Embezzlement Plea Ends Los Angeles Church Saga
Embezzlement Plea Ends Los Angeles Church Saga
The former chairman of the Fifth Church of Christ Scientist pled guilty to embezzlement earlier this month. The 55-year-old Los Angeles resident faces as much as 60 years in federal prison.

According to investigators, the man stole more than $11M from the church. He used the money to purchase a $2M home, and for other luxury goods. A grand jury indicted the man in 2018. According to grand jury records, the man began working for the church in 2001, and was granted access to the church’s finances in 2005.

Once he controlled the church accounts, he began writing checks to fictitious companies that he created or controlled. In some cases, he associated names of family members with the fake companies. The embezzlement took place between 2006 and 2016. He also forged the signatures of other church members on checks.

At one point, the church sold its Hollywood property for $12.8M. The man used the proceeds from the sale to purchase a $2M home for himself. He also directed a large portion of the proceeds to himself via a fake environmental services. Additionally, he characterized some of the proceeds of the sale as “donations.”

Part of the embezzlement scheme involved overpaying taxes, then intercepting the tax refunds into accounts he controlled. He also intercepted donations totaling $70,000 that were intended as a bequest to a private school.

The man will return to court on May 18 for sentencing.

Los Angeles embezzlement lawyer


When you face criminal charges for stealing funds from an employer, hire an experienced Los Angeles embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes criminal cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

He is a top-rated defender and takes cases in both federal and state courts. Don’t settle for an inexperienced embezzlement lawyer.

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 embezzlement case.

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Fraud Charge For Pacoima Recycling Operator
Fraud Charge For Pacoima Recycling Operator
California authorities have arrested eleven people suspected of recycling fraud. Among those facing charges is the operator of a Pacoima recycling center.

According to the California Department of Justice, the suspects imported empty beverage containers from neighboring states. The suspects then collected more than $2M in funds from CalRecycle. Most of the out-of-state containers came from Nevada and Arizona. Neither state has a deposit law.

Following a four-month investigation that involved 15 recycling centers, CDOJ agents arrested 11 people. They now face felony recycling fraud, conspiracy, and grand theft charges. If convicted, they could spend between 6 months and 3 years in prison.

Pacoima Fraud Attorney


When you face charges for fraudulent activity, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of criminal defense experience, and takes fraud cases in Los Angeles County.

State and federal agencies aggressively pursue and prosecute fraud schemes that target them. When you face accusations of defrauding a governmental agency, you need an equally aggressive defense. An experienced attorney knows how to prepare and deliver an effective defense on your behalf. Mr. Helfend is a top-rated defender and will fight hard for your rights and freedom.

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 fraud case.

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Identity Theft Charges for Los Angeles County Crew
Identity Theft Charges for Los Angeles County Crew
Police arrested four residents of Los Angeles and Long Beach for identity theft. Redondo Beach police conducted a traffic stop and found a significant amount of mail, narcotics and paraphernalia in the car.

The officers arrested the two women, and discovered that they were working with two men at a local hotel. The police located the men at the hotel and arrested them. Inside the hotel room, police found additional narcotics, stolen mail and materials used to alter checks.

Police said that the stolen mail originated from Anaheim, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Laguna Niguel, Orange, Redondo Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Torrance, and Woodland Hills.

Police cited two of the four people and released them on $1,000 bonds. One woman was released on a $50,000 bond. The fourth man remains jailed on a $100,000 bond and will return to court on March 11 for matters related to his case.

Redondo Beach Identity Theft Lawyer


When you face charges for identity-related crimes, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Prosecutors are especially interested in identity theft, because it often relates to other crimes. That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive lawyer to fight identity theft charges. Depending on the circumstances, either the state or federal authorities can bring identity-related charges against you. Likewise, you can face either felony or misdemeanor charges.

Mr. Helfend has a reputation for being an aggressive criminal attorney. He is a top-rated defender in the Los Angeles County area, and fights hard for his clients. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t attempt to represent yourself in court.
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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Domestic Violence Charges for Riverside County man
Domestic Violence Charges for Riverside County man
A missing Riverside County woman reunited with her family following a mysterious disappearance last month. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested the man she was with when they found the pair.

He now faces charges of kidnapping, burglary, domestic violence and vandalism. The man is a transient from the Los Angeles area. The LASD did not indicate how they located the pair, or give any details regarding the woman’s health. They did indicate that the man and the woman were acquainted prior to her disappearance.

Neighbors of the woman reported to police that she had been removed from her home against her will. The alleged kidnapping took place on January 25. Sheriff’s deputies located the woman a week later in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles domestic violence attorney

When you face charges related to a domestic assault, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. In his more than 35 years of practice, Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians facing criminal charges.

