Embezzlement Charge for VCSO Deputy
Embezzlement Charge for VCSO Deputy
A Ventura County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been charged with embezzlement and drug possession, after being observed on video surveillance removing drugs from a locked prescription drop off located at the East County Sheriff’s Station. Matthew Volpo, a 22-year veteran of the department was placed on administrative leave, pending the resolution of the matter.

Earlier this month, a department employee noticed a significant reduction in the amount of medication in the bin from the previous day. Video surveillance showed a VCSO employee removing discarded drugs from the bin, using a key that is typically kept at the front desk. Investigation showed that medication had been removed from the bin on several previous occasions in April and May.

Investigators also located prescription medication in a storage compartment of the deputy’s duty motorcycle, and noted that the found medication had not been prescribed to Volpe. The prescription medications found in Volpe’s possession included muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety medications, antiarrhythmics, opioids and Viagra.

An embezzlement attorney with experience


Embezzlement is a workplace crime and can be treated as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the value of the item(s) taken. Employment-related crimes are difficult because once convicted, you’re unlikely to find gainful employment in your field again. Working with an experienced embezzlement attorney is your best defense strategy.

Robert Helfend has provided exceptional criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He handles each case personally, which means that his clients always receive the full benefit of his years of criminal defense experience.

Larger law firms use their most recognizable partners to draw clients in, but then pass most cases along to less experienced attorneys. That means the client doesn’t always get the benefit of the firm’s best, most experienced attorneys. In addition, as a client, it can be frustrating to work through a maze of personnel without often communicating directly with your attorney. When you work with Mr. Helfend, you’ll always have a fully responsive attorney working on 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 Charge Nets Prison Term
DUI Charge Nets Prison Term
A Thousand Oaks man was sentenced to three years in prison following his fifth DUI conviction in seven months. In each of the five cases, Robert Carlson, 63, was found to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of at least 0.15 percent.

Carlson was first arrested for DUI in 2014, and served 5 days in jail. His third arrest led to a felony drunk driving charge. In addition to the prison sentence, Carlson’s driver license was revoked for a period of four years, and he has been designated as a habitual offender.

A DUI Lawyer You Can Trust


California courts are very serious about prosecuting drunk driving cases. Penalties for each drunk driving conviction accelerate – eventually leading to felony charges and mandatory prison sentences. If you’re arrested for drunk driving, you need an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend can bring together a team of technical and medical experts to testify on your behalf. He will aggressively challenge the evidence against you, and help you navigate both the administrative and legal processes that go along with an intoxicated driving arrest.

A drunk driving conviction can lead to incarceration at either the county jail or at a state prison facility for a period of days, months or years. In addition, you can face significant fines, the loss of your driving privileges, restrictions on your driving, driver retraining and other sanctions. In addition, convictions can mean significant increases in the cost of your insurance, or the outright cancellation of your insurance policy. You will also incur court costs and administrative costs.

When you’re arrested for drunk driving in Ventura County, only work with an experienced 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 DUI case.

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Domestic Violence Ends in Murder
Domestic Abuse Ends in Murder
A Bakersfield man led detectives to the Ventura County location of his wife’s body after co-workers reported the woman missing. Gonzalo Garibay, 44, was arrested in connection with her murder, which police suspect was the result of domestic violence. Rosa Garibay, 41, was the mother of three children, and was last seen by her co-workers on Sunday, July 17.

Garibay led detectives to a remote site in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, where he had placed his wife’s body. According to Bakersfield police, they visited the Garibay home five times between 2014 and 2016, with two of the calls arising from domestic violence complaints.

Garibay was charged with a single, misdemeanor count of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant in 2015, but the charge was later dropped. Police removed two vehicles from the Garibay household, and indicated that one showed signs of blood spatter. The three minor children are currently in the custody of their paternal grandparents. Police said that if Garibay had not taken them to the location of his wife’s body, it likely never would have been found.

Domestic Violence Attorney


Domestic violence is a complex crime, and requires the assistance of an experienced domestic violence attorney. In many cases, accusations of spousal abuse split apart couples and families. The situation may escalate, and result in more serious outcomes.

In many cases, couples and families can benefit from alternative early interventions, which can help avoid future incidents of domestic abuse. An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you and your spouse or partner find alternative, non-criminal interventions that satisfy the Court and help avoid future domestic abuse allegations. The Court is always ready to adjudicate matters; that’s why it exists. Often, however a better resolution is available, and helps to re-unite families and couples while avoiding criminal convictions.

If you’re facing a domestic abuse charge, don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney. Instead,

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 domestic violence case.

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Antitrust Action on Foreclosures
Antitrust Action on Foreclosures
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has conducted a long-term investigation involving antitrust violations. Currently, the FBI is focused on bid-rigging among participants at foreclosure auctions around the country.

Late last year, the FBI arrested and charged dozens of people in Northern California with bid rigging related to foreclosure auctions in California. Those arrested were accused of conspiring to submit low bids or direct certain properties to certain buyers. In the process, creditors and homeowners were denied the ability to recover the market value of their properties.

