|Glendale police detective John Saro Balian, 45, is accused of lying to federal agents who were investigating his connections to the Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime.|
Balian was charged in a 47-page criminal complaint with making false statements to investigators during interviews last year. Balian repeatedly made false statements and misrepresentations about his links to criminal figures.
|The complaint accuses Balian of lying to mislead investigators about his relationship with Jose Loza, a Mexican Mafia member and “shot-caller” of the Canta Ranas street gang, which is facing federal racketeering charges – even though at the time, “Balian was communicating with Loza via a burner cell phone to discuss jointly undertaken criminal activities.”
Balian is suspected of lying about accepting money to find people who may have been associated with a burglary at the offices of a convicted felon who later became an informant.