Domestic assault cases can be tricky. Many times, the defendant and the victim know each other very well. The injured party may not want to press charges against the defendant. The prosecutor may put pressure on the victim to pursue criminal charges. That increases the stress on both the victim and the defendant.

That’s why you need the assistance of an aggressive, experienced criminal attorney. Mr. Helfend is a top-rated defender in the Los Angeles area. If you are facing domestic assault charges, and your spouse does not want to cooperate with the prosecutor, you need to work closely with your attorney to withdraw the charges.
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 domestic violence case.

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DUI crash results in 2nd-degree murder conviction
DUI crash results in 2nd-degree murder conviction
A former elementary school principal faces up to life in prison for a DUI crash that killed a Lancaster woman.

According to witnesses, the principal crossed the center line while driving near Palmdale. She struck a 2010 Mazda head-on. The driver, 29-year-old Jessica Ordaz, died at the scene. First responders took the DUI driver, who suffered moderate injuries in the crash, to the hospital. She has been in custody since the crash, which took place on November 15, 2018.

With convictions for second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, the woman faces a sentence of 15 years-to-life in prison. She will return to court on February 20 for sentencing.

Palmdale DUI Lawyer


When you face a DUI in LA, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 35 years of criminal defense experience. He takes DUI cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Drunk driving charges in California can be very serious. According to a 2017 analysis by Wallet Hub, California ranked 19th among all states for strict drunk driving enforcement. About two-thirds of drunk driving arrests here result in misdemeanor charges. In certain circumstances, the law requires prosecutors to file more serious charges. These include having a history of drunk driving and causing injury or death while driving drunk.

When these circumstances apply to you, your best defense is to work with an experienced DUI lawyer. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he just works hard to get the charges reduced or dropped. When that isn’t possible, he fights aggressively for his clients to achieve the best possible outcome.

One of the worst defense mistakes you can make is attempting to represent yourself in court. Your best defense includes hiring an experienced, aggressive defense attorney. Mr. Helfend is a top-rated defender in the Los Angeles County area.

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 DUI case.

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Drug possession charges for USPS drug deliveries
Drug possession charges for USPS drug deliveries
Federal prosecutors charged 16 people with drug possession, drug trafficking and weapons offenses. The operation used the US Postal Service to deliver drug packages to Michigan, New York, Ohio and South Carolina. Proceeds from the sales were returned to the operation in California.

The group operated between 2016 and 2018. In addition to using the US Postal Service to ship drugs, the conspirators also used private transportation. Federal investigators seized about 170 pounds of cocaine, 150 pounds of methamphetamine and 20 pounds of heroin. They also seized nearly 1,000 fentanyl pills and about $2M in cash.

If convicted, the defendants face between 10 years and life in prison. The majority of those arrested will face trial in federal court in Los Angeles. Three individuals will face trial in Ohio and South Carolina.

Federal drug possession attorney


When you face charges for federal drug possession, hire an experienced federal drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes criminal defense cases in any US District Court. He also takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

More than half of all people incarcerated in the federal prison system today are serving time for drug offenses. Federal prosecutors are very good at securing convictions on federal drug charges. To defend yourself, you need the assistance of an experienced, aggressive federal criminal defense lawyer.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply works hard to get the charges against his clients reduced or dropped. When that is not possible, he will work toward the best possible resolution to their cases.

Don’t settle for inexperience when you need to defend yourself in federal court. 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 drug possession case.
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Murder charges added in teen crash deaths
Murder charges added in teen crash deaths
A Corona man facesmurder charges in the apparent road rage deaths of three teenage boys. The man allegedly rammed a Prius the teens were riding in south of Los Angeles last month. Following contact, the car skidded off the highway and into a tree.

First responders pronounced one teen dead at the scene. Two other teens died later at the hospital. Three additional survivors suffered serious injuries. The driver who struck the teens’ car initially fled the scene.

Witnesses to the fatal collision helped police track down the driver. Police arrested the man less than a mile from the fatal collision, noting that his car had front-end damage to it. Police also say that they believe the man specifically targeted the teens, and that the teens knew the man was pursuing them.

The driver remains in custody without bail. He faces three charges of murder and multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He also faces domestic violence and child abuse charges in an unrelated case.

Los Angeles murder attorney


When you face homicide charges of any kind in Los Angeles, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of criminal defense experience. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Murder is the most serious charge you can face in California. Your life is literally at stake. Although the current governor has imposed a moratorium on executions, you can still receive the death penalty. Today, about 750 people await execution on California’s Death Row.

