Securities fraud nets 5-year sentence
Securities fraud nets 5-year sentence
A Newbury Park man was given a 5-year sentence for a conviction on securities fraud charges. Rod Hormell also pleaded guilty to theft from an elder. The amount of the loss exceeded $100,000. He was also convicted on probation violations.

According to the indictment, Hormell stole an undisclosed amount from a senior citizen, after telling her that he would invest her funds in a fake business. That case resulted in Hormell’s initial conviction. A second victim came forward and said that Hormell had stolen more than $100,000 from her mother by claiming to invest the money in the same fraudulent business. He was ordered to pay $228,383 in restitution to the second victim. He had been ordered to pay restitution to the estate of the first victim under a separate court action.

Hormell has also received a lifetime censure from the insurance industry. His securities license was revoked following his first conviction.

A securities fraud lawyer you can trust


Securities fraud is normally prosecuted as a federal offense, but securities fraud is a violation of state law as well. Securities crimes can involve a number of different acts. Those acts include making investment trades using a client’s money without the client’s explicit permission; making risky or unsuitable investments without informing the client of the risks; making trades specifically to earn commissions; mismanaging investments; creating phony accounts; comingling clients’ funds with your own; operating a Ponzi scheme, using insider information to gain financial advantage and other similar investment-related crimes.

Financial crimes are complex. Often the nature and depth of a financial crime makes it difficult for ordinary people to understand. An effective defense must be prepared to educate the Court about the nature of the circumstances that led to the charges, and what a defendant’s actions really mean.

Robert Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who practices in both state and federal courts. Mr. Helfend can assemble the experts you’ll need to testify on your behalf. As your securities fraud lawyer, Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively to defend you against securities fraud charges.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County securities fraud case.

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Grand Theft Charge for West Hills Jeweler
Grand Theft Charge for West Hills Jeweler
A West Hills jeweler was charged with grand theft after allegedly swapping customers’ real diamonds for fake stones. Ara Ghazarian was arrested after several customers noticed that their jewelry “looked different” after he had worked on the pieces. One woman took her wedding ring to another jeweler for an examination after becoming suspicious. The second jeweler confirmed that the ring’s new stones were not diamonds.

A second victim brought a family heirloom ring to Ghazarian for work and was also the victim of a diamond swap. Ventura Police investigated and determined that there was evidence that the jeweler had swapped real diamonds for manufactured replicas of lesser value. The stolen diamonds had an estimated worth of more than $8,000. Ghazarian was booked on two charges of grand theft.

An experienced Ventura grand theft attorney


Grand theft charges in California can lead to a number of different outcomes, depending upon the circumstances of your case. Grand theft is generally the taking of property whose value exceeds $950. You can also be charged with theft if you remove property directly from a victim, or if you steal certain items, like a car or a firearm.

Theft can be charged as a felony or as a misdemeanor, and can result in a number of different sentences. The charges can also be “enhanced” under California law, depending upon the circumstances of your case. Enhancements – which could result in additional penalties – could be applied if the value of the stolen property exceeds certain thresholds. They are $65,000, $200,000, $1.3 million and $3.2 million. You can also receive an “enhanced” charge if the victim is elderly or otherwise vulnerable, or if you commit multiple acts of theft.

The enhancements provide for additional prison time of 1-4 years. Additionally, separate acts of theft can be added together for the purpose of prosecution. You can also be charged individually for each act of theft the prosecutor can prove.

The complexities of this crime require the assistance of an experienced Ventura grand theft attorney like Robert Helfend. With more than 30 years of criminal defense experience exclusively in California law, your best strategy is to work with a respected attorney.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County grand theft case.

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Insurance Fraud Conviction for Ventura Woman
Insurance Fraud Conviction for Ventura Woman
A former Ventura County Human Services Agency was convicted of four counts of Workers’ Compensation Insurance fraud earlier this month. Linda Boggess filed a Workers’ Compensation Insurance claim in 2007, claiming that she was experiencing “paralyzing pain.” She received insurance payments for four and a half years, until she was cleared to return to unrestricted work in November 2011.

Following her initial clearance, she filed a new claim based on a statement from a new physician, who restricted her lifting to no more than 5 pounds. At the time of her second claim, Ventura County opened an investigation, and obtained video surveillance of Boggess lifting and carrying car tires mounted on wheels over a distance of 50 feet. She could be sentenced to as much as 8 years in jail, and faces a fine of as much as $150,000.

