33 months in prison, $5.7 million restitution close local fund manager's fraud prosecution

The six-year saga of Los Altos businessman Mark Feathers’ financial fraud prosecution wrapped up last week with a sentencing hearing. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh accepted a plea agreement and sentenced him to 33 months in prison.

The defense had asked for 21 months, the low end of the range agreed to in the plea deal. The plea agreement pegs Feathers’ ordered restitution payment to a total arrived at during the civil case, approximately $5.7 million, or the estimated total amount lost to investors. His company managed more than $40 million at its peak.

Mtn. View police ramping up downtown enforcement

Go easy on the green beer Saturday. The Mountain View Police Department is in the middle of a monthlong enforcement operation meant to promote traffic safety and sobriety downtown, including on St. Patrick’s Day.

“People should be aware there will be extra-vigilant enforcement – especially since St. Paddy’s Day falls on a weekend this year,” said Katie Nelson, Mountain View Police Department spokeswoman.

Police investigate MVHS threats, say campus is safe

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Mountain View High School students’ concerns about potential threats to school safety brought police officers to campus Tuesday (March 13) morning, but there was no danger and no arrests have been made, according to authorities.

LAH resident credited with ending spree of burglaries

Sheriff’s detectives credit a Los Altos Hills woman with ending a spree of burglaries throughout Silicon Valley.

Los Altos resident reaches plea for insider trading, tender offer fraud

A Los Altos resident accused of trading before a negative earnings announcement pleaded guilty to insider trading and tender-offer fraud last week.

Peter C. Chang, founder and former CEO of the Sunnyvale-based Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc., was arrested and charged with insider trading in 2017. The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged that he traded posed as family members in order to trade his company’s stock based on nonpublic information he obtained on the job.

Hearing continued for MVHS teacher accused of sending inappropriate texts

A Mountain View High School teacher arrested last November for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a student will have to wait a bit longer for his day in court.

Evan Smith, a 15-year veteran math teacher at the school, pleaded not guilty earlier this year to one felony count of knowingly sending a minor harmful material.

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