Ventura Identity Theft Suspect Arrested
Ventura Identity Theft Suspect Arrested
A Ventura County man was arrested and charged with identity theft after a number of Ventura County residents reported mail thefts. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jacob DeGrande of Ventura, after identifying him as a suspect in the mail thefts.

According to police, DeGrande stole mail from residences in Fillmore, Ojai, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Santa Paula and Thousand Oaks. Among his preferred targets were checks, which he would forge and cash at local stores in Ojai, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.

Detectives used video surveillance from the stores to identify DeGrande. Following the identification, deputies spotted DeGrande in a hotel parking lot in Ojai and arrested him. Upon his arrest, deputies also found check printing equipment, stolen mail, blank checks and check printing paper in DeGrande’s possession.

Identity Theft Lawyer


Identity theft can come in many forms, but regardless of how it occurs, it’s a serious crime. Identity theft is a violation of both federal and state laws, and it can be charged as a felony or as a misdemeanor. Because of the range of charges, potential consequences and prosecution venues, if you’re charged, you need the help of an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in both federal and state courts, and takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He offers superior defense counsel and will work aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.

Mr. Helfend handles all cases personally, so your defense will get the attention it needs and deserves. Don’t risk your freedom on inexperience, or by working with a lawyer who is not devoted to 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 identity theft case.

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TO Man Tapped in Securities Fraud Suit
TO Man Tapped in Securities Fraud Suit
The Securities and Exchange Commission is calling out three men for a phony investment scheme in which the trio told prospective investors that they could recycle agricultural waste into environmentally friendly building materials. Glenn Camp, 59, of Thousand Oaks is among the three who are accused of securities fraud. Joshua Mosshart of Malibu and William J. Pfeiffer of Haddonfield, NJ are also named in the suit.

The SEC alleges that Pfeiffer and Camp, who were not registered with the Commission in any way compensated themselves with investor funds through their association with the Enviro Board Corporation. Camp founded the company in the early 1990’s, but was unsuccessful in marketing its technology.

Camp and Pfeiffer told investors that the company would be commercially successful within 18 months and stood to make more than $180 million in its first three years of operation. The pair also told investors that the company would earn millions of dollars in federal tax credits; that it had already produced more than $160 million in product; and that the company would receive vendor financing from another company owned by Pfeiffer.

Mosshart had securities licenses during the time in which investments were being solicited, and was named in the suit because he referred investors to the Enviro Board Corporation.

Securities Fraud Attorney


Investment fraud prosecutions can be complex because securities fraud schemes are often complex. If you’ve been accused of investment fraud or a related crime, you need the assistance of an experienced federal securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Securities fraud can be prosecuted civilly or criminally. In either case, you risk the loss of your professional credentials, your livelihood and your freedom. You need the assistance of an aggressive attorney who will defend you throughout the criminal process. Most investment fraud victims simply want their money back. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help make this happen.

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 Travel Agent
Grand Theft Charge for Travel Agent
A travel agent who worked with clients throughout Southern California was charged with grand theft and theft by fraud after misappropriating client funds. Abdel Rojas, who worked as a travel agent for years, began diverting client funds intended to pay for travel and vacations.

Rojas, who operated AGS Services Travel in Garden Grove, began issuing itineraries for clients without actually booking flights and hotel accommodations. Many customers – some who had done business with Rojas for years – were left in the lurch when their vacation plans fizzled. One client said he had received a call from the airline that he and his wife were planning to fly, saying that their reservations had been canceled. Other travelers found that their accommodations had never been booked, even though they paid Rojas for his services.

Rojas, who also operated under the name ANS Travel and Visa Travel, told one client that he was having money problems because of a bad investment. According to police, Rojas misappropriated more than $50,000 from his clients.

Grand Theft Lawyer


If you’ve been arrested for grand theft, fraud or embezzlement, your first step should be to hire an experienced, aggressive grand theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years.

He has established a reputation as an aggressive criminal defense attorney, and is well respected by other criminal defenders, prosecutors and judges. His first priority is always to get the charges against his clients reduced or dropped altogether. This can make a big difference in the outcome of a case.

Further, Mr. Helfend handles each matter personally, so you know that when you hire him, you’ll work directly with him throughout your case. Don’t rely on inexperienced defense counsel and don’t attempt to defend yourself in court.

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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Ventura Man Charged in Emissions Fraud
Ventura Man Charged in Emissions Fraud
A Newbury Park man pleaded guilty to single counts of conspiracy to defraud the federal government, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and violating the Clean Air Act for allegedly designing and implementing software that would falsify emissions reports for Volkswagen vehicles.
Authorities say that James Robert Liang, 62, of Newbury Park, helped create software that covered up the fact that some Volkswagen vehicles exceeded Clean Air Act emissions regulations by as much as 40 times.

As part of the plea agreement, Liang will cooperate with federal authorities as they prepare additional charges against others at Volkswagen who also participated in the fraud. The federal investigation could lead to charges against senior executives at the company.

