Identity Theft Suspect Nabbed After Chase
Identity Theft Suspect Nabbed After Chase
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A Newbury Park man was arrested in Simi Valley, following a police chase that ended when the suspect, Joshua Nation, 34, lost control of his car and crashed into a wall. A female passenger in the vehicle escaped. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Nation fled. Nation was the subject of an arrest warrant for identity theft and domestic violence.

Nation fled the VCSO deputies, and they pursued him for a short distance. Nation’s vehicle was traveling in excess of 70 m.p.h., when the deputies discontinued their pursuit. Shortly thereafter, Nation collided with the wall and fled the vehicle. Nation was located in a yard, following a search by deputies in the department’s helicopter, and canine units from the Simi Valley Police Department.

In addition to the ID theft and domestic violence charges, Nation now faces additional charges, including evading arrest, hit-and-run and resisting arrest.

Identity theft lawyer


Identity theft has received a growing amount of attention, both at the federal and state levels. In California, the number of individuals charged with ID theft is increasing, following the effective decriminalization of a number of drug-related crimes. Prosecutors may be pursuing ID theft charges as a way to compensate for decreased penalties for certain non-violent crimes. If you’re charged with ID theft, you need the assistance of an experienced, aggressive identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Southern California, including Ventura County, for more than 30 years, and handles each case personally. Nothing replaces experience! If you’re facing identity theft charges, don’t wait to act and don’t attempt to defend yourself.

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 identity theft case.

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Sex crimes charges for VC human traffickers
Sex crimes charges for VC human traffickers
Authorities in Ventura County arrested three men and two women, from Covina, San Gabriel, Alhambra and Rosemead, and charged them with sex crimes following their investigation of a human trafficking ring that operated in nine California counties.

A combined task force of federal, state and local police agencies conducted a six-month investigation, including prostitution stings in Oxnard and other locations in Ventura County. Officers from the Oxnard Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office responded to ads for sex on Backpage.com.

Following the arrests, investigators uncovered evidence of a much larger operation. The criminal enterprise operated much like a corporation, according to police. Those arrested organized meetings between women and clients responding to the advertisements, coordinated transportation and logistics, negotiated pricing and laundered the proceeds of the operation through as many as nine different banks.

The investigation also identified more than two-dozen women who spoke little or no English, and who had entered the country on legitimate visas. The women were kept at various motels, rarely leaving their rooms, and were forced to work throughout the day. The women were charged for the delivery of clients to their rooms, for the rooms themselves, the advertisements and for basic necessities like food.

Upon the arrest of the five suspects, police seized about $350,000 in cash, nearly $750,000 in bank accounts belonging to the group, three residential properties and a luxury vehicle. At the time of the arrests, authorities located eight women who were actively being trafficked by the operation.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


If you’ve been arrested for sex crimes in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Southern California for more than 30 years, and will take 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 sex crimes case.

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Fraud charge for Simi Valley woman
Charge for Simi Valley woman in insurance scam
A Simi Valley woman was charged earlier this summer in connection with a massive Riverside-based fraud conspiracy. Gladys Ross, 53, was charged for her part in a $98 million workers compensation insurance scam. Also charged were four area doctors, a lawyer and another individual.

Ross was indicted for her role in a workers’ compensation fraud mill operated by Peyman Heidary, a Riverside chiropractor. The scheme involved a law firm working cooperatively with the doctors to stage workers compensation accidents, and file fraudulent claims. Of the $98 million in claims submitted, approximately $12.4 million was collected.

Ross was named in a 69-count indictment and faces a maximum sentence of more than 63 years in federal prison if convicted on all charges.

Federal fraud attorney


If you’re arrested for fraud by the federal government, Los Angeles federal fraud attorney Robert Helfend can take your case. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. He also takes federal cases in every federal circuit.

The federal government prosecutes fraudulent activity against government agencies very aggressively, in part because federal programs make lucrative targets. Convictions on federal charges can result in long prison sentences and expensive restitution. In addition, you can face the loss of professional credentials, and be permanently barred from providing services to federal agencies and their beneficiaries.

To protect your interests and your freedom, you need the assistance of an experienced federal defense attorney who can help you navigate the complexities of the federal criminal justice system. Don’t risk your freedom on inexperienced defense counsel. Instead, work with an experienced aggressive defense 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 fraud case.

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Oxnard coach sentenced for sex crimes
Oxnard coach sentenced for sex crimes
A former Oxnard volleyball, basketball and soccer coach was sentenced for sex crimes involving children. William Esau Matau pleaded guilty in June to one count of committing lewd acts upon a child, possession of child pornography and child molestation.

Matau was sentenced to 300 days in the Ventura County Jail and five years of probation. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victims for at least 10 years. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the two victims, as well as fines and court costs. He must also register as a sex offender.

The case involved two victims under the age of 14, and allegedly occurred in December 2015. Matau worked as a volleyball coach for the Oxnard Recreational and Community Services Department at the time of his arrest. Prior to this incident, he had no criminal record.

