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Drug possession charges for 13 in Huge Bust
Drug possession charges for 13 in Huge Bust
Los Angeles and Ventura County police arrested 13 individuals with connections to a Mexican drug cartel. They now face charges of drug possession and weapons offenses. The arrests took place in October.

According to investigators, Sinaloa cartel members brought drugs directly into the Los Angeles area. Then they transferred possession of the drugs to their dealer network via self-storage units. The joint task force began investigating “bulk drug sales” in the area in September 2017. They determined the source of the drugs to be a local man. Most of those arrested in the October raids are residents of Los Angeles County. Police are still searching for two other people connected to the distribution ring.

During the raids, police seized more than 160 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 120 pounds of cocaine. In addition, officers recovered more than 13 pounds of heroin, nearly 7 pounds of fentanyl and 600 fentanyl tablets. They also seized more than $350,000 in cash and confiscated 12 firearms. According to officers, the combined street value of the drugs approached $11 million.

Los Angeles 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 experience in criminal defense. He takes drug crimes cases in Los Angeles County, Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Drug crimes run the gamut from simple possession to large-scale drug possession for sale. If you face drug charges for simple possession, or have a criminal history of simple possession, changes in California law may allow you to reduce or eliminate some past drug convictions.

When you face possession for sale charges, you can expect to face the full fury of the prosecutor and judge. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced, aggressive drug possession attorney on your side. Don’t rely on inexperience and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do following an 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 drug possession case.
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Murder Charge for Teen in Westchester Shootings
Murder Charge for Teen in Westchester Shootings
Police arrested a teenage suspect in the murder of two sisters in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles. According to police, the suspect dated one of the victims prior to her death. Investigators say that the deaths resulted from a domestic violence situation.

Firefighters responded to an apartment fire in Westchester. Once they extinguished the fire, the found the bodies of two women. Both died from apparent gunshot wounds prior to the fire. Police recovered a vehicle belonging to one of the victims nearby. The two women left behind three young children. The children were not in the apartment at the time of the confrontation. According to police, the women had recently moved into the apartment.

In addition to arresting the suspect, police also took another juvenile into custody. They believe the second suspect provided assistance to the first.

Los Angeles murder attorney


Homicide is the most serious crime you can face in California. Your life is literally on the line because the state uses the death penalty. Certain circumstances can make you eligible for the death penalty. When you face homicide charges, your best defense is to work with an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. In that time he has defended thousands of Californians charged with a wide range of offenses. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Los Angeles juries assign the death penalty more frequently to defendants than jurors anywhere else in the United States. That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney representing you in court. Even if you don’t receive the death penalty, you can still receive a life sentence with or without parole.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that a haphazard defense works in your favor.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 Investigation Nets SF Business Consultant
Antitrust Investigation Nets SF Business Consultant
A San Francisco business consultant pleaded guilty to antitrust violations in a longstanding federal investigation. The man pleaded guilty last month to participating in a bid rigging conspiracy. He also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

The consultant was part of a group of contractors that agreed to submit falsely high bids for government contracts. The designated low bidder would receive the federal contract, and then pay the “losing” bidders. The scheme operated between 2013 and 2014, and targeted federal construction contracts.

The business consultant admitted to receiving $15,000 in payments and requesting an additional $15,000. The plea is part of a larger conspiracy investigation that has already seen several convictions. The “winning” bidder was actually an undercover FBI agent. The probe eventually snared a Chinese organized crime figure, a former State senator and several contractors who participated. Also indicted were a school board member, and a Human Rights Commission member. Those indictments resulted from FBI wiretaps, but were not related to the bid rigging scheme. Wiretapped conversations also indicated that some contractors paid for preferential treatment on San Francisco city contracts.

The business consultant, who returns to court for sentencing in January, could face up to 15 years in prison.

Federal antitrust lawyer


When you face bid rigging charges, hire an experienced antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes federal criminal defense cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state criminal defense cases in Southern California.

Federal prosecutions rightly raise concerns among defendants. The federal win-rate is very high, largely because they choose their cases carefully. When you face federal prosecution, you need to have an aggressive, well prepared attorney on your side.

