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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Domestic violence arrest for former NFL QB
Domestic violence arrest for former NFL QB
Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer faces a domestic violence charge following his arrest last week. According to news reports, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kramer following a violent confrontation with his wife.

Kramer’s wife claims that he threw numerous household objects at her during a verbal argument. He now faces a felony charge of corporal injury to a spouse. He was released on a $50,000 bond and also received a restraining order prohibiting contact with his wife and daughter.

Kramer played professionally with the Atlanta Falcons, the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears and the San Diego Chargers. He also played for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He retired from professional football midway through the 1999 season due to injuries. Kramer is a native of Encino, and played at Pierce College before transferring to NC State. He went undrafted, but the Atlanta Falcons signed him as a replacement player during the 1987 NFL players’ strike.

Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer


When you face spousal abuse charges, hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer 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.

Domestic abuse cases can wreak havoc on your life. Accusations can impact your personal and professional life, regardless of their accuracy. As your attorney, Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When you face felony charges, this is exceptionally important. California’s Three Strikes Law can impose substantially harsher penalties on you if you already have one or more felony convictions. Conviction for a third, violent felony can put you in prison for the rest of your life.

Don’t attempt to defend yourself in court, and don’t rely on an inexperienced lawyer. 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 domestic violence case.

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DUI Driver Charged in South LA Toddler's Death
DUI Driver Charged in South LA Toddler’s Death
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed manslaughter charges against a Gardena man following a DUI crash. The man lost control of his vehicle, jumped a curb, and struck a toddler and his mother as they walked down the street. The driver smashed into a home, and then backed up. He struck the child a second time as he attempted to leave the scene. The boy died later at a hospital.

Prosecutors charged him with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He also faces charges of driving under the influence and causing injury. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The driver had a 2006 conviction for arson. If convicted on the current charges, he faces as much as 25 years in prison. His next scheduled court date is July 11.

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When you face charges for a DUI in LA, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Prosecutors treat about two-thirds of drunk driving cases in California as misdemeanors. Serious injuries or deaths resulting from DUI accidents usually lead to felony charges. Felony charges can also arise from other circumstances, and they can have significant consequences.

Do not attempt to defend yourself in a drunk driving case. At the same time, don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to produce a positive outcome for your case. Your very best strategy when fighting a drunk driving charge is to hire an experienced attorney.

An aggressive attorney will fight for your rights and freedoms. DUI convictions can lead to a number of consequences, including jail time, fines, driving restrictions, driver retraining, expensive interlock devices and more. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to fight for you, and don’t go it alone.

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 at Santa Monica Jewelry Store Leads to Charges
Theft at Santa Monica Jewelry Store Leads to Charges
Santa Monica police arrested a man in connection with a theft at a jewelry store in that city in February. According to police, the suspect entered the store holding an unknown device. He ordered a store employee to give him merchandise, which he dropped before leaving the store. Then, he left the store and fled in a nearby vehicle. While driving away, he hit several vehicles and injured one person.

Because the police did not know the nature of the device he held, they evacuated the surrounding neighborhood following the incident. The suspect left the device by his disabled SUV and fled the area on foot. Closer inspection by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad showed that it was not an explosive device.

Using evidence from the crash, detectives identified the prime suspect and got a warrant for his arrest. Prosecutors charged him with attempted robbery, grand theft, making criminal threats, malicious possession of a false bomb, false imprisonment and hit and run causing injury. He remains in custody but was given a $170,000 bail.

Santa Monica theft lawyer


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

Your best defense strategy is to hire an aggressive criminal defense attorney. An experienced defense attorney will work hard to ensure that your rights are preserved throughout the judicial process. Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is important, especially in California, where a history of felony convictions can impact future cases.

Don’t settle for an attorney with no experience or one who won’t fight for your rights. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County theft case.

