Murder Sentence in 30-year-old Pasadena Case
Murder Sentence in 30-year-old Pasadena Case
A Los Angeles man will spend 32 years to life in prison for a 1988 Pasadena murder. A jury convicted him in 2017 for the shooting death of a jewelry salesman. The shooting took place in February 1988.

The man shot the victim as he sold jewelry from his van, which was parked at a Pasadena gas station. Following the shooting, the suspect fled. He discarded his clothing and the weapon used in the attack. Investigators recovered both, however, following the confrontation. Eyewitnesses provided a description of the suspect. Police arrested the suspect at the time of the incident, but the case languished for lack of evidence. Advances in forensic technology allowed Pasadena police to re-open the investigation in 2013.

Among the preserved evidence, police found items suitable for contemporary forensic analysis. Investigators tested the suspect’s clothing recovered in 1988 and determined that the blood on them belonged to the victim. Police re-arrested the suspect in 2015 and prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder. According to investigators, the suspect and the victim knew each other and had conducted business prior to the shooting. Police say the motive for the shooting appeared to be robbery.

The defendant will return to court in November for a restitution hearing.

Pasadena murder attorney


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

Depending on the circumstances, a homicide conviction can lead to a range of penalties, including death or life in prison. While California has not executed a prisoner in more than a decade, prosecutors still seek and receive death penalty convictions. There is no reason to think the state will abandon the use of the death penalty, despite its many flaws.

That’s why you need an experienced attorney by your side in court. Mr. Helfend has a reputation for being an aggressive defender for his clients. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Reducing the severity of the charges reduces the immediate danger a homicide conviction poses.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation. 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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Drug possession Conviction In Amtrak Case
Drug possession Conviction In Amtrak Case
A drug runner that used Amtrak to distribute heroin and cocaine will spend 35 years in prison for drug possession. In addition, the 32-year-old Paramount man pleaded guilty to money laundering.

According to federal investigators, the man used Amtrak trains to move drugs and drug proceeds between Los Angeles and Chicago. Authorities say the man operated a large network of drug couriers that shipped drugs by train between 2010 and 2016. In addition to Chicago, the network moved drugs to St. Louis and other midwestern cities. Investigators say the couriers typically moved about 3 kilograms or more of cocaine per trip.

The man’s network extended to Amtrak personnel who helped disguise the drug shipments. Federal law enforcement officials spent years investigating the operation before busting it. The defendant imported the drugs from Mexican cartels into California. From California, he distributed the contraband to Illinois, Missouri and other locations. He used more than a dozen couriers to move cocaine and heroin.

Couriers collected the drugs at Chicago’s Union Station, then stored it in “safe houses” in the city and suburbs. Once the drugs were sold, the man and his couriers would return the proceeds to California by air. Frequently, they passed through airports carrying $150,000 or more per person at a time. In addition to a large network of mules, the man also worked with individuals in Paramount to launder the money. More than 20 defendants from both the Los Angeles and Chicago areas have been charged or pleaded guilty so far. They’ve received sentences of between 18 months and 20 years in federal prison.

Paramount drug possession attorney


When you face drug possession charges, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States.

Although the average federal drug sentence currently exceeds six years, many cases can produce significantly longer sentences. That’s why you need an experienced federal criminal attorney like Robert Helfend. 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 resolution for your case.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume the best option is to plead guilty. 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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Antitrust Conviction in Capacitor Case Leads to $60M fine
Antitrust Conviction in Capacitor Case Leads to $60M fine
A federal judge sentenced Nippon Chemi-Con to pay a $60M fine related to the company’s antitrust conviction. According to the Department of Justice, the company conspired to fix prices on electrolytic capacitors. The fine is the largest levied to date in the long-running antitrust probe. Electrolytic capacitors store electrical charges, filter frequencies and stabilize power supplies. They are used heavily in electronic devices.

