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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Securities Fraud Charge for Software Exec
Securities Fraud Charge for Software Exec
Late last year, federal authorities charged Christopher Salis, 39, of San Mateo with securities fraud and money laundering. According to prosecutors, Salis, who was a global vice president at software giant SAP, disclosed inside information about the company’s planned acquisition of Concur Technologies, a Washington-state based travel management software firm to Douglas Miller, a former Purdue University classmate.

Miller and his brother, Edward Miller, ran a car wash operation that was in financial difficulty. The Miller brothers purchased shares in Concur, based on Salis’ information. The brothers also shared the privileged information with their parents and other acquaintances. Investigators say that the privileged information resulted in profits of more than $500,000 to investors connected to Salis and/or the Miller brothers. Once the Miller brothers sold their shares, they paid a portion of their profits on the sale back to Salis.

According to prosecutors, the brothers made about $270,000 in profits from their investment in the travel company, and paid Salis about $90,000 in cash, which they transported to California on a commercial flight. Other investors made about $240,000 in profits. All three men were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, money laundering and structuring transactions to avoid reporting requirements. Prosecutors also allege that Salis and the Miller brothers had previously engaged in an insider-trading scheme that arose from Salis’ employment at Business Objects, a company that was acquired by SAP in 2007.

Salis is also charged with four counts of wire fraud and five additional counts of securities fraud. Douglas Miller is also charged with six counts of wire fraud, five counts of securities fraud and one count of lying to investigators. Edward Miller is charged with one count of wire fraud, one count of securities fraud, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of harassing a witness.

Federal securities fraud attorney


If you’re facing federal securities fraud charges, you need the assistance of an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense and will fight aggressively on your behalf 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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Antitrust crimes prosecuted aggressively by Feds
Antitrust crimes prosecuted aggressively by Feds
The US Department of Justice reported that it prosecuted 44 individuals in FY 2014 for antitrust violations. Many actions are brought against companies, but individual executives can also be charged with criminal violations of the federal anti-competition laws.

Criminal activities that are governed by the federal statutes include price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation schemes. Of the 44 prosecutions in 2014, the DOJ says that 22 of the defendants were executives in auto parts companies. 11 defendants were real estate investors.

In the past twenty-five years, the average number of antitrust prosecutions per year has risen from 13 in the 1990’s to 29 between 2010 and 2014. In other words, the DOJ has more than doubled its average number of prosecutions. In addition, the average prison sentence for convictions has also more than tripled during the same time. In the 1990’s, the average prison sentence for convictions was 8 months. Today, the average prison sentence for the same crimes is 25 months.

This signals the federal government’s plan to pursue more prosecutions and more aggressive prosecutions for antitrust violations. In addition to more prosecutions and longer jail terms, the federal government is expanding its sphere of influence. In 2013, the Department of Justice secured its first ever extradition of a foreign national for prosecution on anti-competitive practices in the US. That extradition was quickly followed by a second extradition in an unrelated case.

Ventura County Antitrust Lawyer


The greater Los Angeles area is a prime target for federal prosecutions because so much business is conducted here. The Port of Los Angeles is the largest port in the United States, and one of the largest in the world. Each year, the Port of Los Angeles handles more than $300 billion in goods coming to and leaving from the United States. It is an area of prime interest for the federal government, and the DOJ is getting very good at breaking up multinational antitrust conspiracies. Having a foreign address may not offer much protection against federal investigators.

That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. If you’re facing federal antitrust charges, don’t settle for an inexperienced lawyer! Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience at both the state and federal levels.

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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8431438320_36759bc993_zA Long Beach man was sentenced to 21 years in prison after having been convicted of multiple felonies involving domestic violence , assault, human trafficking, pandering and pimping. Simi Valley police worked with multiple other agencies in Southern California to identify and arrest Andrew Jordan.

According to police and prosecutors, Jordan forced multiple women into prostitution. Jordan would take the women to areas known to be frequented by prostitutes and order them to provide sex acts in exchange for money. He required the women to earn a certain amount each day, and monitored the time they spent with clients, and the areas in which they worked. When the women did not comply or did not meet his demands, he would severely physically assault them.

Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic violence is normally thought of as a “family” crime, but you do not need to be related to a person to be charged with domestic assault. If you’ve been accused of domestic assault or spousal abuse, you need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Domestic violence charges can be added to other felony counts against you in order to give prosecutors a chance to enhance the charges against you or extend a sentence, if you’re convicted. Since domestic violence is a “violent felony” prosecutors can also use it to trigger lifetime imprisonment under California’s Three Strikes Law, if you have prior felony convictions on your record.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

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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MN man pleads guilty to securities fraud
MN man pleads guilty to securities fraud
Earlier this year, a Minnesota man pleaded guilty to operating the largest Ponzi scheme in Orange County history. According to federal prosecutors, Gerard Cellette, 51, of Andover, MN pleaded guilty to securities fraudand other charges. In all, Cellette pleaded guilty to 455 felony counts associated with a years-long Ponzi scheme that involved investors from all over the country.