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Drug Possession Convictions in SF Reduced Automatically
Drug Possession Convictions in SF Reduced Automatically
Earlier this year, San Francisco’s District Attorney announced an unusual new partnership with Code for America. The company will develop software to automatically petition the courts to reduce eligible drug possession convictions. Under Proposition 64, persons previously convicted of certain drug possession offenses could petition the court to clear their convictions.

The new software will examine a person’s eligibility, then produce the required forms and generate a standard motion for the court. The process will impact about 5,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1975. It will also examine another 3,000 misdemeanor convictions under Proposition 64. Those convictions will then be dismissed and sealed.

The goal of the program is to eliminate criminal convictions that may keep people from finding jobs and housing. In Los Angeles, people with eligible convictions currently must petition the court directly for relief. According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, it prosecuted more than 40,000 potentially eligible cases since 1993.

SF District Attorney George Gasçon said that reviewing and eliminating convictions is resource intensive. That led him to look for ways to automate the process of review and petitioning. Code For America says it will extend the process to other California counties. It hopes to eliminate 250,000 eligible convictions by next year.

Los Angeles Drug Possession Lawyer


Proposition 64 presents an exceptional opportunity for some Californians with prior convictions. When you want to explore options for clearing a prior drug conviction, hire an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

If you’re one of the 40,000 or more individuals in Los Angeles County that may be eligible for relief under Proposition 64, then it makes sense to take advantage of this opportunity to clear your criminal record. You don’t have to wait for the system to find you. You can have your case reviewed and potentially cleared with the help of an experienced drug possession lawyer.

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 Leimert Park Homicides
Murder Suspect Arrested in Leimert Park Homicides
Los Angeles authorities arrested a woman suspected of committing a triple murder in Leimert Park last month. According to investigators, the woman was a houseguest of one of the victims. Authorities say she killed the man and his elderly parents, after his mother asked the woman to move out.

The victims included Phillip White, a retired probation officer, his mother and her husband. White suffered from multiple sclerosis. Because of his disability, his mother acted as his legal guardian. One of White’s sons discovered the scene, after failing to make contact with his father numerous times. The son went to his father’s house to investigate and saw his father’s body through a window. The victims suffered blunt force trauma. White and his mother also had gunshot wounds.

Police arrested the houseguest a day after the bodies were found. Investigators identified her as a “material witness” and arrested her shortly thereafter. Initially, they did not call her a suspect, but indicated that they were concerned for her safety.

Investigators said that nothing appeared to have been taken from the house, noting that valuables and keys remained untouched. White lived in the house for more than 40 years. According to friends of the victim, the victim and suspect knew each other. The suspect recently sought White’s assistance with temporary housing. She intended to move to Las Vegas, but suddenly changed her plans and refused to leave White’s house. Investigators did not say what may have prompted the victim to turn on her host.

The suspect will return to court for arraignment next month. She faces three counts of first-degree murder and special allegation of multiple murders. Prosecutors have not yet determined whether to seek the death penalty in this case.

Leimert Park murder lawyer


Without exception, homicide is the most serious charge you can face in the State of California. California prosecutors can seek the death penalty, depending on the circumstances of the case. Although California hasn’t executed a prisoner in more than a decade, the death penalty is still a very real threat. More than 700 inmates currently await execution; Los Angeles County juries assign the death penalty more than any other county. When you face homicide charges, hire an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He takes murder cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Prosecutors approach homicide cases aggressively, so you need an aggressive defense attorney to counter. Today’s newspapers are full of stories about people who have spent decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Inevitably, convictions result from overzealous prosecutions and incomplete or incompetent investigations. Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight 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 murder case.

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Sex crimes spree lands Whittier man in prison
Sex crimes spree lands Whittier man in prison
A Whittier man pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving minors. Following his guilty plea, a judge sentenced him to 11 years in prison. According to investigators, the man lured a teen into his vehicle by offering to take her to a coffee shop. Instead, the man drove the teen to a local motel and assaulted her.

