Embezzlement Suspect Could Be In Los Angeles
Embezzlement Suspect Could Be In Los Angeles
Investigators from Merced County are looking for a local man suspected of embezzlement. Police say the man worked as the plant manager for AMG Resources, a metal recycling company in San Joaquin County. According to the District Attorney’s Office in San Joaquin County, investigators believe the man wanted in connection with matter may be in the Los Angeles area.

According to investigators, the man regularly misappropriated scrap metal from his employer and sold it to another scrap metal company between 2013 and 2016. He received checks for the material sales, but never reported the sales to his employer.

During the same period, the man told other workers that the company suspended the Christmas bonus program due to financial concerns. In reality, the company did not suspend the practice. Instead, the man embezzled the employees’ Christmas bonuses. Investigators believe that during the four-year period, the plant manager took nearly $500,000 from his employer and other employees of the plant.

The District Attorney in San Joaquin County charged the man with grand theft by embezzlement and falsification of corporate books.

Los Angeles Embezzlement lawyer


Embezzlement can be a devastating crime, both for the victim and the perpetrator. Employers and volunteer-run organizations are often the target of embezzlement. Fund losses could go on for months or years before anyone notices that money is missing. If you’re charged with embezzlement or a related crime, it’s important to hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer immediately.

All victims want justice, but in the case of embezzlement, justice most often comes in the form of restitution. Although a judge can always impose a long prison sentence, that approach often guarantees that the victim will not receive what they most want – restitution. Minimizing jail time and maximizing the opportunity to make restitution often produces the best possible results for all parties. Don’t assume that the outcome of your case is pre-determined.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County embezzlement case.

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Fraud Charge for Rancho Palos Verdes Dentist
Fraud Charge for Rancho Palos Verdes Dentist
A Rancho Palos Verdes dentist will face insurance fraud charges, after being arrested last week. According to California Department of Insurance investigators, the dentist filed fraudulent insurance billings totaling more than $31,000.

The department began its investigation after an insurance company complained that it received fraudulent bills for dental work. The investigators discovered that the dentist created fraudulent bills for services he never performed over a seven-year period. According to investigators, the doctor presented the phony bills to insurers between 2007 and 2014.

The dentist received a bail of $25,000. The Dental Board of California will review the case to determine whether to apply additional professional sanctions.

Rancho Palos Verdes Fraud Attorney


Insurance fraud is a serious crime. Conviction can result in prison time, fines and restitution. In addition, your professional licensure could be at stake. Your professional reputation may never recover from the damage a fraud charge can cause. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. Thousands of Californians have relied on Mr. Helfend to provide aggressive, informed and competent criminal defense.

Mr. Helfend personally manages every case he takes. That means you’ll work directly with him on your defense. He will not pass your case to a less experienced attorney. When you work with him, you will always receive the full benefit of his extensive criminal defense experience.

Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do about your case. Take the time to consult with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County fraud case.

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Identity Theft Hits Beverly Hills Clinic
Identity Theft Hits Beverly Hills Clinic
Earlier this month, the operator of a well-known Beverly Hills plastic surgery clinic says that his business was the victim of a massive identity theft operation. The police have not made any arrests in connection with the theft of more than 15,000 patient records. They say their investigation centers on a former employee. They are currently seeking her for questioning.

According to investigators, the former employee secretly photographed patients during various stages of their treatment. She also stole the medical records of the clinic’s patients. The information included personally identifying information, credit card data, treatment data, photographs and videos.

Beverly Hills Identity Theft Lawyer


Prosecutors aggressively pursue identity theft cases because they often lead to evidence of other criminal activity. Medical records are an especially desirable target for identity thieves because they contain complete information about a person’s identity. If you’re facing identity theft charges, your best defense strategy is to work with an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom criminal defense experience, and takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. Prosecutors can charge identity theft as a felony or as a misdemeanor. You could also face charges in either federal or state court.

When you hire Mr. Helfend to represent you, you will work directly with him on your case. That’s because he manages all cases personally. He does not take in cases, then pass them along to less experienced attorneys. When you work with Robert Helfend, you’ll get more personal attention than you would if you hired an attorney from a larger, less personal law firm.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County identity theft case.

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Domestic Violence Charge Leads to 49er Release
Domestic Violence Charge Leads to 49er Release
The San Francisco 49ers released a cornerback following his arrest on domestic violence charges. According to police, the man faces a felony charge. He left the Santa Clara County jail after posting a $50,000 bail.

Police responded to a home in Santa Clara county to investigate a report of a domestic assault. When they arrived, they found a woman who had marks around her neck. The injuries were consistent with an attempted strangulation.

The man and woman shared a home, and have two children together. Because the woman was holding one of the children at the time of the assault, the man also faces child endangerment charges. In addition to facing criminal charges, the player may also face sanctions under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Los Angeles domestic violence attorney


Prosecutors can choose to charge domestic violence as a misdemeanor or a felony. Any arrest is a serious matter, so your best strategy is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom-based criminal defense.

