Fraud Charges Snare Camarillo Couple
Fraud Charges Snare Camarillo Couple
A Camarillo couple faces 19 felony counts related to a fraud scheme. Prosecutors accuse the couple of purchasing cars on credit and reselling them without disclosing the lien.

The couple would advertise a car for sale, stating that the car had a clear title. The couple would then offer to write a lower sales price on the bill of sale to lower the sales tax. Once the vehicle changed hands, the sellers would notify the buyer of the lien and informed them that the car would be repossessed if the buyer did not return the car. When the buyer brought the car back, the couple would only offer the amount on the bill of sale in return.

Prosecutors know of six different victims and calculated their losses in excess of $40,000. Investigators believe the couple may have defrauded other victims. In some cases, the victims sued the suspects in civil court. Despite judgments against them, the couple continued to operate the scam until their arrest.

They face 19 felony charges, including multiple counts of grand theft, preparing false documents, conspiracy, perjury, attempted grand theft of personal property and unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle. They also face one misdemeanor count of acting as a salesman without a license.

The couple remain jailed on $150,000 bonds. Their most recent court appearance was November 15.

Camarillo Fraud Lawyer


When you face fraud charges, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He knows what it takes to successfully defend clients in Ventura County.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on how they’ve been charged. He simply works hard to ensure that his clients receive the best possible representation in court., and throughout the judicial process.

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 case.

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Identity Theft, Prescription Fraud Suspects Arrested
Identity Theft, Prescription Fraud Suspects Arrested
A Ventura County taskforce arrested three people and charged them with identity theft. They also face charges of prescription fraud, burglary and conspiracy. According to police, local pharmacies in Oxnard and Thousand Oaks reported a spate of fraudulent prescriptions in September and October.

Investigators discovered that the three suspects were working together. All three suspects face charges in Ventura County. One suspect also has outstanding warrants from Santa Clara County and the State of Nevada for similar crimes. She faces 21 felony counts in Ventura County, and remains jailed on a $500,000 bond. In addition, she faces eight felony counts of identity theft in another jurisdiction, and also has a $200,000 bond in that case. She is a resident of Oakland, CA.

The second suspect, a 21-year-old Lodi resident, faces three felony counts related to the matter. He remains jailed on a $100,000 bond. The third suspect, a 20-year-old also faces three felony charges and a misdemeanor possession charge. He remains jailed on a $500,000 bond. All three suspects will return to court on November 15.

Ventura County Identity Theft Attorney


In most cases, money motivates most identity-related crimes. Since falsified identification plays a role in many other crimes, police and prosecutors pursue these crimes aggressively. When you face identity theft charges in California, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal courtroom defense experience and will fight aggressively on your behalf. When you accumulate a significant history of felony convictions, you are at risk of lifetime incarceration in California. Avoiding felony convictions, therefore, may be critical to maintaining your freedom.

Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively to get the most serious charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward 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 case.

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Camarillo Domestic Violence Suspect Surrenders
Camarillo Domestic Violence Suspect Surrenders
Camarillo police arrested a domestic violence suspect at his Port Hueneme residence last month. Police wanted the man in connection with a domestic abuse assault in Camarillo.

According to Camarillo police, they responded to a call for assistance at a Camarillo residence. When they arrived, they found an injured woman. The woman said she received the injuries from a domestic partner. The man left the area before police arrived.

The police sought a search warrant for the man’s Port Hueneme home. Camarillo detectives, accompanied by Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail officers, detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Gang Unit and a K-9 unit, served the warrant.

The suspect entered his residence when he saw officers approaching. The officers presented the warrant. They told the suspect that they would release the dog to find him, so the man surrendered without incident. Camarillo police booked the suspect into the Ventura County Jail. He remains jailed on a $100,000 bond and will appear in court on December 7.

Camarillo domestic violence lawyer


When you face domestic assault charges, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He takes spousal abuse cases in Camarillo and throughout Ventura County.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on how they have been charged. Instead, he fights aggressively for their rights and freedoms. Domestic abuse can result in either misdemeanor or felony charges against you. In California, a history of felony convictions can lead to lifetime incarceration. It is important that your lawyer move quickly to get felony charges against you reduced or dropped.

Even if you’re not facing your third felony conviction, a second felony conviction under California law can result in extended sentencing. Your attorney must fight to get felony charges dismissed or reduced to avoid the punitive sentencing requirements of the state’s Three Strikes Law.

Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight for 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 domestic violence/antitrust case.

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Theft of Landscaping Equipment Snags Suspect
Theft of Landscaping Equipment Snags Suspect
A Port Hueneme man is in jail awaiting trial on a theft charge. In addition, he faces identity theft charges for being in possession of more than 10 different identities.

The suspect allegedly stole landscaping equipment from Port Hueneme Elementary School. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of August 28. Port Hueneme police posted a photo on their Facebook page, and community tips identified the suspect.

Police obtained a search warrant and searched the suspect’s home. During the search, they found evidence related to the equipment heist. They also found personally identifying information for about 20 people. In addition, the police seized credit card making equipment.

