Sex crimes convictions could lead to 118 year sentence
Sex crimes convictions could lead to 118 year sentence
A Camarillo man faces a sentence of 118 years to life following his conviction on sex crimes charges. Jurors convicted Thomas Bork, 68, of one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and one count of continuous sexual abuse. Jurors also convicted him of two counts of forcible lewd acts upon a child and five counts of lewd and lascivious acts against a child.

According to prosecutors, their case against Bork involved four victims. They say, however, that Bork’s criminal sexual behavior dates back 40 years. Bork served as a foster parent to at least two of his victims, beginning in 2010. An earlier victim notified Child Protective Services that Bork’s foster children were in danger.

Investigators located at least a half-dozen victims in three counties. One victim testified that Bork had molested her in the 1970’s, beginning when she was four years old. For most of Bork’s victims, the statute of limitations prevented him from facing additional criminal charges in their cases.

Camarillo sex crimes attorney


If you’re facing sex crimes charges, your first move should be to hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in providing effective criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Many criminal defense attorneys will not take sex crimes cases, particularly when they involve child victims. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on what they’re charged with. Instead, he works to create an effective defense for his clients.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, or one who doesn’t want to defend you in court. Instead, work with an aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights and 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 sex crimes case.

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Securities fraud convict also faces civil suit
Securities fraud convict also faces civil suit
The Securities and Exchange Commission sued a California man who pled guilty to securities fraud in 2016. The SEC suit seeks to recover nearly $300,000 that the agency says he gained illegally.

According to the SEC, Adesh Kumar Tyagi, CEO of Systems America, Inc., falsely inflated the value of his company’s stock. He also provided false disclosure information to improve the company’s rating on an online trading site. As part of the scheme, Tyagi created and released false press releases through PR Newswire. He also made numerous purchases and sales of the company stock to increase its price.

The company traded its stock on the over-the-counter market beginning in 2010. Tyagi founded the company in 1994, but converted it into a publicly traded shell company in 2010. The SEC seeks not only to recover the money Tyagi made on the trades, but also seeks punitive damages. The agency also wants to bar Tyagi from operating as a director or officer in future business endeavors. It also wants to prevent Tyagi from offering penny stocks in the future. Tyagi will receive his federal criminal sentence in January 2018

California securities fraud lawyer


This case illustrates the dangers of a securities fraud case. The government can pursue both criminal and civil cases for the same events. Because securities fraud charges are so serious, you need to hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer to defend you.

A securities fraud conviction can result in a prison term, significant fines, restitution, forfeiture and other consequences. A securities fraud conviction can also result in the loss of professional credentials you need to work in the industry. Following a conviction, you’re likely to be prevented – at least for a period of time – from working in the industry. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you can receive permanent professional sanctions.

Sanctions like these can follow you long after you complete a prison sentence. An experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney can help reduce or eliminate charges against you. Reducing the severity of the charges against you may also reduce the severity of professional sanctions that accompany a conviction.

The federal government doesn’t rely on inexperienced prosecutors to try your case. You shouldn’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you 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 securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement Plea Deal in Simi Valley
Embezzlement Plea Deal in Simi Valley
The former director of the Simi Valley Community Foundation pleaded guilty to embezzlement . The investigation into the suspected embezzlement at the non-profit began last July. Investigators claim that the former director, Joanne Abruzzese, of Simi Valley, stole more than $45,000 from the Foundation.

Abruzzese pleaded guilty to grand theft and forgery last month. As part of the plea agreement, she could spend nearly four years in prison. She will also pay restitution. Abruzzese indicated that she planned to pay full restitution prior to her sentencing in July.

According to investigators, Abruzzese used the Foundation’s money to pay her personal mortgage. She began working for the Foundation in 2012 and took over as the director in 2014. While working as the director, Abruzzese wrote checks from the Foundation to her mortgage holder, and forged a second signature on the organization’s checks.

The embezzlement interrupted plans to bring a number of non-profit agencies together in one location as part of an initiative known as Under One Roof. Whether and how the initiative will go forward remains unclear.

Simi Valley embezzlement attorney


First and foremost, embezzlement is a financial crime. At the same time, it can have significant, negative impact on the victims. The primary goal of justice in these cases is to return the victims to their previous position. Punishment is also likely, but the court must balance punishment with the need to make the victim whole again. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced embezzlement attorney, if you’re facing this kind of charge.

An experienced attorney can work with the court and the prosecutor to reduce or eliminate charges against you. This may limit the impact of a conviction on you, while ensuring that the victim’s needs are also addressed.

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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Second Degree Murder Conviction in Oxnard Slaying
Second Degree Murder Conviction in Oxnard Slaying
A 47-year-old Oxnard man will be sentenced in July, following a second-degree murder conviction. Oscar Hernandez Valles faces 16 years to life in prison for the fatal stabbing of Olegario Tello Valladolid, 25, also of Oxnard.

