Securities Fraud Plea for Beverly Hills Developer
Securities Fraud Plea for Beverly Hills Developer
A former Beverly Hills real estate developer pleaded guilty to a $1.3B securities fraud. The man admitted last month to misappropriating between $25M and $95M of investor funds. The man used the money to fund a larger Ponzi scheme, and to pay for extravagant personal expenses.

Through the Woodbridge investment group, the man bought high-end real estate in Beverly Hills, Aspen and Miami. He also collected artwork by Picasso, Chagall and Renoir, and owned expensive luxury automobiles.

In addition to using investor funds for personal expenses, he diverted millions of dollars to his wife’s accounts. He also used credit cards opened in his wife’s name to fund his lifestyle. Prosecutors agreed not to seek charges against his wife.

While his scheme operated, he recruited wealthy investors, celebrities and other high-earners to fund the scheme. According to prosecutors, the scheme involved about 9,000 victims. The victims believed that the man would invest their money into high-end real estate in Beverly Hills and Aspen, CO. He told the investors that they could expect returns of 5%-10%.

The scheme fell apart in 2017, amid investment fraud allegations. The company had used funds from new investors to pay off existing participants. As the investment fraud complaints grew, the men could not recruit new investors. Two senior executives also face charges in the scheme. They pleaded not guilty and will go to trial in February 2020.

The man also pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud conspiracy, and tax evasion. The man will return to court in October for sentencing. Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of at least 25 years.

Beverly Hills securities fraud attorney


When you face charges for investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes investment fraud cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He also takes federal criminal defense cases in any US District Court.

Federal prosecutors are aggressive and persistent. You need a federal criminal defense attorney who is similarly aggressive and persistent to defend yourself. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney to defend you when your freedom is in jeopardy!

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/DUI case.

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Embezzlement Lands Santa Clarita Woman In Court
Embezzlement Lands Santa Clarita Woman In Court
A Santa Clarita woman will return to court to face embezzlement charges next week. The woman pleaded not guilty in October 2018 to embezzling nearly $60,000 from two local Girl Scout chapters. The woman also worked as the Chief Financial Officer of the Beverly Hills Cancer Center. Authorities say she also scammed about $35,000 from her employer.

According to investigators, between 2013 and 2017, the woman volunteered with two local Girl Scout chapters. She took funds from the groups and used them to pay her personal expenses. In addition, she diverted funds from her employer to the girl scout accounts to facilitate their theft. Investigators say that the woman also volunteered at a number of other local youth focused activities. She served as a “fundraiser” for a high school girls’ soccer team. She also supervised a GoFundMe fundraiser for a teen after being struck by a car. Investigators have not found additional evidence of theft among them, however.

The woman is a certified public accountant. If convicted, she faces nearly four years in prison. She was released on bond and will return to court on August 23 for matters related to her case.

Santa Clarita embezzlement lawyer


When you face charges for stealing money from an employer, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Embezzling funds from an employer or through a volunteer position can result in criminal charges. Your best defense is to work with an aggressive, top-rated criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. In California, this is important because a history of felony convictions can result in lifetime incarceration.

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 embezzlement/drug possession case.

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Fraud charge lands Valencia man on probation
Fraud charge lands Valencia man on probation
A LAPD traffic officer will spend three years on probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor workers’ compensation insurance fraud. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the officer took a leave in 2016 for an on-the-job injury. Investigators found, however, that the man engaged in activities that “were inconsistent with his claimed injury.”

LAPD investigators arrested the man while he was working out. As part of his sentence, the man will also complete 300 hours of community service and pay restitution of $12,000.

Valencia fraud attorney


When you face criminal charges related to a false workers’ compensation insurance claim, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. In his more than three decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians against a range of criminal charges.

Mr. Helfend handles every case personally, so you will always have the benefit of his experience. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. In some cases, this isn’t possible. You may fight the charges against you with a not-guilty plea. In other circumstances, you may want to plead guilty to reduced charges. You may also want to enter a no-contest plea.

Regardless, Mr. Helfend will guide you through the adjudication process. You’ll always fully understand both the charges against you and your defense options. In working with an aggressive defense attorney, you will see why having experienced counsel can make a major difference in the outcome of your case.

Don’t rely on 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 fraud case.

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Identity Theft, Fraud Charges for Former West Hills Attorney
Identity Theft, Fraud Charges for Former West Hills Attorney
A former attorney from West Hills will face charges of identity theft, money laundering and fraud. According to prosecutors, the woman perpetuated a real estate fraud scam causing the loss of more than $400,000.

Working with two accomplices, the woman forged deeds for Los Angeles properties. The group attempted to use the deeds to take out loans using the properties as collateral. They also attempted to sell the properties. In 2018, the woman attempted to use the fraudulent deeds to post bail. Earlier, prosecutors charged her with 162 counts of grand theft, identity theft, forgery and money laundering. After finding a third compromised property, authorities added 68 additional charges.

