SANTA PAULA (CBSLA) — Officials said today that it doesn’t appear any Americans were involved knowingly in any of the illegal activity as charged by Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian meddling in the election and a possible link to the Trump campaign. Thirteen Russians were indicted for criminal activity and accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But there is still a local connection to the story. CBS2’s Randy Paige went to Santa Paula where he says a resident there may hold the key to the money trail. There was no sign of Richard Pinedo today at his family’s home and his father had little to say as he walked back into the home that is listed as the location for Pinedo’s online business — Auction Essistance.[sic] Said his father, “No comment.” Pinedo has admitted to federal investigators that he was selling bank account numbers that were created using stolen American identities. “Apparently he was basically stealing people’s identifications and then using them to open bank accounts which he then provided to the Russians who are interested in having a place from which they could use the money without revealing who they really are,” says Loyola Law School Professor and former federal prosecutor Laurie Levenson. She says Pinedo was facing up to 15 years in prison but by agreeing to cooperate with the Mueller investigation he’ll be looking at more like 12-18 months. “He’s key because he made it possible for the Russians to actually pose as American citizens and thereby fund their activities here in America,” Levenson said. Pinedo’s father referred Paige to his son’s attorney who offered a written statement. It read in part: “Mr. Pinedo sold bank information which allowed individuals to fraudulently verify and establish accounts with online financial institutions.” He went on to say, “Mr. Pinedo had absolutely no knowledge of the identities and motivations of any of the purchasers of the information he provided. To the extent that Mr. Pinedo’s actions assisted any individuals, including foreign nationals, from interfering in the American presidential election was done completely without his knowledge or understanding.” According to his plea agreement, Pinedo has no criminal activity on his record — at least not until now.
Now choreographer Donald Byrd and playwright Anna Deavere Smith co-create a revival of “A Rap on Race” joining narration from the iconic text with dance and music . Byrd is in the Baldwin role and Julia Briskin is Margaret Mead. Spectrum Dance Theater is scheduled to perform “A Rap on Race” at …
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A school bus driver was surprised with an all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl after parents and students raised enough money in an effort to express gratitude for his work.
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The possibility of a Winfrey run was trending on social media after she delivered a stirring speech at the Golden Globes
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“Star Trek: Discovery” is boldly going where no show has gone before. This new wrinkle in the famous Star Trek franchise features a number of firsts: the first female diverse lead in the franchise, first Asian female captain, first female officers and first openly gay officer. Sonequa Martin-Green stars as Michal Burnham and this is the first time ever that the main character of the show is not a captain. Sonequa talked with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith about her acting career, this groundbreaking show and the challenges associated with her character. DJ Sixsmith: Why did you want to be an actress? Sonequa Martin-Green: Oh, good question. I actually thought I was going to be a psychologist. I auditioned for a play in 5th grade and I got the lead. In the rehearsal, I felt it come down from heaven, like this is what I’m supposed to do with my life. I’ve always been fascinated by human behavior, psychology, the human mind and the human soul. I found out later in life that I was acting when I was very little in front of people as a toddler and I wasn’t even aware of it. DS: You are the first female diverse lead in the “Star Trek” franchise. What does that mean to you? SMG: It means everything because I’m a black actor and a female actor. First and foremost, I want to choose good stories. It’s humbling to be a part of such an enduring franchise like “Star Trek” and to be in the company of people who believe in change and are passionate about it. It’s not just that this show has the first black female lead, it also has the first Asian female captain and the first female first officer and the first openly gay officer. There’s a lot of firsts with our iteration and every iteration has done that. To be a part of this is encouraging and challenging. It challenges me and it challenges all of us to step up and be the change that we are telling in the story. DS: You mentioned the challenges associated with the show. What has been the biggest challenge of playing your character Michal Burnham? SMG: I would say it’s a very rich, multilayered and complex character. I have to thank the writers for that. It’s complicated to be human and Vulcan because there are combating philosophies in your mind. It’s a culture shock experience to be from one place and have to be acculturated to another place. Something that I wasn’t prepared for was how fast the show moves and the breadth of material that I had to learn so quickly. DS: What can viewers expect when the show returns this Sunday, January 7th? SMG: They can expect to see a good episode, that’s for sure. It’s very exciting because this episode will kickoff the second half of the season where we go where we have not gone before. They can expect to be at the edge of their seats. “ Star Trek: Discovery ” returners Sunday, January 7th at 8:30pm EST/PST on CBS All Access.
When asked Wednesday how he would look in a Browns uniform, USC quarterback Sam Darnold told reporters that he doesn’t prefer any team, saying he would be “honored to play for any (NFL) team.”
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New music is in the air for Wiz Khalifa. After dropping some teasers, the rapper -mogul takes flight with his latest mixtape, Laugh Now, Fly Later.
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… rights to their musical In the Heights, Miranda reiterated the request and blasted Weinstein in a wide-ranging freestyle rap on Sway in the Morning.
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Former Classic Hits 4FM, FM104 and 2FM presenter Declan Pierce has joined Today FM to host a new dance and R&B show. The new show, called …
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