A Los Angeles man was among 15 people indicted on identity theft and conspiracy charges earlier this month. Mexican authorities detained and deported the alleged ringleader, a US citizen. Authorities claim that the group fraudulently obtained credit card information from individuals and businesses, then placed orders for expensive merchandise at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menard’s and other retail stores.
Experienced Identity Theft Defense Is Key To Success
The conspirators picked up the merchandise at retail locations, then resold the goods for much less than the original purchase price. The conspirators forwarded the profits to the ringleader in Mexico, earning a cut of each sale.
The California Penal Code, Section 530 identifies four variations of identity theft. They include the unauthorized use of another person’s identifying information; fraudulent possession of another person’s identifying information; the fraudulent sale, transfer or conveyance of another person’s identifying information; or knowingly selling, transferring or conveying another person’s identifying information to facilitate its unauthorized use.
In California, identity theft can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or as a felony offense, depending on the circumstances of the case. Misdemeanor convictions for identity theft in California can result in a sentence of up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Felony convictions can result in a sentence of up to 3 years in a California state prison and fines of up to $10,000. Prosecutors can also bring separate identity theft charges against a person for each use of a stolen identity, even if only one person’s identity has been stolen. Finally, identity theft cases can also be tried in federal court.
If you’ve been arrested in Los Angeles for identity theft, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Southern California for 30 years and takes identity theft cases in Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Mr. Helfend uses a variety of experts who can interpret inconsistent computer, financial, and physical evidence presented by the prosecution to reduce or eliminate identity theft charges against you.
Don’t risk your freedom on criminal defense attorneys with no experience in identity theft defense. Contact Robert Helfend today or call him toll-free at (800) 834-6434 or locally at (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your identity theft defense.
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