Don’t assume that there’s no way to defend yourself against federal charges, or 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 antitrust case.

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Los Angeles Sex Crimes Investigator Arrested For Rape
Los Angeles Sex Crimes Investigator Arrested For Rape
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who investigates sex crimes faces charges of rape. According to prosecutors, the deputy faces charges for an on-duty assault of a 14 year old victim. The assault allegedly occurred in 2017.

Investigators filed the charges in Ventura County, where the attack took place. They have not said how the deputy knew the victim. The charges against him include forcible rape. They also include a special allegation of tying or binding a victim.

The investigation into the incident began in October, while the accused deputy was on a medical leave. The deputy assigned to cover his work learned of the allegations against him and began an investigation. That investigation led to the charges against him. He has entered a not guilty plea.

If convicted he faces as much as 19 years in state prison. The defendant had previously been accused of sexual battery, which occurred before he joined the sex crimes unit. The prosecutor filed no charges in that case. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is also reviewing the cases in which the accused deputy testified. According to the DA’s office, the review includes nearly 1,000 cases.

The defendant will return to court in December on matters related to his case. He remains jailed in Ventura County in lieu of a $2 million bond.

Los Angeles sex crimes attorney


Sex crimes convictions have significant, long-lasting consequences. Most convictions require lifetime sex offender registration. This follows you around, even after you have served your sentence. When you face charges for a sexual offense, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend.

Many defense attorneys shy away from taking defendants accused of sexual offenses. Sexual crimes defense can be difficult. Many attorneys don’t want to do the work or confront sympathetic victims in court.

Mr. Helfend has established a reputation as an aggressive defender of his clients rights. He doesn’t shy away from asking the difficult questions. He makes the prosecutors properly prepare and present their cases. He will fight aggressively for your rights without judging you for the charges you face.

Don’t rely on inexperience. Don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do. And don’t assume that a plea deal is your best option. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney 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 sex crimes case.

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Securities fraud plea is first of its kind
Securities fraud plea is first of its kind
Federal attorneys in Brooklyn, NY are celebrating the first-of-its-kindsecurities fraud plea. Prosecutors there accused Maksim Zaslavskiy of marketing digital currency to investors. Zaslavskiy told investors that he secured his “initial coin offering” (ICO) with diamonds and real estate. In reality, no real property backed up the digital currency’s value.

Zaslavskiy marketed his digital currency by telling investors that he held real estate interests in developed countries. He also promised them astounding returns on their investments. Later, he offered a blockchain-based digital currency that he claimed to have secured with diamonds.

The defendant’s lawyers argued that Congress had not intended securities fraud laws to apply to cryptocurrency. They sought to have the case against their client dismissed. The judge, however, ruled that Congress intended to protect investors of all kinds, regardless of their investment vehicles. He also noted that the indictment against Zaslavskiy described a “straightforward scam.”

The judge’s ruling would not prevent a jury from considering the defense that cryptocurrencies are not securities. Zaslavskiy’s plea renders the question moot. In addition to the charges of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, prosecutors added a wire fraud charge. Since he pleaded guilty to the securities fraud charge only, he will face up to 5 years in federal prison. The Securities and Exchange Commission also has a pending lawsuit against Zaslavskiy. That lawsuit will proceed now that the criminal proceedings have finished.

Federal securities fraud lawyer


Securities fraud charges can result in significant prison time, especially when prosecutors pair them with other charges like conspiracy and wire fraud. When you face securities fraud charges, hire an experienced federal securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He has more than 30 years of experience in federal defense cases. Throughout his career, he has built and maintained a reputation for fighting aggressively for his clients. Mr. Helfend handles each matter personally. Your case will receive his full attention because he doesn’t pass clients on to less experienced partners.

Don’t settle for inexperience 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 securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement case in Pasadena nets convictions
Embezzlement case in Pasadena nets convictions
A jury convicted a former Pasadena city employee and a contractor of embezzlement earlier this month. Former Pasadena Public Works Department analyst Danny Wooten and Tyrone Collins, a contractor now await sentencing.

