Camarillo scene of domestic violence death
Camarillo scene of domestic violence death
Authorities in Camarillo are seeking the husband of a woman who was found dead in what is believed to be a domestic violence assault. Jose Guzman is wanted for questioning in connection with the death of his wife, whom police have not identified by name.

According to police reports, they were called to the couple’s Camarillo home for a domestic disturbance in the early hours of Friday, October 28. When police arrived, they found the woman with serious injuries, but Guzman had already left the residence. The woman was taken to a hospital in Thousand Oaks, but she later died of her injuries.

Guzman is a truck driver with no prior history of domestic violence. The couple had moved to Camarillo from Oxnard about three years ago. According to neighbors, the couple has two sons. Other relatives, including Guzman’s mother, were home at the time of the assault.

The woman would be the third Camarillo woman to die from a domestic assault in that city this year. Earlier in October, Janet Huntington was shot to death by her husband. He also shot himself, and died of his injuries the next day. In April, a 75-year-old Camarillo man shot and killed his 69-year-old wife before killing himself.

Camarillo Domestic Violence Attorney


If you’ve been accused of domestic assault, you need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Fortunately, most domestic assaults do not result in death, and it is exceptionally important to intervene on domestic assault situations before they spiral out of control.

An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you address any criminal accusations, and avoid making potentially criminal situations worse. In many domestic abuse cases, the victim doesn’t want to press charges, but also doesn’t want to continue to live in an abusive situation. An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you and your partner work through the process of adjudicating or withdrawing a domestic abuse complaint in a way that meets all parties’ needs.

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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Theft Suspects Nabbed in Ventura
Theft Suspects Nabbed in Ventura
Ventura police arrested three suspects in connection with a theft scam directed toward local banks. According to police, Wells Fargo Bank employees contacted them about a man who was attempting to use a credit card and a false ID to take a cash advance at the bank. The man fled the bank before officers arrived, but bank employees were able to provide a description of the suspect’s vehicle.

VPD received a second call from a different Wells Fargo Bank stating that a person was attempting to make a large withdrawal from the bank using a fake debit card. Employees were able to identify the vehicle being used by the person before he fled the location. The vehicle descriptions in both incidents matched.

Later VPD officers spotted the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Inside the car were three men and a woman, all from Illinois. The men were wearing military uniforms, and officers found a large number of fake IDs, fake credit cards, equipment for manufacturing fake credit cards, logo information related to military charities, fake military documentation and more than $30,000 in cash.

The men were arrested on suspicion of identity theft, forgery and conspiracy. The woman was not charged, and was released. Police later determined that the men were successful in withdrawing cash from banks in Camarillo and Oxnard. One of the suspects, Glynn Ford, was arrested late last year in Illinois and charged in a similar fraud scam that targeted more than 1,600 people outside of Chicago.

Ventura Theft Lawyer


Theft charges, including identity theft and related crimes like forgery, can result in prison sentences and large restitution orders. If you’ve been arrested for identity misappropriation, burglary or forgery, you need the expert assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has provided criminal defense counsel in Venture County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and will fight aggressively on your behalf.

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 burglary(theft)case.

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Securities fraud rap for Oak View woman
Securities fraud rap for Oak View woman
An Oak View woman was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison for securities fraud. She was also ordered to repay nearly $500,000 to her victims. Gregoria Mendoza operated a half-dozen fraudulent real estate investment schemes that targeted non-English speaking investors in Los Angeles County, Ventura County and Tulare County.

According to prosecutors, Mendoza told investors that their money would be deposited into different real estate funds or used to purchase real estate, but instead, she redirected the money to herself. She was also convicted of a special white-collar enhancement of taking more than $100,000 from multiple victims. The Ventura County real estate fraud unit investigated the case. The court also appointed a receiver to liquidate Mendoza’s rental properties, and to use the proceeds for restitution to her victims.

At the time of her arrest in 2014, Mendoza was a licensed real estate broker who worked in Oxnard and conducted business there under multiple company names. In 2006, Mendoza completed a refinance of a property for one of her victims, and convinced the client to temporarily transfer $200,000 of the proceeds from the refinance to Mendoza. That person was never repaid.

Mendoza also took deposits for real estate purchases from other non-English speaking victims, then prepared documents in English stating that the deposits were loans. The clients signed the documents without knowing their true contents.

Oak View securities fraud lawyer


If you’ve been accused of securities fraud, investment fraud or mishandling client money, you need the assistance of an experienced Oak View securities fraud laywer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense and takes cases in Oak View and throughout Southern California. He handles each case personally, and will not reassign your case to a less experienced 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 securities fraud case.

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SP man convicted of sex crimes
SP man convicted of sex crimes
A Santa Paula man with a history of sex crimes against children was again convicted of several felony charges, including three counts of lewd acts upon a child. The victim was under the age of 14. Alfonso Gonzalez, of Santa Paula, was convicted in Ventura County Superior Court last week for incidents that occurred in 2012 and 2013. Gonzalez was arrested for the crimes in 2013.

