Embezzlement Charges for Centinela Valley Superintendent Still Open
Embezzlement Charges for Centinela Valley Superintendent Still Open
A former Centinela Valley Union School District superintendent will wait until April to learn whether he’ll faceembezzlement charges. Prosecutors say the man committed grand theft, misappropriation of funds and public corruption. At the center of the dispute is a retirement benefits plan the man pushed through for board approval. The Centinela Valley Union School District serves Lawndale, Hawthorne, Del Aire and El Camino Village.

The plan, which the board adopted, provided an additional $300,000 in retirement benefits to the former superintendent. The board adopted the plan just days before changes to state law would have forbidden it. The superintendent did not disclose to the board that he stood to benefit from the adoption.

Public Agency Retirement Services officials flagged the supplemental retirement plan in 2010. Agency administrators noted that the superintendent was both the district’s plan administrator and its primary beneficiary. The district did not respond to the agency’s initial inquiries. The district adopted a second supplemental plan in 2012, shortly before state pension reform rules took effect.

The supplemental plan offered early retirement incentives to district employees, with the district paying the entire cost of the incentives. Emails between district personnel showed that the superintendent aggressively pressed for adoption of the plan.

By April 12, the judge will determine whether the prosecutors have sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

Lawndale embezzlement lawyer


When you face charges for employment related theft, hire an experienced embezzlement 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.

Accusations of public corruption, grand theft, misappropriation of funds and other similar crimes can have a significant impact on your life. When you face these accusations, having an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side is a necessary part of your defense strategy. Pleading guilty may shorten the judicial process for you, but it’s not always in your best interest!

Don’t attempt to fight these charges by 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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Fraud Convictions Send Brothers To Jail for 10 years
Fraud Convictions Send Brothers To Jail for 10 years
Brothers Dalibor and Berry Kabov will spend 10 years in federal prison for fraud. A federal jury found the men guilty of drug trafficking charges, money laundering and filing false tax returns in 2017. The court delayed sentencing to address allegations that one brother’s defense attorney failed to introduce “newly discovered evidence.”

According to federal prosecutors, the brothers operated a phony compounding pharmacy in West Los Angeles. In reality, they contend the business was a front for distributing bulk prescription opiates. The men allegedly made more than $3 million from sales of OxyContin, Percocet, Dilaudid, Norco and anabolic steroids. Prosecutors reported that the phony West LA pharmacy bought about three times as much OxyContin as the next largest purchaser.

The men also underreported their income by about 50% in both 2011 and 2012. Additionally, in those tax years, the pair claimed business losses. At the same time, the men spent lavishly on luxury goods and travel.

The brothers could have faced more than 300 years in prison. In addition to the 10-year sentences, the men must also pay fines of $175,000 each to the IRS.

West Los Angeles fraud attorney


When you face charges for fraudulent behavior, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Federal prosecutors often pair fraud charges with other federal offenses, including mail, wire and tax crimes. This enables prosecutors to seek longer sentences and larger fines.

Your first defense move should be to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you in court. Federal prosecutors want to overwhelm defendants, making them believe they have no chance to win their cases. An experienced federal criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the judicial process and make solid decisions about your case.

Mr. Helfend handles every case personally, so you’ll always work directly with him on your case. He will not hand your matter off to less experienced attorneys. When you face federal charges, you need an aggressive attorney on 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 fraud case.

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Identity Theft Indictment for Woodland Hills Brothers
Identity Theft Indictment for Woodland Hills Brothers
A pair of Woodland Hills brothers face charges of identity theft in federal court. According to the indictment, the men schemed to steal income tax refunds. Authorities arrested the men last month. They face charges of conspiracy, theft of government property and international money laundering. The men entered not guilty pleas to the charges.

Federal prosecutors say the men used United Kingdom bank accounts to receive nearly $300,000 in fraudulent income tax refunds. Two other co-conspirators filed fraudulent income tax returns using other filers’ information. The men often sought refunds of between $8,000 and $10,000. The scheme operated between 2014 and 2015. In 2014, federal investigators seized about $180,000 from the overseas accounts of one of the men.

