Securities Fraud Charge Hits Pocklington
Securities Fraud Charge Hits Pocklington
Peter Pocklington, a former owner of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, faces securities fraud charges. The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Pocklington, his company, his attorney, his accountant and a trio of brokers last week.

According to the SEC, Pocklington’s lawyer structured the ownership of The Eye Machine to hide Pocklington’s involvement. Pocklington pleaded guilty in 2010 to perjury in federal court. He also paid more than $5 million in restitution to a series of securities fraud charges in multiple states.

From 2014-2017, The Eye Machine, Pocklington’s company, raised more than $14 million in investor funds. The company did not register the offerings and used unregistered brokers to solicit more than 250 investors.

The attorney and Pocklington failed to properly disclosed Pocklington’s involvement with the company. They also did not disclose how investor funds would be used. Pocklington misappropriated more than $600,000 in investor funds. He used the money to pay personal expenses, the expenses of another business venture and legal fees. In addition, the three unregistered brokers collected millions in sales commissions.

According to the SEC complaint, the company’s filings made it impossible for investors to discover Pocklington’s connection to the company. In addition, the SEC had previously barred one of the brokers from acting as or associating with a broker-dealer. The group recruited many investors through a “boiler room” operation located in Florida.

Pocklington may be best known for his ownership of the Edmonton Oilers NHL franchise. Pocklington famously moved to trade NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings for two roster players, cash and draft picks just hours after Edmonton won its fourth Stanley Cup in five years. He reportedly authorized the trade to help cover debts related to other businesses. Pocklington moved from Canada to California in 1998, and has been the subject of several federal and state prosecutions related to investment fraud since then.

Los Angeles securities fraud attorney


When you face securities fraud charges, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 3 decades of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He fights aggressively for his clients, and will 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 securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement Sends Irvine Man To Prison for 10 Years
Embezzlement Sends Irvine Man To Prison for 10 Years
A former licensed public adjuster will spend 10 years in prison for <embezzlement . Jose Villa pleaded no contest in Los Angeles County Superior Court to eight felony fraud charges. According to prosecutors, Villa diverted insurance payouts to fire victims for his own personal use. In addition to the felony charges, Villa also admitted special allegations of excessive taking and white-collar crime.

Prosecutors say that Villa deposited the payouts into his business checking account. Prior to his arrest, Villa owned Statewide Claims Advisors, Inc. The fire damage claims at the center of the case arose on a commercial property and a residential rental property. Villa told Whittier and Los Angeles claimants that he would use the money to pay for demolition and reconstruction costs. Instead, he used the money for his personal expenses.

This isn’t Villa’s first appearance in court. A jury convicted Villa last May of embezzlement and forgery related to a similar scam. In those cases, Villa also took proceeds from fire victims’ claims. As a result of his first conviction, Villa received a 7-year sentence. The new 10-year sentence will run concurrently with that sentence. In addition, the judge imposed a $10,000 fine and ordered Villa to pay restitution of $1.2 million. The California Department of Insurance revoked Villa’s public adjuster license. The agency also permanently barred him from working in the insurance industry in California.

Los Angeles embezzlement lawyer


When you face fraud charges, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal courtroom defense experience. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Embezzlement convictions can result in lengthy prison sentences. In addition, judges will often impose significant restitution requirements and fines. Depending upon the nature of the case, a licensed professional risks permanent loss of his or her professional credentials. For a defendant, the stakes are very high!

Don’t risk your livelihood, freedom and financial well-being on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight aggressively for you. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County embezzlement case.

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Fraud Suspect Nabbed in Downey
Fraud Suspect Nabbed in Downey
A Downey man and his alleged partner-in crime face nearly 500 felony charges related to fraud. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office charged Ruben Gutierrez of Huntington Beach and Wilfrido Rodriguez of Downey last month.

According to prosecutors, the men stole software, seals and other items from a local civil engineering firm. The men worked at the Palos Verdes Engineering Company in Rolling Hills Estates. Between 2003 and 2014, the men posed as civil engineers and created drawings and engineering plans. Authorities estimate they duped more than 700 clients, who believed the men to be civil engineers with the firm. The men actually worked as architectural and engineering drafters, which did not require a license. The State is now questioning the safety of all of the projects the men worked on.

The questionable projects primarily include new residential construction, additions, remodeling work and repairs. The company first became aware of the potential fraud issue in 2014 and then notified authorities immediately. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and Cyber Crimes Bureau began investigating. The District Attorney’s Office has charged the men with 487 felony counts of identity theft, forgery and grand theft. Gutierrez remains jailed on a $7.15M bond. Rodriguez remains in custody on a $15.5M bond.

Los Angeles fraud attorney


Money motivates fraud, but some cases can cause significant non-monetary problems. When you face fraud charges, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. Recently, the Expert Network recognized him as one of the top 3% of defense attorneys in the area.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you dropped altogether. This outcome is ideal because it has no impact on your criminal history. When this isn’t possible, he will work aggressively to get the charges against you reduced.

Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight aggressively for you. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County fraud case.

