Police in Los Angeles and Orange counties conducted coordinated raids to arrest identity theft suspects. The arrests follow a multi-year federal investigation of an identity theft ring that operated from La Mirada, La Habra, Norwalk and Whittier.
Police arrested a dozen suspected participants in the ring. An additional two suspects remain at large. A federal grand jury authorized a 27-count indictment against the suspects. Prosecutors allege that the group used skimmers to capture credit and debit card information from local restaurants. Each of the participants is charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud. They face a maximum of 30 years in federal prison if convicted on all charges.
After collecting card information, the suspects would encode blank cards with the stolen accounts and make major purchases at retailers like Apple, Home Depot and Nordstrom.
Authorities also brought drug charges against some of the identity theft suspects. They accused at least three men connected to the identity theft ring with also participating in a drug trafficking ring that moved major quantities of methamphetamine.
Los Angeles Identity theft attorney
Identity theft is both widespread and lucrative. It also tends to support other criminal activities, so federal and state authorities pay close attention to organized identity theft activity. If you’re accused of identity theft – either in federal court or state court – Robert Helfend is an experienced identity theft attorney who can help you.
Federal prosecutions are challenging because federal prosecutors rarely try cases they aren’t certain they can win. The federal conviction rate currently exceeds 90%, but that doesn’t mean you can do anything to defend yourself.
The best federal defense starts with an experienced attorney. Mr. Helfend works aggressively to provide the best possible defense for all of his clients. In addition, he handles each case personally, so you will always work directly with him on your case.
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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