The men became embroiled in a disagreement at Las Sirenas Bar & Grill on December 28, 2013. Valles reportedly stabbed Valladolid several times with a knife. He left the scene, but turned himself in to Oxnard police several hours after the incident. In addition to finding Valles guilty of second-degree murder, the jury also found the special allegation that he personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon during the commission of the murder. Valladolid was unarmed at the time of his death.

Oxnard Murder Lawyer


Murder is the most serious criminal charge you can face in California. Depending upon the way prosecutors charge you, you could face the death penalty, life in prison with or without parole, or a sentence of years up to life in prison. Because the stakes are so high, you need to work with an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively. He has more than 30 years of experience in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He knows what it takes to create a strong defense. Mr. Helfend aggressively defends his clients and works to get the best possible resolution at all times.

A key component of his defense strategy involves getting the charges against his clients reduced or dropped. That’s important in California, because of the state’s Three Strikes Law.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, especially when the stakes are this high. Instead, work with an attorney who knows what it takes to defend his clients 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 murder case.

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Domestic Violence Charge For Ojai MMA Fighter
Domestic Violence Charge For Ojai MMA Fighter
For the second time in recent weeks, a Ventura County amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter will face domestic violence charges. Police accuse the man, who lives in Ojai, of deliberately injuring his girlfriend in a domestic dispute. The alleged assault took place at the girlfriend’s Westlake Village residence. Due to its location, Los Angeles County prosecutors are handling the case.

According to police, the woman suffered physical injuries, including cuts, abrasions and a concussion. She sought treatment at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks. The assault took place in early April. A judge assigned a $50,000 bond. Authorities released the suspect while awaiting trial. If convicted, however, the man faces as much as four years in state prison.

Earlier this month, Jonathan Koppenhaver, a former Simi Valley resident and professional MMA fighter, received a 36-year sentence in Nevada for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and beating his former girlfriend and her companion. Koppenhaver was also convicted of attempted murder in that case.

Ojai Domestic Violence Lawyer


A domestic abuse conviction can have serious consequences. In addition to a potential prison sentence, a felony domestic assault conviction could lead to future problems for you if you run afoul of the law again. Therefore, any time you are facing criminal charges of any kind, you need the assistance of an experienced attorney. Robert Helfend is a domestic violence lawyer with more than 30 years of criminal defense experience. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges they’re facing. Instead, he works tirelessly to develop a strong defense strategy. That may involve trying to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped. It may involve moving toward an alternative resolution that suits the needs and desires of all parties involved.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney for a domestic abuse 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 domestic violence case.

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Bill could allow vets to avoid DUI convictions
Bill could allow vets to avoid DUI convictions
A bill making its way through the California legislature could allow some military veterans to avoid DUI convictions. Senate Bill 725 would make some veterans eligible for diversion programs for misdemeanor offenses, including DUI.

The bill would extend a similar measure adopted in 2014. That allows certain military veterans to complete a supervised treatment program in lieu of conviction. The current program treats veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, service-related traumatic brain injuries and service-related sexual trauma. Candidates can enter the program following a court conviction for certain crimes. The program eliminates their convictions following successful completion of treatment.

Active service personnel and returning military veterans can enter the diversion program. The initial legislation neither included nor exempted DUI convictions, so some veterans’ courts allow diversion, while others do not. The program accepts about 80% of applicants. Active-duty personnel make up about one-fourth of applicants.

Senate Bill 725 would specifically include misdemeanor intoxicated driving offenses. Veterans group support the measure to get service personnel into supervised treatment. The bill does not provide for unlimited or repeated diversions. Successful completion could allow service personnel to keep their military careers intact. Further, the bill does not impact the current DMV administrative process that follows a drunk driving arrest.

Ventura DUI attorney


If you’re arrested for DUI in Ventura, or anywhere else in Southern California, you need the assistance of an experienced DUI attorney. Robert Helfend provides exceptional criminal defense in drunk driving cases. He will help you navigate the complexities of the administrative and criminal processes.

Drunk driving penalties in California can be both expensive and time-consuming. They can have both immediate and long-term impacts on your life. When you correctly address a drunk driving charge, you can avoid legal and administrative complications.

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 DUI case.

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Theft Charges for Port Hueneme Women
Theft Charges for Port Hueneme Women
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested two Port Hueneme women for a series of vehicle burglaries in Los Angeles County and Ventura County in April. Prosecutors charged the women with theft, burglary and identity theft. In addition, one of the women faces child endangerment charges because officers found a two-year-old child in the house, along with two ounces of methamphetamine.

Detectives said that the women made purchases with stolen credit cards. Detectives used purchase records to find the suspects. The women also stole cash and other valuables from at least 10 vehicles in Thousand Oaks, Oak Park and various locations in Los Angeles County. An Oxnard man at the home faces a misdemeanor drug possession charge.