Hire an aggressive insurance fraud lawyer


If you’ve been charged with filing a false insurance claim, you need an aggressive insurance fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Robert Helfend will work tirelessly to get charges against you reduced or dropped. With financial crimes involving Workers’ Compensation, the prosecution has a desire to send a warning message to other people who are considering filing fraudulent insurance claims. It also has a desire to recover the misappropriated funds. In fact, they may place a higher value on recovering the funds.

That may work in a defendant’s favor because a person has a better ability to repay fines and restitution when they’re working. By avoiding a sentence that includes jail time, the program is more likely to recover its funds more quickly. A skilled, aggressive insurance fraud lawyer knows how to work with the prosecution to arrive at the best possible outcome for all parties involved.

If you’re facing criminal charges related to a Workers’ Compensation Insurance claim, work with an experienced insurance fraud attorney who will handle your case personally, and give your case his full attention.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County fraud case.

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Medical Marijuana Theft Among Ventura Drug Crimes
Medical Marijuana Theft Among Ventura Drug Crimes
Earlier this month, Ventura Police arrested four men accused of drug crimes involving the theft of medical marijuana. Police arrested Nicholas Jones, 19,of Moorpark and Deondre Vines, 18, Treyvon Williams, 19, Malikk Williams, 18, all of Oxnard in connection with a strong-arm robbery of a medical marijuana delivery person.

Police believe that the men lured the delivery person to Ventura by posing as a medical marijuana patient, then robbed him. Police later spotted the suspects’ car and arrested the four men. The stolen marijuana and personal property belonging to the victim were found inside the suspects’ vehicle. According to police, a similar crime occurred in May.

Hire an experienced drug crimes attorney


If you’ve been arrested for drug crimes involving medical marijuana or any other controlled substance, you need an experienced drug crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has practiced in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years.

Mr. Helfend has built an outstanding reputation as an aggressive, skilled defense attorney. He’s exactly the kind of attorney you need when you’re defending yourself against serious charges that could result in a felony conviction in California. Avoiding California felony convictions is essential because the state’s Three Strikes Law could significantly extend prison sentences for future convictions.

You will work with him directly when you’re building your defense. Not only will you get the full benefit of his experience, your case will also get a level of personal attention that you will not receive from a larger law firm.

Don’t rely on inexperienced defense attorneys, or risk your freedom on an unprepared or unaggressive drug crimes attorney. Don’t settle for less than the best.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County drug crimes case.

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Oxnard man faces charges for murder, drug crimes
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Guillermo Teran, 23, of Oxnard and Tomas Ramos Ochoa, 34, of Los Angeles are facing murder and attempted murder charges following what appears to have been a drug deal gone bad. Teran, who has a criminal history that includes convictions for drug crimes, is alleged to have fired the shots that killed Christian Barrera-Rivera, 23 and Sony Pena, 28.

According to police reports, Barrera-Rivera and Pena arranged to meet the defendants in Woodland Hills to conduct a drug-related transaction. Shortly after their arrival, the pair was fired upon by Teran and Ochoa. Barrera-Rivera and Pena fled the scene in their vehicle, but following a chase, Teran and Ochoa again confronted the victims in Tarzana, where the fatal shootings occurred. Pena was declared dead at the scene, and Barrera-Rivera died later at a local hospital.

Hire a rurder lawyer with drug crimes experience


Teran was convicted of drug crimes in federal court in 2012. In addition to the multiple murder charges, both men also face charges of murder during the commission of a robbery and murder by means of discharging a firearm.

If you’ve been accused of murder, you need an experienced murder lawyer, like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. When allegations against you also include drug crimes, it is especially important to work with a drug crimes lawyer who will aggressively defend your rights.

Both murder and drug crimes carry stiff penalties in California. In cases like this, the circumstances of the case may lead the prosecutor to seek the death penalty against you. Another possibility is that you’ll face a life sentence with no possibility of parole. In either case, your best defense strategy is to work with an aggressive murder lawyer who also has significant defense experience as drug crimes lawyer. Don’t wait, and don’t trust an inexperienced attorney when your future is at stake.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.

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Camarillo Embezzlement Trial Date Set
Camarillo Embezzlement Trial Date Set
Four Camarillo men will face embezzlement charges in federal court in November, now that a federal judge has set a trial date. The trial date comes after the four men sought and received delays for various reasons.