In addition to the fine, the company must also complete five years of probation. During its probationary period, the company must produce and implement a compliance program. The company must also submit annual compliance reports to the Department of Justice.

Earlier this year, the company pleaded guilty to conspiracy to reduce competition among capacitor manufacturers. According to the Department of Justice, the conspiracy operated from 2001 to 2014. The Department of Justice charged the company with antitrust violations in October of last year in Northern California. Federal investigators say capacitor manufacturers agreed to specific sales targets for their products. The companies also took steps to conceal the conspiracy. The conspiracy involved price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation among the “competitive” companies.

To date, eight companies and 10 individual executives face or faced criminal charges in the probe. All eight companies pleaded guilty; collectively, they paid fines totaling $150M. Of the ten individuals, two defendants pleaded guilty. Eight executives remain under indictment. Four of the indicted executives worked for Nippon Chemi-Con.

California Antitrust lawyer


When you face criminal charges for anticompetitive practices, hire an experienced antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Having an experienced, aggressive attorney on your side is important in federal defense. Don’t assume that the government’s high conviction rate means that you have little chance of acquittal.

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 Suspect Added to FBI's Most Wanted List
Sex Crimes Suspect Added to FBI’s Most Wanted List
A man suspected of a series of sex crimes the Los Angeles area now has another problem. He’s the most recent addition to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted List.

Los Angeles authorities charged Greg Alyn Carlson, 46, in 2017 with a burglary and sexual assault. According to the FBI, evidence links Carlson to a series of sex crimes dating back to 2003. He posted bail following his September 2017 arrest and fled to the East Coast. He also visited a family home in South Carolina. While there, he acquired cash and a handgun, and stole a rental vehicle.

Law enforcement officials later spotted him in Alabama, during a police chase. Local authorities broke off the chase due to public safety concerns. He was also spotted most recently in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, FL. According to authorities, he was last known to be driving a 2017 white Hyundai Accent with South Carolina plates.

Los Angeles sex crimes attorney


When you face sexual offense charges, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Unlike other crimes, the penalties for sex offenses can last long after you have served the rest of your sentence.

Conviction for sex offenses in California most often requires registration as a sex offender, usually for life. Lifetime registration makes it difficult to put your conviction behind you. Requirements for sex offenders include regular contact with law enforcement through registration compliance checks. Failure to meet all requirements of registration could return you to prison.

Registered sex offenders often have difficulty finding work and housing, often because of their registry status. Don’t assume that you have no options when you’re facing charges for sexual offenses. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend, and see what a difference an experienced attorney can make.

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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Embezzlement Suspect May Have Stolen $1.2M
Embezzlement Suspect May Have Stolen $1.2M
A volunteer treasurer at a Long Beach merchant seamen’s organization faces charges of embezzlement. Investigators discovered that the man, a Certified Public Accountant, may have transferred as much as $375,000 from the organization. In addition, investigators believe the same man stole $875,000 from a youth soccer league in Anaheim.

Authorities arrested the suspect, a 64-year-old Placentia man, on September 6. He appeared in court on September 21 for arraignment. He faces 175 counts of felony forgery and 14 counts of grand theft. He also faces special allegations of excessive taking exceeding $200,000 and white-collar crimes exceeding $500,000. If convicted on all counts, the man could face as much as 130 years in prison.

Prior to his arrest, the man worked full-time as a financial reporting officer at the Port of Long Beach. Investigators say that the man stole nearly $900,000 over a six-year-period from the youth soccer organization. He worked there in a volunteer capacity from 2008 to 2014. In addition, they claim the man took another $375,000 from the merchant marine organization between August 2008 and November 2015. Detectives say that they have not recovered any of the stolen funds. They believe he sent the money to acquaintances in Central America.

A bookkeeper at the youth soccer organization initially discovered the suspected thefts, after noting discrepancies in the organization’s accounting. She attempted to contact the accountant in late 2014 to arrange for an early payroll for the Thanksgiving holidays. The man did not respond, so she logged into the organization’s accounts and discovered that it could not make payroll.