Port Hueneme theft lawyer


If you’re arrested for theft, burglary or other similar charge, your first move should be to hire an experienced, aggressive theft lawyer. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He knows exactly what it takes to develop an effective criminal defense.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on how they’ve been charged. Instead, he works aggressively to develop an effective defense for his clients. His first goal is to get charges reduced or dropped. That’s an important element, especially if you’re facing felony charges. When eliminating charges isn’t a possibility, Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly to bring you the best possible resolution, based on the circumstances of your case.

Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney and don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight aggressively for your rights. 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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Drug Possession Charges Highlight Simi Valley Arrest
Drug Possession Charges Highlight Simi Valley Arrest
Simi Valley police arrested a Burbank man on a host of charges related to drug possession. The man faces six felony counts, including two counts of sale/transportation/offer to sell controlled substance, two counts of possession for sale of a controlled substance and two counts of transportation of a controlled substance.

Following his arrest he was lodged in the Ventura County Main Jail on a $50,000 bond. According to police, they arrested the man following a two-month long investigation into his alleged heroin and methamphetamine sales.

Last week, Simi Valley police officers conducted a raid which turned up 40 grams of heroin, 30 grams of methamphetamine, and materials associated with packaging drugs for sale. In addition, officers seized more than $5,000 in cash.

Simi Valley Drug Possession Lawyer


Californians voted to decrease the penalties associated with simple drug possession, but that leniency doesn’t apply to possession for sale, large quantities of illicit drugs, and transporting controlled substances. If you’ve been arrested for something other than simple possession, a conviction could put you in prison for a long period of time. That’s why you need an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He fights aggressively for his clients’ rights and freedoms. More than half of currently incarcerated Californians are serving time for drug-related crimes. A skilled criminal defense attorney will work to ensure that you don’t become part of that unfortunate statistic.

Don’t work with an inexperienced criminal defense attorney and don’t work with an attorney who won’t fight aggressively for you. Choose a defense attorney with a proven track record that spans more than 3 decades.

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 drug possession case.

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Murder Charge Added For Santa Paula Man
Murder Charge Added For Santa Paula Man
A homeless Santa Paula man will face murder charges when he returns to court next week. Police and prosecutors accuse him of pouring a flammable liquid on another homeless man and setting him on fire.

The incident took place on May 13 at Veterans Park in Santa Paula. The victim suffered burns over half of his body. Responders took the man to the UCLA Medical Center for treatment. He died there from his injuries about 10 days after the incident.

Prosecutors initially charged the suspect with assault with a deadly weapon, causing great bodily harm during the commission of a felony. He also faced charges of felony aggravated mayhem with a special deadly weapon allegation. Prosecutors upgraded those charges to first-degree murder after the victim’s death. He also faces arson charges. Authorities are holding him at the Ventura County Jail on a bail of $1M. If convicted, the suspect faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The suspect has a long history of contact with local policing agencies, including more than 70 arrests. His arrest record includes mostly minor offenses, including drug possession, weapons possession and battery.

Santa Paula murder lawyer


Murder is the most serious charge you can face. The prosecutor may also add special allegations, which further increase your risk of receiving the death penalty. A first degree murder conviction can result in lifetime incarceration without the possibility of parole. Your life is literally at stake. If you’re facing murder charges in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, and will fight aggressively for your rights. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will fight aggressively to ensure 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 murder case.

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Antitrust Action Takes Aim At StarKist Exec
Antitrust Action Takes Aim At StarKist Exec
An executive at StarKist faces federal antitrust charges related to a price fixing scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the exec in federal court last week. Earlier this year, Bumble Bee Foods pleaded guilty to price fixing related to the price of the company’s canned tuna products.

According to prosecutors, StarKist, Bumble Bee and others conspired to set, raise and maintain US packaged seafood prices. Prosecutors say the conspiracy operated successfully between 2010 and 2013.

Last year, retail giant Walmart filed a federal lawsuit against Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea parent company, Tri-Union. The suit claims that the manufacturers worked together on anti-competitive strategies for more than a decade. Walmart charged in its suit that the companies reduced product sizes while keeping prices artificially high.

Federal officials are looking more closely at food production as a source of antitrust violations. Recently, milk and poultry producers have also come under federal price fixing scrutiny. Federal regulators found that milk producers unlawfully slaughtered hundreds of thousands of dairy cows to inflate the price of milk. That action is the subject of a multi-state settlement that provides rebates directly to customers.

Ventura County antitrust attorney


Antitrust statutes are complex. They feature both civil and criminal penalties, and represent a real danger to executives. If you’re accused of antitrust violations – price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation, kickbacks or other crime, call Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend is a noted federal criminal defense practitioner. He has the experience to serve as your antitrust attorney.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom defense experience. He takes cases in both federal and state courts. He offers an aggressive style of defense, and will work endlessly to protect your rights and 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 antitrust case.

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