Two Chinese men face charges of identity theft following a series of high-dollar thefts in Orange County. Police allege that the pair cloned a Bank of China debit card belonging to a Chinese citizen living in China. Then, they made more than $400,000 in purchases at the South Coast Plaza mall.
According to investigators, the pair made purchases at Cartier, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels. The victim reported more than 40 unauthorized transactions on his account. In addition, the victim managed to move remaining cash out of his account and notify the police. Mall security observed the pair leaving the area in a car with a Nevada license plate. Using the information, investigators traced the car registration back to one of the suspects at a Nevada address.
Police also determined that the men obtained valid California driver licenses following their July visit to the South Coast Plaza mall. At the time of their arrest, the men shared an apartment in Los Angeles. Investigators compared the DMV photographs of the men to store surveillance images to identify the suspects. The suspects face federal charges in the matter.
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Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that isn’t a possibility, he will work toward the best possible resolution for your case. Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you will always work directly with him on your defense. He has a reputation as being an aggressive defender of his clients in court.
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