Identity Theft Suspect in Hilton Case Gets 5 Years In Jail
Identity Theft Suspect in Hilton Case Gets 5 Years In Jail
A woman who pleaded guilty to
identity theft involving Paris Hilton will spend 57 months in prison. In December, Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

According to investigators, Bkhchadzhyan illegally accessed Paris Hilton’s email account. From there, she accessed Hilton’s bank account information and nude photos of Hilton. She also impersonated Hilton in email conversations with Hilton’s assistant, and members of Hilton’s family.

FBI investigators obtained a search warrant for Bkhchadzhyan’s fingerprints to unlock a phone they had confiscated. The phone yielded additional evidence of Bkhchadzhyan’s actions.

The woman had a prior conviction for identity theft in 2016. Following her release from jail in 2017, Bkhchadzhyan targeted Hilton. According to testimony, Bkhchadzhyan charged more than $40,000 to Hilton’s credit card accounts. In all, investigators say that Bkhchadzhyan took more than $130,000 from Hilton. Bkhchadzhyan’s attorney said that his client admitted to her actions and is attempting to recover from a serious drug addiction.

Los Angeles Identity Theft Lawyer


When you face identity theft charges, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He has represented thousands of Californians in court and will fight aggressively for you.

Identity theft is of particular interest to law enforcement because it often relates to other criminal activity. That’s why you need an exceptional attorney to represent you when you face criminal charges.

Identity crimes violate both federal and state laws. You can face charges in either jurisdiction. In addition to providing criminal defense in Los Angeles County, Mr. Helfend also takes federal cases throughout the US. Whether you face federal or state charges, Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly to defend you in court.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney 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 identity theft case.

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Domestic Violence Charges Against 49ers Linebacker Dismissed
Domestic Violence Charges Against 49ers Linebacker Dismissed
A Santa Clara judge dismissed domestic violence charges against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ruben Foster, citing insufficient evidence. The judge reviewed the case just days after Foster’s former girlfriend recanted her claim that Foster assaulted her.

Although the District Attorney’s office will not pursue the domestic assault charges, Foster must still return to court for a misdemeanor weapons offense. Initially, authorities charged Foster with felony illegal possession of an assault rifle. Foster purchased the weapon legally in Alabama. Since it did not violate federal firearms statutes, the judge reduces those charges to a misdemeanor. Foster will return to court on June 6 regarding the weapons offense. He will also make a court appearance in Alabama on June 20 on a marijuana possession offense.

In dismissing the domestic assault charges, Judge Nona Klippen said she did not see sufficient evidence to bind over Foster for trial. Prosecutors accused Foster of hitting his former girlfriend 8-10 times in the head and rupturing her eardrum. Further, they claimed that Foster had thrown the woman out of his house by her hair.

Foster’s former girlfriend testified that she fabricated the domestic violence claim because she was angry about their breakup. As a result of the accusation, she hoped to extort money from Foster and damage his career. She also admitted that she served jail time in 2011 for falsely accusing another man of domestic violence. In her testimony, she said that the injuries she suffered came from a physical altercation with another woman.

The 49ers suspended Foster in April following his arrest. After the dismissal, the team reinstated Foster, but said it will monitor the outcome of his other legal matters. Regardless of the outcome of those cases, the NFL could apply additional disciplinary measures under its personal conduct policy.

Los Angeles domestic violence attorney


This case provides a good illustration of what can happen when someone accuses you of domestic assault. When you face domestic abuse charges, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of practice experience. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Domestic disputes can and do escalate into criminal assault, but sometimes emotions run high. Factors other than justice can motivate accusers to say or do things that result in criminal charges against you. When you face this situation, don’t face 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 domestic violence case.

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DUI Crash in Beverly Hills Kills Two
DUI Crash in Beverly Hills Kills Two
Two local women died last month following a rollover crash on Little Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Authorities arrested the driver, an acquaintance of the victims, for DUI.