Oxnard sex crimes lawyer


Ventura sex crimes lawyer Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense in Ventura and throughout Southern California. He takes sex crimes cases, including those involving minors. Many sex crimes lawyers shy away from taking cases that involve minors because they find these cases too difficult to defend against, or the nature of the crimes distasteful.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on what they’re accused of. He treats sex crimes cases like all other criminal defense cases, and works diligently to provide the best possible counsel and defense to his clients.

Convictions on sex offenses in California can have lifelong consequences, regardless of the length of the sentence imposed by the Court. Sex offender registration can make it difficult to find gainful employment and suitable housing following conviction. Carelessness in maintaining proper registration information can quickly lead to re-incarceration, and long-term harassment by the police.

Don’t risk your freedom on the skills of a criminal defense attorney who does not have experience in defending against sex crimes, or who does not want to defend you aggressively. 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 sex crimes case.

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Murder charges for Louisiana man
Murder charges for Louisiana man
A Louisiana man already serving a life sentence for robbery, rape and kidnapping, was charged with three counts of murder in connection with the cold-case deaths of two unidentified women, one of whom was 5 months pregnant. William Chouest would have been eligible for parole in 2017. One of the victims was discovered in Ventura County. The other was found in Kern County.

According to prosecutors, DNA collected from the victims identified Chouest as a suspect in both crimes. The DNA samples collected from the victims and their clothing were tested in 2012, although the homicides happened in 1980. The samples were matched to a sample collected from Chouest while he was incarcerated.

In addition to murder charges, Chouest faces special circumstances, including murder while engaged in rape, murder while engaged in robbery and multiple murders, as well as weapons charges and habitual offender charges. Chouest has pleaded not guilty to the crimes. If convicted, he faces three life sentences without parole, as well as additional time for the weapons offenses.

An experienced Ventura murder attorney


Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. Quite literally, your life is at stake. In California, conviction on homicide charges can result in the death penalty, or a life sentence with or without the possibility of parole. You need the assistance of a qualified, experienced Ventura murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He is known as an aggressive defense attorney who goes the distance for his clients. He will work directly with you throughout the judicial process to help you create a solid defense strategy.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that isn’t an option, he will challenge the evidence against you; bring forward expert testimony on your behalf, and work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case, based on your circumstances.

Do not risk your freedom by working with an inexperienced 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 Ventura homicide case.

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Drug possession Bust In Oxnard
Drug possession Bust In Oxnard
Four people were arrested for several drug-related crimes including drug possession, following a raid at a home in Oxnard earlier this month. During the raid, police found a 74-year old woman living in the home. According to police, the woman was bedridden and showed signs of neglect.

Police arrested Jeffrey Schultz and Glen Wilson, both 54 were arrested at the home. Schultz, whom police allege was selling drugs at the house, was arrested on suspicion of maintaining a drug house, selling drugs and elder abuse. Wilson, who told police that he was the woman’s caregiver, was arrested for drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and elder abuse. Police also arrested two other individuals, a 33-year-old Ventura man and a 47-year-old Ventura woman on related drug offenses.

Ventura drug possession lawyer


Possession charges in California can be prosecuted as a felony or as a misdemeanor, depending upon the circumstances of the arrest. More than half of the people who are currently incarcerated in California are serving time for at least one drug charge, or drug-related offense such as drug possession. That’s why you need an experienced drug possession lawyer, like Robert Helfend.

The likelihood that you will go to prison is much higher when you’re facing drug charges, both at the state and federal levels. Drug convictions account for an extremely high number of incarcerations each year, particularly when drugs other than marijuana are involved. An experienced drug crimes lawyer can help you create a solid defense, and either negotiate the seriousness of the charges down to a misdemeanor level, or to have possession charges against you dropped altogether.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced drug crimes 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 drug possession case.

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DUI Driver Arrested in Ventura
Drunk Driver Arrested in Ventura
Nicole Sanchez, 35, of Ventura was arrested for her role in a collision that resulted in serious injuries to the other driver, and moderate injuries to herself. Sanchez was arrested for DUI after rear-ending another vehicle and losing control of her SUV.

Sanchez crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a second vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle, a 56-year-old man, was extricated and taken to the hospital in critical condition. The three occupants of car in the initial collision, including two children, were uninjured.

Ventura DUI attorney


DUI is a serious offense in California. Even when an accident involves no serious injuries, you will encounter a variety of administrative and criminal penalties. When individuals are injured or killed as the result of a drunk driving accident, the law provides significant penalties and fines.

DUI can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The presence of serious injuries to another person as the result of DUI can lead prosecutors to seek a felony conviction. If successful, you could face a term of imprisonment for the drunk driving conviction, additional imprisonment for the injuries sustained by other people, fines, license suspension, driver retraining, and a “strike” against your record with regard to California’s Three Strikes law.

