Identity Theft Suspect Captured Following $170K Spending Spree
Identity Theft Suspect Captured Following $170K Spending Spree
A Los Angeles area man faces federal identity theft charges following a lavish spending spree. The Secret Service filed a criminal complaint against the man, whom it accuses of stealing actress Demi Moore’s credit card.

According to the criminal complaint, the man reported Moore’s card stolen in March 2018, then intercepted the replacement card. For nineteen days, the man made extensive purchases at luxury retailers in the Los Angeles are. The information in the complaint states that the value of the fraudulent purchases approached $170,000.

The suspect attracted the attention of authorities after purchasing a Mercedes Benz from a Glendale auto dealer in February. According to police, the man used a different victim’s identity to purchase the vehicle. Authorities used the vehicle purchase to identify the suspect’s true identity, and discovered a connection to Moore’s stolen credit card.

The suspect has a history of identity theft, and has already served 18 months in jail. Authorities have also determined that the man worked with an accomplice to commit additional thefts.

Los Angeles identity theft lawyer


Federal and state authorities pay particular attention to identity crimes. When you face identity theft charges, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Identity theft is often a vehicle to support other crimes, but it is sometimes committed independent of other actions. Both federal and state courts prosecute identity thefts, and special allegations or circumstances can result in increased penalties.

Don’t attempt to defend yourself against criminal charges in any courtroom. Your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you in court.

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/Antitrust case.

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Domestic Violence, Felony Child Abuse Charges for Riverside Man
Domestic Violence, Felony Child Abuse Charges for Riverside Man
A Riverside man faces misdemeanor domestic violence and felony child abuse charges following a recorded domestic assault.

A neighbor’s home security camera captured the assault, which featured the man deliberately dropping an 18-month-old child on the ground. The man then picked up the child and swung him violently at his girlfriend. The man then dropped the child a second time.

The neighbor heard the assault and turned over the recorded footage to the Riverside Police Department. Police searched the neighborhood and did not initially find the suspect. An officer returned later, located the man and arrested him. He faces misdemeanor domestic assault charges for this attack on the woman. He faces felony child abuse charges for his treatment of the boy.

Police reported that the boy is the man’s biological son. The woman is not the boy’s biological mother. The boy has been turned over to his biological mother. The man was released on a $50,000 bond and will return to court on September 7. He could receive as much as 6 years in prison and fines if convicted on the felony child abuse charge.

Los Angeles domestic violence attorney


When you face domestic abuse charges, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend manages every case personally, so you will always work directly with him. Unlike some larger law firms, he does not pass cases to less experienced “staff” attorneys.

Mr. Helfend has a reputation for being an aggressive defender. He takes cases that other attorneys shy away from, and will fight tirelessly for you. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, or one who doesn’t really want to take 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 domestic violence case.

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DUI Rules Change For Uber, Lyft Drivers
DUI Rules Change For Uber, Lyft Drivers
Thanks to a California law passed in 2016, Uber and Lyft drivers have a lower DUI threshold. The new law, which took effect on July 1, lowers the DUI threshold to 0.04% for ridesharing drivers on duty. A second law also applies other restrictions to prospective drivers.

According to the new rules, prospective drivers must complete more rigorous background checks. In addition, ride-sharing companies cannot hire registered sex offenders as drivers. The law also prohibits them from hiring drivers convicted of violent felonies. Finally, persons with a drunk driving conviction in the last seven years may not drive for a ride share provider.

The change to a lower impairment threshold mirror’s the state’s existing threshold for commercial drivers. The legislation followed a series of drunk driving crashes that involved ride-sharing drivers. In some cases, the drivers were not transporting passengers at the time of the crash.

Los Angeles DUI Lawyer


When you face drunk driving charges, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal courtroom defense experience. Mr. Helfend takes drunk driving defense cases in Los Angeles County and also throughout Southern California.

The majority of impaired driving cases in California result in misdemeanor charges. The circumstances of your arrest will determine the severity of the charges against you. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a misdemeanor charge is not serious, though! Even a misdemeanor drunk driving can result in jail terms, fines, driving restrictions, increased insurance costs and other penalties.

An experienced, aggressive lawyer can assist you throughout the judicial and administrative drunk driving processes. Do not attempt to defend yourself alone in court. Instead, rely on an experienced attorney who can provide excellent representation and counsel.

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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Drug possession ring from LA busted by Playstation
Drug possession ring from LA busted by Playstation
Federal authorities busted an established LA drug ring that operated in California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan and Texas. The key to cracking the operation? A Playstation. Six Los Angeles area residents now face drug possession charges. A seventh individual, a Mexican pediatrician, also faces drug charges.

Federal agents arrested a man in Michigan after observing a drug deal in a Walmart parking lot. Then they searched the man’s car. Inside, they found a Sony Playstation box loaded with packaged heroin. The box featured a label with the unit’s serial number. Authorities then subpoenaed Sony for purchase and registration information about the unit. They learned that the purchaser had paid cash at the same Walmart for the unit just 10 days before the arrest.

