Court clerk in L.A. accused of revealing raids to gang members
Andrew Blankstein (Los Angeles Times) | August 16, 2012
A federal court employee in Los Angeles has been charged with leaking confidential court files, the FBI said Wednesday.
Nune Gevorkyan, 35, was accused of accessing sealed court documents and giving the information to defendants before they were arrested, officials said. Gevorkyan and her husband, Oganes Koshkaryan, were arrested Tuesday. They are charged with conspiring to obstruct justice.
Federal authorities said they believe Gevorkyan looked at sealed indictments before raids across Southern California in February 2011 that led to the arrests of more than 70 people associated with the Armenian Power gang. Most of the charges filed in those cases dealt with white-collar crimes.
One of the defendants, who is seeking a reduced sentence, told FBI agents that information about the takedown was known to some of those arrested.
“The cooperating defendant said that, as a result of this information, he/she fled his/her home the night before the arrests and stayed with family in another city,” according to court documents. The defendant later surrendered.
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