In addition, if you have had a previous conviction for drunk driving in the prior 10 years, you could be subject to additional penalties, habitual traffic offender status, and/or the revocation of your driver license.

Don’t risk your freedom on the inexperience of a defense attorney. When your future is at stake, choose to work only with an exceptional Ventura DUI 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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Identity Theft Suspects in Simi Valley
Identity Theft Suspects in Simi Valley
Two men were arrested earlier this year in connection with an identity theft operation located in Simi Valley. Laron Bundley of Lake Elsinore, and Dennis Washington, who operated a copy shop in Inglewood were arrested following the identity theft of a Simi Valley resident.

Police conducted a lengthy investigation and determined that Bundley was connected to the crime. They served a search warrant on Bundley’s home and discovered a credit card skimmer, an encoder and an embosser, as well as false identifications, bogus checks and check-writing software.

Police confiscated more than $100,000 worth of items purchased fraudulently by Bundley. That included clothing, furniture and other household items. His home and car were also purchased using funds gained by fraud. Bundley, who has prior felony convictions, was also found with a handgun and ammunition, a violation of California law.

In addition to searching Bundley’s home, police also searched a copy shop in Inglewood that was owned by Dennis Washington. According to police, the copy shop was a front for a money-laundering operation run by Bundley and Washington. Bundley and Washington used the copy shop to create fake documents, including payroll records and utility bills.

Typically, Bundley and his wife would use stolen personal information to apply for additional credit in the victims’ names and max out the credit lines. According to police, hundreds of people were victimized in the scam, which produced more than $300,000 in fraudulent cash and credit.

Hire an Experienced Identity Theft Lawyer


Identity theft is a serious charge, and you can face significant consequences if convicted. If you’re arrested for identity theft or other charges related to fraud, you need the assistance of an experience identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of practice experience in Southern California courtrooms and will aggressively defend you. You’ll work directly with Mr. Helfend, and your case will not be passed along to less experienced attorneys. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced 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 identity theft/burglary case.

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Securities fraud rap for movie scam
Fraud rap for movie scam
Two Southern California men was arrested and charged last month with securities fraud for their role in a $12 million movie investment scam. James Williams of Calabasas and Steven Brown of Santa Monica are two of three men charged in New York City in connection with the plan.

According to prosecutors, Williams, Brown have been accused of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering for allegedly taking money from investors who thought they were fronting the money for major motion pictures. A third man, Gerald Seppala, of Wayzata, MN, is also charged with conspiracy and wire fraud in the scheme.

Prosecutors say the three men established an advance-fee scheme. They used the money to pay other investors, and for personal purchases, including a car and a house for Williams, and private school tuition for his children. The investors were promised guaranteed returns and profit sharing in exchange for their investments.

The accused co-conspirators allegedly produced frequent falsified accounting documentation for their victims. Williams was able to convince one investor to contribute $2 million to the scam by showing him falsified bank statements for an account allegedly meant for a movie. The falsified statement showed a bank balance of nearly $2 million, when in reality the account was empty.

A securities fraud lawyer you can count on


Securities fraud charges are complex, often because investments aren’t straightforward. If you’ve been charged with securities fraud, you need a securities fraud lawyer you can count on. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense for more than 30 years in Southern California, and takes cases in both state and federal courts.

Conviction on securities fraud charges can lead to lengthy prison sentences and expensive restitution requirements that can put the financial security of your family at risk. In virtually all cases of financial fraud, the victims simply want their money back. As your securities fraud lawyer, Robert Helfend will work tirelessly to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. If that’s not a possibility, he will work closely with you and the prosecution to maximize the return for all parties involved and minimize the impact on your freedom.

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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No Grand Theft Rap For Moorpark LL Volunteer
No Grand Theft Rap For Moorpark LL Volunteer
A former Moorpark Little League board member was found guilty of misdemeanor petty theft last month. William Zulager had been charged with grand theft by embezzlement. According to the terms of his sentence, he will serve 30 days in a county work-release program, 36 months of probation and will make restitution to the organization. The court has not yet determined the amount of the restitution order.

Zulager was accused of making personal purchases using a debit card issued by the organization. The purchases consisted primarily of gasoline. Zulager was initially charged with a misdemeanor, but the charges were later amended to a felony. The prosecutor reconsidered and reduced the charge to a misdemeanor because Zulager’s personal purchases did not meet the $950 grand theft threshold set by state law.

As part of the sentencing, Zulager is also prohibited from serving on the board of any non-profit while he is on probation.

Hire an aggressive grand theft attorney


If you’re arrested for grand theft in Ventura County, you need an experienced grand theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years.

Mr. Helfend’s reputation among prosecutors, judges and peers is excellent, and he is known for his aggressive defense of his clients. Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, so you will always work directly with him on your case.

His clients are always his first priority. Based on the circumstances of your case and the strength of the evidence against you, he will work with you to develop a strong defense strategy. His goal is always to have the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will work with you to arrive at the best possible outcome for you.

Don’t settle for 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 grand theft case.

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