A Van Nuys man was sentenced to five years’ probation, 120 hours of community service and full restitution to his victims, after being convicted of grand theft. According to court records, Cristian Raul Videla, 34, pleaded no contest to grand theft by misrepresentation after stealing the identity of another licensed insurance broker and selling cargo insurance to commercial truck drivers. Videla pocketed a portion of the premiums, and issued policies for a lesser amount than what the victims though they’d purchased.
Videla issued certificates to his victims showing fake policy amounts. Videla’s scheme came to the attention of the California Department of Insurance following a loss by one of Videla’s victims. When the victim filed a claim for a $100,000 loss, he discovered that he had only half of the coverage he thought he’d purchased, and was responsible for the other $50,000. Videla was originally charged with five felony theft counts, but a deal with prosecutors allowed him to plead no contest to just a single count.
Grand Theft Lawyer
Grand theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The seriousness of the charges depends upon the value of the item (or items) taken. The more significant the monetary loss, the more serious the charges against you will be. If you’re arrested and charged with theft, you need an experienced grand theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years in courtrooms throughout Southern California. He handles each matter personally, so your case will not be turned over to a less experienced or less qualified criminal defense lawyer.
Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced lawyer. Work with a lawyer who has the experience to get the best possible outcome for 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 grand theft case.
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