According to police, the thief stole portable equipment, including a leaf blower, weed and hedge trimmers, and an edger. The thief stole the equipment from a maintenance shed on the property. Port Hueneme police say that a school employee interrupted the burglary and confronted the thief. The employee prevented the thief from taking a lawn mower, but the suspect escaped.

The suspect remains housed at the Ventura County Jail on a $75,000 bond. He will appear in court again on November 28.

Port Hueneme theft lawyer


When you face theft charges, hire an experienced aggressive theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes theft cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
He has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense, and will aggressively defend you in court. He will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. That’s especially important, especially if you already have a felony conviction on your record.

The state’s Three Strikes Law requires judges to impose additional sentencing sanctions on repeat offenders. These sanctions include longer sentences, and could bring you one step closer to lifetime incarceration.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney or one who won’t fight for your rights. Instead, 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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Drug Possession Arrest Nets Weapons Cache
Drug Possession Arrest Nets Weapons Cache
Ventura police recently arrested a suspect fordrug possession. As part of their investigation into the suspect’s alleged drug sales, they obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s home. During the home search, they were surprised to find a weapons cache.

Police initially spotted a suspected drug dealer in his vehicle, so they arrested him on two outstanding felony warrants. When police arrested him, the suspect had more than an ounce of methamphetamine in his possession. Upon obtaining a search warrant, the police searched the suspect’s home. Inside they located additional quantities of methamphetamine, a large quantity of cash and nearly 50 firearms.

Police arrested another resident of the home during the raid. According to them, the second resident had a small quantity of methamphetamine. Police said that the second suspect kept many of the weapons unsecured in his bedroom.

The initial suspect will return to court this week to face drug possession charges and felony firearm charges. He will also face matters related to his outstanding warrants. The second suspect does not currently face charges in the matter.

Ventura Drug Possession Lawyer


California’s position on some drug offenses has changed, but its stance on drug possession for sale hasn’t. When you face charges for drug offenses, hire an experienced drug possession lawyer. Robert Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in drug possession cases. He takes clients in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

California law imposes stiff penalties for repeat felony convictions. A third conviction for a violent felony can land you in prison for life. When you face felony charges, your future is literally on the line. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney or one who won’t fight aggressively on your behalf.

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 drug possession case.

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Murder Conviction in Camarillo Hit-and-Run
Murder Conviction in Camarillo Hit-and-Run
A Ventura County jury found a man guilty of second-degree murder for his role in a Camarillo hit-and-run. According to prosecutors, the suspect struck and killed a pedestrian in a crosswalk, then drove away.

In addition to the second-degree murder charge, the jury also found the man guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Jurors also returned a guilty verdict on a felony hit-and-run charge, and driving on a suspended license.

The suspect had two prior convictions for DUI. According to prosecutors, the man became intoxicated at a Camarillo home, then drove away. He collided with the pedestrian and then crashed into a parked car. The man attempted to leave the scene, but neighbors and witnesses held him until police arrived. Police measured his blood-alcohol level at 0.17, more than twice California’s legal limit.

The man faces as much as 20 years to life in prison. He will return to court for sentencing on December 12.

Camarillo murder lawyer


This case illustrates the seriousness of driving drunk. As a result of his behavior, a person is dead and the driver faced murder charges. When you’re accused of killing someone, hire an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He knows what it takes to defend his clients successfully in court. Murder cases are highly emotional, and judges are not likely to be sympathetic to defendants. That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for your rights.

A homicide conviction in California can lead to a life sentence. Your attorney needs to fight aggressively to ensure that you receive a fair trial. Mr. Helfend will examine all of the evidence against you carefully and fight to exclude evidence that was improperly collected or presented.

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 murder case.

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Antitrust Drug Cases Focus on Price Fixing
Antitrust Drug Cases Focus on Price Fixing
The Attorneys General of 45 states expanded their antitrust case to include 12 more generic drug makers. The states, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, believe the drug manufacturers fixed prices of generic drugs. The civil action by the states is pending a related criminal investigation by the Department of Justice.

Last month, the states’ group added 12 drug manufacturers to its initial investigation. The Attorney General for the State of Connecticut, the lead plaintiff in the case, says the probe could expand further. The investigation began in 2014 and has been slowed by the federal government’s investigation. Recently, a federal court transferred the states’ consolidated lawsuit from Connecticut to Philadelphia.

Many of the companies under investigation have offices on the East Coast. According to investigators, drug executives routinely gather informally. The state AGs say that such meetings allow the executives to discuss strategy, monitor their competitors and discuss market activity regarding specific drugs. Georgia, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming have not joined the suit.

Federal prosecutors have not yet filed criminal charges against individuals, but observers believe that may occur soon. The states’ expanded lawsuit names executives of two companies, Mylan, N.V., and Emcure Pharmaceuticals. It also adds 13 drugs to the list of products subject to price-fixing agreements.

