Embezzlement from youth league leads to arrest
Embezzlement from youth league leads to arrest
A man who served as the treasurer for a youth baseball league faces charges of embezzlement. The man, a 52-year-old Simi Valley resident, took money from the league for as many as six years.

According to police, the man used the league’s funds for his personal expenses. Records show that the man purchased dinners, electronics, personal purchases over a three-year period. Police did not investigate the possibility of prior thefts. During the period police investigated, the man embezzled more than $100,000 from the group.

A board member of the youth league asked police to investigate Melnick after becoming suspicious of the man. Police initiated their investigation in October 2019. When officers searched the man’s home, they recovered a number of items purchased with the stolen funds. He faces six counts of felony grand theft. At his arraignment, the man pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. He faces as much as 6 years in prison if convicted on all charges. The man will return to court on February 27 for matters related to his case.

Los Angeles Embezzlement Attorney


When you face charges related to theft from an employer (even if your position is volunteer), hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He takes criminal cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Embezzlement usually gets a lot of attention because the dollar amounts involved can be high. Most victims want justice, but justice often includes full repayment. Imposing a long prison term actually frustrates the victims’ search for justice. In many cases, it makes recovery of the stolen funds all but impossible.

Justice is often better served by enabling the accused to make full restitution. This means allowing the person to work and earn a meaningful income. It also provides the best chance for making full restitution.

Don’t settle for inexperienced counsel and don’t attempt to represent yourself in court. When you face embezzlement 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 embezzlement case.

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Fraud charges for former LASD Deputy
Fraud charges for former LASD Deputy
A former Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy faces charges of fraud. The man allegedly claimed that he had been shot by a sniper outside the Lancaster station. He filed an insurance claim related to the case, and also filed a police report.

The man faces two felony insurance fraud charges related to a worker’s compensation claim the man filed following the incident. He also faces a misdemeanor count for allegedly filing a false police report.

The man had worked for the LASD for about a year when he claimed that an unknown person targeted him from a nearby apartment complex. He claimed that his bulletproof vest had prevented him from being more seriously injured. The man later confessed to staging the incident in August 2019. Police initially recovered a pellet gun near the apartment complex, but later determined that it was unrelated to the incident.

Los Angeles Fraud Lawyer


When you face charges related to fraudulent activity, your best defense strategy begins by hiring an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 35 years of experience, exclusively in criminal defense. He takes criminal cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

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 resolution to your case. Facing criminal charges can be frightening. Without proper representation, the risk of being convicted is high. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t expect “mercy” from prosecutors or the Court.

A criminal conviction can be a life-changing event, with lifetime consequences. Don’t settle for inexperienced counsel and don’t assume that a plea deal 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 fraud case.

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Identity theft charges for extradited Beverly Hills surgeon
Identity theft charges for extradited Beverly Hills surgeon
A former Beverly Hills surgeon who fled the country with his wife following mail fraud and insurance fraud charges has a new problem:identity theft charges. According to federal prosecutors, the man misrepresented elective medical treatments as necessities to collect insurance payments for patients.

Following his conviction on mail fraud and other charges, the man and his wife liquidated their assets, obtained fake passports and fled to Israel. The couple entered the country using Mexican passports, but then assumed false Guatemalan citizenship.

According to prosecutors, the man performed unnecessary surgeries on patients, then billed their insurance companies, collecting millions of dollars in fees. In some cases, patients were left disfigured and with disabilities.

The doctor pleaded guilty to mail fraud in 2016 and surrendered his passport to the court. He also agreed not to travel outside the United States. Afterwards, he and his wife transferred ownership of their home to a front company, which then sold it. They also transferred millions of dollars to Israeli bank accounts. Federal authorities believe the couple fled about six weeks before an IRS agent discovered that the couple’s home had been abandoned.

Initially, prosecutors sought a 51-month sentence for the man. The judge in the case sentenced him in absentia to the maximum of 20 years. Israeli authorities arrested and deported the wife in mid 2019. They deported the man in December 2019. US Marshals returned the man to Los Angeles to begin serving a 20-year sentence. His wife now faces charges of aggravated identity theft, fraud and contempt of court. She is in custody awaiting trial.