One of the brothers is being held without bond. The other has been released on a $75,000 bond. The men will return to court in Los Angeles in April.

Los Angeles Identity Theft Lawyer


When you face federal charges for identity crimes, hire an experienced federal identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Federal prosecutors are aggressive and relentless. To successfully defend yourself, you also need legal counsel that is aggressive and relentless. Mr. Helfend manages every case he takes personally. You will always work directly with him on your case. Many federal defendants plead guilty because they assume that that’s the best option. It can be, but that’s not always the best approach to a successful federal defense.

Regardless of how you want to approach the charges against you, you need an experienced, aggressive attorney by your side. Don’t hesitate, 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 identity theft case.

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Domestic Violence Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder
Domestic Violence Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder
A Stanford University administrator faces charges of attempted murder following a domestic violence incident earlier this month. According to witnesses, they found a woman with severe stab wounds after she called for help. The woman suffered stab wounds to her face, scalp, back and shoulder. Additionally, she suffered a collapsed lung and underwent emergency surgery. Doctors expect her to make a full recovery.

The woman told police that she and the man, who have dated for 18 months, decided to try LSD. He began behaving erratically and she asked him to lie down while she went to get some water for him. Instead, he grabbed a. butcher knife from the kitchen and began attacking the woman. She was able to escape the home and call for help.

In addition to attempted murder and domestic violence, the man also faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon. According to police, the man stabbed his girlfriend repeatedly while under the influence of LSD. The man oversees the admissions process for Los Angeles applicants. He also manages applications from students in China and southeast Asia.

The suspect graduated from. Yale in 2014 and competed on the school’s track and field team while studying there. According to the University, officials there placed the man on indefinite leave. If convicted on the attempted murder charge, the man could spend as much as nine years in prison. A conviction for felony domestic abuse could add as much as four years to his sentence.

Los Angeles domestic violence attorney


When you face charges of domestic abuse, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Domestic abuse can take many forms. Often, it occurs following an emotional confrontation. Although victims may suffer serious injuries, it is often not the intent of the defendant to hurt anyone.

That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights and freedoms. Having an attorney who will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped is essential to a strong defense. Don’t rely on inexperience and don’t assume that you have no options following a domestic assault arrest.

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 Limit Changes Proposed
DUI Limit Changes Proposed
A Marina Del Rey Assemblywoman recently proposed changes to the state’s legal DUI limit. The proposal bears the name “Liam’s Law”, following a fatal DUI in LA that involved a 15-month-old-boy.

In that case, a drunk driver in Hawthorne struck and killed the child as he sat in a stroller. His aunt, a 15-year-old-girl, was crossing the street with the boy when the accident occurred. The boy’s parents, Marcus Kowal and Mishel Eder, began advocating for lower blood-alcohol limits following their son’s death.

Under the bill, drivers with blood-alcohol limits of .05% would be considered legally drunk. Currently, the law allows a blood-alcohol limit of .08 percent. The current limit for commercial drivers is .04 percent. Drivers under the legal drinking age of 21 face impairment charges when their blood alcohol content exceeds .01 percent. Californians adopted those standards in 1990. Previously, the intoxication standard was .1 percent for non-commercial drivers.

The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that lowering the impairment standard to .05 percent nationally would eliminate 1,500 drunk driving fatalities each year. California would not be the first state to adopt the lower threshold. Utah began using the new standard in January. New York and Oregon are also considering lowering their intoxication threshold.

Some opponents say that the move would do little to cut fatalities because most fatalities result from drivers that exceed the current .08 percent limit. Instead, they promote better enforcement of existing laws, and the use of ignition interlocks for problem drivers. Lowering the DUI limit could also potentially increase the state’s jail population while it’s trying to reduce incarceration.

Others point to the chronic unreliability of hand-held breathalyzer devices that police use to measure impairment. Lowering the threshold further could potentially increase the number of people falsely accused of drunk driving. The bill is AB1713. The Assembly will take up debate on the measure later this month.

