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Los Angeles Times
January 27, 1981
L.A. Police Sergeant Charged With Vice, Aiding Drug Dealers
By BILL FARR Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles police sergeant was indicted by the county grand jury Monday on charges that he protected drug dealers and helped run a house of prostitution.
Sgt. Eugene M. Ingram, 34, is scheduled to surrender here today before Superior Court Judge Julius Leetham for arraignment on five felony counts listed on the indictment.
Ingram, a 13-year Police Department veteran assigned to the Hollywood division before being suspended last Oct. 31, is facing three conspiracy counts plus pimping and pandering charges.
Robert Ward, 32, of Los Angeles is listed as co-defendant on the four counts that relate to the alleged prostitution activity.
Gilbert Garcetti, head of the district attorney's Special Investigations Division, stressed that the case had been brought to his office by the Police Department after is launched a full-scale internal affairs inquiry last April into Ingram's conduct.
The first count in the indictment charges Ingram with conspiracy to obstruct justice for his supposed role in warning drug dealers that they were about to be raided.
Rocco (Rocky) Fasone and his wife, Donna, the main targets of the narcotics investigation, were granted immunity from prosecution and were among the 22 witnesses called by Deputy Dist. Atty. Jay Lipman during the three-day hearing that led to Monday's indictment.
According to the indictment's list of overt acts, Ingram warned Mrs. Fasone on Nov. 7, 1979, that a drug investigation was in progress and when she called him later that same day at a restaurant in Hollywood, "he told her a bust was going down" and advised her "to clean the house out."
She reportedly told the grand jury she contacted an associate who removed all narcotics from the Hollywood house that police subsequently raided.
Another witness before the grand jury, LAPD narcotics investigator Joseph Amore, testified about Ingram calling him Nov. 26, 2979, to discuss the status of the investigation into the Fosone's drug activities.
Amore, unaware of Ingram's relationship to the Fasones, discussed the investigation with him, according to prosecutor Lipman.
" One of the most serious things we alleges is that Ingram identified to the Fasones the informant who was relaying information to Amore about them," Lipman said.
(The immunity granted to Fasone was limited to the drug case. Rocky Fasone was arrested by Los Angeles police Monday on a murder chare in a case that authorities say is totally unrelated to Ingram.)
The second conspiracy count charges both Ingram and Ward with joining efforts to "keep a house of ill fame."
The final conspiracy count is essentially duplicative, accusing them of operating "a disorderly house."
Both men were also charged with pimping and pandering for allegedly setting up to alleged prostitutes, Rosalva Norena Hernandez and Anna Maria Reyes, in business at 11130 La Maida St. in North Hollywood.
The two women, who testified before the grand Jury, reportedly told investigators they were undocumented aliens and that Ingram and Ward threatened to have them deported if they did not cooperate in the prostitution operation.
According to Lipman, the two women working for Ingram and Ward catered to clients of Oriental origin.
"They (the women) told us this choice was made because Oriental men pay without argument, are polite, and don't beat them, and are very clean and undiseased," the prosecutor said.
The grand jury transcript will remain secret for at least another 10 days, but The Times obtained other court documents which provide details of Ingram's alleged role in the prostitution operation.
A scenario of Ingram's supposed involvement is contained in an affidavit submitted by Sgt. Mattson of the Police Department's internal affairs division to support obtaining search warrants in the cast.
According to Mattson's affidavit, Ingram approached San Fernando Valley real estate broker Peter York to lease the La Maida street residence last January, using the false name of Robert Miller and claiming to be an actor who had just moved here from Florida.
Sources close to the investigation said Ingram's only experience was a bit part in former Los Angeles policeman's movie, "The Onion [Peel?]."
Mattson's affidavit said Ingram, posing as Miller, also used a phony Social Security number and listed his 1972 Pantera auto with a Florida license number, which when checked came back as actually belonging to a huge truck-trailer in Miami.
Mattson also pointed out in the affidavit that Ingram listed Rocky Fasone as his brother-in-law when, in fact, he was only an acquaintance.
On Jan. 29, 1980, Hernandez and another woman were arrested at the La Maida street address. Officers making the arrests gave the following description of the house.
"There was virtually no furniture in the residence. It just contained a bed in the bedroom with a large jar of Vaseline next to the bed. There were condoms on the nightstand and only a small amount of female clothing in the closet."
Subsequently, Hernandez told investigators that she worked for Ward at both the La Maida street location and at another residence at 10240 Camarillo St., North, Hollywood.
During the interrogation, she also told detectives she knew Ingram and had had oral sex with him at the Camarillo Street address in December, 1979.
Neither Ingram nor Ward could be reached for comment on the indictment. However, Robert Loew, Ingram's attorney, earlier had insisted that his client was being "harassed" by the Police Department because of his zealous defense of fellow officers before the police Board of Rights hearing.
Ward is being represented by San Francesco attorney Melvin Belli, who could not be reached Monday.
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N.B. Eugene Ingram once said he was paid $600,000 a year by Scientology.Current members should note that this man is what your fees buy. Recent reports say he is claiming $750,000 a year. What does the character of Scientology's high priced private investigator say about the intents of as well as about the character of the organization that hires him as part of thier conspiracy in pursuit of silence ?Additional Information from the Los Angelese Police Department's complaint:
"Eugene Ingram was charged on October 11, 1980 in a formal written complaint, as follows:" ( counts in Boldface were those for which the Police Board of Rights found him GUILTY )
"Count 1. Between November 6, 1979, and December 10 1979, you knowingly interfered in an active Narcotics Division investigation by improperly supplying confidential department information to the involved narcotic suspects.