A California man registered the unit using a fake name, but also used a real credit card. Using the IP address of the unit, investigators then located it in a condominium complex near the Walmart store. After obtaining a search warrant, they raided the condominium and made the third-largest recorded seizure of fentanyl in US history. They also seized 88 pounds of heroin, more than $500,000 in cash and the Playstation that led them there. Agents arrested two men in the condo, including the Mexican pediatrician, a Sinaloa resident.

Using Uber, rental car, and airline records, plus fingerprints recovered from seized drugs, the investigators identified six more suspects. They face a variety of charges in Michigan, including conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Their trial is scheduled to begin in September.

Los Angeles drug possession attorney


This case illustrates the reach of federal investigators. When you face drug possession charges, hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense, and will fight aggressively for 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 drug possession case.

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LAX Murder Defendant Sentenced for Third Time
LAX Murder Defendant Sentenced for Third Time
A man found guilty of the murder of a LAX restaurant manager will spend his life in prison. Torrance Superior Court Judge Edmund Clarke, Jr., handed Henry Earl Duncan another life sentence last month.

Prosecutors accused Duncan of murdering a LAX restaurant manager in 1984 during a robbery. Duncan worked at the restaurant at the time of the homicide. A jury convicted Duncan of the crime in 1986 and a special circumstance allegation. That jury sentenced him to death. In 2008, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the special allegation that Duncan intended to kill the victim. That special allegation had allowed prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the case.

A second jury considered the special allegation and again found it to be true. This time, Duncan received a life sentence for the crime. Upon appeal, a three-judge panel found that Duncan’s attorney did not introduce evidence favorable to Duncan. They vacated his conviction and ordered a new trial.

His most recent trial, earlier this year, produced the same result. The jury again convicted Duncan of murder and found the special allegation to be true. DNA evidence from the crime scene indicated that more than one person participated in the robbery. Tests showed that blood evidence from the crime scene matched neither the victim nor Duncan. Instead, investigators relied on bloody shoeprints from Duncan’s shoes to place him at the scene. They also found Duncan’s bloody handprints at the scene and the cashbox key from the restaurant in Duncan’s car.

Duncan doesn’t deny that he participated the robbery. He insists that he did not kill the manager, a mother of 20-month old twins at the time of her death. Following his sentencing, Department of Corrections officials returned him to Wasco State Prison to complete his life sentence.

Torrance murder attorney


When you face a homicide charge in Los Angeles County, your life is literally on the line. Los Angeles County juries are more likely to assign the death penalty than juries in any other county in the state. Hire a murder attorney like Robert Helfend to represent you in court.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He has a reputation for fighting aggressively for his clients, regardless of the charges against you. Don’t settle for an inexperienced 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 murder case.

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Sex Crimes Land Monterey Park Police Officer in Prison
Sex Crimes Land Monterey Park Police Officer in Prison
A judge sentenced a former Monterey Park police officer to prison for sex crimes he committed on duty. According to prosecutors, Israel Sanchez sexually assaulted several women while on duty between July 2014 and August 2014.

In March, a jury found Sanchez guilty of five counts of sexual battery by restraint, five counts of assault under color of authority, three counts of false imprisonment by violence and one count of soliciting a bribe. In addition to a nearly eight-year prison term, the judge also ordered Sanchez to lifetime registration as a sex offender.

The Monterey Park Police Department turned the investigation over to the Long Beach Police Department. According to Long Beach investigators, Sanchez encountered his victims during traffic stops over a three week period, and ordered them to expose themselves. Sanchez held one woman for more than two hours. Two of the victims also claim that Sanchez touched them after ordering them to expose themselves. His victims ranged in age between 19 and 28.

Monterey Park sex crimes attorney


When you face trial for sex offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes sex crimes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Many criminal defense lawyers don’t take sex offense cases. They may be uncomfortable with the nature of the allegations, or they may not want to confront victims in court. That means your chances of finding the highest quality representation diminish significantly. Don’t settle for an attorney who doesn’t want to fight for you.

Instead, work with an attorney who wants to take your case and will manage every aspect of your defense personally. You need an attorney who will fight aggressively for you throughout the judicial process.

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 Complaint Adds up to Los Angeles Arrest
Securities Fraud Complaint Adds up to Los Angeles Arrest
Los Angeles authorities arrested a Dallas man at LAX on a federal securities fraud complaint. The federal complaint also accuses the man of mail fraud and money laundering.

According to federal investigators, the man created several oil and gas companies in Texas over a five-year period. Investigators say the man misrepresented the company’s drilling and exploration rights and oil well income potential. The man collected more than $60 million from investors in the companies.

Federal prosecutors say the man commingled investor funds from each of 16 wells to a few general and operating accounts. They also claim that the man redirected investor funds for his own personal use. According to authorities, during one period, the man received more than $40 million from investors, but returned just $2.4 million. During the same time, the man transferred $12 million for his own personal use. During a different period, he misappropriated another $14 million for personal expenses. Investigators say he spent the money on luxury purchases, including expensive automobiles, home improvements, clothing, art, and chartered flights.