California antitrust attorney


Antitrust actions can be brought in either civil or criminal courts. They can be federal matters or state matters. In addition, antitrust violations – price-fixing, bid-rigging and market allocation schemes – are highly complex. Because of the nature of price-fixing, prosecutors often file conspiracy charges in criminal cases. When you face antitrust charges, you need the assistance of an experienced antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in both federal and state criminal defense cases. He will work aggressively on your behalf. 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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Sex crimes nets Oxnard man nine years
Sex crimes nets Oxnard man nine years
An Oxnard man will spend nine years in prison for a sex crimes conviction. The man pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography while being a registered sex offender.

The 36-year-old man has a prior conviction for committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14. He was on parole at the time of his arrest. Police searched the man’s home three times as part of his parole conditions. During all three searches, the man either broke or hid his phone. Police suspected that the man used his phone to stream pornography from the Internet.

They confiscated the broken devices and used forensic analysis to confirm the man’s Internet activities. Investigators also recovered evidence from the broken devices. According to their analysis, the man used the phones to stream pornography for 18 months before police arrested him.

Oxnard sex crimes lawyer


This case illustrates the challenges that convicted sex offenders face. Registered sex offenders must frequently check in with local law enforcement. Compliance searches are often a condition of parole. Registered sex offenders also face difficulty finding employment and housing. When you face sex crimes charges, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He will fight aggressively for your rights throughout the judicial process. Unlike some criminal defense lawyers, he does not shy away from taking sex crimes cases. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on how they’re charged. He simply works hard to get the charges against his clients reduced or dropped. Even when the evidence against you looks bad, a good defense attorney may be able to get that evidence excluded. If not conducted properly, searches can produce inadmissible evidence. A good defense attorney can use that to your advantage.

Don’t settle for an attorney who doesn’t want to take your case, or won’t fight for your rights. 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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Securities Fraud Sentence in Santa Paula Farm Case
Securities Fraud Sentence in Santa Paula Farm Case
A Santa Paula woman will serve six months in the Ventura County Jail following a conviction for securities fraud. The woman also pleaded guilty to theft, money laundering, conspiracy and special allegations.

The case revolved around the purchase of a farm and the sale of raw milk to “investors.” The sale of raw milk is illegal in California, but farm owners may consume unpasteurized milk. The woman entered into a lease-to-purchase agreement for the farm. She and a co-defendant accepted money from investors to make a down payment on the property.

The pair used a third man’s credit to get a loan to buy the farm. In exchange for acting as a straw purchaser, the third man received 10 acres of the farm. The trio instructed multiple investors to wire money to the straw purchaser, or to the farm itself. The buyers gave the investors unsigned, unrecorded deeds of trust.

The trio did not disclose to the bank that investor funds were the true source of funds for the down payment. According to the woman’s defense attorney, all of the investors have been repaid. In addition to the six-month sentence, the woman must also complete five years of probation.

The third man, who actually took the loan from the bank, has repaid the loan on the property with interest. The judge sentenced him to 30 days in the county jail. As an alternative sentence, the judge granted him 30 days of work-release and three years of probation.

Santa Paula securities fraud attorney


In this case, all of the victims of the fraud were made whole before a judge imposed sentences. It’s a good example of why convictions for financial crimes can receive short sentences. Short jail terms enable restitution – which is what the victims really want. When you’re facing charges for financial crimes, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He will work aggressively to defend you throughout the judicial process.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is exceptionally important when you face felony charges. In California, repeat felony convictions require extended sentencing. A third felony conviction for a violent crime can result in lifetime incarceration.

Financial crimes can be complex. Rely on an experienced attorney to defend 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 fraud case.

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Ojai Embezzlement Nets Year In Jail
Ojai Embezzlement Nets Year In Jail
A former employee of the Ojai Unified School District received a one-year sentence for embezzlement. The woman, an accountant, embezzled more than $60,000 from the district over a two-year period. In March, she pleaded guilty to three felony counts of misappropriation of public funds.

She issued checks from the school district to pay for her rent and personal expenses between May 2013 and June 2015. The woman worked for the district for about 10 years prior to her arrest, although she must forfeit her retirement benefits and accrued vacation time as part of her sentence. The judge also ordered the woman to serve 5 years of probation and pay fines.

The Ventura County Schools Self-Funding Authority (VCSSFA) reimbursed Ojai Unified School District for the loss. The VCSSFA provides insurance for all Ventura County school districts.

Ojai Embezzlement Lawyer


Embezzlement of public funds is a serious offense. When you face charges involving embezzlement, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal courtroom defense experience, so he knows what it takes to defend his clients.

Mr. Helfend has a reputation for aggressively defending his clients. His first priority will be to reduce or drop the charges against you. In California, this is especially important for felony charges you may face. Repeated felony convictions can increase subsequent prison sentences. If a court convicts you of a third, violent felony you could spend the rest of your life in prison.

Mr. Helfend handles every case he takes in personally. That means you’ll work directly with him on your case. He will provide a fair, honest assessment of your situation, and will provide counsel throughout the judicial process.

An experienced attorney can make a major difference in the outcome of your case. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t attempt to defend 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 embezzlement case.

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