Investigators say that from August 2008 until his resignation in 2014, the man forged checks from the soccer league. In addition to bankrupting the youth soccer league, the man also emptied the account of the merchant marine organization. The suspect remains jailed without bail in Orange County. He will return to court on October 9 for a pre-trial hearing.

Long Beach Embezzlement Attorney


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

His 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 resolution to your case. Don’t rely on inexperience when your freedom is at stake.

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 Ring Snares Studio City Man
Fraud Ring Snares Studio City Man
A Studio City man was among 11 people arrested for their roles in a potentially dangerous medical treatment fraud. Authorities charged four doctors, two treatment facility employees and five others with conspiracy and fraud. They allege the doctors performed unnecessary surgeries to implant an experimental drug treatment in addiction patients.

According to investigators, the treatment facility owner and employee recruited recovering drug addicts. Doctors implanted a non-approved naltrexone “pellet” into the patients to manage symptoms of opioid addiction. The facility then billed insurance companies nearly $7 million in fees for the unauthorized, unapproved treatments. The facility owner used recovering drug addicts to recruit other addicts as patients.

The FDA has approved naltrexone in pill and injection form, but has not approved an implant for use in humans. Authorities say the unauthorized surgeries could have caused infections and allergic reactions among the patients. In addition, naltrexone is not effective for some types of addictions.

Investigators say the doctors, including a Rancho Palos Verdes resident, performed the surgeries for profit. In many cases, investigators say the doctors did not conduct proper medical exams before recommending the procedure. The treatment facility billed insurance companies an average of $40,000 per procedure. Based on the billing records, authorities believe the ring successfully targeted nearly 200 addicts before authorities intervened. The conspiracy operated largely in Orange County, which has seen significant growth in addiction treatment facilities. If convicted, the conspirators face between 10 and 43 years in state prison.

Studio City Fraud Lawyer


When you face fraud charges, hire an experienced fraud lawyer 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. For professionals, fraud allegations are very serious. In addition to jail time, a fraud conviction can result in the loss of your professional licensure.

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 resolution for your case. Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you will work directly with him on your defense.

Don’t assume that the prosecution’s case is strong, and don’t assume that you have no defense options. 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.

Identity theft plan goes awry for Chinese nationals
Identity theft plan goes awry for Chinese nationals
Two Chinese men face charges of identity theft following a series of high-dollar thefts in Orange County. Police allege that the pair cloned a Bank of China debit card belonging to a Chinese citizen living in China. Then, they made more than $400,000 in purchases at the South Coast Plaza mall.

According to investigators, the pair made purchases at Cartier, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels. The victim reported more than 40 unauthorized transactions on his account. In addition, the victim managed to move remaining cash out of his account and notify the police. Mall security observed the pair leaving the area in a car with a Nevada license plate. Using the information, investigators traced the car registration back to one of the suspects at a Nevada address.

Police also determined that the men obtained valid California driver licenses following their July visit to the South Coast Plaza mall. At the time of their arrest, the men shared an apartment in Los Angeles. Investigators compared the DMV photographs of the men to store surveillance images to identify the suspects. The suspects face federal charges in the matter.

Los Angeles identity theft attorney


When you face identity theft charges, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He takes cases in any federal circuit in the United States. He also takes cases in state courts in Southern California.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that isn’t a possibility, he will work toward the best possible resolution for your case. Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you will always work directly with him on your defense. He has a reputation as being an aggressive defender of his clients in court.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you can’t win in federal 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 case.

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Domestic violence arrest for AGT Finalist
Domestic violence arrest for AGT Finalist
Michael Ketterer, a finalist on “America’s Got Talent” will not face felony domestic violence charges following his arrest last week. Instead, Ketterer will take part in a diversion program designed to eliminate future domestic assault incidents. Police arrested Ketterer after he argued with his wife. Ketterer said the encounter with his wife was a “misunderstanding.”

