Securities Fraud Charge for Oxnard Man
Securities Fraud Charge for Oxnard Man
An Oxnard man will face charges of securities fraud because he promised his victims that he could triple their money by investing it in stocks. He falsely told his victims that he was an investment broker.

As part of the scam, the man accepted cash only. Detectives from the Oxnard Police Department arrested him after discovering that Los Angeles County issued a warrant for his arrest. The man does not hold a securities license, but perpetrated the same scam in Los Angeles County.

Oxnard Securities fraud attorney


If you’re facing charges of securities fraud, or a financial crime related to investments, you need the assistance of an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense and for more than 30 years, thousands of Southern Californians have turned to him for help.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you will work directly with him on your defense. He does not pass cases along to less experienced attorneys, which can happen at larger, less personal law firms.

Mr. Helfend aggressively defends his clients in court and throughout the judicial process. He does not judge clients based on what they’ve been charged with, but works to ensure their rights. First, he will work to get charges against you reduced or dropped. If that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. He uses a plain-English approach with his clients, so you’ll always understand what is happening with your case.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, and don’t work with an attorney who won’t aggressively defend you in court. Felony convictions can affect you for the rest of your life, so choosing the right counsel is essential.

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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Fraud Charge for Local Couple
Fraud Charge for Local Couple
A husband-and-wife team from Beverly Hills have been charged with fraud in a workers’ compensation scam. According to prosecutors, the pair recruited doctors and pharmacists to prescribe and provide unnecessary treatments paid for through the workers’ compensation insurance program.

The couple used three wholly owned companies to perpetrate the fraud. They paid kickbacks to the doctors and pharmacists around the state for participating in the scam. Between 2011 and 2015, the couple collected more than $23 million in payments from the fund. In addition to the couple, prosecutors charged 21 doctors and five pharmacists for their roles in the scheme.

The participants overbilled insurance companies, ordered bogus tests and provided sham treatments to more than 13,000 patients. If convicted on all charges, the couple faces more than 100 years in prison. Investigators from the California Department of Insurance

Ventura Fraud Attorney


Both the state and the federal government aggressively prosecute fraud cases that target government funded programs. If you’re facing fraud charges in Ventura County or in another Southern California jurisdiction, you need the assistance of an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He knows what it takes to deliver an effective, aggressive defense. He uses a multi-pronged approach that seeks to reduce or dismiss charges against his clients. Avoiding felony convictions is essential in California, because each felony conviction results in a “strike” against you. California’s Three Strikes Law provides increased penalties for successive felony convictions.

When dismissal isn’t a possibility, he will work toward the best possible result for his clients. Don’t count on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight aggressively for 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 fraud case.

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Securities fraud arrest for UT man
Securities fraud arrest for UT man
Federal authorities arrested a Utah man in connection with a $65 million securities fraud scam. The scheme targeted investors in western states including Utah and California. The man faces charges of conspiracy, misrepresentations in the sale of investment opportunities. He also faces charges of theft from an elder and employing an artifice or scheme to defraud.

The man, who owned an investment firm known as Total Wealth Management, engaged in the sale of securities without proper licensure. He worked with at least two other individuals, including a California man. The US Securities and Exchange Commission sued the man in 2015, in an attempt to disrupt the scheme.

Investigators say that the man used client funds to pay SEC fines and legal fees. He also misappropriated client funds by disguising the fraud as administrative fees. Further, investigators found that the man accepted kickbacks from investments. They also discovered that many of the firm’s preferred investment vehicles were either bankrupt or close to it. In addition, the man had direct or indirect connections to many of the preferred investments.

The man regularly solicited new investors through a weekly radio program that focused on investments. In addition, investigators found that he regularly promised unprecedented returns on investments, or claimed to have made substantial gains, even during economic low periods.

California securities fraud lawyer


Federal prosecutors vigorously pursue people accused of financial crimes. The federal conviction rate is exceptionally high. That’s why you need an experienced securities fraud lawyer, if you’re accused of financial crimes. Those crimes may include securities fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, investment fraud, theft and other similar crimes.

Robert Helfend practices law in the Los Angeles area, but takes federal securities fraud cases anywhere in the United States. Securities fraud cases are complex, so you need an aggressive, prepared and experienced lawyer who is not afraid to take on a zealous federal prosecutor.

Don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself, and don’t take a plea without consulting an experienced attorney first.