According to police, the driver of a BMW X5 SUV lost control of the vehicle, struck a curb and then a tree. The vehicle rolled over following the crash. Six women occupied the vehicle and the force of the collision ejected some of the passengers. One woman died at the scene of the accident. A second woman died later at a hospital from injuries sustained in the crash. Rescue personnel transported the other occupants to the hospital for what they described as minor injuries.

Police identified a Palmdale woman and a Lakewood woman as the decedents in the crash. Following an investigation, police discovered that the driver had a suspended license at the time of the accident. She faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license and driving without a license.

Beverly Hills DUI Lawyer


When you face a DUI in LA, hire an experienced DUI 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.

Prosecutors charge the majority of drunk driving cases in California in any given year as misdemeanors. When a crash causes serious injuries or death, prosecutors normally pursue felony charges, instead.

Any drunk driving arrest is serious, but when you face felony charges, your best defense strategy includes hiring an experienced DUI lawyer. Some people make the mistake of attempting to defend themselves. They may also choose lawyers based on price, not on experience. When you take this approach, your choices can result in tragic consequences for you and your family. Do not attempt to defend yourself in court, especially when incarceration is a very real possibility.

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 charges dog Redmond O'Neal
Drug possession charges dog Redmond O’Neal
Redmond O’Neal, son of actors Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett, faces a string of charges following a Venice robbery. Police say that O’Neal robbed a convenience store clerk at knifepoint last week. Police found O’Neal near the store following the incident. In addition to robbery and assault, he faces charges of drug possession. Police say O’Neal had both drugs and drug paraphernalia on him at the time of his arrest.

O’Neal faces felony charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He also faces misdemeanor counts possession of a smoking device, possession of an injection/ingestion device and possessing heroin and methamphetamine. In addition, O’Neal faces a special allegation of using a knife during the robbery.

O’Neal has a history of drug offenses. In 2015, a judge sentenced him to three years in prison for probation violations. That sentence stemmed from a 2011 drugs and weapons arrest following a traffic stop. He also had earlier probation sentences for drug offenses in 2009. Those sentences included the successful completion of inpatient drug rehabilitation programs. If convicted on the current charges, O’Neal could spend as much as 10 years in prison.

Venice Drug Possession attorney


When you face drug charges, hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal courtroom defense experience. He has represented thousands of Californians and will fight aggressively for you.

The State of California has changed its position on many drug offenses. Proposition 47 reduced some drug possession felonies to misdemeanors. People who are already incarcerated on qualifying drug possession felonies can seek resentencing. In addition, people who have already completed felony sentences for eligible offenses can seek to have their felony convictions reduced.

That’s good news for some, but Proposition 47 doesn’t affect all felony drug possession charges. In fact, the law specifically excludes some convictions from Proposition 47 relief. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the complexities of the law, and 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 drug possession case.
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Murder Charge Results from South LA Cold Case
Murder Charge Results from South LA Cold Case
A man faces murder charges in the 1977 death of a South Los Angeles woman. Police arrested a man last month after DNA recovered from the crime scene identified him as the prime suspect.

The man allegedly broke into the woman’s home, sexually assaulted her in front of her two young sons and stabbed her in the neck. The woman died from her injuries. Police say the motive for the assault also included robbery.

Cold-case detectives in LA used a fingerprint found at the scene and additional DNA evidence to identity the assailant, who is now 60 years old. The District Attorney’s Office will pursue murder charges against the suspect but has not yet determined whether to seek the death penalty. The statute of limitations has expired on the rape and robbery counts.

Detectives submitted a fingerprint found at the scene to a crime database for possible identification. The database produced a match, and detectives then collected a DNA sample from some disposable dining ware the suspect used. Then, they matched DNA from the crime scene to the suspect’s DNA on the discarded utensil. Once again, lab analysis produced a match.

The suspect returns to court at the end of May for arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office has not indicated whether it will call the victim’s children as witnesses during the trial.