The relationship between Gonzalez and the victim was not disclosed, but the victim, who was about 10 when the crimes occurred, referred to Gonzalez as “Papa.” In addition to the felony convictions, Gonzalez was found guilty on 15 special allegations and was found to be a habitual sex offender. He faces up to 50 years in prison on the convictions. Gonzalez is currently lodged in the Ventura County Jail, awaiting sentencing on November 17.

Santa Paula sex crimes attorney


If you’re facing sexual assault charges in Santa Paula, sex crimes attorney Robert Helfend is ready to take your case. Sex crimes convictions are very serious, especially when they involve child victims. You could be facing a long sentence, designation as a habitual offender (if you have prior sex assault convictions), and lifetime sex offender registration.

In addition to incarceration and potential restitution, lifetime sex offender registration means that status will follow you wherever you go. Moving out of the area, or moving out of state will simply transfer the sex offender registration requirement to your new state. You cannot restart your life and you cannot put a sex crimes conviction behind you, regardless of the circumstances of your case.

If you’re facing sex crimes charges, do not attempt to defend yourself and do not rely on a public defender to stand up for your rights 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 sex crimes case.

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Bribery charge for Court Clerk
Bribery charge for Court Clerk
Federal prosecutors charged a former Orange County court clerk last month with bribery for his role in terminating more than 1,000 criminal cases without appropriate judicial instruction to do so. According to federal prosecutors, Jose Lopez accepted more than $200,000 in payments to close criminal court cases prematurely.

In addition to charges against Lopez, prosecutors filed charges against 11 other defendants who acted as recruiters for Lopez. Recruiters typically found participants through car and truck clubs. Court records show that Lopez dismissed 69 DUI cases, 165 other misdemeanors and more than 800 traffic violations prior to his arrest. Lopez altered court records to show that the defendants in the cases had completed their sentences, paid fines or completed community service when they had not.

Federal prosecutors say that Lopez used the money to finance overseas vacations, trips to Las Vegas and to open a Garden Grove restaurant, which he later sold. Another court employee stumbled on to the scheme in 2015 by finding a record that Lopez had altered. That led to a more in-depth investigation, which turned up a series of altered records dating back to 2010. The Orange County court has since called back hundreds of defendants to account for the completion of their original sentences.

Bribery Attorney


Federal officials take bribery cases very seriously. Although bribery of a public official is a violation of state law, systemic crime of this nature is often prosecuted at the federal level. That’s why you need an experienced bribery attorney who can practice in federal courts. Federal bribery sentences can include incarceration of up to 15 years, and apply to any “public official” whether the person occupies an elected position or not.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Southern California for more than 30 years. He takes cases at both the state and federal levels. He will work aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. He has established an excellent reputation among his peers, and in courtrooms throughout Southern California. He handles all cases personally, so you will work with him directly on your 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 antitrust/auto theft case.
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Fraud charge for insurance adjuster
Fraud charge for insurance adjuster
A former insurance adjuster was charged with fraud after embezzling more than $400,000 in insurance proceeds from insurance claims related to fire losses in the Los Angeles area.

Jose Manuel Villa, 60, of San Clemente, was investigated by the California Department of Insurance following a number of complaints from individuals. The investigation revealed that Villa forged claim checks issued by insurance companies and redirected the money to himself.

Villa, operating as a public adjuster, approached clients to have his company, Statewide Claims Adjusters, manage the claims on their fire-damaged homes. Instead of forwarding claim checks to lenders, homeowners or contractors, Villa used the money for his personal expenses. In some cases, Villa hired unlicensed contractors to perform work, or refused to pay contractors for work they had done. In one case, substandard work done by an unlicensed contractor caused a second fire at a property and caused additional damage.

Villa surrendered his public adjuster license following his arrest.

Ventura fraud attorney


Defrauding insurance companies can result in serious consequences in the State of California. Insurance is a licensed profession, which means that you can jeopardize your professional credentials if you’re convicted of fraud, embezzlement or grand theft. If you’re suspected of committing fraud in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced Ventura County fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend provides superior criminal defense for a wide range of court actions, including fraud. His first priority will be to get charges against you reduced or dropped. Overzealous prosecutors often “over-charge” defendants in the hope that they can make additional charges stick, or to intimidate a defendant into pleading guilty to one or more charges.

Mr. Helfend will represent you aggressively in court, and will fight for your rights and freedom. He handles each case personally, and has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense in Southern California courtrooms.
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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Camarillo sex crimes against children
Camarillo sex crimes against children
A Los Angeles man was sentenced to 75 years in prison for sex crimes committed against children. Luis Manuel Gonzalez, 62, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old Camarillo girl while visiting the girl’s family in November 2013.

While investigating the incident, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office discovered additional victims. After Gonzalez was arrested for the first three assaults, VCSO investigators found two additional victims. All five victims were minors at the time of the incidents, but at least two victims no longer reside in the area.

In June, Gonzalez pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation. In August, he was sentenced to three consecutive prison terms of 25 years to life.