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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Westlake Village Embezzlement Leads to 6-year sentence
Westlake Village Embezzlement Leads to 6-year sentence
Alanis Morrisette’s former business manager received a six-year federal sentence for embezzlement , wire fraud and tax crimes. Jonathan Schwartz, of Agoura Hills, stole nearly $5 million from the singer. He also stole more than $2 million from other clients of the GSO Business Management investment firm.

Morrisette was the only identified victim in the case. The firm represented other high profile clients, including Tom Petty, Katy Perry and 50 Cent. According to prosecutors, Schwartz began embezzling client funds in 2010, in part to pay for a gambling addiction, drugs and to fund a lavish lifestyle. As a partner in the firm, Schwartz earned a salary of $1.2 million.

A new financial manager that Morrisette hired discovered the scheme in 2014. While investigating the management of Morrisette’s funds, investigators also discovered losses in other client accounts. Schwartz made a great effort to disguise the losses in Morrisette’s account, which delayed the discovery of the scheme.

Federal judge Dolly Gee said that she believed Schwartz deserved a longer sentence, but federal guidelines called for a six-year term. She also ordered Schwartz to repay $8.6 million in restitution to his victims. Bernard Gudvi, who founded the investment firm, said that the firm expects to lose $20 million as the result of the scam, and that the firm laid off a dozen employees in the wake of the discovery. Schwartz’s actions also severely tarnished firm’s reputation.

Westlake Village Embezzlement Attorney


Embezzlement can be a devastating crime, both for the victim and the perpetrator. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced, aggressive embezzlement attorney when you’ve been accused of a workplace crime. Embezzlement victims are often angry, but at the end of the day, they want restitution over retribution.

An experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend knows that a convicted defendant can’t make effective restitution unless he or she is working. Limiting a person’s ability to work limits their ability to provide restitution to the victims.

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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Fraud Sentence for Oxnard Tax Preparer
Fraud Sentence for Oxnard Tax Preparer
A federal judge sentenced an Oxnard tax preparer and former teacher to prison for fraud. Rodrigo Lozano received a 10-year sentence for filing more than $56 million in fraudulent income tax returns.

Lozano, 61, of Oxnard applied for and received thousands of individual taxpayer identification numbers, which undocumented immigrants can use to file tax returns. Federal investigators say that Lozano filed more than 13,000 fraudulent tax returns over a two-year period beginning in 2011.

Lozano and other conspirators fabricated identification documents, which they used to request ITIN numbers. They combined the numbers with fictitious W-2 forms, and fabricated dependents to maximize child-related tax deductions.

The Internal Revenue Service flagged the documents as false, but Lozano ordered his employees to file the phony returns anyway. He operated out of a number of locations in Oxnard.

In addition to the prison sentence, the judge ordered Lozano to repay $23 million in fraudulent refunds.

Oxnard Fraud Lawyer


Federal charges of any kind are serious, and sentences can be very lengthy. If you’re facing federal fraud charges, your best defense strategy is to work with an experienced federal fraud lawyer. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom defense experience. He takes state and federal fraud cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He will take federal criminal defense cases in any federal circuit.

Don’t rely on inexperienced attorneys to defend you, especially in a federal courtroom. You need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney who knows what it takes to win in federal court. When your freedom is at stake, only the best criminal defense counsel will do.

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/drug possession 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.

Federal antitrust attorney


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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LA Securities Fraud Scam Nets CT Man
LA Securities Fraud Scam Nets CT Man
A Fairfield, CT man pleaded guilty to securities fraud charges in a Newark, NJ federal courtroom. The case centered on representations that James Trolice and a partner made regarding eAgency, a Los Angeles company.

The men told investors that their companies held warrants to purchase valuable stock in eAgency, a mobile security application developer. They sold shares of their own companies to investors, who believed they could reap a significant return.

Although the companies initially held warrants in eAgency, the men vastly misrepresented the amount and value of the warrants. Eventually, the men defrauded investors of more than $5 million. The men used investor funds for personal expenses and to finance gambling trips.

Trolice faces a potential sentence of 20 years in prison and a $5M fine when he is sentenced in July. He also faces a 10-year sentence and a $250,000 fine for his guilty plea on one count of transacting in criminal proceeds. His partner in the scheme received a sentence of 6.5 years in federal prison.

Federal securities fraud attorney


Hiring an experienced attorney is important because your attorney’s experience can make a major difference in your case. The best strategy to combat an experienced, aggressive prosecutor is to hire an experienced, aggressive securities fraud attorney. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively, as he has for more than 30 years. In that time, he has learned what it takes to defend clients facing federal charges.

