Bank fraud carried out by Glendale Armenians
The Loss Angeles Daily News reported about two Armenians who were charged today with Wells Fargo Bank fraud.
Armenians identified as Artashes Darbinyan, 36, and Orbel Hakobyan, 41 were charged in an updated indictment unsealed today in Los Angeles, alleging they perpetrated bank fraud by passing proceeds from a mass mailing scam through fake bank accounts at a Wells Fargo branch in Glendale and elsewhere.
According to the indictment, Darbinyan operated and controlled Trademark Compliance Center and Trademark Compliance Office, which was to offer trademark registration and monitoring services.
The offenders claim that through the companies, Darbinyan sent mass solicitations offering fee-based trademark registration and monitoring services to holders of trademarks recently registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office -- services which the prosecutor did not provide.
According to government repots Darbinyan used false identities and opened bank accounts .
The both offenders deposited the trademark holders’ payments into the accounts.
“These defendants are charged with taking money from victims for services they never intended to render,” said Eileen M. Decker, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.
Darbinyan is also charged with four counts of mail fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft, two counts of concealment money laundering and one count of bank fraud for a separate alleged scheme. Hakobyan was additionally charged with one count of bank fraud.