Identity Theft Charge For DMV Employee
Identity Theft Charge For DMV Employee
A California Department of Motor Vehicles employee faces identity theft charges. Authorities accused the Sacramento woman of using DMV records to fabricate identities.

According to police, the woman used information in DMV records to open bank accounts and obtain lines of credit. Investigators say the woman obtained nearly $20,000 in credit from Wells Fargo Bank.

In addition, federal authorities have charged the woman’s live-in companion in connection with the scheme. Investigators say the pair used DMV records and stolen mail to target victims.

With her accomplice’s help, the woman used DMV records to research victims. The DMV computer system tracks user activity, so investigators were able to link the woman to illicit record searches. The defendants each face 18 federal counts of aggravated identity theft, bank fraud and possession of stolen mail.

This case comes at a bad time for the DMV. The agency is still reeling from another federal investigation into employee misconduct there. Federal investigators say DMV employees accepted money to alter agency records for commercial driver license test results. As the result of that scheme, the DMV issued hundreds of fraudulent commercial driver licenses to unqualified truck drivers.

Los Angeles Identity Theft Lawyer


Federal authorities treat dentity related crimes seriously. Investigators pay special attention to identity theft because it often reveals broader criminal activity. When you face identity theft charges, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes cases in both federal and state courts. He will fight aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. 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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Domestic Violence Not Just A Family Affair
Domestic Violence Not Just A Family Affair
The recent resignation of White House staff secretary Robert Porter shows that domestic violence is often more than just a family matter. Porter, who assumed the position of President Trump’s staff secretary on January 20, 2017 resigned recently. He left the White House after stories of Porter’s alleged domestic assaults became public.

Porter’s former wives both publicly detailed domestic assault incidents that occurred during their marriages to Porter. While working in the White House, Porter received only provisional security credentials, due to the assault allegations.

The White House counsel, Donald McGahn and Chief of Staff John Kelly have been criticized for not ousting Porter sooner. Presidential tweets following the disclosure of the alleged assaults appeared to support Porter. That support has drawn sharp criticism from politicians on both sides of the aisle, the media and survivors of domestic abuse. In addition, the White House has issued numerous clarifications regarding its knowledge of Porter’s background.

Porter said he told White House officials about the allegations when he assumed the staff secretary position. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it informed the White House of Porter’s abuse complaints in written reports in March, July and November 2017. In September, the White House informed Porter that his security clearance was denied, due to a violent crime allegation. Key White House personnel, including McGahn and Kelly, steadfastly denied knowing about Porter’s abuse history until last week.

Los Angeles domestic violence attorney


If the Porter story illustrates anything, it’s that domestic abuse complaints, verified or otherwise, can have serious and long-lasting impacts on every facet of your life. When you face domestic abuse charges, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in domestic violence defense. He will fight aggressively for your rights and freedoms. Don’t attempt to navigate California’s domestic assault laws on your own. Work with a knowledgeable, experienced attorney at 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 domestic violence case.

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DUI Defense: The Tesla Was Driving
DUI Defense: The Tesla Was Driving
A San Francisco man who passed out behind the wheel on the Bay Bridge faces
DUI charges, despite a novel defense. According to the man, his Tesla was driving itself.

The driver’s blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. The Tesla offers an autopilot feature, which allows the car to drive itself. Unfortunately for the driver, the car’s self-driving capability isn’t likely to shield him from a drunk driving charge. Regardless of whether the car is in autopilot mode, the operator is still considered the “driver.”

Los Angeles DUI Lawyer


There are a few defenses for drunk driving in California, but self-driving cars don’t offer any safe haven for impaired drivers. When you face a DUI in LA, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Most Californians with a drunk driving arrest face misdemeanor charges. Don’t assume, however, that a misdemeanor is “no big deal.” Drunk driving arrests have an immediate impact on your ability to drive without restrictions. That’s because the Department of Motor Vehicles will immediately suspend your driver’s license following a drunk driving arrest.

That suspension is administrative. The criminal process, which takes place over a longer period of time, may impose further suspensions or other restrictions. In addition, you can face jail time, fines, driver retraining requirements, and other driving restrictions.

In addition, California imposes additional, increasing stricter penalties for repeat drunk driving offenses. Outside of the legal and administrative penalties you could face, a drunk driving conviction can affect your employment and insurance rates.

When you face criminal drunk driving charges, hire an experienced lawyer who can help you navigate the DUI 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 DUI case.

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Drug possession Convictions Wiped Out in SF
Drug possession Convictions Wiped Out in SF
San Francisco’s District Attorney will retroactively expunge about 8,000 drug possession convictions dating back to 1975. The convictions in question involve possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. The action falls under Proposition 64, which voters passed last year. The measure decriminalized personal possession of marijuana. The District Attorney’s office is reviewing nearly 5,000 felony convictions and more than 3,000 misdemeanor convictions.

Proposition 64 did not require county court systems to review or dismiss old marijuana convictions, but San Francisco has chosen to proceed with the automatic dismissal of qualifying convictions it obtained over the last 43 years.

