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Woman sentenced in Social Security fraud

SENTENCES were handed down Monday in a Social Security fraud case and a 1985 killing (Shutterstock).

A Garden Grove woman was sentenced Monday to 15 months in federal prison for stealing Social Security benefits intended for the elderly and disabled.

According to the Inspector General’s office of the Social Security Administration, Rowena Isabel Lokeni, 35, was sentenced by a U.S. District judge who also ordered her to pay $176,015 in restitution to the SSA.

Working as a lead customer service representative in Fountain Valley starting in 2007, she accessed the computer records of 10 Social Security beneficiaries and was able to direct funds to her personal bank account. Many of the victims were people with mental disabilities.

11 years in state prison for 1985 stabbing

A man convicted in a 1985 stabbing murder in Garden Grove was sentenced Monday to 11 years in state prison. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Jesus Menchaca, 64, had agreed to a plea deal in which he pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Scott Raymond Hall, 20, that would spare him from a first degree murder charge.

The incident leading to Hall’s death took place on Dec. 19, 1985 in the Buena-Clinton area of southeast Garden Grove, with a drug deal gone bad the apparent motive. Menchaca was originally charged in 1992 but the case was not pursued due to a lack of evidence. DNA evidence technology led to a new case being opened in 2015.








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