Many of the victims came from Orange County, and provided about $150 million in funding to the scheme. Cellette told investors that he had printing deals with major retailers like Target, but needed capital to perform the work. In some cases, Cellette promised investors returns of 10% over 90 days.

Instead of investing the funds into his non-existent business, Cellette used new investor funds to pay off previous investors, and diverted a significant amount of the money to his personal expenses. Orange County investors lost about $21 million in the scam. Other investors around the nation lost an additional $34 million. According to prosecutors, Cellette used investor funds to purchase lakefront properties, luxury items, and commercial properties.

The guilty plea came with a 35 year sentence, a $40 million fine and a restitution order of $20 million. Cellette does not have the funds or enough assets to make restitution in full or to pay the court-ordered fine.

Ventura securities fraud attorney


Securities fraud charges are frequently prosecuted by the federal government. The size and scope of the fraud often determine who prosecutes the crime. If you’ve been arrested for securities fraud, investment fraud or other similar financial crime, you need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience, exclusively in criminal defense, and he is ready to take your case. Federal prosecutions are intense, in part because the federal government is very well funded and well prepared to conduct extended prosecutions. You need an attorney who will fight aggressively or 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/federal defense case.

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Securities fraud rap for movie scam
Fraud rap for movie scam
Two Southern California men was arrested and charged last month with securities fraud for their role in a $12 million movie investment scam. James Williams of Calabasas and Steven Brown of Santa Monica are two of three men charged in New York City in connection with the plan.

According to prosecutors, Williams, Brown have been accused of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering for allegedly taking money from investors who thought they were fronting the money for major motion pictures. A third man, Gerald Seppala, of Wayzata, MN, is also charged with conspiracy and wire fraud in the scheme.

Prosecutors say the three men established an advance-fee scheme. They used the money to pay other investors, and for personal purchases, including a car and a house for Williams, and private school tuition for his children. The investors were promised guaranteed returns and profit sharing in exchange for their investments.

The accused co-conspirators allegedly produced frequent falsified accounting documentation for their victims. Williams was able to convince one investor to contribute $2 million to the scam by showing him falsified bank statements for an account allegedly meant for a movie. The falsified statement showed a bank balance of nearly $2 million, when in reality the account was empty.

A securities fraud lawyer you can count on


Securities fraud charges are complex, often because investments aren’t straightforward. If you’ve been charged with securities fraud, you need a securities fraud lawyer you can count on. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense for more than 30 years in Southern California, and takes cases in both state and federal courts.

Conviction on securities fraud charges can lead to lengthy prison sentences and expensive restitution requirements that can put the financial security of your family at risk. In virtually all cases of financial fraud, the victims simply want their money back. As your securities fraud lawyer, Robert Helfend will work tirelessly to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. If that’s not a possibility, he will work closely with you and the prosecution to maximize the return for all parties involved and minimize the impact on 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 securities fraud case.

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Oxnard man faces charges for murder, drug crimes
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Guillermo Teran, 23, of Oxnard and Tomas Ramos Ochoa, 34, of Los Angeles are facing murder and attempted murder charges following what appears to have been a drug deal gone bad. Teran, who has a criminal history that includes convictions for drug crimes, is alleged to have fired the shots that killed Christian Barrera-Rivera, 23 and Sony Pena, 28.

According to police reports, Barrera-Rivera and Pena arranged to meet the defendants in Woodland Hills to conduct a drug-related transaction. Shortly after their arrival, the pair was fired upon by Teran and Ochoa. Barrera-Rivera and Pena fled the scene in their vehicle, but following a chase, Teran and Ochoa again confronted the victims in Tarzana, where the fatal shootings occurred. Pena was declared dead at the scene, and Barrera-Rivera died later at a local hospital.

Hire a rurder lawyer with drug crimes experience


Teran was convicted of drug crimes in federal court in 2012. In addition to the multiple murder charges, both men also face charges of murder during the commission of a robbery and murder by means of discharging a firearm.

If you’ve been accused of murder, you need an experienced murder lawyer, like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. When allegations against you also include drug crimes, it is especially important to work with a drug crimes lawyer who will aggressively defend your rights.

Both murder and drug crimes carry stiff penalties in California. In cases like this, the circumstances of the case may lead the prosecutor to seek the death penalty against you. Another possibility is that you’ll face a life sentence with no possibility of parole. In either case, your best defense strategy is to work with an aggressive murder lawyer who also has significant defense experience as drug crimes lawyer. Don’t wait, and don’t trust an inexperienced attorney when your future 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 murder case.

