A former executive director of a Camarillo medical office pleaded guilty to embezzlement earlier this month. According to police, the woman embezzled more than $1M from her employer, mainly by filing false expense claims. The woman drafted fictitious invoices and credit card statements to bolster her claims.
Initially, the Ventura Superior Court scheduled her trial for mid-2017, but the woman claimed she was suffering from dementia. The court then scheduled a hearing to evaluate that claim. During the hearing a jury viewed video evidence that demonstrated the woman’s mental fitness.
The woman pleaded guilty to 15 counts of grand theft and forgery. The court will dismiss several other felony counts and enhancements at sentencing. She also pleaded guilty to special enhancements of excessive taking and aggravated white-collar crime. The woman is now a Las Vegas resident. She remains free on a $300,000 will return to court on March 15 for sentencing. At that time, she could receive a maximum of eight years in prison. The judge will also likely require restitution in her sentence.
Newbury Park Embezzlement Attorney
When you face embezzlement charges, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced, aggressive embezzlement attorney. Robert Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes embezzlement cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Embezzlement is a form of grand theft. Special allegations and sentence enhancements can affect a successful conviction. Special allegations can be based on a number of factors, including the amount of money involved.
Although these grand theft cases often involve eye-popping dollar figures, victims first want to be made whole. An aggressive experienced defense attorney will work to get past the amount of money involved and work toward a settlement. Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible resolution for your case.
Don’t automatically assume that your best option is to plead guilty. Many factors are at work in an employment theft case. Instead, hire an experienced 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 embezzlement case.
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