The FBI has continued to pursue financial crimes actions against buyers in foreclosure schemes around the country. Currently, several defendants in Atlanta are facing financial crimes charges. According to the Justice Department, participants in Atlanta (including auctioneers), predetermined the outcome of foreclosure auctions, then held side auctions among themselves to determine the final holder of foreclosed properties.

Anti-trust cases in California have raised the specter of illegal wiretaps. According to defense attorneys, the FBI placed illegal recording devices inside and outside of the Alameda County Courthouse to collect evidence against defendants. Attorneys charge that some defendants’ cases are based on evidence collected inside and outside of the courthouse, in vehicles parked next to the courthouse and at nearby transit stops.

Antitrust Attorney You Can Trust


Federal prosecutions are serious. Since 2009, the federal government has increased its enforcement of financial crimes including bid rigging. If you’re arrested for bid rigging or another financial crime, you need the assistance of an experienced antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense at both the state and federal levels for more than 30 years. His experience as an antitrust attorney allows him to provide exceptional counsel and defense to his clients. If you’re arrested by the Federal government, don’t rely on an inexperienced 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 antitrust/auto theft case.

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Securities fraud scam nets 8 years
Investment fraud scam nets 8 years
A Ventura County man who pleaded guilty to operating a decade-long investment scam was sentenced to eight years in prison for securities fraud, and ordered to pay more than $1M in restitution to 111 Ventura County victims.

Gilbert Infante persuaded his victims to invest in a sports merchandising scheme in which he told investors that he had secured the licensing rights to products associated with major professional sports teams. Infante provided investors with forged documents to demonstrate proof that the scam was a legitimate investment opportunity.

Local and federal investigators determined that Infante had engaged in a long-standing pattern of fraud by enticing victims to invest in his scheme. Infante pleaded guilty to 13 counts of securities fraud in federal court.

A securities fraud lawyer you can rely on


Federal prosecutions are complex. If you’re accused of violating federal securities law, you need an experienced securities fraud lawyer you can count on. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Southern California, and practices federal defense throughout the United States.

Investment fraud can result in significant prison terms and fines, as well as expensive restitution. Nothing takes the place of having an experienced securities fraud lawyer fighting aggressively on your behalf. Mr. Helfend can assemble a team of financial and legal experts to testify on your behalf. He will also work diligently to get charges against you reduced or dropped.

Do not work with an inexperienced federal criminal defense attorney, or one who does not have specific experience in investment fraud defense. When you’re facing federal prosecution, you need the best possible representation and legal counsel.

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/identity theft case.
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Sex crimes Victims Sought In TO
Sex crimes Victims Sought In TO
Police believe that a Thousand Oaks man arrested in connection with a sexual assault may have victimized more people, and is looking for additional sex crimes victims. Thousand Oaks police arrested resident William Beliveau, 63, after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her at a local hotel.

According to the victim, she met Beliveau in a drug treatment program, and indicated that at least two other people had been similarly victimized by Beliveau. The additional assaults date back as far as 2011. Charges were filed against him in Ventura County in the present case and include the rape of an unconscious person. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sex crimes Attorney


Sexual assaults are treated seriously in California, and a conviction can result in lengthy prison sentences. In addition, most people convicted of sexual assaults must register – often for life – on the state’s sex offender registry. Sex offender registration can make it difficult to find work and housing. It can even make you ineligible to work in certain professional capacities.

Avoiding conviction on sexual assault charges is essential, and working with an experienced sex crimes attorney is your best strategy when you’ve been arrested. Many defense attorneys struggle to provide adequate representation to clients who have been accused of sex crimes.

The nature of the allegations, the lack of concrete evidence and the character of both the victim and the alleged perpetrator are often called into question during a trial. Working with an experienced sex crimes attorney gives you a significant advantage in court and can help you provide an aggressive defense.

Do not attempt to defend yourself against sexual assault charges, and do not rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney to prepare a rigorous 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 sex crimes/grand theft case.

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Oxnard Tax Man Guilty of Fraud
Oxnard Tax Man Guilty of Fraud
An Oxnard jury convicted Rodrigo Pablo “Paul” Lozano, 61, of tax fraud after determining that he filed more than $50 million in fraudulent tax returns. According to US attorneys, Lozano applied for thousands of individual tax identification numbers, which are issued by the Social Security Administration to undocumented workers.

Lozano then used the numbers to file more than 12,000 fraudulent tax returns over a period of 18 months between 2011 and 2012. Lozano collected more than $23 million in fraudulent refunds before the Internal Revenue Service intervened. Lozano worked with a number of co-conspirators, who provided him with fraudulent documentation needed to apply for the tax identification numbers. Lozano split the proceeds with his co-conspirators. He could be sentenced to as many as 10 years in federal prison.

An experienced Oxnard fraud lawyer


Fraud is a financial crime, and usually involves misrepresentation of identity or authority; forgery; claiming unentitled benefits from a state or federal program; avoiding tax payments – either as an individual or on behalf of a corporation; using someone else’s credit or credit cards or creating a false circumstance in order to collect on an insurance policy.