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Identity Theft Sentence For Pasadena Man
Identity Theft Sentence For Pasadena Man
A Pasadena man will spend six years in federal prison for his role in an
identity theft operation. In addition, the man must pay restitution to eight victims and complete five years of supervised release. The man pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud and identity theft.

The victims in this case include American Express, Bank of America, Barclays, Capital One, Chase Bank, Citigroup, Discovery and US Bank. According to prosecutors, the man scammed those victims out of nearly $2.8 million.

Federal prosecutors say that the man operated a large criminal organization in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The scheme targeted banks and used stolen identity information to obtain credit cards. As part of the scheme, the man and his operatives changed the address information for legitimate bank customers and then applied for credit cards in the customer’s name.

Once the thieves obtained credit cards, they sent operatives to high-end retailers to purchase luxury goods, including Rolex watches, electronics, jewelry and designer merchandise. Three other defendants will go to trial this fall.

Pasadena Identity Theft Lawyer


When you face identity-related theft charges, your first move should be to hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in both federal and state courts.

Identity theft is almost always a financial crime, but federal investigators follow it closely because it finances other criminal activity. Federal identity theft convictions trigger mandatory sentences, which may serve to extend a period of incarceration.

Working with an experienced, aggressive attorney can make a difference in the outcome of your case. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or one 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 identity theft case.

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Domestic Violence Charge is False, R & B Singer Claims
Domestic Violence Charge is False, R & B Singer Claims
Tremaine Neverson, popularly known as Trey Songz, claims that a domestic violence charge against him is false. Los Angeles police officers arrested the singer following a month-long investigation. An acquaintance of the singer said he attacked her at a party in February.

The singer is on probation following a 2017 Michigan conviction for aggravated assault on a police officer. Shortly after his most recent arrest, he posted a $50,000 bond. On his Twitter account, the singer professed his innocence. In a tweet, he said that “personal gain” is motivating his accuser. He also said he would refrain from further comment on the matter.

The woman sought and received a temporary restraining order against Neverson. Neverson denies the charges.

Los Angeles domestic violence attorney


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

Domestic abuse cases can bring a lot of hardship to your home and family relationships. In many cases, a spouse or partner doesn’t really want to press charges. Unfortunately, the police or prosecutors may pressure them into doing so.

An experienced criminal defense attorney will help you develop an effective defense strategy that protects both you and your family. California law is very specific about how domestic abuse complaints must be withdrawn. When a complaint is improperly withdrawn, the complaining party can face legal consequences of their own.

Don’t risk your own freedom or that of a family member on inexperienced or ineffective counsel. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney and see what a difference they 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 domestic violence case.

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DUI Driver Arrested in Palmdale After Standoff
DUI Driver Arrested in Palmdale After Standoff
A San Bernardino man will stand trial for DUI in LA following a slow-speed chase and standoff. The DUI drama unfolded following an early afternoon attempt by deputies to stop the driver.

The man led Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on a slow-speed chase – sometimes moving as little as 5 mph. The chase took place on the Antelope Valley Freeway and the Angeles Crest Highway. At one point, the suspect left the freeway and led deputies down a dirt road.

During the attempted stop, the driver threw what appeared to be money out of the car window. Deputies placed spike strips on a stretch of road and successfully flattened three of the car’s four tires. The man came to a stop in a field adjacent to the dirt road. The man remained in his disabled vehicle and refused to exit for more than two hours. The suspect surrendered to SWAT team members about two-and-a-half hours after police first made contact with him. No one was injured in the incident. Emergency responders transported the man to a hospital for a medical evaluation before arresting him.

Palmdale DUI Lawyer


When you face drunk driving charges, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than three decades of criminal defense experience and takes cases in Los Angeles County.

Most California DUI cases result in misdemeanor charges. The law allows for more serious felony charges when certain special circumstances apply. When a police agency arrests you for impaired driving, your first move should be to call an experienced DUI lawyer.

Impaired driving will result in two parallel adjudication processes. One is administrative; the other is criminal. The DMV will immediately suspend your California driver’s license. This happens at the time of your arrest. The second process is criminal. The District Attorney will review the facts of your case and will determine whether and how to charge you. Since the DMV and the courts operate independently, you will need to attend to both processes.

Don’t face impaired driving charges without competent legal representation, and don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney for assistance. 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 arrests in West Hollywood show meth popularity
Drug possession arrests in West Hollywood show meth popularity
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office statistics, three-fourths of West Hollywood drug possession arrests involved methamphetamine. The statistics, from the last half of 2017, show the rising popularity of methamphetamine. The next most popular drug was cocaine. Officers reported confiscating cocaine in only 10% of West Hollywood drug arrests.

Despite the growing focus on opioids, officers recovered heroin in less than 8% of drug arrests in West Hollywood. They reported marijuana possession with the same frequency as heroin. More exotic drugs, including prescription medications, GBH and MDMA combined accounted for less than 5% of West Hollywood drug arrests.

In addition, officers noted that most distribution occurs within clubs or by a person-to-person arrangement. In addition, West Hollywood is a target for outside distributors hoping to sell their product.

West Hollywood drug possession attorney


When you face drug charges, hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom defense experience. He will fight aggressively for you in court.