Mr. Helfend offers exceptional defense, and unparalleled personal service. He manages every case personally, so you always get the most from his extensive experience in criminal defense. When you’re facing federal charges, you need the best, most experienced representation 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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Fraud Suspect Arrested In Ventura
Fraud Suspect Arrested In Ventura
Ventura police arrested a woman suspected of fraud, identity theft, grand theft, perjury, drug possession for sale and insurance fraud. An identity theft victim reported that someone used her identity to rent an apartment. The same person also applied for and received more than $10,000 in state welfare benefits.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for the apartment, and arrested the suspect there. At the apartment, they collected evidence that linked the suspect to other identity thefts. As a result of the search, they also believe the suspect sold drugs from the home.

Ventura Fraud Attorney


Fraud is usually a financial crime. In this case, the State of California is the victim. The state investigate and prosecutes misappropriation of welfare benefits because most welfare funds come from the federal government. The state could likely lose federal welfare funds if they do not fully investigate and prosecute benefit theft. If a prosecutor accuses you of fraud of any type, you should seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend aggressively defends his clients, regardless of what they’ve been accused of. When you hire Mr. Helfend, you will work directly with him to develop your defense. He will work tirelessly on your behalf because you must offer the best possible defense in court.

Mr. Helfend takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of practice experience exclusively in criminal defense. In that time, thousands of Californians chose Mr. Helfend to provide aggressive, thorough defense and counsel. Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, and don’t attempt to defend yourself. When you’re confronted with an aggressive prosecution, you must counter with an aggressive 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 fraud case.

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Elder Fraud Nets Camarillo Contractor 10 Years
Elder Fraud Nets Camarillo Contractor 10 Years
Ventura County prosecutors won a 10-year sentence for a man convicted of a fraud scheme that targeted elderly victims. The man operated a plumbing business that offered a low-cost drain cleaning “special.” He used the ruse to gain access to victims’ homes.

Once inside, the man “discovered” severe plumbing problems, which he offered to “fix” for thousands of dollars. Once securing a contract for the work, the man changed the terms and raised prices. If the victims complained, he would turn them over to collection agencies and file liens on their homes.

According to prosecutors, at the time of his arrest, the man held nearly $310,000 in fraudulent liens on victims’ properties. Investigators discovered 31 victims. In addition to a 10-year prison sentence, the judge ordered the man to make full restitution to the victims.

Initially, the man possessed a valid contractor’s license for businesses in Oxnard and Camarillo. They expired in 2011 and 2013, although the defendant continued to hold himself as a licensed professional. In 2014, the Contractors State License Board revoked the expired licenses. The defendant will not be permitted to hold a valid contractor’s license again.

Camarillo Fraud Lawyer


Workplace related fraud convictions can have long-lasting consequences. As this case demonstrates, administrative regulators can permanently impact your ability to hold a job, even after you complete a criminal sentence.

Not being able to hold a job interferes with your ability to make restitution payments, so it makes sense to work with an experienced fraud lawyer who can help the prosecutor and court arrive at a resolution that meets the needs of the victims without permanently scarring the defendant’s ability to live independently.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. As your criminal defense attorney, he will create an effective defense strategy that protects your interests during and after the adjudication process.

Don’t rely 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 fraud/drug possession case.

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Camarillo Grand Theft Suspect Pleads Guilty
Camarillo Grand Theft Suspect Pleads Guilty
A Camarillo man was accused of stealing more than $750,000 from a victim. Recently he pleaded guilty to 5 counts of grand theft, two counts of forgery and 11 counts of money laundering.

The defendant, who worked at the Camarillo Airport, helped the victim purchase airport hangar leases. After negotiating the purchase of the leases for the victim, the defendant forged the buyer’s signature on two leases. He then transferred to other people over a period of 18 months. Following the transfer, the defendant misled the victim for more than seven years regarding the lease ownership.

The suspect received rents for hangar space of nearly $780,000 over seven years. During that time, he did not turn over any of the money to the original leaseholder. The defendant will be sentenced in October for his role in the fraud. He could receive a sentence of as much as 22 years in prison.

This is not the defendant’s first brush with the law. In 2010, he received a 6 month jail term and fines of more than $300,000 following a state tax evasion conviction. He failed to pay income tax on nearly $2 million in personal income over 9 years. He also failed to file state tax returns and pay corporate income tax on nearly $10 million in sales between 2000 and 2008.

Camarillo grand theft lawyer


If you’re facing theft charges, hire an experienced, competent and aggressive criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense for more than 30 years in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He is an aggressive, prepared and respected criminal defense attorney, and is well regarded among his peers.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney when 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 theft/securities fraud case.

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