Three former employees of a San Gabriel employment agency face charges of embezzlement. They face charges of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement, grand theft and altering or falsifying a public document.
Authorities say the three worked for LA Works, also known as the San Gabriel Valley Human Services Consortium. LA Works used public funds to help unemployed area residents find jobs. According to investigators, the three men improperly billed Los Angeles County for more than $1M between 2009 and 2014. One of the accused is the agency’s former CEO. Investigators say he ordered employees to alter documents. The fraudulent documents made it appear as though the agency helped hundreds of area residents. The documents also allowed the company to meet performance goals set by the county. In reality, many of the people the agency “helped” already had jobs.
In addition, the CEO established a “bonus” program to benefit himself and his two co-conspirators. He retired in 2003 but convinced the agency board to retain him as a consultant. In that role, he received health insurance and performance incentives. The three men will return to court on May 31 for arraignment. If convicted, they face between 10-14 years in prison
Los Angeles Embezzlement Attorney
When you face embezzlement charges, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He has defended hundreds of Californians in his years of practice. He knows what it takes to provide effective, aggressive defense.
Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply develops and implements effective defense strategies for his clients. One of his first priorities will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. To an outsider, this may seem like an unlikely outcome, but an aggressive, prepared defense attorney can effectively limit a prosecutor’s options.
Getting felony charges reduced or dropped is also significant in California, because of the state’s Three Strikes Law. This law allows judges to extend sentences for subsequent convictions. In some circumstances, a third felony conviction can land a person in prison for life.
Don’t allow an inexperienced or ineffective attorney to victimize you in court. 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 embezzlement case.
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