The suspected accomplices have a history of felony convictions. The attorney remains jailed on a bond of $1.6 million. The judge in the case assigned a bail of more than $1.25 million for each of the accomplices. If convicted, the woman could spend more than 40 years in prison. Her accomplices could each receive a sentence of 35 years.

West Hills Identity Theft Lawyer


When you face charges for identity theft in West Hills, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He takes identity theft cases in West Hills and throughout Los Angeles County.

Identity theft cases are very interesting to police and prosecutors because they often lead to other crimes. Identity theft often underpins more serious offenses. Identity theft is both a federal and state-level crime. You can be charged in either court system. You can also be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Depending on your circumstances, you could also be charged with other crimes like forgery or money laundering. These crimes can extend a sentence significantly.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney when your freedom is at stake. 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 identity theft case.

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Domestic Violence Suspect Held While Girlfriend Remains Missing
Domestic Violence Suspect Held While Girlfriend Remains Missing
A domestic violence suspect who rapped about killing and burying a woman is now in jail. His girlfriend, a 31-year-old Monrovia woman remains missing.

According to witnesses, the man performed a rap at an open mic night event in downtown Los Angeles. Witnesses also reported seeing the man loading an “unconscious woman” into the rear of a Prius in Monrovia. When police arrived at the home, they found blood and other signs of a struggle.

Investigators have focused on the Mt. Baldy area of the San Gabriel Mountains, citing the man’s familiarity with the area.

Police arrested the man after finding him sleeping in the Prius in downtown Los Angeles on July 30. He had outstanding warrants for domestic abuse, burglary and assault. He was also the subject of a domestic restraining order. In May, a judge ordered the man to stay away from the victim. The judge also ordered the man to wear an electronic tether. In February, the woman had also sought a restraining order against the man, but a judge denied that petition.

According to investigators, the pair had dated for about two years before breaking up. The man lives less than a block away from the missing woman, in his parents’ home. Currently, the suspect does not face charges in the woman’s disappearance. Authorities are holding him without bail in the case.

Monrovia domestic violence attorney


When you face charges for domestic assault, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He has represented thousands of Californians in his more than three decades of practice.

You can face either misdemeanor or felony domestic assault charges. This case illustrates that the charges can get more serious when confrontations escalate. Prosecutors can add charges like burglary and assault, which can result in felony convictions and prison terms.

When someone accuses you of domestic abuse, you need the assistance of an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for your rights. Mr. Helfend is a top-rated defense attorney in the Los Angeles area. He takes criminal cases of all kinds in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

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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Hawthorne DUI Suspect Will Face Manslaughter Charge
Hawthorne DUI Suspect Will Face Manslaughter Charge
A Hawthorne man will face manslaughter and DUIfollowing the death of a pregnant pedestrian. The 42-year-old man remains jailed on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He also faces charges of hit-and-run driving causing death and hit-and-run driving causing injury.

According to witnesses, a man and woman attempted to cross Prairie Street in Hawthorne around 1:45 AM on July 14. The driver failed to yield and struck the pair, then fled the scene. First responders took the male victim to the hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. They pronounced the woman, who was pregnant, dead at the scene.

Police found evidence at the scene that indicated the identity of the driver. They went to the man’s home and observed him entering his residence. Nearby, they found the man’s car, which had sustained significant front-end damage. Police arrested the man and lodged him in jail, under suspicion of drunk driving.

He remains jailed in lieu of a $360,000 bond and will return to court on September 4 for matters related to his case. He could face 10 years in state prison if convicted.

Hawthorne DUI Lawyer


When you face charges for a DUI in LA County, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense and takes drunk driving cases in Los Angeles County.

Fortunately, most drunk driving arrests don’t result in serious injuries or felony charges. This case illustrates what can happen when you’re drunk behind the wheel and cause injury or death. The misdemeanor charges you might have faced suddenly accelerate to multiple felony charges. A felony conviction can transform probation or a short jail term into years in state prison.

Regardless of the charges you face, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer in court. Drunk driving charges can be serious and can result in felony convictions, jail time, fines, driving restrictions and other sanctions. You can lose your driver’s license, and pay high insurance premiums for years to follow.

Don’t attempt to represent yourself in court against drunk driving charges. 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 sentence for Pomona man
Drug possession sentence for Pomona man
A Pomona man will spend more than two years in federal prison for drug possession. A judge in Pasco, WA sentenced Jerardo Yniguez-Tapia following his guilty plea.

Authorities arrested Yniguez-Tapia and Jose Muniz of Pasco, as part of a broader drug trafficking investigation. The operation moved large amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico through Los Angeles to the Tri-Cities area.

