Securities Fraud Charges for Ukrainian Men
Securities Fraud Charges for Ukrainian Men
Federal authorities have charged two Ukrainian men with securities fraud for hacking the Securities and Exchange Commission computer network. According to the SEC, the men used the stolen data to make trades.

Both men, from Kiev, face charges of securities fraud, wire fraud, computer fraud and conspiracy. According to investigators, the men stole non-public corporate filings, then made trades over a period of months using the information.

The SEC also filed a civil complaint against the men and 7 other entities, including Hong Kong and Belize corporations. The other defendants hail from Russia and South Korea. Some of the individuals named in the suit were also sued in 2015 for similar activities. The SEC estimates that the men in the current indictment made more than $4 million in profits. The individuals in the 2015 indictment may have collected more than $30 million.

Both men remain at large. If they are tried and convicted, the men could face as much as 20 years in prison. They could also face fines of $250,000 or double the illegally gained profits.

Federal securities fraud attorney


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

Government prosecutors are aggressive and well-funded. Faced with the prospect of providing a cripplingly expensive defense, many defendants simply choose to plead guilty. A guilty plea isn’t always the best strategy for federal charges.

By including an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney in your strategy, you can fight the charges against you. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best option.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement Lands Former Pasadena Employee in Prison
Embezzlement Lands Former Pasadena Employee in Prison
A former analyst for the Pasadena Department of Public Works will spend 14 years in prison for embezzlement. A jury convicted Danny Wooten of 53 felony counts, including conflict of interest, embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds.

According to investigators, Wooten awarded city contracts to a firm that conspired to steal city funds. A local electrical contractor received a sentence of seven years. The judge ordered both men to pay restitution. Wooten must return nearly $3.7 million to the City of Pasadena. The contractor must pay $900,000 in restitution.

Investigators say that Wooten embezzled more than $6 million from the city over a decade. To transfer funds, he created more than 300 phony invoices to the city’s underground utility program, which he managed. More than half of that money went to the contractor. The contractor then returned money to Wooten in the form of cashier’s checks to him. The contractor also made payments to two churches affiliated with Wooten. Investigators say that it’s not clear that the churches actually received the funds. Wooten collected the checks made out to the churches, then deposited them into his personal accounts.

Pasadena embezzlement lawyer


When you face charges related to workplace theft, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal defense experience. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He has defended thousands of Californians and is recognized as one of the best defense lawyers in the Los Angeles area.

Your best defense involves working with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply works hard to build a solid, aggressive defense. 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 you.

Don’t rely on inexperience and don’t attempt to represent yourself! 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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Sylmar Man Faces Charges For Recycling Fraud
Sylmar Man Faces Charges For Recycling Fraud
A Sylmar man, along with two Arizona residents, face charges of fraud for a recycling scam. According to investigators, the men tried to import recyclable beverage containers from Arizona to collect the deposit.

Following a five-month investigation, authorities seized nearly 30,000 pounds of recyclable containers in Phoenix from trucks bound for California. The men would have netted more than $40,000 had they successfully delivered that shipment of containers. Over the course of three years, the men collected more than $16M from the recycling program. According to the California Department of Justice, the men operated the trucking company solely to defraud California’s recycling program.

The company’s owner and a truck driver face recycling fraud, conspiracy and grand theft charges in California. In addition, the Sylmar man, who acted as a broker, also faces charges. California’s recycling program is publicly funded. Only cans and bottles sold in California may be redeemed here. If convicted, the men could spend as much as three years in prison. They could also be required to pay restitution and fines.

This is not the first time California and Arizona authorities have worked together to eliminate recycling fraud. In 2017, investigators arrested two Arizona men for importing $20,000 in recyclables to California. They have also broken up recycling scams from Nevada and Washington State.

Sylmar fraud attorney


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

Fraud is a financial crime, but authorities vigorously pursue crimes against public entities. Your best defense in a case like this is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. An aggressive, experienced attorney can help you navigate the criminal justice system and provide reliable legal advice.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best bet. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County fraud case.

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Identity Theft Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
Identity Theft Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
A Hawthorne man accused of deliberately driving his family off of a pier pleaded not guilty to federal charges. According to authorities, the man intended to collect life insurance proceeds on the victims. The man faces at least two dozen federal charges, including identity theft, mail fraud and wire fraud. He also faces charges of money laundering.

The man, who is a citizen of Egypt, was not in the United States legally. He purchased the insurance policies in 2015. Shortly thereafter, he drove his partner and their two youngest children off a pier at the Port of Los Angeles. He escaped the vehicle by swimming out of the open driver’s window. Local fishermen saved the man’s girlfriend, who did not know how to swim.

The two children in the car, aged 8 and 13, drowned. The man then collected more than $250,000 in life insurance proceeds. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office declined to bring murder charges against the man. According to the DA’s Office, there was insufficient evidence that the man deliberately drove the car into the water.

