California Fraud Conviction for Beverly Hills Stockbroker
California Fraud Conviction for Beverly Hills Stockbroker
A federal jury convicted a former Beverly Hills stockbroker who stole $200M from investors of
fraud. Following a 17-day trial, a jury convicted the man of 18 counts, including conspiracy to commit wire and securities fraud. They also convicted him of securities fraud and investment advisor fraud, as well as money laundering. The jury also found him guilty of making false statements, obstruction of justice and unlawful money transactions.

The defendant was the president of Hunter World Markets, a Beverly Hills stock brokerage. He co-owned the brokerage with another hedge fund manager, who fled the US after being indicted. Authorities say the pair manipulated penny stocks to inflate their value. They then sold the inflated penny stocks to hedge funds they operated. This enabled the hedge funds to overstate their performance and generate large profits for the hedge fund managers. Using the inflated performance data, they lured unsuspecting investors into the funds.

The Department of Justice is seeking the extradition of other hedge fund managers who participated in the scheme. Italian authorities arrested the co-owner of the firm in 2013 but released him. Following his release, he is thought to have fled to Germany.

Beverly Hills Fraud Lawyer


When you face federal charges for conspiracy, money-laundering or fraudulent activity, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any US District Court. He also takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Federal prosecutors are aggressive and unrelenting. That’s why you need an experienced defense attorney with you in court. Federal penalties for various frauds are significant, as are the fines. An experienced, aggressive defense attorney can help get charges reduced or dropped. An experienced attorney can also help limit the impact of a conviction on you.

Don’t settle for a lawyer who doesn’t want to represent you, or who would rather make a deal than fight on your behalf. 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 suspect to return to Los Angeles
Identity theft suspect to return to Los Angeles
A former Santa Monica resident will return to Los Angeles to face charges of identity theft and embezzlement. According to authorities, the man stole $22M from his employer to fund buy-ins at high-stakes poker tournaments. He also used some of the money to pay for personal expenses and to invest in cryptocurrencies.

Authorities arrested the man in Las Vegas, where he currently resides. He faces 11 counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He also faces two forfeiture counts.

Between October 2015 and March 2019, the man served as the vice president of accounting and finance for a Santa Monica digital marketing firm. The firm recently relocated to London, England and has continued operations there. While working for the company, he wired funds from the company’s bank accounts to his own. He also created fake financial records to disguise the thefts and forged another executive’s signature on fake invoices. He used company funds exceeding $2.3M to pay other poker players and to pay off his credit cards. He also used nearly $8.5M in company funds to invest in cryptocurrencies. The company fired the man earlier this year.

If convicted on all charges, the man could spend as much as 200 years in federal prison.

Santa Monica identity theft attorney


When you face charges of federal identity theft, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes cases in any US federal district court. He also takes state level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Identity theft is interesting to law enforcement because it often leads to other, more significant crimes. Currently, federal identity theft convictions can result in sentences of up to 15 years in prison. Other crimes often associated with identity theft -like wire fraud- can land a defendant in prison for up to 30 years. In addition, both crimes include hefty fines.

That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced, federal criminal defense attorney. Federal prosecutors rarely take up cases they’re not sure they can win, so having an aggressive attorney is a requirement. Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Don’t rely on inexperience to defend you, and don’t assume that a guilty plea is in your best interest. 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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DUI Arrests Rise Over Holiday Weekend
DUI Arrests Rise Over Holiday Weekend
According to the California Highway Patrol, the agency arrested 589 people on suspicion of DUI over the Independence Day holiday. A 30-hour enforcement period began at 6:00 PM Wednesday, July 3 and ended at 6:00 AM Friday, July 5. The agency arrested 389 people for drunk driving over the same 30-hour period last year.

In a broader enforcement period, which ended at midnight on Sunday, July 7, the agency reports arresting 1,317 impaired drivers. The CHP also reported that 32 people died in alcohol-related accidents over the extended holiday weekend. In addition, more than one-third of those killed were not wearing seatbelts at the time of their deaths. The enforcement period in 2018 lasted just 30 hours, but in 2017, the enforcement period also spanned four days. During that time, the CHP arrested 1,244 people for impaired driving and 47 people died in alcohol-related accidents. Statistics for arrests for DUI in LA County have not yet been published.