Los Angeles murder attorney


When you face homicide charges in California, your life is literally at stake. Although California has not executed anyone in more than a decade, the state still condemns certain convicts to death. Currently, the only thing that stands between the more than700 people on death row and an execution is an injunction. When a court removes the injunction, the state will begin executing prisoners again. When you face murder charges, you need an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend to defend you.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal courtroom experience. He takes murder cases in Los Angeles County and will fight aggressively on your behalf. 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.

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 Plea Leads To 15-Month Federal Sentence
Antitrust Plea Leads To 15-Month Federal Sentence
A San Francisco area man will spend 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to antitrust offenses. John Brewer is one of three co-conspirators in a federal bid rigging complaint.

Brewer pleaded guilty in January to falsifying the bidding process for California state contracts. He admitted to creating false and inflated bids for services between 2008 and 2012. Following that, he submitted bids from his own company to provide computer services for the state.

Brewer admitted to recruiting firms that had no interest in performing or ability to perform the work specified in the bids. Brewer’s company, Expert Network Consultants received more than 40 contracts worth more than $3 million. One of Brewer’s co-defendants pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme and is awaiting sentencing. The other co-defendant has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

He could have received as much as 10 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine for his role in the scheme.

California antitrust lawyer


People often think of corporate mergers and federal regulations when they think of antitrust. While that is part of the Sherman Act, federal antitrust laws have both a civil and a criminal component. Actions like bid rigging, price fixing and market allocation are criminal acts under antitrust statutes.

When you face criminal charges for bid rigging, price fixing or market allocation, hire an experienced antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He fights aggressively for his clients, and will fight for you too.

Mr. Helfend takes federal criminal cases in any federal circuit in the United States. He also takes criminal defense cases in state courts in Southern California. When you face federal charges, don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do. If you do nothing else, hire an experienced federal defense lawyer to represent you in court!

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

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Sex Crimes Charges Not In The Cards For James Toback
Sex Crimes Charges Not In The Cards For James Toback
Embattled Hollywood director James Toback will not face sex crimes charges. The LA District Attorney’s Office announced last month that the statute of limitations had expired. As such, it could not proceed with criminal charges against him.

The DA’s Office had received multiple criminal sexual misconduct claims against Toback, 73. The five incidents under investigation took place in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. More than 300 women in the entertainment industry have complained of being subject to Toback’s unwanted sexual advances.

Toback was one of several high-profile subjects of an informal campaign to “out” serial offenders in the entertainment industry. The DA’s Office is still considering complaints it received regarding another highly visible Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. The DA’s Office says it is still reviewing the complaints and does not expect to make a decision soon.

An Italian model accuses Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in 2013. The woman was in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival. She claims that Weinstein bullied his way into her hotel room and then assaulted her. Nearly 100 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Several have publicly accused him of rape. In addition to the Los Angeles investigation, authorities in New York and London are also investigating complaints against Weinstein.

Los Angeles sex crimes attorney


When you face charges related to sex crimes, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal defense experience. He knows what it takes to defend his clients effectively in court. He will fight aggressively for you and takes sex crimes cases in Los Angeles County.

Some defense attorneys won’t take sex crimes defendants, which can make finding excellent representation difficult. When you face sex crimes charges, you need uncompromising counsel and defense. Effective representation can overcome the obstacles you face in a sex offense trial. The judge or jury may be sympathetic toward a victim. The prosecutor may be unnecessarily aggressive. The investigators may not have provide a complete or correct examination of the evidence. Your defense attorney is the only person you have on your side in court. It makes sense to ensure that your lawyer will work hard to defend you!

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or one who doesn’t want to take your case. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273- 5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.

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Securities fraud conviction for Hollywood events producer
Securities fraud conviction for Hollywood events producer
A former Hollywood producer and events promoter will spend five years in federal prison for securities fraud. Gabe Reed pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud. Authorities say Reed swindled performers, investors and promoters of concerts and WWE entertainment events.

Prosecutors reportedly netted a 57-month sentence for Reed. They will also seek restitution for his victims later this summer. Earlier, Reed admitted to taking money from investors after convincing them to invest in concerts and other events. He falsely claimed that certain well-known performers had agreed to participate. He also admitted that he never booked the events, or booked events knowing he would cancel them.