Jurors agreed with prosecutors on 53 felony charges against Wooten and acquitted him of 6 additional felony counts. In addition, they accepted a special allegation against Wooten of theft of more than $500,000. He now faces as much as 24 years in state prison.

Collins fared little better. The jury convicted the former city contractor of 10 felony counts against him and the special allegation of excessive taking. Collins could face as much as 15 years in state prison at the time of his sentencing. Restitution is also likely to be a component of the sentence. The city has already received a $5 million insurance payout on the loss. CIty attorneys claim that the city’s loss exceeded that.

The judge denied the men’s requests to remain free on an electronic tether before sentencing. They are due to be sentenced January 11. According to prosecutors, Wooten worked for the city for 12 years before being fired. In that time, prosecutors say he embezzled $6 million from the city’s underground utilities fund. They also allege that he moved some of the stolen funds to Collins, who worked on city contracts.

The city ordered an audit of the fund in 2014, and discovered that millions of dollars had disappeared. Wooten’s attorney argued that the city must have known that the money was being misdirected. Jurors did not find that defense persuasive.

Pasadena embezzlement attorney


When you face embezzlement charges, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney 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.

Embezzlement cases often grab headlines because of their large dollar amounts. Often the public is sympathetic to the victim, as well. Despite these challenges, it is possible to provide a successful defense. Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. The importance of reducing and avoiding felony charges is clear. In this case, one defendant faces sentencing on 53 charges, while the other faces sentencing on 10. The first defendant faces 24 years, while the second faces nearly a decade less for similar (but fewer) charges.

Insist on working with an experienced attorney 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 embezzlement case.

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Fraud Charges Await Manafort Son-In-Law
Fraud Charges Await Manafort Son-In-Law
The former son-in-law of Paul Manafort faces fraud in Los Angeles federal District Court. Prosecutors accuse the West Hollywood man of inflating property values to get large loans from lenders. They also accuse him of collecting rent on property he did not own.

This is not the first time he has been in trouble with the law. He is currently awaiting sentencing on similar charges. The judge in the case has revoked his bond. The defendant pleaded guilty to earlier real estate fraud charges. He now faces new charges of identity theft and wire fraud.

Prosecutors say the new charges are very similar to the charges he pleaded guilty to. Some new charges involve some of the same victims from the first case. According to the latest federal complaint, the man took money from investors, and used the funds for his own expenses. In some cases, he used new investor funds to pay existing investors. The fraud unraveled when investors sought their money back. The man was unable to produce the funds, wrote bad checks or made phony wire transfers.

He will be sentenced in federal court on the initial charges in January. In those cases, he allegedly defrauded banks of more than $15 million in loans. He told the lenders that he would use the money to rehabilitate homes in Hollywood Hills. He then defaulted on the loans and attempted to stop the foreclosure through bankruptcy filings. The new charges involve about $6 million in investor losses and more than $500,000 in bounced checks.

The defendant and Manafort’s daughter, Jessica, divorced in 2017. He will remain jailed until his sentencing.

West Hollywood fraud lawyer


When you face fraud charges in West Hollywood, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes cases in both federal courts and Los Angeles County courts. He also takes cases in other Southern California counties.

Federal prosecutors are well resourced, and rarely take cases they don’t think they can win. That’s why it’s essential to have an experienced, aggressive federal criminal defense attorney. 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.

Don’t risk your freedom on 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 fraud case.

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Identity theft facilitates Cerritos car thefts
Identity theft facilitates Cerritos car thefts
Police in Orange and Los Angeles counties say that car theft via identity theft is on the rise.

Last month, a man pleaded not guilty to three car thefts using false identities. According to police, the man forged a driver’s license and falsified bank statements to steal high-value cars. The thefts, which exceeded $200,000, reflect an increasingly popular way to steal cars. The putative buyer poses as another individual, and provides a forged ID and financial statements. After taking “legal” possession of the vehicle, the thief drives off never to be seen again. Police report that thieves have used the identities of dead people, as well as fake Social Security numbers. They may also steal the identity of people with similar names to their own.