The fraud began in 2006 when Liang and others at the company began work on a new diesel engine in Germany that was intended for use in US vehicles. According to federal prosecutors, Liang and his team knew almost immediately that the proposed engine design would not meet federal emissions standards. Instead of redesigning the engine, they designed “defeat devices” that could reliably determine when the vehicle was being emission tested. Software then temporarily reduced the engine’s nitrogen oxide emissions below the maximum allowed under the Clean Air Act. When the car was not being tested, the nitrogen oxide emissions were unrestricted.

Liang transferred to the company’s Oxnard test facility in 2008, and worked on improvements to the engine software in an effort to reduce the company’s warranty claims. Liang and his team rolled out the new software to unsuspecting vehicle owners, claiming that the software was intended to enhance vehicle performance. The “defeat devices” were discovered last fall in some Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.

The automaker has agreed to pay nearly $15 billion to settle federal government claims against the company. In addition, the company has agreed to buy back or cancel leases on affected vehicles. In addition, the company will sponsor a trust fund to support environmental programs. Liang faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

Ventura Fraud attorney


Work related fraud can be exceptionally difficult to recover from, both personally and professionally. If you’ve been accused of a workplace fraud, you need the assistance of an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years, and takes cases in both state and federal courts. Don’t risk your freedom on inexperience. 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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Moorpark Domestic Violence Arrest
Moorpark Domestic Violence Arrest
A Moorpark man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, kidnapping and making criminal threats against his girlfriend. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Brian Tarter, 36, at his mother’s home, after his girlfriend told police that Tarter had kidnapped and assaulted her. He was booked into the East County Jail and bail was set at $250,000.

Moorpark domestic violence attorney


Domestic abuse is a growing phenomenon in both California and in Ventura County. According to the California Department of Justice, police agencies in Ventura County responded to more than 7,000 domestic abuse calls last year.

Domestic abuse can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Penalties for conviction vary, depending upon the circumstances of the case. If you’ve been arrested for domestic violence in Moorpark or in Ventura County, your first move should be to hire an experienced domestic violence attorney who can defend you in court.

Robert Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense and has provided superior defense representation for thousands of Californians charged with a wide range of criminal offenses.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Regardless of the circumstances of your case, Mr. Helfend will always work toward the best possible outcome for his clients. Unlike lawyers who work in larger firms, Mr. Helfend handles each case he takes personally. You will work directly with him on your defense strategy, and he will be with you throughout the judicial process against you.

Don’t risk your freedom on inexperienced defense representation. 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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Oxnard Brothers Busted for Drug Crimes
Oxnard Brothers Busted for Drug Crimes
A pair of Oxnard brothers have been arrested and charged with a multitude of drug crimes. Jose and Jesus Ceja were arrested following an investigation by a multi-agency narcotics task force, which turned up evidence that the brothers were selling drugs.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, the Oxnard Police Department and the West County Street Team executed a search warrant at a home occupied by Jose Ceja. At the time, Ceja was attempting to flee the residence. When he was arrested, police found more than 3 ounces of methamphetamine in his possession.

In addition, police discovered additional quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, and a large sum of cash, consistent with an active drug-selling operation. Jesus Ceja, Jose’s brother, was found inside the home during the search warrant execution. He was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the search and was also arrested.

Oxnard drug crimes lawyer


If you’ve been arrested for drug crimes in Oxnard, drug crimes lawyer Robert Helfend is ready to take your case. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years, and takes drug cases in Oxnard, Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Whether you’ve been arrested for simple drug possession, or have been accused of selling drugs, manufacturing drugs or drug trafficking, Mr. Helfend will represent you in court. The majority of people who are serving prison time in California today are there because they’ve been convicted of a drug related offense.

In most cases, drug offenders are non-violent and would be better served by being placed in a diversion program. Mr. Helfend will work aggressively to get charges against you reduced or dropped. If that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case, including alternative sentencing, reduced sentencing or an appropriate diversion program.

Don’t risk becoming a statistic in the California criminal justice system. Work with an experienced drug crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend 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 drug crimes/murder case.

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Embezzlement Plea for Film Producer
Embezzlement Plea for Film Producer
A local film producer pleaded guilty to embezzlement for his role in the theft of nearly $1.5 million from his business partner. The money represented the proceeds of a film deal.

Julio Caro was charged with embezzling the funds from the Yucaipa Corporate Initiatives Fund over a period of five years. Caro intercepted the proceeds of the deal and transferred it to accounts he controlled privately in New Jersey.

