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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 65  |  August 14, 2020

Police Files

Laguna Beach resident sentenced to nine months in college admissions scandal

Doug Hodge, 62, formerly the chief executive of PIMCO and a Laguna Beach resident, was sentenced to nine months in prison for paying $850,000 in order to get his four children into Georgetown University and USC as fake athletic recruits.

Hodge was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering in the college admissions scandal.

Hodge is the latest person to be sentenced in the William “Rick” Singer college admissions fraud scandal. Singer, of Newport Beach, worked as a college admissions consultant.

Hodge will also have to pay a fine of $750,000, serve 500 hours of community service and remain on supervised release for two years.

Female cyclist taken to hospital after being struck by Porsche

On Saturday, Feb 8, at 1:11 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a report of a cyclist versus auto collision at 20327 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Upon arrival, officers indicated it was a cyclist riding the wrong way on Laguna Canyon Road, which was struck by a vehicle making a left onto Laguna Canyon Road.”

The vehicle that hit the rider was described as a white Cayenne Porsche.

Sgt Cota said, “The cyclist was transported to Mission Hospital with minor injuries.

“This report and investigation is still ongoing.”

Driver loses control in wet conditions, hits fence

On Sunday, Feb 9, at 10:18 a.m., LBPD officers responded to a report of a traffic collision with unknown injuries. 

Sgt Cota said, “Officers arrived on scene and discovered it was a single vehicle into a chain link fence near the off ramp of SR-73 and SR-133.”

“The solo occupant of the vehicle was not injured and lost control in the wet conditions,” Sgt Cota said. 

His vehicle was towed from the scene and a report was taken.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. 

  -By Suzie Harrison


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