Federal authorities lack jurisdiction to bring murder charges in the case. However, if convicted, the man could spend the rest of his life in prison. The judge in the case denied the man bail, saying he poses a flight risk. He also poses a threat to his girlfriend and his remaining child, on whom he continues to maintain life insurance policies.

Los Angeles Identity Theft Lawyer


Identity theft is both a state and federal crime. Either court can bring these charges against you. When you face identity-related crimes, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes both state and federal identity crimes cases. In state courts, he takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He takes federal cases in every circuit in the United States.

Don’t settle for 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 identity theft case.

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Domestic Violence Charge Dropped Against Former 49ers LB
Domestic Violence Charge Dropped Against Former 49ers LB
Authorities in Tampa, FL dropped domestic violence charges against former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster. The 49ers dropped Foster just one day after news of his arrest surfaced.

Foster planned to appear in court on the misdemeanor charges on January 3, but instead, prosecutors dropped the charges. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred two days after Thanksgiving. Foster and his girlfriend were in Tampa for the 49ers-Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game. According to initial reports, Foster struck his girlfriend at the team’s hotel, and knocked a phone from her hands.

The woman previously alleged that Foster assaulted her, then recanted her statements to authorities. She admitted that she lied when she accused Foster of the first assault in February 2018. At the time, she said that she was angry that Foster wanted to break up with her. Her first allegation led to felony assault and weapons charges against Foster. Authorities later dropped those charges when the woman changed her testimony.

The woman also admitted that she had spent time in jail for falsely accusing another man of domestic violence. The Washington Redskins claimed Foster off of waivers after the 49ers released him. Foster, who played college football at the University of Alabama, was the 49ers first-round draft pick in 2017.

Los Angeles domestic violence attorney


When you face charges of domestic assault, your first move should be to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He has defended thousands of Californians and takes domestic assault defense cases.

A lot goes into a domestic assault allegation. As in this case, things may not always be as they seem. An aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the criminal justice system.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When this isn’t possible, he will work toward the best available outcome for your case.

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 domestic violence case.

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DUI Arrests Top 1,100 For New Year's Holiday Period
DUI Arrests Top 1,100 For New Year’s Holiday Period
According to the California Highway Patrol, police agencies made 1,140 New Year’s holiday DUI arrests this year. Between December 28, 2018 and January 2, 2019 the agency says that 32 people in vehicles and four pedestrians died in DUI crashes.

Compared to the 2018 New Year’s holiday period, the number of arrests increased by nearly 22%. The CHP noted that the 2019 New Year’s holiday period was one day longer than in 2018. When accounting for the increased length of the 2019 holiday period, arrests increased this year by 1.3%.

On average, police agencies in California arrested 190 people per day on suspicion of drunk driving in 2019. That compares to an average of 187 arrests per day in 2018.

Los Angeles County did see a significant decrease in the number of drunk driving deaths over the holiday period. This year, one person died as the result of a DUI in LA. In 2018, 6 people lost their lives in drunk driving crashes over the New Year’s holiday.

Los Angeles DUI Lawyer


When you face charges of drunk driving, hire an experienced, aggressive DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense cases. He has defended thousands of Californians in drunk driving cases.

Most drunk driving cases results in misdemeanor charges in California. How the prosecutor charges you depends entirely on the circumstances of your case. The prosecutor can choose to pursue felony charges against you based on a number of factors. These could include whether injuries occurred, a past history of drunk driving, and your blood-alcohol content among others.

Because the consequences of a drunk driving conviction can be so serious, your best approach to an arrest is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend will guide you through the entire legal process and help you to make the best choices regarding your future.

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 charge for LA man in Ventura OD
Drug possession charge for LA man in Ventura OD
A Los Angeles man faces drug possession charges following a non-fatal overdose in Ventura County. According to investigators, a Ventura County resident overdosed on heroin last fall. The overdose did not result in the resident’s death, but did require medical intervention to prevent death.

Investigators determined that a Los Angeles resident was the source of the heroin. The man sold large quantities of heroin and methamphetamine in Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Detectives observed the man for more than two months before arresting him.

After obtaining a search warrant for the man, his house and his car, authorities located him in Van Nuys. Following the search, investigators recovered 27 pounds of methamphetamine, a pound of heroin, more than 100 Vicodin pills and Ecstasy. In addition, they found four handguns, a bulletproof vest and a large amount of cash. He faces charges of 6 drug-related felonies, two weapons related felonies, and 54 special allegations. He remains jailed on a $500,000 bond and returns to court on January 31 for matters related to his case.

Los Angeles drug possession attorney


When you face charges for possession of narcotics or other drug crimes, hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. In that time he has defended thousands of Californians facing a wide range of charges.