Caro’s film production company, Broken Rose, LLC, entered into a limited partnership with Yucaipa to produce two films, which were later distributed by Warner Brothers. Yucaipa provided much of the funding to produce the films. Warner Brothers gave the distribution proceeds to Caro, who should have forwarded the money to Yucaipa. Instead, Caro redirected the money to pay for his own personal expenses. Caro was arrested and charged with interstate transportation of stolen property. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison

Ventura Embezzlement Attorney


Large-dollar embezzlements gain a lot of attention in the press, mainly because they involve a lot of money. While embezzlement is a criminal matter, most victims simply want to be made whole. If you’ve been accused of embezzlement, you need the assistance of an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend.
Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He takes cases in both the state and federal court systems, and has provided superior criminal representation for thousands of people in Southern California. You’ll get personal service when you work with Robert Helfend because he handles each case personally. Your case won’t get shuffled to a less experienced criminal defense attorney.

When you’re facing embezzlement charges, your life and livelihood could be at stake. Invest in your future by choosing the best, most experienced defense attorney available.

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 in Thousand Oaks Nets Charges
DUI in Thousand Oaks Nets Charges
A 21-year-old motorcyclist was arrested and charged with DUI following a crash that injured an elderly pedestrian and killing the victim’s pet dog.

According to police, Jonathan Deinhard was riding on a motorcycle in Thousand Oaks, when he lost control of the bike. Deinhard fell to the pavement, but the bike slid onto the sidewalk and hit a 74-year-old Thousand Oaks resident who was walking her dog. The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The woman’s dog died at the scene as the result of the crash.

Police determined that Deinhard was intoxicated at the time of the accident. He was treated for minor injuries. He was charged with felony DUI causing injury and was taken to the Ventura County Jail.

Thousand Oaks DUI Lawyer


A DUI arrest can be scary, and with good reason. If you’ve been accused of causing an accident with injuries as the result of a DUI, you can face some serious consequences. As with all drunk driving cases, your license is immediately suspended as part of an administrative DMV process. Injury cases can result in prison sentences of up to 16 years, fines, restitution to the victim, a 5-year license suspension, driver retraining for a period of 18 or 30 months and other consequences.

Following the completion of an incarceration sentence, you could find it difficult to find gainful employment if your driver license is still suspended. That could complicate the completion of a restitution order.

Your best defense strategy is to put an aggressive, experienced Thousand Oaks DUI lawyer in your corner. Robert Helfend has practiced law in Southern California for more than 30 years, and has defended thousands of Californians accused of driving drunk. Mr. Helfend can assemble the legal and medical expertise you’ll need to mount an aggressive, effective defense in court.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced or timid 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 Suspect Arrested in Oxnard
Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested in Oxnard
Police in Oxnard arrested a domestic violence suspect after finding him hiding in a dryer. Ivan Lopez, 30, of Oxnard, was wanted on a felony domestic abuse warrant. Police received a tip that Lopez may be at a local residence.

When authorities arrived, the sought and received permission to search the premises. During the search, they encountered a locked laundry room in the home. Believing that Lopez was in the locked room, they asked him to come outside, but he did not. Officers made entry into the room and discovered Lopez hiding in a clothes dryer.

He was arrested on the outstanding warrant, and was also charged with delaying a peace officer.

Oxnard Domestic Violence Attorney


If you have an outstanding warrant in a domestic abuse case, your first step should be to hire an experienced, aggressive domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, and does not pass defense cases to less experienced associates.

Mr. Helfend provides a well-researched, aggressive criminal defense. He has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense, and takes cases in Ventura County, and throughout Southern California. He has established a reputation among judges and prosecutors as being an aggressive criminal defense attorney who always fights for his clients’ rights.

Every domestic abuse case is different. In some cases, the victim has been pressured to file charges and does not really want to move forward with a criminal matter. Without an experienced attorney, a domestic abuse complainant can run afoul of California law if he or she attempts to withdraw the charges.

Don’t risk your freedom on inexperience. 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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Vagrant arrested in Ventura Theft
Vagrant arrested in Ventura Theft
Ventura Police arrested a vagrant and charged her in the theft of a small trailer from a residence last month.

According to Ventura police, they were called to a home to take a report of a burglary there. The homeowners had inadvertently left their garage door open for a brief period during the day. While the garage was open, the suspect, Brandi Kolacki, 38, entered the garage and removed a bicycle trailer. The incident was captured on the home’s video security system. Using the videotape, police developed a description of the suspect and the stolen item.

Two days later, the investigating officer saw a woman who resembled the suspect and questioned her. He determined that she was the suspect in the videotape, and that she still possessed the trailer. Kolacki was arrested at that time for residential burglary and for being in possession of stolen property. She also had an outstanding arrest warrant on another matter. At the time of her arrest, she was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, drugs and counterfeit money and now also faces charges for that.

Ventura Theft Lawyer


If you’re arrested for a theft of any kind, you should immediately seek the assistance of a qualified, experienced Ventura theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He practices law in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

In his years as a practicing defense attorney, Mr. Helfend has handled thousands of criminal cases against area residents. He can provide specific, aggressive defense services in any criminal matter. When you are arrested and charged with a criminal matter in Ventura County, don’t attempt to defend yourself, and don’t rely on an inexperienced or overworked defense attorney. Your freedom 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 theft case.

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