Los Angeles, California - The former CEO of Citrades pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in a scheme to defraud investors out of $8.3 million in the United States and across the world in financial instruments known as “binary options,” announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.  Citrades was a purported internet-based investment platform.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement in response to the shooting last night in Thousand Oaks, California:

Sacramento, California - California agricultural commissioners now have the regulatory “teeth” they sought to enforce bee registration each year – something they long complained was needed to protect the pollinators.

Los Angeles, California - Thirteen members of an Inglewood street gang have been charged in a series of indictments returned by a federal grand jury, it was announced Wednesday by United States Attorney Nicola T. Hanna in Los Angeles; Assistant Director in Charge Paul Delacourt of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office; and the Inglewood Chief of Police Mark Fronterotta.

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is pleased to announce the award of over $1.1 million in grant funds to agricultural organizations and universities. These grants will fund six projects that will improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of fertilizer use in California agriculture and will advance farmers' understanding and implementation of best management practices for fertilizer and irrigation management.

Fresno, California - William Lee, 41, of Fresno, was sentenced Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.