Los Angeles DUI attorney


When you face charges for impaired driving in Los Angeles County, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes impaired driving cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. In his more than 3 decades of practice, Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians accused of impaired driving.

Two out of three drunk driving arrests in California result in misdemeanor charges. While a misdemeanor is better than a felony, don’t make the mistake of thinking that a misdemeanor DUI isn’t serious. A drunk driving conviction can land you in jail. Even a first conviction can result in expensive sanctions. You may be required to install an expensive interlock device in your car. You could also be required to take expensive driver retraining courses. Your insurance costs will rise. You could have your driving privileges suspended, and you could be required to pay expensive fines.

Many people arrested for impaired driving think that they can represent themselves in court. While you are legally entitled to represent yourself, it’s rarely a good idea to do that. You could not only deprive yourself of professional representation and counsel, but your end result could be worse.

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 case.

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Theft Suspect Arrested In Walk Of Fame Case
Theft Suspect Arrested In Walk Of Fame Case
A Glendale man faces charges for grand theft and vandalism after stealing a statue of Marilyn Monroe. According to police, the man scaled a sculpture honoring female performers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He sawed off a statue of Marilyn Monroe and fled.

Police arrested the man days after the theft but are still looking for 1-2 additional suspects. According to police, the theft occurred June 16, and they arrested the suspect on June 21. The man faces one charge each of grand theft and felony vandalism. Police have not yet recovered the statue.

According to investigators, the man previously pleaded no contest to destroying Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In that case, he received a sentence of one day in jail, three years of probation and 20 days of community service. The man remains jailed without bail in the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic.

Los Angeles theft lawyer


When you face charges for stealing, hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes criminal cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

A grand theft conviction can result in a prison sentence, particularly if you have a previous criminal history. Additionally, you could receive additional time on your sentence, thanks to California’s Three Strikes Law. In California, people with a felony history can receive lengthened sentences for a second offense. A conviction for a third violent felony can result in lifetime incarceration.

That’s why you need an exceptional defense attorney by your side in court. Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians in his more than three decades of practice. He is a top-rated defense lawyer, and he will work aggressively to defend you.

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 theft case.

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Drug possession sentence for Los Angeles gang member
Drug possession sentence for Los Angeles gang member
A Los Angeles gang member will spend 15 years in federal prison for drug possession for sale. In addition, the man will complete five years of supervised release following incarceration.

Police arrested the man in February 2018 after a traffic stop. According to police, the man was driving erratically. Following the stop, police asked the man if they could search his vehicle. He consented to the search. In the vehicle, police discovered nearly 14 pounds of methamphetamine, a large sum of cash and a loaded weapon. The methamphetamine was packaged to look like foil wrapped burritos. Investigators said that the man did not attempt to pass off the methamphetamine as anything other than drugs. They estimated that the drugs had a street value of about $450,000.

A federal grand jury indicted the man in March 2018. Following a bench trial, the judge found the man guilty of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. She also found the man guilty of felony possession of a firearm and firearm possession for drug trafficking.

During sentencing, the man pleaded with the judge for mercy, saying he had a family. The judge said that the crime warranted a long sentence to protect the public.

Los Angeles Drug Possession Lawyer


More than half of all federal felons in custody are serving time for drug convictions. The federal government aggressively prosecutes high-level drug crimes. When you face federal charges for drug crimes, hire an experienced federal drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in any federal district court. He also takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Federal prosecutors are well resourced and they do not give up easily. This is largely because they strongly prefer cases that they have a high potential to win. Even when you face federal charges, you can still prevail in court. The outcome of your case often depends on having an experienced, aggressive lawyer on your side. An experienced federal defense attorney will help you navigate the federal court system and make decision about your case.

Don’t attempt to represent yourself and don’t assume that a plea deal is your best option. 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 charge for Los Angeles gang member
Murder charge for Los Angeles gang member
A 23-year-old gang member faces murder charges in a USC student’s March death. According to investigators, the suspect and three other men attempted to rob a group of USC students near campus. The suspect shot and killed Victor McElhaney, a student from Oakland, CA.

