Joseph Louis Pecora III of Newbury Park
The Newbury Park resident may float like a butterfly, but he couldn’t avoid being stung by the DA.
Between 2003 and 2008, Joseph Louis Pecora III victimized former boxing champion Fernando Vargas to the tune of $470,000. Now, five years later, District Attorney Gregory Totten has announced that Pecora has been found guilty on two counts of grand theft, one count of forgery and failure to file taxes.
Pecora worked as Vargas’ business manager, handling multiple facets of the champ’s relations via his corporation, Ferocious Inc. Pecora used his influence to embezzle $470,000 from Vargas and his business, and then failed to file taxes over a period of four years on his income, grossing more than $700,000.
On Sept. 18, Pecora will be sentenced. He faces a maximum of nine years and eight months in prison.
Peter Charles Foy II of Simi Valley
The District Attorney’s office announced on Aug. 19 that a felony complaint has been filed against Peter Charles Foy II, the son of Ventura County Supervisor Peter C. Foy, District 4.
Foy II has been charged with three counts of transportation of a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to transport a controlled substance, as well as four counts of money laundering and second-degree burglary. Due to Foy’s position as County Supervisor, the District Attorney’s office sought a conflict of interest review, but no conflict was found to exist.
On Aug. 20, Foy II was arraigned and bail was set at $500,000. He faces a maximum of 24 years in prison.
Unidentified teenage arson and burglary suspect of Moorpark
A Moorpark teenager is feeling the heat after setting his school ablaze.
On Aug. 21, Ventura County sheriffs working out of the Moorpark Police Station responded to Mesa Verde High School, where an alarm had been triggered. Upon investigation, an unidentified (due to his age) 17-year-old suspect was found exiting the administration building.
After detaining the suspect, deputies discovered that a fire had been set inside the building. Using fire extinguishers, deputies vanquished the flames. After searching the suspect, fire-starting and burglary tools were found.
The teenager has been booked at juvenile hall, where he is awaiting arraignment. The damage to the school was minimal.