Camarillo sex crimes attorney


Sex crimes against children are prosecuted vigorously, and sentences can be exceptionally harsh. If you’re arrested in Camarillo for sex crimes, whether or not they involve children, Robert Helfend is ready to take your case.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom experience, exclusively in criminal defense. He does not judge his clients based on what they’ve been accused of, but he does fight aggressively for your rights and your freedom.

Under new sentencing requirements, the law may require prison sentences for certain sex crimes convictions. You may also be subject to sex offender registration requirements, which sometimes last a lifetime. When it’s not possible to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped, Mr. Helfend works toward the best possible outcome in each case. That may include alternative sentencing, plea agreements or other strategies that will lessen the impact of a conviction.

Don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t go into a courtroom as a defendant alone. 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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Embezzlement Sentence in Camarillo Fiesta Case
Grand theft Sentence in Camarillo Fiesta Case
Robert Capellini, 63, of Camarillo, was sentenced earlier this month for his role in an embezzlement scheme. Capellini is the former president of the Camarillo Fiesta Association, which hosts an annual street fair in Camarillo.

Capellini admitted to embezzling more than $25,000 from the association, and had repaid most of the money before being arrested. The CFA board of trustees had originally agreed not to seek charges against Capellini, but he was charged following a report about the incident.

Capellini was sentenced to 240 days in jail and three years of probation. The thefts took place between April 2014 and February 2015, while Capellini was serving as the association’s president. Capellini was originally charged with two counts of grand theft by embezzlement, but one count was dismissed at Capellini’s sentencing hearing.

Capellini could apply to be considered for electronic monitoring in lieu of serving time in the Ventura County Jail. That would allow Capellini to serve his sentence under house arrest. At the completion of his jail sentence, Capellini will have to complete three years of probation.

Camarillo embezzlement lawyer


If you’ve been arrested or charged with embezzlement in Camarillo, embezzlement lawyer Robert Helfend is ready to take your case. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in providing superior criminal defense for thousands of Californians in and around Ventura County.

Embezzlement isn’t a violent crime, and most grand theft victims simply want to be made whole. One of the best ways to return embezzled funds is to allow convicted defendants to continue working. That shortens the restitution time and returns victims to their previous position as expeditiously as possible.

Don’t risk your future 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 embezzlement/criminal defense case.

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Murder charge sticks for Ventura man
Homicide charge sticks for Ventura man
A 38-year-old Ventura man was convicted last month of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of an acquaintance in June 2013. According to prosecutors, Cornell Allen, Jr., planned to kill Stefan Delondon Johnson because he believed that Johnson had slept with Allen’s girlfriend.

Allen’s attorneys argued that Allen shot Johnson in self-defense following an argument between the two men. After the shooting, Allen called police to tell them that he had shot an intruder. He was arrested and charged with first-degree homicide.

The jury, however, was not persuaded that the homicide was premeditated. Instead, they found Allen guilty of second-degree murder, but also determined that the special allegation against Allen – discharging a firearm to cause great bodily injury – was true. Allen will return to court for sentencing on November 7.

Ventura murder attorney


In California, there is no more serious crime than homicide. A conviction on first-degree murder charges can lead to lifetime imprisonment (25 years or more) with or without parole, or it can result in the death penalty. When you are facing a murder charge, your life is literally at risk. That’s why you must have an experienced murder attorney with you throughout the judicial process.

The difference between sentencing for first –degree homicide and second-degree homicide is significant. A second-degree homicide conviction can result in a sentence of 15 years to life. Special circumstances can add years to your sentence, so it’s important to fight the charges against you aggressively.

Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in Southern California, and will take your case. He has a reputation for being an aggressive defender in court, and prosecutors know that there are no “slam dunks” when Robert Helfend is on 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 murder case.

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Securities Fraud Scam Nets 5-Year Term
Securities Fraud Scam Nets 5-Year Term
A Newbury Park man was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison for securities fraud. Rod Hommell, 59, was accused of stealing money from an elderly woman in his capacity as a financial advisor. Hommell pleaded guilty in May to selling fraudulent securities and theft from an elder. He was accused of pocketing more than $100,000.

This is not the first time Hommell has been accused of fraud. In December 2013, he was accused of using an elderly woman’s ATM card to withdraw cash. He also stole money from her over a four-year period, claiming to have put the money in non-existent investments. Hommell was ordered to pay restitution to the estates of both victims. He has also been permanently barred from working in the insurance industries.

Ventura securities fraud attorney


If you’ve been accused of securities fraud, investment fraud or other financial crimes involving an elder, your first response should be to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense, and has provided superior representation to thousands of Californians over the course of his career. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend handles all cases personally. That means your case will get personal attention from a highly qualified attorney. When you’re accused of a work-related felony, your freedom is at stake. In addition, convictions can permanently impact your professional credentials and your ability to make a living following the completion of a sentence.

That’s a lot to risk on an inexperienced attorney. Rather than taking a gamble on an inexperienced or timid defense attorney who isn’t willing to fight for you, 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 defense case.

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