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Grand Theft Charge in Real Estate Scam
Grand Theft Charge in Real Estate Scam
A Los Angeles man is accused of grand theft in Ventura County after being arrested for his role in a real estate scam.

Prosecutors allege that Juan Carlos Guerra, who worked for a company called Planet Investment Group, tricked a client into depositing $44,000 over a period of four years into accounts controlled by Guerra. The client was told that the money was being used to refinance the client’s home, and was being held by the company.

Hire an Experienced Grand Theft Lawyer


If you’ve been arrested for grand theft or other similar crime, don’t hesitate to hire a competent, experienced theft lawyer like Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has worked with clients in the Southern California area for more than 30 years, and is confident that he can help you.

Conviction for work-related offenses will not only result in the loss of your job, but will also make recovering from your conviction difficult, if not impossible. It’s important to fight employment related charges like this aggressively. Failing to prepare a strong defense quickly could allow an accusation to derail your career.

As an experienced theft lawyer, Mr. Helfend will work to get serious charges against you reduced or dropped, and will fight any remaining charges aggressively. Mr. Helfend will always work toward the best outcome in your case, and will focus on helping you avoid conviction or a jail sentence.

Experience is important, so it’s important to get the experience you’re paying for. Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, and will not hand your case over to a less experienced associate attorney. When you work with Robert Helfend, you always get the name on the door.

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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Disney star collects DUI arrest
Disney star collects DUI arrest
Debby Ryan, an actress known for her work on the Disney Channel show Jessie, collected a DUI arrest last week after colliding with another driver. The driver of the other vehicle was injured. According to police, Ryan failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of .11 at the time of her arrest. In California, it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher.

For a DUI arrest, choose a DUI attorney you can rely on


A DUI arrest is expensive, but DUI convictions are more expensive. In fact, the consequences of a DUI arrest can be staggering. You may face a range of penalties, including mandatory jail time, probation, driving restrictions, expensive and time-consuming monitoring, fines and other sanctions. If you injure or kill another person, or have had previous DUI convictions, the penalties become even stiffer.

Make no mistake about it – a DUI arrest will inflate your auto insurance bill. It could even put you in a “high-risk” insurance category, which means you’ll have a hard time even finding insurance. Driving restrictions and sanctions could put your job at risk! Public prosecution could also cause you and your family a great deal of embarrassment, which – thanks to the Internet – could haunt you for years.

That’s why you need an aggressive, competent DUI lawyer like Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a DUI attorney and can put together the legal and medical expertise you need to defend yourself effectively in court.

A key component of your DUI defense strategy will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Avoiding conviction is important because a DUI conviction cannot be erased and will bring long-lasting consequences. Mr. Helfend always works toward the best possible outcome for his clients, and this is especially true in DUI cases.

Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s very easy to misjudge your ability to drive when you have been drinking. Following a DUI arrest, you cannot change what you did, but your actions can either make your situation better or worse. The best defense strategy is to work with an experienced DUI lawyer who can bring together the resources you need to defend yourself in court. Don’t make the mistake of defending yourself. Don’t assume there’s nothing you can do to help yourself, and don’t rely on an inexperienced DUI attorney following a DUI arrest.

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 arrest.

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Former Raiders WR fined for securities fraud
Former Raiders WR fined for securities fraud
Former Olympian and Los Angeles and Chicago Bears wide receiver Willie Gault has been fined for securities fraud by the US District Court for the Central District of California. Gault was fined more than $200,000 in penalties and interest. Federal prosecutors contended that Gault, the CEO of a medical device firm, took part in a scheme.

A securities fraud attorney is your best defense


Gault was convicted of circumventing the company’s internal accounting controls and making false statements in the company’s SEC filings. The Court also barred Gault from serving as an officer in any publicly traded company until he can demonstrate that “he has made himself knowledgeable of the requirements of the securities laws imposed on officers and directors.”

If you’ve been arrested on federal securities fraud charges, or named in a federal indictment, you need the assistance of an experienced aggressive securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Federal prosecutors are extremely aggressive in securities-related prosecutions. They have the resources of the federal government supporting their prosecution; no matter who you are or how much money you have, you can’t outspend a federal prosecutor! That’s why it’s exceptionally important to have an experienced, equally aggressive securities fraud attorney with you throughout the federal judicial process.

Federal prosecutors look for any opportunity to strengthen or expand their case against you, and they take a lot of pride in being able to build a case against prominent individuals. They will not hesitate to seek extensive fines and long prison sentences for non-violent, white-collar crime. You need a defense strategy delivered by an experienced federal attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense, and he’s ready to build your defense.

Don’t wait, and don’t rely on inexperienced attorneys when you’re dealing with the complexities of a federal securities fraud charge. 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 criminal defense/domestic violence case.

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