A long-running Culver City telemarketing scam led to the arrests of 23 people. The fraud targeted churches, schools, charities, small businesses and municipal governments. The scheme involved selling overpriced toner cartridges for printers and copiers. According to prosecutors, the scam operated continuously beginning in 1988.
The telemarketers would call victims claiming to be affiliated with the victims’ regular ink and toner suppliers. When the victims placed orders, they would receive significantly inflated invoices for the product. According to federal prosecutors, the scheme ensnared more than 50,000 victims in the US and Canada. Those arrested were charged in federal court with conspiracy and mail fraud. If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
An experienced fraud attorney
Fraud can be prosecuted at both the state and federal levels. It is a serious felony offense, and is almost exclusively a financial crime. When you’re facing a fraud charge, you need the assistance of an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in California for more than 30 years, and is a highly respected defense attorney. Mr. Helfend will work immediately to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. Even when the prosecution’s case against you seems strong, it can have significant weaknesses that an experienced attorney can exploit on his client’s behalf.
Avoiding felony convictions can be exceptionally important. A criminal conviction for a financial crime can lead to incarceration and restitution, but it can also make finding gainful employment difficult, if not impossible. A conviction can require you to forfeit your professional license or credentials, meaning that upon release, you may no longer be able to practice the profession you were trained for.
Following most financial crimes, the victim wants restitution more than anything else. An experienced criminal defense attorney will work with prosecutors to arrive at the best possible outcome for all parties in the case. Often, the best possible outcome isn’t prison – it’s restitution. Sometimes the only way to arrive at that outcome is to avoid incarcerating the accused.
If you’re facing fraud charges, don’t wait and don’t rely on an inexperienced 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 fraud case.
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