Police said that the injured man died in a nearby hospital shortly after the suspect shot him and fled. The victim was a senior in USC’s Thornton School of Music. He is the son of Oakland Councilwoman Lynnette Gibson McElhaney. In May, the Los Angeles City Council offered a $50,000 reward for information in the case. Investigators did not say how they came to view the man as a suspect.

In addition to facing murder charges, the prosecutor also asserts two special allegations. One is murder in the course of an armed robbery. The other is murder while being an active gang member. The special circumstances make the suspect eligible for the death penalty.

Los Angeles murder lawyer


Homicide is the most serious charge you can face. Your charges get more serious when the prosecutor adds special circumstance allegations or sentencing enhancements. These additional allegations can allow the prosecutor to seek the death penalty. That’s why you need an experienced Los Angeles murder lawyer on your side. Robert Helfend has 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He takes homicide cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Jurors in Los Angeles are more likely to approve the use of the death penalty than jurors in any other US county. Currently, about 750 California prisoners live on “Death Row.” That number will continue to increase as juries apply the death penalty to California convicts. The current governor’s moratorium on the death penalty only means that no executions will take place. It won’t help you avoid that sentence. Prosecutors

An experienced, aggressive attorney will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is essential when you’re facing a life sentence or potentially the death penalty.

Robert Helfend is top-rated defense attorney in the Los Angeles area. He has defended thousands of Californians in his more than three decades of practice. He knows what it takes to produce an exceptional defense, and he will work tirelessly on your case.

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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Sex crimes case against USC gynecologist moves forward
Sex crimes case against USC gynecologist moves forward
Authorities arrested a former USC gynecologist at the center of a sexual misconduct case involving hundreds of women. Prosecutors charged the man with more than two dozen felonies, predominantly sex crimes. Investigators also turned up a large cache of images of nude women in the man’s apartment and storage unit. Some of the images appear to have been made in a clinical setting. Authorities have already reviewed about 1,000 tapes from the trove looking for additional evidence.

At the time of his arrest, the suspect carried a loaded .38 handgun. He did not have a concealed weapons permit. Immediately following his arrest, the man began complaining of chest pains. First responders took the man to a local hospital, before transporting him to jail. In court, the doctor pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing 16 patients. The prosecutor selected only a small fraction of the complaints for prosecution, after receiving reports from hundreds of women.

The charges stem from the doctor’s actions in the last seven years of his practice at USC. He had worked at the university for 27 years. The prosecutor reviewed complaints from 145 women regarding their contact with the suspect. Criminal complaints within that timeframe fall within the statute of limitations that applies to these cases. The Prosecutor’s Office indicated that they are still reviewing cases and will likely file more charges. The man currently faces 18 counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person, and 11 counts of sexual battery. The victims ranged in age from 17 to 29 at the time of the incidents.

Patients lodged numerous complaints against the man during his university employment, but the University didn’t take corrective action until 2016. The man left university employment in 2017 after an undisclosed settlement that included no medical board complaints.

If convicted on the existing charges, the man could face a sentence of more than 50 years in prison. He returns to court on July 12 for a preliminary hearing. Meanwhile, he remains jailed in lieu of a $2.075M bond.

Los Angeles sex crimes lawyer


When you face charges for sexual offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. In his decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians.

Convictions for sexual offenses aren’t like other convictions. Your conviction history will follow you around in the form of the state’s sex offender registry. Upon release from custody or supervision, you’ll be required to register with the state. Local law enforcement agencies will enforce registration requirements and compliance issues. You cannot move anywhere without re-registering in your new location. Likewise, you are unlikely to be able to remove yourself from the state’s sex offender registry.

Mr. Helfend is a top-rated defense lawyer who devotes his practice exclusively to criminal defense. He has built a reputation as an aggressive defender. He’s not simply in court to make a deal with the prosecutors, although sometimes that can benefit his clients. He fights to get the charges against them reduced or dropped. This makes a major difference in the outcome of a case. Don’t settle for inexperience when you can have an award-winning lawyer on your side.

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 case.

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Securities Fraud Plea Leads Montecito Man to Prison
Securities Fraud Plea Leads Montecito Man to Prison
A 72-year-old Montecito man pleaded guilty to securities fraud charges. Prosecutors say the man defrauded investors by promising to buy shares of stock in major corporations before their IPOs.