Los Angeles DUI Lawyer


A conviction for drunk driving can have a lasting impact on your life. When you face charges for impaired driving, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. In that time, he has defended thousands of Californians.

Don’t settle for a guilty plea and don’t assume that you have no options following a DUI arrest. 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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Murder Conviction for Fleeing Los Angeles Driver
Murder Conviction for Fleeing Los Angeles Driver
A Los Angeles man attempting to elude police will spend time in prison formurder. Gardena police attempted to stop the man after a license plate check showed that his car had been reported stolen. Instead of stopping, the man and a passenger rammed a patrol car and fled at a high rate of speed.

Following a short chase in South Los Angeles, the driver crashed into another car and a power pole. Police extracted the driver, but could not rescue the passenger from the vehicle, which caught fire after the crash. The passenger, a 21-year-old woman – died from her injuries at the scene.

The driver faced charges of second-degree murder, assault on a peace officer and evading a police officer causing injury or death. In addition to these convictions, the suspect has an open case regarding a stolen vehicle. He also has a previous conviction for methamphetamine possession.

He will return to court in March for sentencing and in April for other matters related to his case. At sentencing, he could face more than 20 years in prison.

Gardena murder attorney


Murder is the most serious charge you can face in California. When you face criminal charges for the death of another person, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes homicide cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Homicide sentences can range in terms from years to lifetime imprisonment. Your sentence could also include or exclude the possibility of parole. The circumstances of your case will determine what risks you face in court.

Regardless of your circumstances, you need the assistance of an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he fights aggressively 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.

Don’t settle for an attorney who doesn’t want to fight for your freedom. Instead, work with an experienced attorney and see what a difference he can make 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 murder case.
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Antitrust Trial for SF Contractors Nets Convictions
Antitrust Trial for SF Contractors Nets Convictions
A criminal antitrust trial in San Francisco has yielded two more convictions. A federal jury convicted two local contractors of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in a bid rigging scheme.

According to prosecutors, the men submitted fraudulent, non-competitive bids for work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. As part of the scam, the men submitted inflated bids in exchange for subcontracting work from another developer. The developer designated to “win” the bid, however, was an undercover federal agent. This trial was part of a larger investigation into federal contract bid rigging, which has already netted several convictions.

The judge scheduled a sentencing hearing for the men in June. They could face 20 years in prison on the wire and mail fraud charges. They could also face an additional five years for defrauding the federal government. In addition, the judge could require the men to pay a fine of as much as $500,000.

Federal criminal antitrust lawyer


When you face federal charges for antitrust violations, hire an experienced antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state-level criminal cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Federal prosecutors have all of the resources they need to investigate, prosecute and convict you. That’s why you need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney on your side. Although it might seem unlikely, you can prevail against federal prosecutions.

Your best defense strategy is to work with an aggressive federal defender who will fight for your rights and freedoms. The prospect of spending 20 years or more in prison is daunting. It’s easy to see why some federal defendants feel like a plea deal may provide better options. Don’t agree to a plea deal until you know everything about the case against you!

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

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Sex Crimes Suspect On FBI List Shot To Death
Sex Crimes Suspect On FBI List Shot To Death
An FBI agent shot to death man wanted for sex crimes in Los Angeles. The fugitive, Craig Alyn Carlson, died from a single gunshot in a Raleigh, NC hotel during an attempted raid. According to authorities, agents entered the suspect’s room and a fight ensued over a weapon. The gun discharged and the bullet struck Carlson.

The FBI placed Carlson on its Ten Most Wanted List last fall. According to police, Carlson committed a series of violent sexual assaults in the Los Angeles area. After posting bond, he fled to South Carolina. While in South Carolina, he stole a rental car and a handgun, as well as cash. He led authorities in Alabama on a high-speed chase. Florida officials also reported sightings of Carlson there in 2017.

Federal authorities issued a warrant for Carlson’s arrest in December 2017, and the FBI stepped up efforts to locate him. A police officer in Apex, NC noted the stolen rental car in a local hotel parking lot and notified federal authorities. Agents assembled a raid team to take Carlson into custody, and expressed disappointment that Carlson died during the arrest attempt.