Los Angeles identity theft attorney


When you face federal 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 federal cases in any US District Court. He also takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Federal prosecutors are very aggressive and very persistent. When you face federal charges, your best defense strategy involves hiring an aggressive criminal defense attorney to represent you 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 land on retired LAPD officer
Domestic violence charges land on retired LAPD officer
A retired LAPD officer faces charges of domestic violence, violating a restraining order and extortion. The incidents allegedly took place while the officer was still on active duty.

According to the complainant, she and the suspect had a personal relationship which became violent. When the pair separated, she alleges that the man circulated intimate photos of her to other LAPD officers. She reported the incident to her supervisors, who transferred the woman to another division. She alleges that the department took no action against the suspect. The woman later sued both the department and the officer. The woman’s attorney has reached a settlement with the City Attorney, but the deal has not yet been approved.

The man, who subsequently retired from the department, faces criminal charges related to a 2018 altercation in Glendora. According to prosecutors, the man struck the woman outside a restaurant. Allegedly, he was attempting to get the woman to return gifts he had given her during their relationship.

He faces charges of extortion, corporal injury of a spouse or domestic partner, and misdemeanor charges of violating a domestic violence restraining order. In addition, he also faces charges of possessing a weapon while the subject of a restraining order. If convicted on all charges, the man could spend 6 years in state prison.

Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer


When you face charges for abusing a domestic partner, hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of practice experience, exclusively in criminal defense. He takes domestic assault cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Domestic assault cases can be complicated, and they are always emotional. Your best defense strategy is to work with an experienced attorney who will represent you in court. Robert Helfend is a top-rated defender who knows how to achieve the best results for his clients. He will not judge you based on the charges against you. He will simply work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped.

Don’t rely on inexperience 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 domestic violence case.

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DUI arrests approach 500 over New Year's Day holiday
DUI arrests approach 500 over New Year’s Day holiday
According to the California Highway Patrol, the agency arrested nearly 500 drivers for DUI over the New Year’s holiday. Three people died in alcohol-related accidents. The 2020 enforcement period lasted from 6:00 PM on New Year’s Eve to 11:59 PM on New Year’s Day.

This compares to nearly 1,150 arrests and 25 deaths in 2019. In 2019, the enforcement period lasted 102 hours, because of the holiday’s proximity to the weekend that year. The per-hour arrest rate for 2020 was 16.36, compared to 11.18 for 2019. The average fatality rate in 2020 equated to one death every 10 hours. In 2019, there was one death every four hours during the enforcement period.

While the holidays shine a spotlight on impaired driving, police agencies regularly run DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols. In many cases, DUI checkpoints do not produce a significant number of drunk driving arrests. Saturation patrols, where police officers are out in force, are more successful at locating impaired drivers.

Los Angeles DUI attorney


When you face charges for a DUI in LA, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of criminal defense experience in Los Angeles County. He also takes cases in jurisdictions throughout Southern California.

A drunk driving arrest is always costly, but you can face jail time, fines and other sanctions. This is true, even for a first-time offense. Your best defense strategy is to work with an experienced DUI attorney. The court system is not set up to work in your favor. Law enforcement officials and prosecutors will take advantage of every opportunity to secure a conviction against you.

That’s why you need an experienced attorney to represent you in court. Most DUI arrests in California result in misdemeanor charges, but every case is different. Many factors go into a prosecutor’s decision of whether or how to charge a person. A history of drunk driving arrests, or causing personal injuries or property damage can change your case.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t attempt to represent yourself. 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/sex crimes case.

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Theft Crimes By Bay Area Gangs Surge In LA
Theft Crimes By Bay Area Gangs Surge In LA
According to the LAPD, theftwas the most often-reported crime in the city in 2019. Thieves from Bay-area gangs would rent cars and drive to Los Angeles County in search of victims. They particularly preferred tourists’ cars, and frequently targeted shopping malls, museums and other tourist attractions.

