Big news out of the largest lead generation scandal in history.

For back story on the case between LG Technologies and Edward Shin, Chris Smith and others please read the following articles, starting with this one.

It was released recently that Edward Shin, the main defendant of the charges made by LG Technologies switches his pleas to GUILTY. According to the minutes made available through Riverside Court house Shin has switched is plea, waives his right to a jury trial, waives his right to cross examine the witnesses and waives his right against self incrementation.

Here is an excerpt from the minutes:

Case SWF029673 Defendant 1418661 SHIN, EDWARD YOUNGHOON
Defendant 1 of 1
Action:
Case SWF029673 Defendant 1418661 SHIN, EDWARD YOUNGHOON
Action: Preliminary Hearing Date: 05/26/2010 Time: 8:30 AM
Division: S201 Hearing Status: DISPOSED
HONORABLE KELLY L HANSEN PRESIDING.
COURTROOM ASSISTANT: SLH-S. HOLDER
COURT REPORTER: TF-T. FRAZIER
PEOPLE REPRESENTED BY DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY: TOREY NASIF.
DEFENDANT REPRESENTED BY PVT STEVE HARMON.
DEFENDANT PRESENT.

AT 10:17, THE FOLLOWING PROCEEDINGS WERE HELD:
DEFENDANT’S COUNSEL WAIVES FORMAL ARRAIGNMENT.
DEFENDANT WITHDRAWS PLEA OF NOT GUILTY AS TO COUNT(S) 01 AND IS REARRAIGNED.
DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY TO COUNT(S) 01.
DEFENDANT ADMITS ENHANCEMENT(S) D8 IN COUNT 01.
FELONY PLEA FORM IS INCORPORATED HEREIN AND INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING ADVISEMENTS
AND WAIVERS:
DEFENDANT ADVISED OF RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL BY JUDGE OR JURY.
DEFENDANT ADVISED OF RIGHT TO CONFRONT AND CROSS EXAMINE WITNESSES; RIGHT TO
PRESENT EVIDENCE ON OWN BEHALF.
DEFENDANT ADVISED OF RIGHT TO ASK COURT TO COMPEL WITNESSES TO ATTEND TRIAL AT NO
EXPENSE.
DEFENDANT ADVISED OF PRIVILEGE AGAINST SELF INCRIMINATION.
http://public-access.riverside.courts.ca.gov/Ope…actioncode=PH&actiondate=20100526&actiontime=8.3 (1 of 2) [5/27/2010 11:03:28 AM]

SWF029673 – Minutes – Riverside Criminal & Traffic
DEFENDANT ADVISED OF RIGHT TO COUNSEL; CONT. TO CONSULT COUNSEL; ASSIGNMENT OF
COUNSEL IF UNABLE TO EMPLOY PRIVATE COUNSEL.
DEFENDANT WAIVES RIGHT TO JURY TRIAL.
DEFENDANT WAIVES RIGHT TO CONFRONT AND CROSS EXAMINE WITNESSES.
DEFENDANT WAIVES RIGHT TO ASK COURT TO COMPEL WITNESSES TO ATTEND TRIAL AT NO
EXPENSE.
DEFENDANT WAIVES PRIVILEGE AGAINST SELF-INCRIMINATION.
DEFENDANT ADVISED OF CHARGES AND CONSEQUENCES OF HIS/HER PLEA AND STATUTORY
SENTENCING.
DEFENDANT ADVISED OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
DEFENSE COUNSEL CONCURS IN DEFENDANTS PLEA AND/OR ADMISSIONS.
COURT FINDS PLEA IS FREE AND VOLUNTARY. COURT FINDS DEFT. KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, NATURE OF CHARGES AND CONSEQUENCES OF PLEA.
COURT FINDS FACTUAL BASIS FOR THE PLEA IS BASED ON COM-COMPLAINT.

COURT ACCEPTS PLEA.

CASE CERTIFIED TO SUPERIOR COURT
COMMENCE CERTIFICATION
DEFENDANT WAIVES PROBATION REFERRAL.
SENTENCING IS SET FOR 12/09/2010 AT 8:30 IN DEPT. S201.
DEFENDANT WAIVES TIME FOR SENTENCING TO 12/9/10.
SPECIFICATION OF PLEA: PS 180 – IF RESTITUTION IS NOT PAID IN FULL BY
11/14/10 – LOW TERM 16 MONTHS.
CRUZ WAIVER TAKEN.
ORAL MOTION BY PEOPLE REGARDING DISMISS REMAINING COUNTS IS CALLED FOR HEARING.
MOTION GRANTED
COURT ORDERS ENHANCEMENT(S) NP IN COUNT 01 STRICKEN.
COUNT(S) 02 DISMISSED IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE. (1385 PC)
ORAL MOTION BY DEFENSE REGARDING EXONERATE BAIL BOND AND RELEASE O.R. IS CALLED
FOR HEARING.
MOTION GRANTED
CURRENT BAIL BOND EXONERATED.
DEFENDANT ORDERED TO RETURN ON ANY AND ALL FUTURE HEARING DATES.
RELEASED ON O.R.

This admission of Embezzlement now puts the spotlight on on the co-defendants on the case, I would think. As one of the biggest scams put on on lead gen space, one that involved redirecting lead volume, accepting checks on behalf of LG Technologies and possible joint conspiracy with other lead gen insiders. it would appear to be close to an end. We will now need to see how this reversal will affect the other parties involved in the case.

As usual, I will keep you posted.

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