A former executive with an Orange County foam company faces embezzlement charges. The man, who worked as the general manager of the Anaheim company, faces 10 felony counts. He also faces two sentence enhancements in the case. He began working for the company in 1990.
According to investigators, the man sold scrap foam that the company would have otherwise thrown away. He accepted only cash from customers, and did not record the sales on the company’s books. Later, he began ordering raw materials using company accounts and have workers create custom products. He had the customers pay another business owned by a friend for the work.
The diversions may have begun as early as 2007. In late 2014, another employee noticed that the manager accepted cash from a customer, but did not report it. Ultimately, investigators found that the man transferred more than a dozen of the company’s customers away from the business. They estimate the loss to the business to be nearly $200,000.
Ventura Embezzlement Lawyer
When you face grand theft charges involving your employer, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes grand theft cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Embezzlement is a financial crime by someone placed into a position of trust. While it is a serious crime, the first priority of most victims is the recovery of their assets. An experienced defense attorney is essential.
Mr. Helfend will first attempt to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible resolution of your case. Avoiding a felony conviction is important, since a felony history can make it difficult to find future employment. Avoiding lengthy incarceration is also a high priority because that can frustrate restitution attempts.
Don’t settle for 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 embezzlement case.
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