To avoid joining this group of individuals, you need an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for you in court. The more experienced your attorney is, the better your defense will be, and in a murder case, you need the best defense you can possibly get.

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 murder case.
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Antitrust Charge For NY Subway Employee
Antitrust Charge For NY Subway Employee
A Metro-North Railroad employee faces antitrust charges for bid-rigging. According to prosecutors, the man steered more than $10M in waste-disposal and asbestos removal contracts to a New York firm.

Charged in the scheme is a former contract manager for Procurement and Material Management for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro-North Railroad. Prosecutors say that the employee provided inside information to a company in exchange for $70,000 in kickbacks. Prosecutors also charged two company executives with participating in the scheme.

In one case, the employee provided scoring information assembled by Metro-North bid evaluators to help the company change its presentation. The employee also steered sub-contract work to the firm after providing confidential bid information. The company used the information to underbid the lowest bidder. In exchange, the company provided both direct cash payments to the employee and made thousands of dollars in mortgage payments on his behalf.

Los Angeles antitrust lawyer


Federal antitrust laws provide for both civil and criminal penalties. Individuals and corporations can face criminal charges. Antitrust laws prohibit certain anti-competitive practices, including bid-rigging, price-fixing and market allocation. When you face federal criminal antitrust charges, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced criminal antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal antitrust defense. He takes criminal antitrust defense cases in any US District Court. Mr. Helfend is a top-rated defender, and knows what it takes to successfully defend clients in court.

Many federal defendants believe that their only option is to plead guilty. While federal prosecutors do have a high conviction rate, the right defense strategy could make you a less inviting target.

Don’t settle for inexperience, and don’t assume that your best defense is a plea deal.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 antitrust case.

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Pomona sex crimes charge for former Upland officer
Pomona sex crimes charge for former Upland officer
A former probationary officer with the Upland Police Department faces sex crimes charges after allegedly assaulting an acquaintance.

The man, a Rowland Heights resident, faces one felony count of sexual battery by restraint, assault with intent to commit a sex crime, and dissuading a witness. According to investigators, the man asked his former girlfriend to meet him in his car. During the meeting, the man allegedly sexually assaulted the woman.

The woman reported the incident and the Upland Police Department released the officer from duty. Authorities took the former officer into custody on a $200,000 bail following a court appearance but have since released him.

He is scheduled to return to court on March 5 for matters related to this case.

Pomona sex crimes attorney


A conviction for a sexual offense can last a lifetime thanks to the state’s Sex Offender Registry laws. When you face sex crimes charges in Los Angeles County, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of criminal defense experience and takes cases in Los Angeles County. In his more than 3 decades of practice, Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead he simply fights hard for them in court. Many attorneys won’t take clients who are facing sex crimes charges. The nature of the alleged crimes can make defense difficult and uncomfortable. When your freedom and your civil liberties are at stake, you need an aggressive, top-rated defender by your side.

If you don’t offer an aggressive defense, you could face years in prison followed by lifetime registration on the state’s Sex Offender Registry. Your status as a registered sex offender will follow you no matter where you go. Registration requirements can also seriously impact your civil liberties long after you have completed your sentence.

Don’t settle for inadequate representation. 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 sex crimes lawyer case.

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Securities fraud sentencing for Signal Hill executives
Securities fraud sentencing for Signal Hill executives
Three former executives of a phony Signal Hill firm have received federal sentences for securities fraud. The men operated an investment firm in Signal Hill that purported to build an Internet based banking system.

According to prosecutors, the men operated a company called Authotecq. Over a period of nine years, the men sold more than $11M in fraudulent, unregistered securities. The company targeted mostly elderly investors. The company produced no actual work, but the men used investor funds for luxury purchases, fine dining and personal expenses. Prosecutors originally filed the case against multiple defendants in 2012. After receiving a cease-and-desist order, the men continued to sell shares in the company.

One defendant received a sentence of 3 to 30 years in state prison. A second defendant received a sentence of eight years in prison, and the third defendant will serve three years. A fourth defendant in the case died while awaiting sentencing. The Department of Corporations, through the State Attorney General’s Office, prosecuted the case.

Los Angeles securities fraud lawyer


When you face charges related to investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 35 years of criminal defense experience and takes cases in Los Angeles County. In his more than 3 decades of practice, he has successfully defended thousands of Californians.

Mr. Helfend is a top-rated defender, and fights aggressively for his clients. Both the federal government and the state can prosecute securities fraud. Securities fraud universally takes advantage of investors, but prosecutors work hard to convict defendants accused of targeting vulnerable individuals.

Your best defense strategy involves working with an experienced, aggressive defender. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that your best outcome involves a plea deal. 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 securities fraud case.

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