Oxnard Murder Suspects Arrested
Oxnard Murder Suspects Arrested
Two men suspected of participating in an Oxnard murder last December face charges following their arrest. An FBI team served a federal search warrant and took one suspect into custody in Farmington, NM. Oxnard police arrested the other suspect locally.

The Oxnard man faces charges of being an accessory after the fact, and received a $110,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on May 31. Ventura County authorities seek to extradite the New Mexico suspect to murder face charges. At the time of the murder, the suspect lived in Oxnard, but relocated to New Mexico immediately afterward.

Police discovered the victim, Giovanni Vega, in the 200 block of Vineyard Avenue last December. Nearby residents reported hearing gunshots, so the police department dispatched an officer to investigate. The officer did not notice anything unusual. About six hours later, a caller asked police to perform a welfare check on an individual in the same area. At that time, they determined the victim died from a gunshot wound.

Oxnard Murder Attorney


Although California hasn’t executed a prisoner in more than a decade, the death penalty is still a very real threat. If you’re accused of committing a homicide, or participating in one, you face some very specific legal challenges. Therefore, you need the help of a very experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of courtroom defense experience, and takes homicide cases in Ventura County. You risk losing your freedom permanently, so an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney can help you build a solid defense. Don’t bet 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 murder case.
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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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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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Thousand Oaks Identity Theft Arrest Busts Gas Theft Ring
Thousand Oaks Arrest Busts Gas Theft Ring
Thousand Oaks police arrested a Van Nuys man for mail theft and identity theft. As a result of the identity theft arrest, they also discovered a connection to a Los Angeles-based gasoline theft operation.

A witness reported seeing the driver of a commercial truck stealing mail from a Thousand Oaks mailbox. Police located the driver of the truck and arrested him following their investigation. They searched the vehicle and discovered stolen mail, multiple gift cards and drug paraphernalia.

Thousand Oaks police impounded the truck. A further inspection of the vehicle revealed four makeshift diesel fuel tanks inside the bed of the truck. The tanks could each hold 200 gallons of fuel.

Police believe the man erased the magnetic stripes on the gift cards, then recoded them with stolen credit card information. He used the duplicate credit cards to pay for the fuel, then later resold the fuel to gas stations at a discounted price. Officers also found incriminating surveillance video footage showing the man stealing mail, and frequenting neighborhoods where residents reported mail thefts.

Prosecutors charged the man with one felony identity theft count and five misdemeanors, including mail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thousand Oaks Identity Theft Attorney


If you’re arrested for identity theft in Thousand Oaks, your first call should be to an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He takes identity theft cases defense in Thousand Oaks.

His first priority will be to get the felony charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. This is an important step because felony convictions can result in longer sentences or even lifetime incarceration, thanks to the state’s Three Strikes Law. If that’s not realistic, he will work 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 identity theft/murder case.

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Domestic Violence Restraining Order Nets Oxnard Man
Domestic Violence Restraining Order Nets Oxnard Man
Camarillo police arrested an Oxnard man and charged him with violating a domestic violence restraining order. Police investigated the man after receiving a complaint from the subject’s ex-wife that he had violated a restraining order.

They investigated the complaint and found that the man had likely violated the court order as many as six times in a six-week period in multiple Ventura County jurisdictions. During those encounters, police said that the man threatened his former wife.

Prosecutors charged him with felony stalking and four misdemeanor counts of violating the restraining order. He will appear in Ventura County Superior Court again on May 8.

Oxnard Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic abuse cases can be complicated. In addition to charges that may arise from a particular incident, you may become the subject of a restraining order. Given the specifics of your circumstances, adhering to the terms of a restraining order is essential. It also underscores the need to work with an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Prosecutors in California can file domestic abuse and stalking charges as felonies or misdemeanors. The distinction is important because felony convictions put you at an ongoing risk of long-term incarceration, thanks to California’s Three Strikes Law. It also provides your lawyer with the opportunity to reduce charges against you. This can mean the difference between getting on with your life and incarceration.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you work through the adjudication process. You want the right results. Sometimes, the only way to achieve that is with the help of an aggressive criminal defense attorney.

Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney, especially when your freedom is on the line.

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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DUI Stop Leads To Weapons Stop in Oxnard
DUI Stop Leads To Weapons Stop in Oxnard
Oxnard police arrested a local man suspected of a DUI offense. Police also charged the man with a weapons offense because they found a loaded gun in the vehicle.

According to police, they responded to a report of a hit-and-run collision at about 4:00 PM on Oxnard Boulevard. Police spotted the suspect vehicle in the area of the crash, but the driver fled. The car sustained damage to its right rear tire in the accident. Eventually, the tire disintegrated and the vehicle stopped.

The driver suffered slight injuries in the crash. Because of the driver’s impairment, police took him to the hospital for evaluation. The other driver in the accident did not wish to press charges for the hit-and-run. However, the man still faces charges for the DUI in Ventura and the concealed weapon.

Oxnard DUI attorney


Drunk driving charges are serious, even though prosecutors charge the vast majority of drunk driving arrests as misdemeanors. A drunk driving conviction can have long-lasting consequences. That’s why you need an experienced DUI attorney to assist you throughout the administrative and judicial processes.