Victims may become aware that the identity theft only when the car company calls to collect on late payments. In this case, police recovered only one of three stolen vehicles, a 2018 Audi RS5. Two other vehicles, a 2019 Nissan 370Z and a 2018 Infiniti Q60 remain missing. According to court records, the thefts occurred between August 31 and September 8 in Orange County and in Cerritos.

The man faces three felony charges of unlawful taking of a vehicle. He also faces three enhancements of white-collar crime between $100K and $500K. In addition, he faces a felony charge of making false financial statements and using a forged driver’s license. The defendant denies all charges. He remains jailed without bail and will appear in court on November 20 for a preliminary hearing.

Cerritos identity theft attorney


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

Identity theft attracts a lot of attention, because it often facilitates other crimes. Identity theft has a broad definition. It can include everything from using someone else’s credit card to manufacturing false identities. Identity theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. It can also be charged as a state or federal offense.

Your best defense against identity theft charges is to hire an experienced, aggressive attorney. Don’t rely on an inexperienced lawyer and don’t attempt to represent yourself 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 identity theft case.

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Domestic violence charge haunts former LA Kings defenseman
Domestic violence charge haunts former LA Kings defenseman
Former LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov pleaded guilty to a domestic violence in 2015. Following that, he spent two months in jail, voluntarily retired from the National Hockey League (NHL) and returned to Russia. Now Voynov wants to come back.

Earlier this year, Voynov petitioned the NHL for reinstatement. As a result of his arrest, the Los Angeles Kings cancelled Voynov’s $25 million contract. They also placed him on the club’s voluntary retirement list. He returned to Russia to avoid immigration issues that could have arisen from his arrest and conviction. After returning to Russia, he played for three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and appeared in the 2018 Olympics.

This summer, the Los Angeles Superior Court dismissed Voynov’s misdemeanor domestic assault conviction. That could eliminate any immigration issues that would prevent Voynov from re-entering the United States.

According to the NHL, the league will conduct a fact-finding investigation into the matter. At the conclusion, the league commissioner Gary Bettman will determine whether Voynov can return to the NHL. Although the Kings canceled Voynov’s contract, they still retain his signing rights. If he is cleared to return, the Kings could re-sign him, trade his rights to another team, or release him. If the club releases him to free agency, he could negotiate with any other team in the league. The Kings have not expressed an interest in re-signing Voynov, but he was the team’s number 2 defenseman in 2015.

Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer


This case illustrates the complexity of overcoming a domestic assault conviction. When you face domestic abuse charges, hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense in Los Angeles County.

Domestic abuse convictions can have a wide range of effects on you, your spouse or partner and your family. Convictions can result in jail time, loss of income, and other significant consequences. That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side throughout the judicial process.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t attempt to defend 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 domestic violence case.

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DUI Driver Charged in San Gabriel Deaths
DUI Driver Charged in San Gabriel Deaths
A San Gabriel man with a DUI history will face charges in two hit-and-run deaths.

According to police, the man struck a West Covina woman as she pushed her 1-year-old granddaughter in a stroller. The pair were crossing the street at a crosswalk at the time of the collision. They were transported to a local hospital, where they both died from their injuries.

Following the crash, the driver fled, but video from the scene helped to identify the suspect’s vehicle. Following tips from the public, police located the vehicle involved in the crash. The vehicle was not registered to the suspect, but evidence from inside the truck connected it to the man. Four days after the crash, police arrested the suspect following his release from a local medical facility.

Police say the suspect has a history of DUI convictions. They also say that they did not know the man’s intoxication status at the time of the crash. Currently, he faces charges of felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. If convicted, the man could face as much as six years in prison. In court, the suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges. He remains jailed in lieu of a $250,000 bond. He will return to court in December for matters related to his case.

San Gabriel DUI attorney


The worst possible outcome of a drunk driving arrest involves the injury or death of another person. When you face drunk driving charges, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drunk driving cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

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 outcome for your case. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works hard to ensure that you get the best, most aggressive representation available.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t attempt to represent yourself 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 DUI case.

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