If convicted, he faces up to 35 years in prison and a fine of $750,000.

Los Angeles securities fraud lawyer


When you face criminal investment fraud charges, hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state cases in Southern California districts.

Securities fraud cases often involve eye-popping dollar amounts, so they generate a lot of attention. Although federal prison sentences are long, a skilled attorney can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case. Don’t automatically assume that a plea bargain is the best approach for your case. An experienced attorney will fight aggressively for you in court. You must take this approach as a federal defendant because federal prosecutors have a lot of resources at their disposal.

Don’t settle for inexperienced representation and don’t assume that a federal conviction is automatic. 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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Embezzlement Plea Closes Urban Decay Case
Embezzlement Plea Closes Urban Decay Case
A former Urban Decay cosmetics company executive pleaded guilty to embezzlement last month. According to prosecutors, the man stole nearly $600,000 from the Orange County-based firm.

He pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft by embezzlement. As part of his plea agreement, the judge dismissed two additional grand theft felony charges and also one special allegation. The man will serve one year in the Orange County Jail. He must also complete five years of probation following his release. He has already paid full restitution to the company, and will begin serving his jail sentence in July.

Investigators discovered that the man had created a number of fake accounts at local banks. He then authorized payments from the company to the false accounts over a period of two months in 2017. Officials at one bank noticed the transfers and warned the company, which then notified police. Police arrested the man in December of 2017.

Los Angeles Embezzlement Attorney


Embezzlement is a form of work-related grand theft. A conviction can result in a jail sentence, restitution and other sanctions. When you face grand theft charges, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes grand theft cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally. You will always work directly with him on your matter. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. This strategy eliminates the possibility of conviction, and reduces the impact of any remaining charges against you. In California, avoiding felony convictions is essential, due to the state’s Three Strikes Law.

When you face criminal charges, insist on an experienced lawyer who will fight aggressively for you in court. 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 Charges for Theranos Execs
Fraud Charges for Theranos Execs
A federal grand jury indicted Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and COO Ramesh Balwani for wire fraud. The pair also face a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud. According to the Justice Department, the executives conspired to defraud investors, doctors and patients.

Holmes stepped down as the Palo Alto company’s Chief Executive Officer just moments before the Justice Department announced the indictments. According to Holmes’ attorney, she intends to remain on the company’s Board of Directors. David Taylor, the company’s General Counsel, assumed the position of CEO.

Both Holmes and Balwani appeared before a federal magistrate and pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to federal prosecutors, Holmes and Balwani significantly misled prospective investors about Theranos’ blood-testing technologies. Holmes also misled investors about the readiness of the technology, and the company’s relationship with the Department of Defense.

The company has had several recognizable individuals on the Board of Directors and promised investors significant returns on investment. Theranos also announced in 2013 that it had reached a deal with Walgreen’s to put blood testing equipment in some of the company’s stores. According to Theranos, its technology could perform a wide variety of blood tests using only a few drops of blood. The technology, which does not exist, purported to save doctors and patients time and money. It would also have reduced the amount of blood required to conduct important health screenings and monitoring tests.

The pair face two counts each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They also face nine counts each of wire fraud. Each charge carries a potential 20 year prison term and a $250,000 fine. Earlier this year, Holmes reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In that settlement, Holmes agreed to pay a $500,000 fine and relinquish nearly 19 million shares of the company. She also agreed not to serve as a director or officer of a publicly traded company for 10 years.

Los Angeles Fraud Lawyer


When you face fraud charges, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes cases in state courts in Southern California, including Los Angeles County.

Don’t settle for inexperience when your freedom is on the line! 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 ring operator pleads guilty in Los Angeles
Identity theft ring operator pleads guilty in Los Angeles
A Romanian national who operated an identity theft ring pleaded guilty in federal court to the charges. Cosmin Mihai Cozma, who is in the US illegally, allegedly placed skimmers on Los Angeles area ATMs beginning in 2012.

Cozma is among five defendants that a federal grand jury indicted last month. The group targeted Los Angeles area credit unions. Authorities believe the crew operated between 2012 and April of this year. Three defendants have already pleaded guilty or have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy. In addition to identity crimes, Cozma also faces a charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

As part of his plea agreement, Cozma agreed to forfeit $139,000 in cash and a Hublot watch of significant value. Cozma holds a Romanian passport, but also holds a Danish passport using the name “Dominic Anderson.” Federal authorities successfully argued that Cozma should be held without bail because he posed a significant flight risk. In addition, he has a history of entering the country illegally.

Federal authorities have agreed to a 10-year sentence on the conspiracy charge, despite the crime’s potential 30-year maximum. Following the completion of his sentence, federal authorities will begin deportation proceedings.

Los Angeles identity theft attorney


When you face identity theft charges, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes cases in state courts in Southern California.

The federal authorities pay particular attention to identity theft and related offenses. Identity theft often signals other, potentially more lucrative crimes. Mr. Helfend’s 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.

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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