Most drunk driving arrests involve first-time offenders. You may not realize that a drunk driving arrest produces parallel but independent administrative and judicial processes. Upon an arrest, the DMV suspends your license immediately. To challenge the suspension, you must request a DMV hearing virtually immediately. You must hire an experienced DUI attorney to work on your behalf.

The criminal process takes place over a longer period of time. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may or may not be jailed while awaiting trial. Again, your successful defense depends on having exceptional representation.

Don’t attempt to defend yourself in court and don’t rely 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 Oxnard DUI case.

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Statewide Theft Crew Nabbed in Ventura
Statewide Theft Crew Nabbed in Ventura
Ventura authorities charged four people with theft following multiple commercial burglaries in Thousand Oaks. Police arrested the group after a wild chase that started in Camarillo and ended in Santa Barbara County.

Authorities say that the four, who reside in the San Francisco area, targeted Ventura County businesses. The four conducted an organized retail theft operation, and stole more than $100,000 in merchandise from Los Angeles and Ventura area businesses. Authorities say that the operation netted more than $1M in stolen merchandise across the state.

Store owners alerted police to the group’s activities last month at The Oaks mall. Police also connected the crew to several burglaries and strong-arm robberies in Glendale and Camarillo. According to police, the group stole more than $10,000 in merchandise in a single day.

Police contacted the group in late March and attempted to stop them. Instead, the suspects led police on a lengthy chase at speeds that sometimes exceeded 100 m.p.h. Police stopped the car after successfully deploying “stop sticks” in Gaviota. Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered more than $15,000 in stolen merchandise.

Prosecutors charged each member of the group with conspiracy, burglary and possession of burglary tools. In addition, they charged the driver with felony evading. Three of the four subjects pled guilty to the charges and are being held pending sentencing.

Ventura Theft lawyer


Repeat felony convictions in California can put you in danger of lifetime imprisonment, thanks to the state’s Three Strikes Law. If you’re facing felony theft charges, hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Robert Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively and takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He is an aggressive criminal defense attorney, who will fight to preserve your rights and freedoms in court. Don’t work with 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 theft case.

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Murder Suspect Pleads No Contest
Murder Suspect Pleads No Contest
A man already serving a life sentence in a California prison pleaded no contest to a 1985 Oxnard murder. Vincent Mackey, 54, was preparing for a trial involving the murder of Isabel Hernandez in 1985. Instead of proceeding to trial, he offered a no-contest plea in the case. According to prosecutors, DNA evidence collected at the time of the attack implicated Mackey.

Mackey broke into the apartment where Hernandez lived, raped her and stabbed her to death. The police could not identify a suspect, but they collected and preserved evidence from the scene. The Oxnard Police Department reactivated the investigation into Hernandez’ death in 2013, and tested the crime scene evidence.

In 2014, a computerized check of known felons produced a match between Mackey and the Oxnard crime scene. In 1987, a jury convicted Mackey of the murder of James Sprigg, Mackey’s employer. Mackey killed Sprigg less than a year after he murdered Hernandez. He received a life sentence with no possibility of parole in that case.

Because the prosecutor opted not to seek the death penalty, Mackey will receive another life sentence in the case. Mackey’s sentencing is set for April 20.

Oxnard murder lawyer


In California, murder will put you at risk of receiving the death penalty. Because your life is on the line, you need an aggressive murder lawyer to defend you. Robert Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who takes cases in Ventura County. He has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in courtroom defense.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so his clients always receive the benefit of his extensive experience. Don’t rely on an inexperienced or timid criminal defense attorney, especially when your life is at risk.

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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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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SD Woman Convicted for Oxnard Embezzlement
SD Woman Convicted for Oxnard Embezzlement
A San Diego woman pleaded guilty to an embezzlement scheme involving three Oxnard car dealerships. The woman, who pleaded guilty to three counts of grand theft, admitted to stealing more than $65,000. Prosecutors say the actual amount of the losses exceeded $140,000.

Alexander of Oxnard hired the woman as an accountant in 2012. She began to divert funds from both payroll and petty cash. She used the money to pay off credit card debts. The judge sentenced the woman to 24 months in jail and ordered her to make full restitution. She must also serve 28 months of supervised release following her jail term.

According to prosecutors, a related Arizona car dealership is suing the woman to recover nearly $350,000 that she allegedly stole while working in a similar position there.

Oxnard Embezzlement Lawyer


Workplace crimes are common, and they’re almost always financially motivated. A workplace crime conviction can have a long-lasting impact on your life. If you’re facing a workplace-related criminal charge like embezzlement, lawyer Robert Helfend can take your case.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively, and in his more than 30 years of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians. Mr. Helfend is known as an aggressive defender of his clients rights. His clients love his straightforward, “plain-English” approach to criminal defense.

They also appreciate the personal attention Mr. Helfend gives their cases. He handles each case personally, so his clients work directly with him on their defense. Experience counts for a lot in criminal defense, so be sure your first step in defending yourself is the right one. Choose an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent 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 embezzlement case.

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