Theft from cars in West Los Angeles increased nearly 30% from 2018. More than 100 police officers from multiple agencies in the Bay area broke open a major theft and fencing ring in December. They received a break when they pulled over a semi-truck filled with electronics stolen in Los Angeles County. US Postal inspectors also participated in the investigation by identifying a single location that shipped large numbers of packages out-of-state.

The police identified Bay area gang members as being responsible for the thefts. In all, police recovered more than $2M in stolen electronic devices from the truck. According to police, the Bay area gang members began targeting Los Angeles following extreme pressure by their local policing agencies.

According to police, the thieves specifically target vehicles by identifying markings from car rental agencies. Certain gang members break into the cars, then pass valuables to partners on electric scooters

Although police have arrested a number of people responsible for the thefts, they encourage people not to leave valuables in vehicles. They acknowledge that tourists are in a special position and may not have safer storage options. .

Los Angeles theft lawyer


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

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply works hard to get the charges against them reduced or dropped.
Don’t settle for inexperienced counsel when you can have a top-rated defender working for you.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 theft case.

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Drug possession crimes may account for drop in LA arrests
Drug possession crimes may account for drop in LA arrests
Los Angeles police are making fewer arrests, and many credit Proposition 47. Looking at arrest numbers over the past decade, the LAPD logged about 91,000 arrests in 2019. That’s down from 161,200 arrests in 2010. During the same period, the number of reported crimes increased by about 2.2%. Many of the “missing” arrests involve drug possession.

In 2014, voters decreased the classification of certain non-violent felonies to misdemeanors. Many of these crimes involved drug possession. Additionally, the LAPD says it has changed the way it polices the public. It now makes more use of alternative policing strategies to divert juvenile and first-time offenders from the criminal justice system. According to LAPD arrest statistics, juvenile arrests have dropped by 85% since 2010.

Even prior to the adoption of Proposition 47, arrests were decreasing, although reported crimes rose from 2014-2017. Since that time, reported crimes have decreased and are now approaching 2010 levels. While many possession crimes were downgraded to misdemeanors, drug crimes still account for plenty of arrests. In fact, DUI, domestic violence and drug possession were the top three reasons for arrests in 2019.

The way the LAPD records arrest information may account for some of the apparent change in arrest data. As time goes on, the department becomes more sophisticated in how it tracks arrest information. Additional information about arrests may also lead to changes in the way the department accounts for arrests. Opponents to Proposition 47 had argued that reducing penalties would increase the rate at which people committed those crimes. Researchers at the University of California also released a report suggesting that Proposition 47 did not change the rate at which people committed the newly reclassified crimes.

Los Angeles Drug Possession Lawyer


Proposition 47 also provides for reducing previous convictions for crimes previously classified as felonies. If you have an old felony conviction on your record, a knowledgeable drug possession lawyer can help. By having the court reclassify an old felony conviction as a misdemeanor, your record will no longer show a felony conviction. This can help you secure a job or housing more easily. It might also help with federal student loans and other benefits that require criminal history disclosure.

When you’ve been arrested for a drug crime or any other offense, hire an experienced attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. Mr. Helfend is a top-rated defender and will fight aggressively for you 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 drug possession case.

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Palmdale murder case charges dropped against 4 social workers
Palmdale murder case charges dropped against 4 social workers
A California appeals court dropped charges against four social workers related to the murder of an 8-year-old boy. The Appeals Court directed the lower court to dismiss charges against the case workers of a San Gabriel boy. They had been accused of child abuse and of filing false documentation.

Prosecutors had hoped to charge two social workers and their supervisors in the case. The Appeals Court found that the social workers never had a duty to “control the abusers, and did not have care or custody of the child.”

The boy died from injuries inflicted by his mother and her boyfriend. Prior to his death, the boy had been tortured for months by the pair. The social workers and their supervisors had asked the lower court to dismiss the charges, which the court refused.

One Appeals Court judge in the case believed that the four could not be tried for child abuse. However, she wrote that the four could be charged with falsifying records in the case.