Count 2. On December 5, 1979, at approximately 2030 hours, at 2626 Bronholly Drive, Los Angeles, you failed to take appropriate action when you observed Rocco Fasone ingest cocaine.
Count 3. On December 5, 1979, at approximately 2030 hours, at 2626 Bronholly Drive, Los Angeles, you ingested cocaine.
Count 4. Between November 6, 1979, December 10, 1979, you, by improperly supplying confidential department information of an active Narcotics Division investigation, to the involved narcotic suspects, jeopardized the safety of an undercover operator. /
Count 5. "Between November 6, 1979, and September 5, 1980, you improperly associated with a known narcotic dealer, Rocco Fasone.
Count 6. Between January, 1979, and September 5, 1980, you were knowingly present at locations where narcotics were being used.
Count 7. " Between November 6, 1979, and July 31, 1980, you improperly furnished firearms to Rocco Fasone, a known narcotic dealer.
Count 8. Between November 6, 1979, and July 31, 1980, you improperly furnished firearms to Donna Fasone and Fred Lakteen, known narcotic suspects.
Count 9. "Subsequent to November 13, 1979, you failed to notify the Department, in a timely fashion, of your acquisition and transfer of concealed firearms, as required by Department Manual Section 8/786.20.
Count 10. Between November 6, 1979, and February 21, 1980, you accepted a $1,000 gratuity from Rocco Fasone for revealing confidential Department information to Rocco and Donna Fasone regarding an ongoing Department investigation.
Count 11. Between December 10,1979, and February 21, 1980, at 5208 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, you conducted personal business while on duty."
On July 20, 1981, Eugene Ingram was served with an amended complaint, adding 4 counts, as follows:
Count 12. " During the year last past, you maintained an improper association with Robert L. Ward, Anna M. Reyes, and Linda Ruiz, whom you knew were actively involved in prostitution.
Count 13. " During January, 1980, you, in partnership with Robert L. Ward, leased and maintained a house for purposes of conducting prostitution at 11130 La Maida Avenue, North Hollywood.
Count 14. During January, 1980, you while off duty at 11130 La Maida Avenue, North Hollywood, counseled two prostitutes, Anna Reyes and Linda Ruiz, in techniques to be used to avoid arrest while engaged in prostitution.
Count 15. During January, 1980, you received money from Robert L. Ward, which you knew was derived from acts of prostitution at 11130 La Maida Avenue, North Hollywood."
The Police Board found Eugene Ingram guilty of counts 1,5,7,9,11,12 and 13, marked above in BOLDFACE
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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FILED MAY 13, 1982
Comes now the District Attorney of the County of Los Angeles, pursuant to Section 1324 of the Penal Code of the State of California, and alleges.
That there is now pending in the Superior Court of Los Angeles. Judicial District a case entitles the People of the State of California, plaintiff v. Eugene M. Ingram, defendant, where defendant is charged under Section 266h, 266i and 182 of the Penal Code of California, with the crime of PIMPING, PANDERING and CONSPIRACY
That Mr. SAM ARNONE is a necessary witness for the People and the testimony of this witness is material, competent and relevant. that petitioner believes this witness will testify in substance as follows: During the latter part of 1979 he was present in houses of prostitution, where he observed prostitution activity. On one occasion he had a conversation with Robert Ward and observed the defendant, Eugene M. Ingram at the location. Mr. ARNONE went to these locations with some Thai friends of his from his place of employment. On occasions when he was with these friends gambling activity would take place. The People request than Sam Arnone be given immunity for any prosecution activity during the period he was at the residence in Burbank and North Hollywood; as well as any gambling activities that may have taken place with his Thai friends.
For a further and separate cause of action, being a different offense of the same class of crimes and offenses as the charge set forth in Count I hereof, the said Eugene M. INGRAM and ROBERT WARD is accused by the Grand Jury of the County of Los Angeles, State of California, by this indictment, of the crime of PIMPING in violation of Section 266h, Penal Code of California, a felony, committed prior to the finding of this indictment, and as follows:
That between January 2, 1980 and January 29, 1980 at and in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, the said defendants EUGENE M INGRAM and ROBERT WARD did willfully, unlawfully and feloniously, and knowingly ROSALVA NORENA HERNANDEZ and ANA MARIA REYES to be prostitutes, solicited and received compensation for solicitation for said prostitutes and did live and derive support and maintenance in whole and in part from the earnings and proceeds of said persons prostitution and from money loaned and advanced to and charged against said prostitutes by a keeper, manager and inmate of a house and other place where prostitution was practiced and allowed.
For a further and separate cause of action, being a different offense of the same class of crimes and offenses as the charges set forth in all preceding counts hereof, the said EUGENE M. INGRAM and ROBERT WARD is accused by the Grand Jury of the County of Los Angeles, State of California, by this indictment of the crime of PANDERING in violation of Section 266i. penal Code of California, a felony, committed prior to the finding of this indictment, and as follows:
That between January 3, 1980 and January 29, 1980 at and in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, the said defendants EUGENE M INGRAM and ROBERT WARD did willfully, unlawfully and feloniously and by threats and violence cause induce, persuade, encourage and procure ROSALVA NORENA HERNANDEZ, a female person, and ANA MARIA REYES, a female person, to become an inmate in a house of prostitution.
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