Ketterer placed fifth among contestants on the most recent season of “America’s Got Talent” for his singing abilities. He had initially planned to participate in a Garth Brooks concert, but agreed to drop that engagement following his arrest.

The diversion program enables participants to come to the City Attorney’s Office to recount the details of the incident. Participants also receive advice on avoiding future conflicts. The City Attorney’s Office reserves the right to file criminal charges for a year following completion of the program. Participants can usually avoid charges if they successfully complete the program’s terms.

Police arrested Ketterer just one day after the AGT season finale. According to police, they responded to a domestic violence call at a Los Angeles hotel. When they arrived, they noted a red mark on Ketterer’s wife. His wife said at the time of the arrest that she did not want to pursue charges. The couple, who are from Knoxville, have one biological daughter and five adopted sons.

Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer


When you face domestic assault charges, or you’ve been arrested for a domestic assault, hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes domestic assault cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Domestic assault allegations can be devastating for both you and your family. In many cases, a simple argument spins out of control and the police respond. Many spouses or partners don’t want to press charges, but police must often arrest one party to reduce tensions. Rely on an experienced lawyer to help you navigate California’s domestic assault laws.

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 Charges for Two LAPD Officers
DUI Charges for Two LAPD Officers
A Los Angeles Police Department office pled not guilty toDUI. He also pled not guilty to a special allegation of having a blood-alcohol content of 0.2%. The charges are misdemeanors. In addition, an LAPD commander, also arrested at the same time, pled not guilty to one count of public intoxication. That charge is also a misdemeanor.

Officers arrested the pair in Glendale as they sat in an unmarked police vehicle. A video of the incident aired on a local television station in April. The intoxicated officers drew the attention of residents after one struck a parked Mercedes. Witnesses say the pair were unconscious when officers arrived at the scene.

The LAPD suspended both officers without pay, and they face additional disciplinary action. The officers will return to court on October 17 for a preliminary hearing.

Glendale DUI attorney


When you’ve been arrested for a DUI in LA, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. This case shows the impact even a misdemeanor arrest can have on your life. About two-thirds of drunk driving arrests in California result in misdemeanor charges. While misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, they can have a significant effect on you.

An arrest for intoxicated driving results in an immediate suspension of your driver’s license. This can be devastating, especially if your employment requires you to drive. In addition to facing jail time and fines, the court can also apply other sanctions. These could include driver retraining, expensive interlock devices, additional license suspensions and additional driving restrictions.

Your best defense strategy involves hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 30 years of experience and has defended thousands of Southern Californians. He takes the time to explain your circumstances and all of your options. He will also fight aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you can’t challenge the charges against 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 DUI case.

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Theft Suspect Makes Off With Lemons
Theft Suspect Makes Off With Lemons
Police arrested a Los Angeles man for the
theft of 800 pounds of lemons. According to police in Riverside County, an officer conducted a traffic stop. Inside the car, he discovered the enormous load of recently picked fruit.

Police arrested the suspect, a 69-year-old resident of Los Angeles. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office reports that has an active investigation into agricultural thefts. Deputies confiscated the stolen fruit, but did not indicate that they suspected the man in any other cases. They released the suspect on a $10,000 bond.

Los Angeles theft lawyer


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

Mr. Helfend has established a reputation as an aggressive, thorough criminal defense attorney, and will fight for your rights. 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 resolution for your case.

Avoiding felony convictions in California is important, given the state’s Three Strikes Law. A history of felony convictions can result in lengthened sentences, or even a life sentence, depending on your circumstances.

Felony convictions are exceptionally risky in California. While sentencing guidelines establish a set punishment for a conviction, the Three Strikes Law extends the sentence for repeat convictions. In addition to longer sentences, other sanctions – like fines – also increase. A third conviction for a violent felony can result in a life sentence, even for non-capital offenses.

Don’t allow yourself to be victimized by the system. Hire an experienced attorney with a proven record of aggressive criminal 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 theft case.

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