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom supports the move and hopes that other California counties will take the lead. Even if counties do not pursue a policy of automatic review of old convictions, individuals can seek relief under the law. Despite the relief available, only about 5,000 Californians have sought to have their convictions dismissed under the law. San Francisco’s District Attorney speculates the cost and lack of information about the law prevent more people from seeking relief.

Regardless of whether an old conviction is a misdemeanor or a felony, eliminating convictions can yield positive benefits. According to San Francisco’s District Attorney, marijuana convictions disproportionately affected black and Latino defendants. Despite statistics showing that whites, blacks and Latinos consume marijuana proportionally, blacks and Latinos have a much higher conviction rate. This can lead to difficulty in finding or keeping meaningful employment. Higher incarceration rates also have negative effects on black and Latino families.

Los Angeles drug possession attorney


When you have a drug possession conviction on your record, your options for employment may be limited. An experienced drug possession attorney can help you apply for and get relief under Proposition 64.

Don’t allow a prior conviction for an offense that is no longer illegal continue to harm your well-being. 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 Suspect Arrested in Alhambra
Murder Suspect Arrested in Alhambra
Police arrested a man suspected of murder after finding a body in the backyard of an Alhambra home. Last month, officers responded to reports of a body in the backyard of a South Sierra Vista home. They investigated and found the partially hidden bloodied body of a man who lived at the home. Witnesses said the suspect beat the man to death with a pipe.

Police located the suspect nearby. He had tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide. First responders transported him to the hospital for treatment and he survived. Detectives say the suspect killed the victim because he believed that the man was having an affair with his wife.

Upon entering the home, detectives discovered that someone had illegally subdivided the home into eight small bedrooms. The garage had been divided into three separate living spaces and rented to Chinese immigrants. Four of the residents were home at the time of the altercation.

In addition to homicide charges, the man also faces charges of domestic violence, making criminal threats and a sexual offense.

Alhambra murder attorney


When you face murder charges, you face the most serious criminal action in the State of California. Hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Homicide charges literally put your life at stake. In California, a first degree murder charge can result in the death penalty. You can also receive a life sentence with or without parole.

Your attorney must be able to fight aggressively for your rights in court. Some lawyers don’t want to put in the time it takes to build a solid defense. Robert Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in California courtrooms, and knows what it takes to defend his clients.

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. Don’t rely on inexperience to save 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 murder case.
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Antitrust Case Proceeds Against Bid Rigging Trio
Antitrust Case Proceeds Against Bid Rigging Trio
Two of three San Francisco area defendants have pleaded guilty to
antitrust violations. Two consultants, who worked for Expert Networking Consultants, used their positions to direct California state software bids. A third person, who worked at a larger company, fed information to the consultants about upcoming contracts. In exchange for the information, the consultants gave the third conspirator expensive wines.

In most of the affected cases, the software contracts had a value of less than $250,000. Based on the contract value, some state departments needed to collect only two bids prior to making a purchase. Using the information, the consultants would create proposals, then encourage other consultants at the firm to submit fake, non-competitive bids. The fake bids made the consultants’ bids look more attractive.

According to investigators, the scheme, which operated between 2008 and 2012, netted 40 state contracts worth $3 million. The scheme also enabled the consultants to inflate their profits by 2% per contract. Affected state departments included the Employment Development Department, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Justice and also the Department of Insurance.

The two consultants pleaded guilty in federal court and are awaiting sentencing. They each face up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The third conspirator has not yet reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, so they are moving forward with the criminal case against her.

California antitrust lawyer


When you face price fixing, bid rigging or market allocation charges, hire an experienced antitrust lawyer to defend you. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes federal and state cases, and will fight aggressively for you.

Your best defense strategy in federal court is to have an experienced federal attorney by your side. Federal prosecutors rarely try cases they’re not certain to win, and the pressure to plea bargain is enormous. That doesn’t mean you can’t prevail in court, but you need an attorney who will fight aggressively 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 antitrust case.

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Sex Crimes Case To Proceed Against Former LAPD Officer
Sex Crimes Case To Proceed Against Former LAPD Officer
A former LAPD officer will soon face sex crimes charges following a plea deal in another case. Prosecutors accuse the former officer of sexually abusing a 15-year-old female in the LAPD’s cadet program.

The officer pleaded no contest to manufacturing illegal weapons in a case in San Bernardino County. The plea deal will allow prosecutors in Los Angeles County to proceed with the sex crimes case. San Bernardino officials kept the former officer in their custody pending a resolution to the weapons case.

Los Angeles officials arrested the former officer as part of an investigation into the LAPD’s cadet program. The investigation revealed theft of police equipment and other irregularities involving minors in the program.

Last year, prosecutors charged the former officer with multiple sex crimes involving minors. While investigating the sexual abuse claims, officers searched the man’s home and found a cache of nearly 100 weapons. The man had illegally modified some of the weapons.

The former officer has not yet entered a plea to the sexual abuse charges. Prior to his arrest, the man had served as an LAPD officer for ten years. In addition to the sexual offenses, police believe that the former officer helped cadets take LAPD vehicles and other equipment. The cadets crashed or abandoned the vehicles around the city.