He also admitted to separately luring two other local teens into his car, parked at Sierra Vista High School. In each case, he drove the teens to a local motel and assaulted them. The victims reported the incidents to school personnel. Police identified the man as a suspect and took him into custody following a traffic stop. The incidents took place in 2015 and 2016, and the suspect has been in police custody since the time of his arrest.

The suspect is a registered sex offender. His original conviction dates back to 2008 and records indicate that he was categorized at a high risk to reoffend.

Whittier sex crimes lawyer


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

Many defense attorneys won’t take sex offender cases. Juries may identify sympathetically with victims or witnesses, making the defense attorney’s job very difficult. Some attorneys don’t want to be known for defending sex offenders.

It’s important to remember, however, that every person in the United States has a right to effective representation. An accusation isn’t a conviction. Accusations must be proven in court to the satisfaction of a judge and jury. A strong defense begins with a prepared, aggressive attorney who isn’t afraid to ask hard questions and demand evidence. A good attorney will also challenge the evidence presented against his clients.

Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight 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 sex crimes case.

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Embezzlement Plea for Union Secretary
Embezzlement Plea for Union Secretary
A former secretary for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers pleaded guilty to embezzlement. A federal judge in Los Angeles sentenced the woman to probation and restitution in the case.

She pleaded guilty in January to improperly taking more than $34,000 from the union over a 14-month period. During that time, she collected dues and maintained membership records for union members. Prior to being sentenced, the woman repaid all but $4,800 to the union.

As part of her sentence, she received two years of probation and a requirement to make full restitution. She also agreed not to seek work with any union in any capacity for 13 years. Federal prosecutors recommended the two year probationary sentence, including six months of home detention. The judge declined to include home detention as part of the sentence.

Los Angeles embezzlement lawyer


This case demonstrates the importance of alternative sentencing in theft cases. When you face charges involving theft from your employer, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal courtroom defense experience and takes cases in any federal circuit. He also takes cases in California state courts in Southern California.

In some cases, a conviction is likely, or a client wishes to make a plea deal. An experienced attorney will use the opportunity to limit the impact of the plea on his client. Alternative sentencing can allow defendants to take actions that both restore the victim and repay their social debts. Especially in cases where the victim suffers monetary damages, alternative sentences offer the best possibility of full restitution.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight for the best outcome 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 In San Fernando Valley Leads to Indictment
Fraud In San Fernando Valley Leads to Indictment
Five people face health care fraud charges, following their indictments last month. According to investigators, operators of two clinics created a scheme to defraud insurance providers. The clinic operators offered certain elective procedures not covered by insurance in exchange for patients’ insurance information. A former health insurance investigator also participated in the scheme.

Following the procedures, the clinic operators billed insurance companies for covered services that patients never received. The clinic also offered discounts on future procedures to cooperative patients based on the fraudulent billings. The insurance investigator provided clinic operators with confidential information about one targeted insurance company. The insurance investigator also helped the conspirators avoid detection and steered other investigators away from the clinics. Additionally, the investigator tipped clinic operators that federal authorities were investigating their billing practices.

Federal authorities say that the clinic overbilled several insurance companies for more than $20M in services under the scheme. They received payment for $8M for phony services. The conspiracy involved residents of Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Panorama City and North Hills.

Each defendant faces one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and 13 counts of healthcare fraud. Each charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison upon conviction.

Los Angeles fraud attorney


Fraudulent healthcare billing can be tempting because it can produce significant financial rewards. That also makes it very interesting to federal investigators. When you face charges of healthcare fraud, or fraud of any type, hire an experienced fraud 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. He also takes cases in both federal and state courts.

Your best defense strategy is to work with an aggressive attorney who is not afraid the challenge the prosecution’s case against you. Your attorney must fight every prosecutorial claim, especially when co-defendants have an incentive to testify against you in court.

Don’t settle for a timid attorney, or one who would rather settle than fight. 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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