Instead of using the funds as he described, Reed paid his personal expenses. He used investor funds to pay rent, personal bills, child support, meals, travel expenses and other non-related expenses. He operated the scam for nearly nine years. During that time, he did produce several events, all in South America. Those events include heavy metal concerts and WWE events in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Reed constructed an elaborate scheme to avoid being caught. He also falsified business records. In 2015, one investor complained after discovering that a planned Los Angeles tour was fraudulent. The investor gave Reed $100,000 but many of the acts Reed claimed to have booked denied participating in the tour. The subsequent FBI investigation uncovered Reed’s scheme.

Hollywood 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 defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. Mr. Helfend takes cases in both federal and state courts and will fight aggressively on your behalf.

Many federal defendants assume that they cannot win in court, so they plead guilty. It’s entirely possible to prevail, however. An experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, a smart attorney will work to minimize the impact of a conviction.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney or one who doesn’t really want to take your case. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement Scheme Catches Three in Los Angeles
Embezzlement Scheme Catches Three in Los Angeles
Three former employees of a San Gabriel employment agency face charges of embezzlement. They face charges of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement, grand theft and altering or falsifying a public document.

Authorities say the three worked for LA Works, also known as the San Gabriel Valley Human Services Consortium. LA Works used public funds to help unemployed area residents find jobs. According to investigators, the three men improperly billed Los Angeles County for more than $1M between 2009 and 2014. One of the accused is the agency’s former CEO. Investigators say he ordered employees to alter documents. The fraudulent documents made it appear as though the agency helped hundreds of area residents. The documents also allowed the company to meet performance goals set by the county. In reality, many of the people the agency “helped” already had jobs.

In addition, the CEO established a “bonus” program to benefit himself and his two co-conspirators. He retired in 2003 but convinced the agency board to retain him as a consultant. In that role, he received health insurance and performance incentives. The three men will return to court on May 31 for arraignment. If convicted, they face between 10-14 years in prison

Los Angeles Embezzlement Attorney


When you face embezzlement charges, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He has defended hundreds of Californians in his years of practice. He knows what it takes to provide effective, aggressive defense.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply develops and implements effective defense strategies for his clients. One of his first priorities will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. To an outsider, this may seem like an unlikely outcome, but an aggressive, prepared defense attorney can effectively limit a prosecutor’s options.

Getting felony charges reduced or dropped is also significant in California, because of the state’s Three Strikes Law. This law allows judges to extend sentences for subsequent convictions. In some circumstances, a third felony conviction can land a person in prison for life.

Don’t allow an inexperienced or ineffective attorney to victimize you in court. 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 embezzlement case.

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Fraud Charges Hit South Los Angeles Drug Treatment CenterTwo executives at a South Los Angeles drug treatment center face federal fraud charges. The pair allegedly billed MediCal fraudulently for services over a six-year period.

Authorities named the women in a 23-count indictment that includes health care fraud and aggravated identity theft. One of the arrested executives founded the center in 2005 to treat adult and teen drug users. Authorities say the women submitted bills for therapy sessions that never took place. They also billed MediCal for treatments for MediCal recipients who were not patients at the center. The women allegedly falsified treatment records and forged patient signatures on documents to support their claims.

In addition, the women claimed to have provided services to group homes in Lancaster, Long Beach and Carson. The state had not authorized the firm to do business there. State authorities say that the women received payments of more than $1.8 million on billed services in excess of $2 million between 2009 and 2015.

If convicted, the women face up to 10 years in prison for each of the 21 health care fraud charges and two years for each aggravated identity theft charge. The women were arraigned in the US District Court last month.

Los Angeles Fraud Lawyer


Whether you face federal or state charges for fraudulent activity, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of courtroom defense experience. He takes both federal and state fraud cases.

Mr. Helfend has a reputation as an aggressive defender of his clients’ 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 outcome for your case.

Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians in both federal and state courtrooms. He knows what it takes to successfully defend his clients, and he’ll fight for you. 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 fraud case.

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