He will work with you throughout the criminal process to ensure your rights and your freedom. He will always work toward the best possible outcome of your case. Avoiding felony convictions is especially important in California. Mr. Helfend’s first strategy will be to attempt to get charges against you reduced or dropped. If that’s not possible, he will work toward the most favorable resolution.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you will always work directly with him on your defense. His plain-English style means that you’ll always understand the status of your case.

Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight aggressively for your rights. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County domestic violence case.

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DUI Arrest for Former Laker
DUI Arrest for Former Laker
Retired NBA Laker guard Derek Fisher faces a DUI in LA after losing control of his car on Highway 101 last week. Fisher hit the guardrail, causing his car to overturn.

Responders to the crash, which occurred at about 3:00 AM on June 5, said that Fisher appeared to be impaired. They performed field sobriety tests on Fisher and determined that he had been drinking. They arrested him on suspicion of DUI. Neither Fisher nor his girlfriend suffered any injuries in the mishap.

Los Angeles DUI Lawyer


About three-fourths of California DUI arrests involve a first-time offender, and the vast majority of drunk driving arrests are misdemeanors. The DUI process is involved and takes years to resolve. That’s why you need an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend to help guide you through the drunk driving arrest and adjudication process.

A drunk driving arrest triggers two separate processes – a criminal case at the district court, and an administrative case. For the most part, these processes are independent of each other, but can each affect your ability to drive.

Immediately following your arrest on suspicion of drunk driving, the DMV suspends your license. This suspension is separate from a suspension you may receive during your criminal case. The criminal court suspension begins after your DMV suspension ends. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you could face driving restrictions for nearly a year. That’s in addition to fines, possible jail terms, driver retraining, substance abuse treatment and other court ordered interventions.

You can receive additional penalties for repeat offenses. Likewise, accidents that result in injuries or death carry different, far more serious consequences. Regardless of how the prosecutor charges you, an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend is your best defense strategy. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. With nearly 35 years of defense experience, he knows exactly what it takes to offer a successful DUI defense.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County DUI/securities fraud case.

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Drug possession charge stems from traffic stop
Drug possession charge stems from traffic stop
San Marino police arrested a man for drug possession, receiving stolen goods, being in possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons charges, following a traffic stop.

Police stopped the man’s vehicle at about 1:15 AM. The officers noted burglary tools and other suspicious items in the car. They arrested the man and searched his car. During the search, they found laptops, tablets, items that had been reported stolen from homes in San Marino and Long Beach, drug paraphernalia, a stun gun and an imitation weapon.

The man has a previous criminal history and is being held on a $35,000 bond. He will return to court in October on these charges.

San Marino drug possession attorney


California has recently made changes to its drug possession laws. Proposition 47 reduces the impact of misdemeanor drug possession charges, but prosecutors may look for more serious charges to apply to people found in possession of controlled substances. That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He’s helped thousands of Californians in his nearly 35 years of practice as a criminal defense attorney.

Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, so you’ll work directly with him on your defense. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight aggressively for your rights.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County drug possession case.

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Murder Conviction for Hollywood Slaying
Murder Conviction for Hollywood Slaying
A judge sentenced a Los Angeles man to life in prison for his role in a 2015 murder. Jurors convicted Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha of the shotgun slaying of Carrie Melvin on a Hollywood street.

According to prosecutors, Obioha made romantic advances toward Melvin, which she rebuffed. In addition, Melvin filed a legal complaint against Obioha, claiming that he owed her $1,000 for work she had performed for Obioha’s business. Prosecutors allege that Obioha shot Melvin in the face as she and her boyfriend entered a local restaurant.

Following the murder, a boy playing on the beach found a shotgun and a shotgun shell that matched the shell casing found at the scene of the murder. The shell found on the beach and the shell found at the scene bore the same unusual head stamp.

Police investigators discovered that a check that Obioha wrote to Melvin prior to the murder did not clear. Later, Obioha’s family provided a receipt for a cash payment in the amount of $1,740, however the District Attorney’s office disputed the veracity of the documentation because the disputed receipt was out of chronological order. In addition, the family turned over the receipt well after Obioha’s arrest.

Obioha acknowledged that the gun belonged to him, but gave conflicting stories about what happened to the weapon. Initially, Obioha claimed that the gun was stolen. Later he said that Melvin’s boyfriend took the gun in an elaborate ruse to frame him for her murder. Later, he also claimed that the gun had been planted on the beach by a photographer who was hoping to cash in on the case’s notoriety.

Following the trial, the Judge sentenced Obioha to life in prison without the potential for parole, partially because he committed the murder for financial gain. His attorneys plan to appeal the jury’s verdict.

Hollywood murder attorney


Murder is the most serious charge you can face in California. A conviction can mean spending the rest of your life in prison. In some cases, it could mean facing the death penalty. That’s why you need an experienced murder attorney working on your defense.

