A Canoga Park man will spend nearly four-and-a-half years in federal prison for identity theft. The man worked with a West Covina tax preparer to execute a major tax refund scam. In addition to his jail term, the man will also repay nearly $750,000 in restitution. He must also complete three years of supervised probation after his release.
The man pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of possessing another person’s identification. The pair used information collected at the West Covina tax preparation service to file nearly 350 fraudulent tax returns. They collected more than $600,000 from the US Department of Treasury and more than $125,000 from the California State Treasury. The tax preparer pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. The judge will sentence him on that charge in April.
Canoga Park identity theft attorney
When you face charges of having stolen another person’s identity, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal courtroom defense experience. He takes cases in both state and federal courts. He will fight aggressively on your behalf.
Federal prosecutors are particularly aggressive, especially when a fraud involves the US Treasury. Your best defense is an excellent defense attorney. Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.
In this case, restitution plays a major part of the defendant’s sentence. To help ensure that the state and federal treasuries receive their repayments, a short sentence may be the best option. A short sentence gives a person a better, longer opportunity to pay off their debts. While it may not avoid prison time altogether, this approach maximizes the potential for full restitution.
Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney when your freedom is at risk.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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