Investigators arrested Yniguez-Tapia after observing him remove two duffel bags from a semi-truck and store them in a Pomona “stash house.” The bags contained $1.5M in cash. The home contained 26 kilos of cocaine. Prosecutors characterized Muniz as the “right-hand man” of a Mexican drug trafficker. His attorney described him as a family man and father of five.

Police arrested both men in 2015 raids against the Bueno Drug Trafficking organization, a part of the Sinaloa cartel. The men made monthly drug shipments to Pasco and returned proceeds to the cartel. The Pomona man said that he continued to work with the cartel following his arrest to repay the seized money.

Pomona drug possession attorney


When you face federal charges for drug crimes, hire a top-rated defender like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

The majority of federal prisoners are in custody for drug convictions, so the threat of incarceration is real. When you face the loss of your freedom, your best defense is an experienced defender.

Mr. Helfend manages every case personally, so you will always have the benefit of his experience. He has developed a reputation for being aggressive and will fight to get charges reduced or dropped.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that a federal plea deal is in your best interest. 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 May Face Death Penalty
Murder Suspect May Face Death Penalty
A Los Angeles area man faces four murder charges resulting from a shooting last week. The man allegedly killed his father, brother, a former girlfriend and a man with no known connections to the shooter. He also shot and wounded his mother and another man and tried to rob another man in Canoga Park.

The District Attorney’s Office charged the man with four counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of attempted robbery. In addition, the man faces a special allegation of multiple murders, which makes him eligible for the death penalty. The District Attorney’s Office has not yet said whether it will seek execution.

Police have not given a motive for the shootings, but said the man has a history of violence and drug use.

Los Angeles murder attorney


Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. While the current governor has issued a moratorium on executions, juries can still approve the death penalty. Currently about 750 Californians sit on death row awaiting execution. When you face homicide charges, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. In his more than three decades of practice, Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians.

Homicide cases require special defense strategies, and an aggressive defense. You need the experience of a top-rated defender who knows what prosecutors will do to get a conviction.

Mr. Helfend manages every case personally, so you will always have the benefit of his experience. His plain-English style also means that you’ll always understand the status of your case.

Don’t rely on inexperience when your life is at stake, and don’t settle for an overworked attorney who doesn’t want 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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Sex Crimes Investigator Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault
Sex Crimes Investigator Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault
A former Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputy pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving a 15-year-old victim.

The detective, a 46-year-old Agoura Hills man, admitted molesting the victim while investigating her assault claim. Prosecutors initially charged the man with forcible rape. He pleaded guilty to child molestation of a minor. Investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department arrested the man last November. The assault took place in Ventura County the previous year.

As part of a plea agreement, the man will face a 3-year sentence when he returns to court on August 8.

Agoura sex crimes attorney


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

Sex offense convictions aren’t like other convictions. When you finish your sentence, you typically get to go on with your life. With a sex offense conviction, you’ll likely need to register as a sex offender, often for life. Your SRO status will follow you around wherever you go, even if you move out of state. Local law enforcement will perform periodic “compliance” checks to ensure that your registration information is correct. If you fail to keep your information correct, you could return to jail or face other sanctions.

Sex offender registration status can also impact where you can live and work. In many cases, registered sex offenders can’t find gainful employment or adequate housing, even after they’ve finished their sentence.

When you’re facing charges for sex offenses, your best defense is an engaged, aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for you. Unlike some defense attorneys, Mr. Helfend does not shy away from sex crimes cases. He will defend you and your freedom aggressively in court.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to help 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 sentence for pyramid scheme
Securities fraud sentence for pyramid scheme
A New York federal judge sentenced a man there to 12 years in prison for securities fraud. The man targeted members of Chinese communities in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City.

According to federal prosecutors, the man solicited more than $200 million in investments for an online education company. Last year, a federal jury convicted the man of nine counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The man told investors that the company sold web-based educational courses for children. Additionally, he told prospective investors that they could quickly recover their investments at a significant profit, and that investors would receive preferential treatment for the company’s IPO. In reality, investors needed to recruit other investors in order to see any return on their investments.

The man, along with other co-defendants, promoted the plan on YouTube and other Internet sites. They also relied heavily on investors for introductions to other potential investors.

The scheme operated between 2011 and 2014. Four other co-defendants have already received sentences ranging from 1-3 year in this case. Because the New York man was the scheme’s operator, his sentence is significantly longer.

Los Angeles securities fraud lawyer


When you face charges related to investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of federal criminal defense experience. He takes cases in any federal District Court in the United States. He also takes state level criminal cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Federal prosecutions are aggressive. To be successful here, a defendant must choose an experienced, aggressive defense lawyer. Federal prosecutors have a very high conviction rate, largely because they only choose cases that they know they can win. This puts defendants without the right legal help at a significant disadvantage.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you’ll always have the benefit of his experience. He won’t pass your case to less experienced attorneys and he does not automatically recommend plea agreements.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced 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 or federal securities fraud case.

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