A pair of Woodland Hills brothers face charges of identity theft in federal court. According to the indictment, the men schemed to steal income tax refunds. Authorities arrested the men last month. They face charges of conspiracy, theft of government property and international money laundering. The men entered not guilty pleas to the charges.
Federal prosecutors say the men used United Kingdom bank accounts to receive nearly $300,000 in fraudulent income tax refunds. Two other co-conspirators filed fraudulent income tax returns using other filers’ information. The men often sought refunds of between $8,000 and $10,000. The scheme operated between 2014 and 2015. In 2014, federal investigators seized about $180,000 from the overseas accounts of one of the men.
One of the brothers is being held without bond. The other has been released on a $75,000 bond. The men will return to court in Los Angeles in April.
Los Angeles Identity Theft Lawyer
When you face federal charges for identity crimes, hire an experienced federal identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in federal 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.
Federal prosecutors are aggressive and relentless. To successfully defend yourself, you also need legal counsel that is aggressive and relentless. Mr. Helfend manages every case he takes personally. You will always work directly with him on your case. Many federal defendants plead guilty because they assume that that’s the best option. It can be, but that’s not always the best approach to a successful federal defense.
Regardless of how you want to approach the charges against you, you need an experienced, aggressive attorney by your side. Don’t hesitate, and don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best option. 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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