Additionally, the man sold shares of a fictitious $1B estate to investors as part of a second scam. In that scheme, the man told investors that they could see returns of as much as 1,000% once a probate court approved the estate transfer. The man collected more than $750,000 from would-be investors.

Prosecutors said that the man solicited nearly $5M from investors between October 2010 and October 2015. A federal grand jury indicted the man in February 2018 with 13 counts of fraud and eight counts of contempt of court.

The man will return to court on August 26 for sentencing. At that time, he could face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Los Angeles securities fraud attorney


When you face criminal charges for investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of criminal defense experience. He takes cases in any federal circuit in the United States. He also takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally. That means you’ll always have the benefit of his extensive experience. He fights aggressively for his clients and works hard to ensure the best possible outcome for each case.

Federal prosecutors are aggressive and well-resourced. They have a high conviction rate because they choose to take on only the cases they believe they can win. If you’re facing federal prosecution, you need an experienced attorney beside you in court. An experienced attorney can help you decide whether to fight the charges against you or seek the most advantageous resolution possible for your case.

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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Fraud Charge For Attempted Hollywood Hills Mansion Theft
Fraud Charge For Attempted Hollywood Hills Mansion Theft
A Newport Beach couple faces document fraud charges for attempting to steal an actress’s mansion. According to Los Angeles police, the couple attempted to present a forged deed to the home as proof of ownership.

Earlier this year, the man showed up at the Hollywood Hills home and attempted to change the locks. Two months later, he and his wife returned to the home with the false deed. Employees at the home contacted the owner who indicated that she did not transfer the title to the home.

The couple also faces charges for attempting to steal three other homes in Orange County by fraudulently recording deed changes. The county has processes in place to prevent the unauthorized transfer of home ownership.

The man faces 54 counts of money laundering, three counts each of grand theft and recording a false instrument. The woman faces 13 counts including money laundering and grand theft.

Hollywood Hills Fraud attorney


When you face charges for fraudulent activity, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes fraud cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Fraud cases sometimes get a lot of attention, especially if they involve a lot of money. Prosecutors are very interested in these cases because they often lead to other criminal actions.

Your best defense in this case is to work with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights and freedom. Even when the evidence seems like it’s ironclad, an experienced attorney may still be able to get the charges against you reduced or dropped.

Don’t rely on inexperience and don’t attempt to represent yourself. Instead, 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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Embezzlement Charge For LA Charter School Operator
Embezzlement Charge For LA Charter School Operator
The operator of a Los Angeles charter school faces embezzlement charges after allegedly defrauding the State of millions.

According to federal prosecutors, two men charged 13 schools more than $83 million in management fees. Prosecutors say that much of the money went directly into the men’s bank accounts. One of the schools, Valiant Academy of Los Angeles, is chartered by the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District in Antelope Valley. The Dehesa School district in El Cajon also charters a Valiant Academy school there. The management group, A3 Education operates virtual charter schools throughout the state.

Prosecutors say the charter school operators used the funds to purchase real estate and to fund other business ventures. According to tax returns from 2016, the operators collected more than $14M in state funds but spent slightly more than $3.5M. Only a small fraction of the more than 10,000 enrolled students actually contacted teachers or submitted any school work. Most enrollees had no contact with the schools or any teachers. Students were often recruited from summer athletic programs by coaches

The state has ordered the schools to close as of June 30. Authorities have indicted eleven people in the scam. They face charges of grand theft and illegal use of public funds. According to prosecutors, the schools inflated enrollment figures and bought report cards of students not enrolled in the schools. The tax return indicated that the two men were the company’s only employees.

Authorities believe that one of the schools’ operators has fled the country and may be in his native Australia.

Los Angeles embezzlement lawyer


When you face charges for work-related financial crimes, hire an embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes embezzlement cases in any federal district in the United States. He also takes state cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Your best defense is an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for you in court. You’re not obligated to take a plea deal, and you can prevail, even against federal prosecutors. Don’t make a determination about your best options until you’ve worked with an experienced federal 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 embezzlement case.

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