Los Angeles Police arrested Carlson in July 2017 on burglary and attempted sexual assault charges. Following his arrest, police also linked him to two unsolved assaults in Los Angeles in 2003. By that time, however, Carlson had already posted bail and disappeared.

Los Angeles sex crimes attorney


When you face charges for sexual offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. He takes sex crimes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. In that time, he has defended thousands of Californians. Sexual offense convictions can have long lasting impacts on your life. Most convictions for sex crimes require lifetime sex offender registration. This status can prevent you from finding a job, finding housing and moving forward with your life.

Sex offender registration requirements don’t change if you move out of state. Your registration requirements simply transfer to your new jurisdiction. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who will guide you through the courts. You need competent legal representation when you’re facing charges for sexual offenses. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that you have no defense options.

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

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Securities fraud sentencing delayed for former advisor
Securities fraud sentencing delayed for former advisor
A former Los Angeles investment advisor will learn his sentence for securities fraud in March. Jeremy Drake appeared in federal court last week for sentencing last week. The judge postponed the final sentencing hearing to give both sides time to work out issues like restitution.

Drake, a former financial advisor with HCR Wealth Advisors, over-billed a high-profile athlete and his wife for wealth management services. For three years, Drake told the couple that they were paying a rate of .15%-.2% of their overall assets for services. Instead, Drake billed the couple at a 1% rate. This resulted in an overpayment of more than $1.2 million in fees.

Drake also falsified statements and other documents and sent false and misleading correspondence. He also created a fake persona in an attempt to persuade the couple that Drake was correctly advising them. Ultimately, Drake admitted the scheme, but warned the woman that disclosure could bring bad publicity to her husband. The victims have not been identified in court proceedings. The couple brought the matter to the attention of federal authorities. In addition to pursuing criminal charges, the SEC also instituted a civil suit against Drake. FINRA is seeking to permanently disbar Drake from working as a broker. HCR Wealth Advisors fired Drake in 2016, after the allegations surfaced.

In the hearing last week, the judge indicated that she was inclined to sentence Drake to a three-year prison term. Drake will return to court next month to conclude his sentencing hearing.

Los Angeles securities fraud lawyer


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

Mr. Helfend provides aggressive criminal defense in a wide range of federal criminal cases. He will work hard 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.

Don’t rely on inexperience to defend you in court, and don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best option. Instead, work with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney who will guide you through the court 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 securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement charges for LA charter school execs
Embezzlement charges for LA charter school execs
Two former executives of a charter school management group face charges of embezzlement. Vielka McFarlane, the founder of the Celerity Educational Group, agreed to plead guilty one count of conspiracy to embezzle funds. She admitted that she misused about $2.5 million of public funds on personal expenses. Last month, federal authorities indicted a second executive, Grace Canada, on similar charges. One defendant also faces charges of making false statements to federal investigators.

According to the federal indictment, the women redirected funds for travel, dining, luxury purchases and shopping excursions. In addition, the pair used some funding to purchase a building in Columbus, OH. McFarlane and Canada both stepped down from their positions in 2017, amid allegations of wrongdoing.

In 2018, the company closed one of its seven Los Angeles area charter schools. At the time, the company said it was struggling to attract students to its northeast Los Angeles campus. The State Board of Education also withdrew its approval for two of the company’s other schools. Those schools reopened under different names and different management. McFarlane faces as much as five years in prison at sentencing.

Los Angeles embezzlement attorney


When you face charges for financial crimes against your employer, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He also takes federal criminal defense cases in any federal circuit in the US.

Schemes to embezzle funds often operate over a period of years. When they’re discovered, they often involve exceptionally large dollar amounts. In addition to facing grand theft charges, schemes to embezzle funds can also lead to tax fraud charges. If multiple individuals play a role in the plan, prosecutors can also seek conspiracy charges.

That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney on your team. Mr. Helfend does not judge clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply works hard to get the charges against them reduced or dropped.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney 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 embezzlement case.

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