Federal prosecutors charged a former Compton deputy treasurer with embezzlement of nearly $4 million. According to the complaint, federal authorities allege that the official diverted funds over a period of six years.
Investigators say that the official targeted fees from parking tickets, business licenses and other city income streams. Audits conducted during the investigation showed that the official diverted between $200 and $8,000 in city funds daily.
Investigators believe that the official spent the funds on personal expenses, including rebuilding his home and buying luxury vehicles. Their case against the official focused on city programs that received federal funds. If convicted, the official could receive a sentence of as much as five years in federal prison. Investigators have not said whether the official will also face state charges in the matter.
Los Angeles Embezzlement Attorney
Embezzlement charges are often work-related and have a number of long-term consequences. In most cases, the victim wants to be made whole. In the case of federal prosecution, however, the government has a significant interest in discouraging others from attempting the same crime. That’s why you need to hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend.
Robert Helfend practices criminal defense in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He takes cases in both federal and state courts, and will work aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped.
Facing federal charges can be a stressful experience, but having an experienced attorney by your side in court can help make the adjudication process easier. Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, so you’ll always work directly with him to create and present your defense.
Federal prosecutions are difficult because the federal government has a very high conviction rate. Only the strongest federal cases proceed to trial, which explains why federal prosecutors are so successful. It also explains why you need to work with an experienced federal criminal defense 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 embezzlement case.
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