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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:21 pm    Post subject: Charles Crawford murder linked to San Bernardino Reply with quote



One of the many angles behind the murder of Charlie Crawford was the C.C. Julian Petroleum stock scandal. The initial reporting of the scandal is credited to Morris Lavine the L.A., Examiner's ace reporter and investigator. A University of California graduate, Lavine had a flair for drama and a crooked bend. The last trait led to his downfall when he and Miss Leontine Johnson the former secretary to Julian President S.C. Lewis, let it slip that the Examiner would publish a series of articles 'ghostwritten by Lavine' detailing inside knowledge of the stock affair. A trap was launched after the first story ran and Lavine took the bait by accepting a $75,000 payment funneled through Crawford.

Lavine was arrested as he exited Crawford's Spring Street office in possession of the $75,000 in marked bills. Lavine was convicted for his role in the scandal and sentenced to jail. In the aftermath it was learned that Jake Berman a San Bernardino businessman played a prominent role in the multi-million dollar stock fraud that drew in such prominent men as Albert Fall.
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