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O.C. attorney to be arraigned in investment scheme

Attorney Jan Morton Heger. Click through for a larger image. An Irvine attorney is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges that he stole $898,000 from 11 victims in an investment scheme with two other men, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Attorney Jan Morton Heger and Ramon Andres Najera, both 66, are charged with 16 felony counts of using untrue statements in the sale or purchase of securities and 11 felony counts of grand theft, with sentencing enhancement allegations for aggravated white-collar crime of more than $500,000, theft exceeding $150,000 and property loss exceeding $200,000, according to the district attorney's office.

The pair are charged with working with a third man to defraud 11 victims between December 2005 and July 2008 by luring the investors with promises of returns on their money, which would be used as collateral for a $6-million loan from an oil firm in Ghana. The third man, Sonny Beckham, died in July 2008, prosecutors said.

Ramon Andres Najera. Click through for a larger image.Prosecutors said Heger fled to Thailand, where he was arrested and extradited back to the United States in January. 

Heger is scheduled to be arraigned at Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, and Najera is scheduled to be in court for a continued arraignment Feb. 28.

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Photos: Jan Morton Heger, top, and Ramon Andres Najera. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

 
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