Agents and officers associated with a multi-agency organized crime task force this afternoon arrested a Glendale California Police officer on federal charges of making false statements during interviews with investigators who were probing his connections to the Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime.
Detective John Saro Balian, 45, of Seal Beach, Calif., was taken into custody without incident at his residence.
Balian, who is charged in a criminal complaint with making false statements to investigators during an interview last year, is expected to make his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
(A Glendale police officer was arrested Tuesday on charges he lied to investigators about his ties to organized crime figures. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube. Posted on May 16, 2018)
The case against Balian is the result of an ongoing investigation by:
- The Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force, which is made up of special agents with
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- IRS Criminal Investigation
- The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, as well as officers with:
- The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
- The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- The Glendale Police Department
- The Burbank Police Department, and
- The California Department of Health Care Services