A Glendale man will serve eight years in federal prison and three years of supervised release after a fraud conviction. Artashes Darbinyan, 37, created a mass mail fraud that targeted persons seeking trademarks.
Darbinyan set up fictitious companies that offered trademark registration and monitoring services. He used recent trademark filings to identify potential victims. Darbinyan promised to monitor trademark usage and report possible infringements for a $385 fee. Instead, he and an accomplice merely cashed the victims’ checks, and then deposited the money into their own accounts.
Darbinyan operated the scam from 2013 to 2015. In addition to a prison term, the judge ordered Darbinyan to repay nearly $1.6 million in restitution. Prosecutors had sought a 15 year sentence for mail fraud and money laundering. However, his attorney persuaded the court that Darbinyan’s history of drug and alcohol abuse played a role in his behavior. The judge offered a sentence of about half of what prosecutors requested.
Glendale fraud lawyer
Facing federal criminal charges can be frightening because the government has a very high conviction rate. If you’re facing a federal trial, you need an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, and takes federal and state cases.
His first priority will be to get charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. That could include making a plea deal, or arguing for favorable sentencing.
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