Los Angeles murder lawyer


When you face charges related to homicide or professional misconduct related to homicide, hire an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He takes criminal defense cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that isn’t possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for you in court. Appeals Court judges may see matters very differently than trial court judges do. Your lawyer must be aggressive when pushing case matters to the Appellate level.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, or one who does not wish to fight aggressively on your behalf. 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 Division Introduces New Public Corruption Program
Antitrust Division Introduces New Public Corruption Program
The US Department of Justice has introduced a new inter-agency taskforce to combat
antitrust violations in public procurement. The new program will specifically target procurement collusion in major US cities. The participating agencies include the FBI, Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the US Postal Service and the General Services Administration.

The agencies’ goal is to “deter, detect and prosecute antitrust crimes” that arise from government procurement. According to the DOJ, the program will ensure that taxpayers receive the full benefits of competitive bidding.

The program is a follow-on to increased enforcement efforts by the DOJ to identify and eliminate public corruption. The DOJ announced the program as a warning to contractors to evaluate their antitrust compliance programs. The DOJ recently issued new compliance policy guidelines aimed at reducing anticompetitive bidding practices.

The Deputy Assistant Attorney General recently addressed the American Bar Association’s 2019 Public Procurement Symposium. In that address, he noted an apparent increase in corruption and fraud in public purchasing. He also stated that the Antitrust Division will coordinate with other agencies to “prosecute conduct that deprives the government – and in turn, the taxpayers – of the benefits of fair competition.”

According to the DOJ, public purchasers are more vulnerable to anticompetitive bidding because of the size of government purchases, and the low number of service providers. Further, monitoring of government contractors is difficult, and certain circumstances – like disasters – impact the immediate need for services and diminish competition. Currently, the DOJ has about 100 open antitrust cases. About one-third of these involve public procurement.

Federal Criminal Antitrust Attorney


When you face criminal antitrust charges, hire an experienced federal criminal antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal criminal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state-level defense cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Federal cases require experienced federal defense counsel. US attorneys are well funded and aggressive. They measure their success on convictions, so they’re not likely to take cases they don’t think they can win.

Your legal counsel must have a firm understanding of the law, and the case against you. In addition, your attorney must know how to deal with overzealous federal prosecutors. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your only option is to take a guilty plea!

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/identity theft case.

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Sex crimes suspect held in Garden Grove assault
Sex crimes suspect held in Garden Grove assault
A man faces sex crimes charges following an attempted assault on a hotel employee in Garden Grove.

According to police, the man exposed himself, then attacked the woman, pinning her against a wall. She escaped and locked herself in a hotel room, where she called co-workers for help. The suspect fled the scene, but police located him just moments later near the hotel.

Prosecutors have charged the suspect with felony assault with intent to commit a sexual offense. He also faces one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. While booking the suspect into jail, police discovered methamphetamine in the man’s pocket. As a result, he also faces charges of bringing a controlled substance into a jail, which is a felony.

The suspect has previous criminal history, having been convicted of robbery in Los Angeles in 1997. He remains in custody in Orange County on a $205,000 bail. He will return to court on January 24, on matters related to his case.

Los Angeles sex crimes attorney


A sex crimes conviction can be devastating. In most cases, a conviction for a sexual offense will require you to register as a sex offender. It is virtually impossible to complete your sentence as a sex offender, because that designation will follow you around – likely for the rest of your life.

The designation can impact where you live and what you do for a living. It will require you to maintain ongoing contact with local law enforcement. It can also limit your ability to do simple things, like use a computer. Felony convictions can exclude you from crossing international borders, even years after your incarceration is complete.

That’s why it is essential to have an experienced, aggressive attorney on your side. Mr. Helfend takes sexual offense cases and will fight for you in court. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible he will devise strategies to produce the best possible outcome for your case. He doesn’t judge his clients based on the charges against them. He simply works hard to provide the best possible defense.

A conviction for sex crimes can be a life-changing event. Don’t rely on inexperienced counsel 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 sex crimes case.

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