A homeless Los Angeles man pleaded guilty to identity theft last month. Authorities arrested the man at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of identity theft. They believe the man posed as other people and stole more than $20,000 from victims in Ventura and Orange counties.
One victim reported the theft of $6,500 from his accounts at Chase Bank. The man made each withdrawal from a different branch location. Using bank security camera footage, the police identified the suspect. Following publication of the man’s photo, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office indicated the same man could be responsible for additional thefts there. Those thefts also involved Chase Bank withdrawals in Mission Viejo and Irvine. The Orange County thefts occurred in 2016 and involved the loss of $15,000.
While in court on the charges, the man pleaded guilty to felony identity theft, and two special allegations. The special allegations include theft in multiple jurisdictions and having a prior felony conviction. The judge sentenced the man to two years and four months in the Ventura County Jail.
Camarillo Identity Theft Attorney
When you face identity theft charges, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than three decades of criminal defense experience. He’ll fight aggressively for your rights and freedom in court.
Identity theft is both a state and federal offense. You can face prosecution in either court system. In addition, you can face a range of penalties and special allegations that will serve to extend your sentence. Your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who will represent you in court.
Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you dismissed. When dismissal isn’t a possibility, he will fight aggressively to get the charges against you reduced. In California, this is exceptionally important, given the state’s Three Strike’s Law. Conviction for a third violent felony can put you in prison for life.
Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, or one 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 identity theft/murder case.
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