Antitrust Charges Against Oakland Contractors
Antitrust Charges Against Oakland Contractors
Several Oakland area contractors pleaded not guilty last month to antitrust violations, including bid rigging on federal contracts. The two-year investigation produced guilty pleas from a State Senator and a former San Francisco School Board member. Prosecutors also won a racketeering conviction against the leader of a San Francisco street gang.

Prosecutors accuse the contractors of colluding on bids in order to direct federal contract work to a particular bidder. They also claim the contractors accepted bribes as part of the arrangement. An undercover FBI agent posed as an Atlanta “bidder” at the center of the scheme. The agent claimed he wanted to get in on federal building contracts in California. To do that, he paid local contractors bribes to induce them to submit high bids.

Authorities also charged the son of a local Oakland City Council member in the scheme. Prosecutors say he accepted payments in exchange for help on receiving federal building contract work. Seven men face federal charges as part of a second major wave of prosecutions related to the case. All seven pleaded not guilty to the antitrust charges.

California Antitrust Lawyer


Federal prosecutors devote a staggering amount of resources to high profile prosecutions. They only try cases when they have a high degree of confidence in the outcome. Therefore, the federal conviction rate is extremely high. Currently it exceeds 90%. That’s why you need an experienced federal antitrust lawyer who can defend you in court.

Robert Helfend is an aggressive, experienced antitrust lawyer with more than 30 years of criminal defense experience. He knows what it takes to provide effective defense in a federal criminal case.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do if you’re facing a federal antitrust prosecution. 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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Antitrust indictment without borders
Antitrust indictment without borders
The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice is five-for-five in its efforts to prosecute foreign nationals for antitrust actions committed in the United States. In the most recent case, the DOJ successfully arrested and extradited an Israeli citizen in Bulgaria.

The DOJ charged the executive with defrauding the Foreign Military Financing program. He allegedly falsified bid documents to disguise evidence of bid rigging. The program provides funds to foreign governments to allow them to purchase military goods and services.

Interpol agents arrested the executive under a Red Notice, which is like an international arrest warrant. Following his return to Connecticut in October 2016, a federal judge detained the man for trial.

Last month, the defendant pled guilty to felony four counts. They include including mail fraud, wire fraud and major fraud against the US government. In addition to falsifying bid documents, the executive also falsely certified statements regarding the payment of commissions and the use of non-US content and services in the contract. The next hearing in the case will take place in June 2017.

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Although federal white collar prosecutions are down overall, the government never rests when it comes to prosecuting financial fraud against the government. Because federal contracting almost invariably features high-dollar contracts, prosecutors take special interest it prosecuting contract fraud. That’s why you need an experienced federal antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend if you’re facing antitrust charges.

Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense, and will work tirelessly to create an effective defense strategy. Although most federal prosecutions don’t involve international extradition, these cases demonstrate the influence that the US government can exercise.

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 antitrust case.

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New Trial Request in Antitrust Conviction
New Trial Request in Antitrust Conviction
Three defendants convicted on federal antitrust charges related to a public foreclosure auction scheme requested new trials. According to the request, the defendants say pretrial motions unfairly limited their defense. Additionally, prosecutors referred to banks and homeowners as “victims.” The judge previously instructed prosecutors not to use the term.

Federal prosecutors accused he three defendants of Sherman Act violations and conspiring with other investors to lower action prices. According to federal prosecutors, the defendants conspired to purchase foreclosed properties at below-market prices. Following the county auction, the buyers held a second, private auction among themselves to determine who got the property.

The defendants’ first trial resulted in a hung jury. A new judge presided over the second trial, but allowed some instructions from the first trial to stand. At the center of the defendants’ request are the carryover instructions, which they say the prosecutors ignored.

Additionally, the government permitted conspirators who agreed to testify against the defendants to keep the properties they’d purchased at the second auctions. They argue that had the jury known that the cooperators benefited, the verdict may have been different.

The defendants will be sentenced on April 5. The judge has indicated that he will rule on the request for a new trial prior to the sentencing hearing.

Ventura Antitrust Lawyer


Antitrust trials are long because the subject matter is complex. They often rely on the testimony of experts, so it’s critical to bring together subject matter experts who can testify on your behalf. You need an experienced antitrust lawyer who can create an effective defense.

The conviction rate in federal prosecutions is extremely high. That’s because the government doesn’t try cases it doesn’t believe it can win. You need an attorney who will fight aggressively on your behalf. This ensures you can get the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume there’s nothing you can do to help 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 antitrust case.

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Antitrust Conviction for Bid-Rigging
Antitrust Conviction for Bid Rigging
In February, a federal jury handed down an antitrust conviction for a real estate investor accused of bid rigging. The jury found Thomas Joyce guilty on a single charge, after prosecutors dropped two counts of mail fraud against him.

According to prosecutors, Joyce and others conspired to buy foreclosed properties at lower-than-market prices. The conspirators also paid off other prospective bidders to eliminate competition at auctions.

Once Contra Costa County auctioned the properties, the conspirators held a second, private auction. The second auction determined the sale price of the property. It also determined the amount of the payoff for the suppressed bids. Joyce is one of more than 5 dozen people to plead guilty or be found guilty of antitrust violations related to foreclosure auctions. According to prosecutors, they have pending indictments on several other individuals in foreclosure related actions.

California antitrust attorney


Antitrust charges are complex, and often difficult to defend against. Federal prosecutions are also difficult to win. Currently, federal prosecutors have a conviction rate that exceeds 90%. That doesn’t mean you should give up or give in. It means that you need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend to defend you in court.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney. He takes cases in both federal and state courts. He will fight aggressively for your rights, and will work toward the best possible resolution of your case. Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, so your case receives his full and complete attention. That’s not something you’ll receive from a larger, less personal law firm that relies on less experienced attorneys to try cases.

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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