A Houston man accused of identity theft in Los Angeles will face charges here. Federal prosecutors accuse the man, along with two other individuals, of using false credentials for free airline travel. A second man, already in custody on weapons charges, also faces charges in the airline fraud. A third suspect, formerly of Houston, now lives in Los Angeles. Authorities arrested her last month in relation to the case. She is currently free on a $20,000 bond.
According to authorities, the 25-year-old man conspired with two other people to manufacture fake airline employee credentials. The group than used the credentials to obtain free airline travel on Spirit Airlines. Prosecutors say that the group used the scam throughout most of 2016 and 2017.
Authorities arrested one of the co-conspirators last year for transporting weapons aboard Spirit Airlines planes from Houston to Los Angeles. Once in LA, he sold the weapons despite not having a firearms license. FBI agents investigating the weapons case learned of the air travel scam. They opened a second investigation into the group’s bogus air travel.
If convicted, the 25-year-old Houston man faces 30 years in federal prison. The other two co-conspirators face a total of 37 years in prison for identity theft and fraud. The second co-conspirator, whose arrest triggered the investigations, also faces an additional minimum 5 year sentence for the weapons violations.
Los Angeles Identity Theft Lawyer
When you face charges of identity theft, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Identity theft cases are of particular interest to investigators because they often lead to evidence of other crimes. Federal prosecutors are well funded and have enormous resources available to them to prosecute cases. Don’t assume that you have no options, however. Your best defense strategy should include working with an experienced federal 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 identity theft case.
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