The men, Jack Benjamin Hessiani, also known as Jack Herrera; James Manuel Herrera; Daniel Ayala-Mora; and Eduardo Josue Garcia are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and fraudulently using debit cards.

According to federal prosecutors, the men registered fake companies, then used the identities of real individuals to file unemployment claims in their names. The benefits were loaded onto debit cards and mailed to post office boxes set up as part of the conspiracy. The individuals who participated in the scam were allowed to retain a portion of the benefits, and the four men kept the rest. When the benefits ran out, the men filed for extensions, which resulted in the theft of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded benefits.

A Camarillo embezzlement lawyer you can count on


If you’ve been arrested for embezzlement, fraud, conspiracy or other similar charges, Camarillo defense attorney Robert Helfend can help. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as an embezzlement lawyer in Camarillo and throughout Southern California and handles each matter personally. Your case will receive Mr. Helfend’s full attention, unlike what will happen to your case in a larger, less personal law firm.

Federal prosecutions are complex and require an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you’ve been charged with embezzlement, don’t trust your freedom to just any attorney. Work with an experienced federal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. You’ll immediately understand why he’s a top choice among embezzlement defense attorneys in Southern California.

Mr. Helfend will aggressively defend your rights in court and help you prepare a strong defense. Mr. Helfend will begin working to get the charges against you reduced or dropped, and knows how to negotiate with federal prosecutors to arrive at the best possible outcome for your case.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County embezzlement case.

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DUI arrest for soap actress
DUI arrest for soap actress
A soap opera actress was arrested last month on suspicion of DUI, after she drifted across the yellow line and collided head-on with a Camarillo man. The accident, which took place on SR-154 west of Live Oak, occurred at about 6:20 AM on May 18.

Jensen Buchanan, 53, of Los Angeles was driving a 2016 Mercedes S550. She collided with a 56-year old Camarillo resident who was driving a 2014 Ford CMax. Buchanan suffered minor injuries from the crash, but the driver of the other vehicle was transported to Cottage Hospital in critical condition.

After Buchanan was treated for her injuries, she was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Buchanan has worked on a number of soap operas, including One Life to Live, Another World and General Hospital. She currently appears on The Young and The Restless.

Hire a noted Camarillo DUI attorney


DUI arrests are expensive and time-consuming. When you are arrested for DUI, the law provides for a number of both immediate and long-term consequences. Some of the consequences happen outside of the courtroom, and others are the direct result of the criminal case against you. You will want the services of an experienced DUI attorney who can help you navigate the administrative and criminal processes you will go through.

Immediate consequences include actions taken by the Department of Motor Vehicles, which are separate from the criminal case against you in the courtroom. Immediate consequences include the confiscation of your driver’s license, the suspension of your driving privileges and an administrative hearing at the DMV.

If this is your first arrest, your driving privileges will be suspended for 4 months, provided that the evidence collected at the time of the arrest shows that you had a blood-alcohol level of .08% or greater. If you have had a prior drunk driving arrest, your license will be suspended for a year.

The suspension of your driving privileges is separate from a criminal case against you. The court can impose additional suspension provisions, separate from the suspension imposed by the DMV.

A competent, aggressive DUI attorney with experience in fighting and winning DUI cases is your best defense. Ventura defense attorney Robert Helfend can assemble a team of legal and medical experts to testify on your behalf.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Felony drunk driving charges can result in fines, imprisonment, restitution, community service, the loss of driving privileges, loss of employment, increased insurance costs and costs for monitoring your driving habits.

Mr. Helfend will fight for you to minimize the impact of an arrest and/or conviction by working to get the charges reduced or dropped

If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving – felony or misdemeanor – you need the help of an aggressive DUI attorney like Robert Helfend.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County DUI case.

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7 nabbed in Simi Valley sex crimes sting
7 nabbed in Simi Valley sex crimes sting
Seven men were arrested last month in a prostitution sting operation conducted by the Simi Valley Police Department. The seven men were charged with misdemeanor sex crimes, specifically solicitation of prostitution. Six of the seven are from Ventura County. The seventh man is a resident of North Hollywood.

The sting was conducted by the Special Operations Unit, which placed an online advertisement offering adult services. When the targets called, they were asked to set up an appointment to meet. When the men arrived at the meeting location, they were arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail.