Some drug possession laws are changing in California, but you can still face serious consequences for a drug possession conviction. These consequences can include jail time, fines and other sanctions. In addition, depending upon the circumstances of your case, drug possession can result in a felony conviction.

The state’s Three Strikes Law makes each felony conviction more dangerous. Multiple felony convictions can result in longer sentences. A third felony conviction for a violent crime can result in lifetime incarceration. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney or luck to help you out in court.

An experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend is your best defense strategy. 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 in Pomona May Face Death Penalty
Murder Suspect in Pomona May Face Death Penalty
A man arrested in the shooting death of a Pomona police officer faces murder charges. In addition, two special circumstance allegations – murder of a peace officer and murder to avoid arrest – may result in the death penalty. The man also faces one count of attempted murder, fleeing a police officer and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has not yet decided whether it will seek the death penalty. The LADAO will announce its decision on the case at a later date. According to police, they received a call reporting a reckless driver. Police located the suspect, but he refused to stop. Later, he crashed into a parked car. The driver fled into a nearby apartment building, then fired on pursuing officers from behind a closed door.

The bullets struck Pomona police officer Gregory Casillas, of Upland, who died. The suspect also shot a second officer on the scene, as he tried to save Casillas. That officer is recovering from his injuries. The man barricaded himself inside the apartment for about 15 hours, until Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies took him into custody.

The man’s criminal history included convictions for illegal possession of a firearm and discharging a weapon in a school zone. Acquaintances say the man also has a history of drug use and depression.

Pomona murder attorney


Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in the California court system. Prosecutors can seek the death penalty against you. Although California hasn’t executed anyone in more than a decade, currently about 750 people are awaiting execution. While the state has temporarily stopped executing people, judges and juries have not stopped handing down the death penalty. When you face a homicide charge, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians in his more than 3 decades of criminal defense practice. Homicide charges immediately up the ante in California. Upon conviction, you could be sentenced to life in prison with or without parole. You could also join the 750 inmates currently awaiting execution.

Your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for your life in court. Don’t settle for inexperienced or overworked legal counsel. 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 Conviction for Hemet Man
Sex Crimes Conviction for Hemet Man
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced the conviction of a former Cerritos College football player on sex crimes charges. A jury found Kishawn Holmes guilty of the forcible rape of a 19-year-old student in 2016.

According to prosecutors, the incident took place in September 2016. Holmes allegedly invited the victim back to his apartment, then sexually assaulted her. The woman did not report the attack to the police immediately.

Holmes has two previous convictions for forcible rape. He also faced charges of lewd conduct with a minor, three counts of false imprisonment and a one count of dissuading a victim from reporting a crime. In those 2014 cases, Holmes allegedly assaulted six different victims while he was a high school student at Vista Murrieta High School. He pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible rape in 2014. Holmes faces up to 18 years in prison when he receives his sentence. He may also be required to register as a sex offender.

Los Angeles sex crimes attorney


When you face charges related to a sexual offense, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal courtroom defense. He takes sex crimes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Many defense attorneys avoid taking clients who face charges related to a sexual offense. As a defendant, it is in your best interest to work with an attorney who wants to take your case. An engaged, aggressive defense attorney is a key part of a solid defense strategy. Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians in his more than three decades of practice. He does not shy away from tough cases and will fight aggressively for your rights.

Don’t settle for an attorney 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 sex crimes case.

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Securities fraud plea ends controversial CEO's tenure
Securities fraud plea ends controversial CEO’s tenure
Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a $700 million securities fraud settlement against Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes.

As part of the settlement, Holmes agreed to pay $500,000 in fines and give up control of the company. The SEC also banned her from serving as an officer of a public company for a decade.

The SEC accused Holmes of fabricating claims regarding a blood testing product the Palo Alto company claimed to develop. Holmes made fantastic claims about the ability to diagnose dozens of conditions using a single blood drop. She also said that the US Department of Defense used her company’s product in Afghanistan. In addition, she claimed that the company would generate more than $100 million in profits in 2014. Such a product would be very valuable. It would lower the cost of blood tests and would reduce patient reluctance to have their blood drawn. Her company raised billions of dollars in investor funds as a result of the claims.

In reality, the company’s 2014 balance sheet showed actual profits of little more than $100,000. The Department of Defense did not use the company’s technology in Afghanistan or anywhere else. Further, the product could conduct only a limited number of tests. Most of the product’s test results came from analyzers made by other companies. The company’s true position came to light following publication of a Wall Street Journal investigative report. The company later acknowledged that multiple federal agencies were investigating the company.

The SEC is still pursuing its case against Theranos president Ramesh Balwani in a San Jose federal court. Balwani stepped down from the company in 2016. According to his attorney, Balwani used his own money in an effort to save the company.

Securities fraud lawyer


Although this particular case is a civil action, securities fraud can be prosecuted as a criminal offense. When you face fraud charges, hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than three decades of experience as a federal criminal defense lawyer, and he will fight aggressively for his clients in federal court. Don’t settle for an inexperienced lawyer 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 securities fraud case.

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