Robert Helfend provides comprehensive criminal defense services in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He has practiced criminal defense for more than 30 years, and knows what it takes to build an effective defense.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County murder case.

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Antitrust Case Nets Bid Rigging Conviction
Antitrust Case Nets Bid Rigging Conviction
A federal jury returned guilty verdicts against three men in a Northern California antitrust case. Federal prosecutors charged the men with rigging bids on foreclosed properties in Alameda and Costa Contra counties. According to authorities, the men purchased hundreds of foreclosed properties as part of the conspiracy.

Prior to county property auctions, the men conspired to select the auction winner. The men also paid other bidders not to compete against them. Following the county auction, the conspirators would hold a second auction among themselves to determine who eventually got the properties.

One of the convicted men is one of the largest landlords in the City of Oakland. Tenants claim that after he acquired their rental properties, he unfairly raised rents and evicted tenants, including elderly renters. The case stems from a larger investigation that has already seen nearly six dozen convictions.

The men targeted county property auctions held between 2008 and 2011. Prosecutors charged the men with two counts of bid rigging and six counts of mail fraud. They face a sentence of 10 years on each of the bid rigging charges, 20 years on each mail fraud charge. They also face fines of the greater of $1M or twice the gain/loss on each bid rigging offense and a $1M fine for each mail fraud offense. Prosecutors are also seeking forfeiture of the properties purchased in the scheme.

California antitrust lawyer


If you’re facing antitrust charges as the result of an alleged violation of the Sherman Act, you need the assistance of an experienced antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively, and takes cases in both federal and state courts.

Mr. Helfend works aggressively to defend his clients. The most effective defense against federal charges comes from attorneys who have significant experience in defending against federal prosecutions. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County antitrust case.

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Sex Crimes Convictions Could Void Early Release
Sex Crimes Convictions Could Void Early Release
California voters approved Proposition 57 last November. The measure increases the use of parole for non-violent offenders. Now, a non-profit advocacy group says that new implementation guidelines exclude people convicted of sex crimes, while the ballot measure did not.

State regulators approved the guidelines in April, which exclude sex offenders from receiving earlier parole hearings. The group seeks to ensure that sex offenders convicted of non-violent offenses receive the benefit of Proposition 57.

Prosecutors and law enforcement officials around the state argue that the voters did not intend to extend early parole privileges to non-violent sex offenders. Many “non-violent” sex offenses include those committed against children. The advocacy group says some sex offenses do not qualify as “violent” crimes. Currently, about one-fourth of the state’s incarcerated sex offenders serve sentences for non-contact crimes. These would include offenses like possession of child pornography.

In January, Governor Jerry Brown ordered the Corrections Department to issue parole hearing guidelines that excluded all sex offenders. The state will finalize the guidelines following a public comment period that will close in the fall. Meanwhile, the advocacy group has filed suit to prevent the proposed guidelines from taking effect. In their suit, the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws says that the guidelines impermissibly exclude sex offenses from early parole consideration – because the ballot measure did not explicitly specify that.

Los Angeles sex crimes attorney


This issue illustrates the difficulty convicted sex offenders face. A host of regulations, requirements and prohibitions make it difficult for sex offenders to move past a conviction. If you’ve been arrested or charged with a sex offense in Los Angeles, you need an experienced sex crimes attorney to assist you in court.

Many defense attorneys will not defend those accused of sex crimes, but Robert Helfend offers the aggressive defense services and excellent counsel that come only from years of experience in California courtrooms.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273- 5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes lawyer case.

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Securities fraud drew in Los Angeles investors
Securities fraud drew in Los Angeles investors
Prosecutors in Hartford, CT say that investor losses are approaching $9.5 million in a securities fraud case there. According to prosecutors, a Florida man used a series of shell companies to defraud investors from Los Angeles and other cities around the country.

The defendant, William Lieberman, issued worthless stock in the shell companies. A set of co-conspirators manipulated the price of the worthless stock to defraud thousands of investors. The scheme, which operated for about four years, earned Lieberman more than $1M.

In addition, Lieberman recruited a number of lawyers around the country to build investor confidence in the scheme. The participating attorneys issued statements certifying the strength of the shell companies, and assisted Lieberman in laundering the proceeds of the scam.

In addition to securities fraud charges, Lieberman also pleaded guilty to tax evasion. He faces as much as 14 years in prison, restitution of more than $10M and unpaid taxes of more than $400,000.

Los Angeles securities fraud lawyer


Securities fraud charges are serious. If you’re facing securities fraud charges, you need to work with an experienced securities fraud lawyer. Robert Helfend takes federal defense cases in Los Angeles and throughout the United States.

Federal prosecutions are long and involved. The conviction rate exceeds 90%, in part because many defendants choose to plead guilty. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do if you’re facing federal securities fraud charges. It does mean that you need experienced counsel who can help you work through the complexities of a federal prosecution. You need an attorney who can ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome given your circumstances.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t settle for an attorney who will not provide you with an aggressive defense. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County securities fraud case.

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