Los Angeles sex crimes attorney


Sex crimes convictions have long lasting consequences. When you face a sex crimes charge, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. He has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, and takes sex offense cases.

Unlike other crimes, a sex crimes conviction doesn’t go away. Lifetime sex offender registration awaits most people with a sexual offense on their criminal records. Along with that will come restrictions on where you can work, live and travel. It may include restrictions on Internet usage and social media usage. Registration can cause damage to family and social relationships, too. You’ll also be required to report where you live, usually for the rest of your life.

When you face charges for a sex-related offense, don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to fight the charges.

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 charge for barred Irvine advisor
Securities fraud charge for barred Irvine advisor
A former Irvine financial advisor faces charges of securities fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission barred the man after he failed to respond to their inquiries. The man currently has three complaints pending against him. According to the SEC, the man used client funds to pay for his personal expenses, as well as luxury items. He also used the funds to pay staff members and make home improvements.

Investigators say that more than 2 dozen clients invested their funds with the man over a period of four years. Initially, family members of the man tipped regulators to suspicious activity on their accounts. FINRA regulators inquired into the activity, but the man did not respond to the agency’s questions. They barred the man from offering financial services in September 2016.

The man and his Chief Operating Officer directed client funds from a real estate investment vehicle that they had previously promoted. The men told investors that the fund would be used to secure and flip distressed residential real estate. They also told investors that their compensation would be capped at a specific amount. Instead, the men transferred most of the investor funds to their personal accounts.

The trust initially purchased and resold a handful of California properties. Instead of returning the profits to the investment fund, the men transferred the money to themselves. The men jointly owned a construction firm, which was paid to make improvement to the men’s homes. Most investors received no return, and many lost their principal investments.

The SEC has filed two counts of securities fraud and a single count of operating an unregistered broker-dealer against the man. The COO also faces a single count of securities fraud and one count of aiding and abetting securities fraud. Federal authorities have not yet filed criminal charges in the case.

Los Angeles securities fraud lawyer


When you face securities fraud charges, hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtrooms. He takes cases in both federal and state courts.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will work aggressively to get the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t attempt to defend yourself in a federal prosecution. 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 securities fraud case.

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Los Angeles Judge Sentences Woman for Embezzlement
Los Angeles Judge Sentences Woman for Embezzlement
A federal judge in Los Angeles sentenced a Riverside woman to one year in prison for embezzlement. The woman served as the general manager at Pacific Forge and took more than $1.5 million from her employer. The judge could have sentenced her to 20 years in prison. She pleaded guilty last September to one count of mail fraud related to the case.

According to prosecutors, the woman served as the company’s accountant, and had signing authority for the company’s checks. Over a period of a decade, the woman used the Fontana company’s checkbook to pay her personal expenses. The woman was authorized to write checks for less than $5,000. She used false accounting entries to make it appear as though the checks were mailed to vendors.

The former employee pleaded guilty to a single charge of writing a check to pay her personal American Express bill. Company records show, however, that she wrote more than 300 fraudulent checks. The woman admitted to using company funds to pay her mortgage, personal income tax payments, vehicle repair bills and other expenses. As part of the sentence, she forfeited $160,000 that she had used to pay a mortgage on her Riverside home.

Los Angeles Embezzlement Attorney


When you face charges for employment related crimes, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense and will fight aggressively for you. 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.

Embezzlement often takes place over a long period of time. When the theft is not readily detected, the amount of the embezzlement can grow significantly. It’s a serious crime, but in most cases, the victims prefer restitution over punishment. Judges know that most defendants need the opportunity to work in order to make restitution payments. A good defense attorney can use this to seek a shorter jail term.

Don’t settle for a defense attorney who won’t 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 embezzlement case.

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Fraud Scheme Lands Long Beach Hospital Owner In Jail
Fraud Scheme Lands Long Beach Hospital Owner In Jail
The former owner of the Pacific Hospital in Long Beach will spend the next five years in federal prison. Michael Drobot, 73, of Long Beach billed the government $600 million in a long-running insurance fraud scheme. According to prosecutors, Drobot paid more than $40 million in kickbacks to doctors for phony patient referrals. He then billed state and federal workers’ compensation programs for surgeries and other medical treatments.

The case also netted at least eight other people connected to the scam, including a former state representative. Ronald Calderon is currently incarcerated for accepting bribes from Drobot to promote favorable insurance legislation. In addition to the jail term, Drobot must also forfeit more than $10 million in fines related to the scheme.

Long Beach Fraud Lawyer


When you face fraud charges, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience and has defended thousands of Southern Californians. He takes cases in both federal and state courts.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you will work directly with him on your defense. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.

Federal fraud prosecutions are serious, and federal prosecutors are aggressive. You need an attorney who will fight just as aggressively for you in court. Whether you face charges in federal or state court, you need an attorney with the experience it takes to stand up to a zealous prosecution.

Don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself, and don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney. The right attorney can really make a difference in the outcome of 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 fraud case.

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