Westlake Village Execs Plead Guilty To Embezzlement
Westlake Village Execs Plead Guilty To Embezzlement
A pair of executives at a Westlake Village payment processing firm pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges earlier this month. The former CEO and the SVP of Sales and Marketing at iPayment siphoned more than $5 million from the company.

According to prosecutors, the men set up phony sales offices and instituted a kickback scheme. That allowed them to divert funds from the company for their personal use. The Department of Justice case is just one of two federal actions against the men. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against the men. The SEC complaint also named three other executives of the firm, and accused them of participating in the scheme.

The two men face up to five years in federal prison on the embezzlement charges. Federal officials will address the SEC complaint in a separate action.

Westlake Village Embezzlement Attorney


Workplace related crimes will impact you significantly. Not only can you face criminal sanctions, you can also face professional sanctions that will limit or eliminate your ability to work in your chosen field.

Workplace crimes are almost exclusively financial in nature. Most victims of financial crimes simply want to be restored to their previous financial position. They also want to be certain that the individual(s) who targeted them cannot repeat their crimes.

Restitution plays a major role in workplace crime sentencing, but a defendant often can’t make restitution unless he or she is free to work. A skilled, experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney can help ensure that justice – restorative justice – is truly available to the victims of a workplace crime. If you’ve been accused of a workplace crime, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. An experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County for more than 30 years. He will work to limit or eliminate charges against you. He will also work to ensure that a conviction or sentence doesn’t negatively impact your ability to fulfill restitution sentence requirements.

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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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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Sex crimes charges for VC human traffickers
Sex crimes charges for VC human traffickers
Authorities in Ventura County arrested three men and two women, from Covina, San Gabriel, Alhambra and Rosemead, and charged them with sex crimes following their investigation of a human trafficking ring that operated in nine California counties.

A combined task force of federal, state and local police agencies conducted a six-month investigation, including prostitution stings in Oxnard and other locations in Ventura County. Officers from the Oxnard Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office responded to ads for sex on Backpage.com.

Following the arrests, investigators uncovered evidence of a much larger operation. The criminal enterprise operated much like a corporation, according to police. Those arrested organized meetings between women and clients responding to the advertisements, coordinated transportation and logistics, negotiated pricing and laundered the proceeds of the operation through as many as nine different banks.

The investigation also identified more than two-dozen women who spoke little or no English, and who had entered the country on legitimate visas. The women were kept at various motels, rarely leaving their rooms, and were forced to work throughout the day. The women were charged for the delivery of clients to their rooms, for the rooms themselves, the advertisements and for basic necessities like food.

Upon the arrest of the five suspects, police seized about $350,000 in cash, nearly $750,000 in bank accounts belonging to the group, three residential properties and a luxury vehicle. At the time of the arrests, authorities located eight women who were actively being trafficked by the operation.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


If you’ve been arrested for sex crimes in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Southern California for more than 30 years, and will take 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 sex crimes case.

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Identity Theft Suspects in Simi Valley
Identity Theft Suspects in Simi Valley
Two men were arrested earlier this year in connection with an identity theft operation located in Simi Valley. Laron Bundley of Lake Elsinore, and Dennis Washington, who operated a copy shop in Inglewood were arrested following the identity theft of a Simi Valley resident.

Police conducted a lengthy investigation and determined that Bundley was connected to the crime. They served a search warrant on Bundley’s home and discovered a credit card skimmer, an encoder and an embosser, as well as false identifications, bogus checks and check-writing software.

Police confiscated more than $100,000 worth of items purchased fraudulently by Bundley. That included clothing, furniture and other household items. His home and car were also purchased using funds gained by fraud. Bundley, who has prior felony convictions, was also found with a handgun and ammunition, a violation of California law.

In addition to searching Bundley’s home, police also searched a copy shop in Inglewood that was owned by Dennis Washington. According to police, the copy shop was a front for a money-laundering operation run by Bundley and Washington. Bundley and Washington used the copy shop to create fake documents, including payroll records and utility bills.

Typically, Bundley and his wife would use stolen personal information to apply for additional credit in the victims’ names and max out the credit lines. According to police, hundreds of people were victimized in the scam, which produced more than $300,000 in fraudulent cash and credit.

Hire an Experienced Identity Theft Lawyer


Identity theft is a serious charge, and you can face significant consequences if convicted. If you’re arrested for identity theft or other charges related to fraud, you need the assistance of an experience identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of practice experience in Southern California courtrooms and will aggressively defend you. You’ll work directly with Mr. Helfend, and your case will not be passed along to less experienced attorneys. 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 identity theft/burglary 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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