Mr. Helfend manages every case personally. That ensures you’ll always have the full benefit of his experience. It also means that your case won’t be handed off to a junior attorney. You’ll always work directly with Mr. Helfend on your defense. He will help you navigate the complexities of the California criminal justice system.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County drug possession case.
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Murder Charge For Whittier Man
Murder Charge For Whittier Man
The Los Angeles County District Attorney charged a Whittier man with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend. According to police, the man struck his girlfriend with a wrench, killing her. He then wrapped the woman’s body in plastic and left in in the back seat of his car.

The victim’s co-workers became concerned when she stopped showing up for work. They requested that the Sheriff perform a welfare check on her. Deputies spoke with a relative who was babysitting the victim’s child. The relative reported that the woman had left several days earlier and had not returned.

Sheriff’s deputies then discovered the woman’s body in the car, which was parked outside the couple’s home. Police said that the woman died on December 30. Authorities found her body on January 5.

The coroner said that the victim died from multiple blunt-force traumatic injuries to her head. The couple lived together and had one child. The child is now staying with relatives.

If convicted, the man faces 26 years to life in prison. He remains jailed on a $2M bond. He will return to court on February 25, 2019 for matters related to his case.

Whittier murder attorney


California law provides the death penalty option for first degree homicide convictions. That means your life is literally at stake when you face homicide charges. Although the state has not executed a prisoner in more than a decade, people can still receive a death sentence. Today, nearly 750 Californians live on death row, and that number continues to rise.

When you face homicide charges, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He has defended thousands of Californians, and takes cases in Los Angeles County. Having the right attorney makes a major difference in a homicide case. Los Angeles juries grant the death penalty more frequently than jurors in any other county in the United States.

Mr. Helfend has built a reputation as an aggressive criminal defense attorney. He will fight 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 regardless of the charges.

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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Antitrust Charges Against Freight Execs Net Guilty Pleas
Antitrust Charges Against Freight Execs Net Guilty Pleas
Two executives agreed to plead guilty to antitrust violations for their role in fixing prices on freight forwarding services. Freight forwarders offer services designed to streamline the international shipping process. They find the most efficient shipping routes, and seek the best rates by consolidating cargo from multiple shippers.

Federal authorities arrested the two men last summer following an investigation into the company’s practices. The company, which has offices throughout the southeast US, worked with Honduran shippers to fix prices for services. The company’s owner is a Honduran national. According to investigators, the company conspired with the shippers to raise prices on freight services. The company paid commissions based on which US ports goods entered. Investigators discovered that the group documented the illegal scheme in emails to group members. In the emails, the CEO acknowledged that the group’s actions violated US antitrust laws. He also coached members of the group to avoid leaving written documentation of their anticompetitive activities.

As part of the guilty plea, the company’s CEO and the manager admitted their roles in the scheme. In addition, the pair will pay a criminal fine and cooperate with authorities on other aspects of the investigation. Authorities initially said that the scheme operated between 2014 and 2015. They later said that the anticompetitive agreement may have begun in 2010 or earlier.

Federal antitrust lawyer


When you face federal 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 criminal defense cases in any circuit in the United States.

Federal prosecutors are aggressive and will pursue charges and convictions relentlessly. That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive federal criminal defense attorney on your side.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you will work directly with him on your case. While many federal defendants choose to plead guilty, an experienced aggressive attorney can help you determine whether that’s really the right move 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 antitrust theft case.

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Sex Crimes Charge Lands Pasadena Man in Prison
Sex Crimes Charge Lands Pasadena Man in Prison

A Pasadena man will spend 12 years in prison for a sex crimes conviction. In addition, the man must register for life as a sex offender. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the crimes occurred between 2009 and 2013.

During that time, the man began molesting a 12-year-old female relative. Authorities arrested the man in 2016. He opted for a bench trial, which took place in September 2018. The judge found the man guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child and two counts of lewd acts on a child. The District Attorney did not indicate how authorities became aware of the criminal complaint.

Pasadena sex crimes attorney

When you face charges for a sexual offense, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. In that time, he has defended thousands of California citizens.

Mr. Helfend takes sex crimes cases. Many defense attorneys shy away from sex offense cases. They may be uncomfortable with the charges, or with the prospect of confronting witnesses or victims. Being unable to find an experienced criminal defense attorney can significantly limit your defense strategy.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. He also does not shy away from tackling tough defense cases. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is important, especially in California. The state’s Three Strikes Law provides for extended penalties for repeat felony convictions. A third conviction for a violent felony can put you in prison for life.

Sex offense convictions in California can be particularly devastating. Lifetime registration as a sex offender can make finding housing and employment difficult. It can restrict your otherwise lawful movements and impair family relationships. It’s very difficult – if not impossible – to put a sex offense conviction behind you.

That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate California’s complex legal system. Don’t assume that a conviction is a foregone conclusion and don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273- 5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.

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