Fraud charges are extremely serious and can be brought in either state or federal court. In either case, if you’re facing fraud charges, you need an experienced fraud lawyer who can develop an aggressive, practical defense on your behalf.

In fraud cases, the prosecutor only has to prove that the defendant intended to defraud someone, not that someone was actually victimized, or that the plan was successful. This can put you at a major disadvantage. Making restitution does not void the charges, but it can work in your favor. Prosecutors are sometimes willing to accept restitution in lieu of jail time, but to make that happen, you need to have an aggressive fraud lawyer who will do what it takes to get the prosecutor to accept that.

Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense, and has worked extensively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Both prosecutors and judges know Mr. Helfend and respect him and his balanced approach to criminal defense.

Don’t rely on inexperienced counsel, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation. 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 fraud/drug possession case.
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Santa Paula Murder Suspect Returned from Mexico
Santa Paula Murder Suspect Returned from Mexico
A former Santa Paula resident was extradited from Mexico to face charges in a 1993 Ventura murder . Prosecutors allege that Mexican national Everardo Meza Alamillo killed Adriana Castanon Meza and Armando Cauich, his former wife and her boyfriend in October 1993. He was indicted by a grand jury in August 1994, but fled to Mexico to avoid arrest.

Work with an experienced murder attorney


Murder is the most serious criminal charge you can face in California. Your life is literally on the line. A homicide conviction in California can result in the death penalty, or in lifetime incarceration with or without parole. You need an experienced murder attorney who will defend you aggressively in court.

A homicide defense is exceptionally difficult and requires the assistance of an attorney who will do what it takes to help you avoid conviction. No one wants to see a person “get away with murder” but it is a shocking crime and people are often anxious for a quick resolution.

This desire to make an arrest in a homicide case often leads to investigative mistakes, and it can entice the police and prosecutors to overlook conflicting testimony of witnesses, evidence that favors the defendant and the forensic facts of the case. Sometimes, prosecutors are in such a hurry to get a conviction – any conviction – that the cannot or will not admit that a person has been incorrectly accused.

You need a murder attorney who understands the peril you are in. You need an attorney who will examine the evidence and fight aggressively when the evidence doesn’t support the prosecutor’s accusations. Sometimes, the only way to avoid a homicide conviction is through the unswerving actions of a dedicated criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. When your life is on the line, nothing is more valuable than the experience of your murder 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 Santa Paula homicide case.

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Securities Fraud Charge For LA Area Man
Securities Fraud Charge For LA Area Man
Federal prosecutors have indicted a Los Angeles Area man and a New Jersey attorney on securities fraud charges. Imran Husain and Gregg Jaclin have been charges with a range of securities violations for their roles in a long-running scam.

Husain and Jaclin are accused of operating a fraudulent scheme to create and sell publicly traded shell companies that according to prosecutors “have no real business or purpose.” Prosecutors allege that from 2006 to 2013, Husain and Jaclin created at least nine shell companies, which Husain controlled completely. Stock in the shell companies was sold, netting the pair hundreds of thousands of dollars in sale proceeds and attorney fees.

Prosecutors allege that Husain and Jaclin conspired to create phony companies, create bogus SEC filings, establish fraudulent corporate structures, and create the appearance of a functional, legal corporation through straw shareholders that were given money to buy shares of the fake companies. Once the companies were established, Husain and Jaclin attempted to sell the worthless shell company to a new owner. According to authorities, Husain and Jaclin made close to $3 million while the scheme was operating.

An exceptional securities fraud attorney


If you’re arrested for violations of the Securities Act, you’ll need an exceptional, aggressive securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in providing effective, aggressive federal criminal defense. He handles each case personally, and will not pass along your defense to a less experienced partner. You’ll always work directly with Mr. Helfend on your case.

When you’re facing federal fraud charges, your best strategy is to work with an experienced securities fraud 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 securities fraud case.

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Drug possession arrests in TO
Drug possession arrests in TO
Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies reported nearly a dozen arrests for
drug possession and related crimes in Thousand Oaks one week last month.

Most of the arrests involved individuals who were found to be in possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. Some individuals were also arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

Drug possession lawyer


Simple drug possession is symptomatic of a health issue, and while you can be charged with possession of illegal drugs, the State of California is less interested in prosecuting the arrested person than they are in helping them leave the drug world behind.

Possession charges are determined based upon the quantity of illegal drugs in a person’s possession at the time of the arrest. You can also face different sanctions based upon the type of drug in your possession when you are arrested. Marijuana, PCP and methamphetamine are examples of drugs that are treated differently from other illegal substances under California. Additional sanctions can be applied if you are arrested in close proximity to a school.

Simple drug possession charges can be brought against you if you are in possession of illegal drugs, but no evidence that you intended to sell the drugs exists. You can also be charged with drug possession if you are arrested with the raw materials used to manufacture illegal substances.

Possession for sale is a felony. Prosecutors bring this charge when they believe they have the evidence to suggest you were in possession of drugs because you intended to sell them. When this is the case, you are at risk of spending years in a state prison.

Regardless of the charges you’re facing, you need the assistance of an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience, exclusively in criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Don’t risk your freedom. Work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

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/criminal defense case.

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