Police departments throughout Ventura County have been conducting sex crimes operations, targeting both prostitutes and people who solicit them. In February, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department arrested four women accused of prostitution in Camarillo and Thousand Oaks. In April, a multi-jurisdictional operation conducted by the Simi Valley Police Department, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the Oxnard Police Department, the Ventura Police Department, the California Highway Patrol and Homeland Security resulted in the arrests of 14 men, most of whom are residents of Oxnard.

A Trusted Sex Crimes Lawyer


Sting investigations pose a real danger for prosecutors because they straddle a very thin line between what’s legally permissible and investigative or prosecutorial misconduct. Mr. Helfend’s more than 30 years of experience as a sex crimes lawyer in Ventura County and throughout Southern California can work on your behalf.

Mr. Helfend has extensive experience in providing solid, aggressive criminal defense on behalf of his clients. Prosecutors often like sex crimes cases like prostitution stings. Few defendants contest the charges because they want to keep their names and pictures out of the paper. They may be attempting to hide their arrests from their employers, their families and their acquaintances, so they will do what it takes to avoid publicity.

Many sting operations border on entrapment, but it takes a skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney to defend against these misdemeanor sex crimes in court. Robert Helfend’s experience can help get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. With the help of an aggressive criminal defense attorney, you may be able to defend yourself in court while preserving your privacy and that of your family.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced sex crimes lawyer, don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t accept legal responsibility for a crime you’re accused of without first consulting with a criminal defense attorney.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County sex crimes case.

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Theft suspect fingered by prints
Theft suspect fingered by prints
A man was arrested in Oxnard earlier this week in connection with a theft that occurred in 2014. The VCSD learned that fingerprint and DNA evidence collected at the scene of an Ojai burglary was recently matched to 22-year-old Gabriel Garza after his fingerprints were submitted to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database in connection with an unrelated March 2016 arrest.
While being questioned about the Ojai theft, Garza confessed to the incident and was booked into the Ventura County Jail. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

An experienced Ventura theft attorney


When you’re facing a theft charge, the best defense strategy to employ is to hire a respected theft attorney like Robert Helfend. A theft charge can arise from any number of events, including a shoplifting arrest. It can also arise from more serious events. Theft in California can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or as a felony, depending upon the value of the stolen property. In some cases, the value of the property doesn’t matter; a grand theft charge can be leveled against you based on what was stolen, or even how an item is stolen.

With the help of an experienced theft attorney like Robert Helfend, you can build an effective defense. Mr. Helfend will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. If it’s not possible to get charges dropped or reduced, he will work toward the best possible resolution, given your circumstances.

An experienced theft attorney can help you navigate the process of preparing your defense, as well as other elements of the adjudication process. Since Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, you’ll always work directly with him on your case. That’s the kind of personal attention you may not get from an attorney in a larger defense firm.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County theft case.

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Tax crimes charges for trucking company owners
Tax crimes charges for trucking company owners
Owners of a Long Beach-based trucking company have been arrested for tax crimes related to workers’ compensation fraud and payroll tax evasion. Authorities say that over the course of four years, Alvin and Fiona Chen, owners of Metro Worldwide, Inc., deliberately understated their payroll by nearly $5 million. The resulting fraud reduced the company’s liability for workers’ compensation insurance and employees’ payroll taxes. Investigators say the couple often paid employees in cash to avoid making tax and insurance payments.

An aggressive tax crimes attorney


Tax crimes are complex, largely because the tax code is complex. They’re also very common. At the federal level, you can be charged with failing to pay taxes, refusing to pay taxes, or hiding income to avoid paying taxes. Similarly, you can be charged at the state level. At the state level, tax fraud typically arises when business owners collect taxes from their employees, but fail to forward the money to the state. Equally, individuals and business owners who attempt to disguise the real source of their income, or misstate their income can also be charged with tax fraud.

If you’ve been arrested for tax fraud or tax evasion, tax crimes attorney Robert Helfend can help you prepare a strong criminal defense. Whether you’re facing tax evasion charges at the state level or the federal level, Mr. Helfend can help defend you against tax-related criminal charges.

With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Helfend will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. You will always work directly with Mr. Helfend, because he handles each case personally. Work with a Los Angeles tax crimes attorney who will provide an aggressive and effective defense.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County tax crimes case.

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