§.5 million from student i loans. The loans are now '- ui default and must even- .-fiially be repaid by taxpayers. The J u s t i c e Depart- ment's criminal division said Thursday that all transcripts, exhibits and records of the Senate investigation into Ihe loan scandal h a v e been forwarded to the U.S. attorney In Los Angeles, who is presenting evidence lo a federargrand Jury. David Hinden, an assisl- anl U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, said witnesses would be called before the grand jury wilhin Ihe next two weeks, but thai it might be three months before any charges are filed. Hinden refused to say whether Flood or anyone on his staff would be called to testify. Flood, chairman of a p o w e r f u l appropriations subcommittee that shapes HEW's $SO billion budget, b e g a n intervening with HEW on behalf of the trade schools in May 1972. The schools, known.as West Coast Schools, then were facing Ihe loss of cligibilily for the student loan p r o g r a m because they lacked accreditation. On June 30, 1972, seven weeks after Flood intervened, Fred Peters, an alias used by the schools' president, flew lo Wilkes- Barre, Pa., with a $15,000 check made payable to the In-Tech Corp., formerly managed by Elko. On lhat same day, Senale investigators learned, all but $1,500 of Ihe money was withdrawn in cash from Ihe In-Tech account by the- company's president, P a t r i c i a Brislin. Investigators tay they do not know what the money was for or where It wenl. Elko and .Ms. Brislin ran In-Tech lor more than Iwp years before Elko be- c a m e Flood's administrative assistant In September 1970. Elko said he severed his relations w i t h the firm when he joined Flood's staff. Nonetheless, he provided a reporter with an explanation of the $15,000 transaction. ACCORDING to Elko, Peters owed In-Tech "a nominal sum" for technical manuals he had ordered for the W e s t Coast Schools. He said Peters had only a $15,000 check with him when he arrived in Wilkcs- Barre and asked if it could be cashed so lhat he could settle his account. The $13,500, according to Elko, was not a cash withdrawal but simply Peters' change. S e n a t e investigators, however, said the $16,000 c h e c k was s i g n e d by P e t e r s and Edward To- keshi, board chairman of the West Coast Schools, on June 28 in Los Angeles, and was made payable in full to In-Tech, T h e y h a v e n o t determined why Peters would use a $15,000 check lo set- llea $1,500 account. School franchiser curbed Associated Press A firm thai franchises schools for persons seeking a contractor's license was ordered to stop the practice Thursday by the state Department of Corporations in Los Angeles. The S a n t a Ana-head- q u a r t e r e d C a l i f o r n i a Building A f f a i r s Associa- t i o n , w h i c h franchises about 15 contractor license schools in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, must properly register its franchises with the state, said George A. Yanase, atlorncy for the d e p a r t - ment. Â· An official of the firm, ' which does business as California Contractors License Services, declined to comment on Ihe order. "We are n o l passing judgment on whether their s t u d e n t s a r e receiving proper instruction." said Yanase. "But they have to register their franchises." The schools,have been in operation s i n c e 1972, Yanase said, but w e n t unnoticed by Ihe department until a franchise pur- c h a s e r complained t h i s year that Ihe firm had at- lempted to c h a n g e the terms of an existing franchise agreement. CLASSIFIED ADS 00 EACH ADD1T10KU. LINE TÂ»iM*l Jft tor UK or SWM H* tUtMt bv ertrJW tftar*. THH trf NX lor fhÂ« UW 0 mow CTOKKd m buunetl. You un Khtrtlw nr lf*n or Htm net lo txCfW I Â«fÂ» X U* irsEASY BYMILI Juii nn out n* torn Mm, WrtÂ» H*e3ZtW* Â» kiRri *4 Â»*n ftr lira. AlVw trf Vint WK.t brtwwn Â«ch Â«Â«rd. PriM 0( Derm jnd Ovnt nrrtxf or vjfrtn mnt t? included in cw. VWil rh* term willi 0*c* of money vt*r Â»: INDEPENDENT. PRESS- TELEGRAM, 66* Pin* Avt , Long aÂ«4Ch, CA. 906U. 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