An Irvine insurance agent faces charges for embezzlement and insurance fraud. According to the California Department of Insurance, the man redirected clients’ insurance premiums to his own accounts. Because the insurance companies did not receive the stolen premiums, they canceled the victims’ insurance policies.
Department of Insurance investigators say that the man deposited nearly $5,500 in stolen client funds into his account. In addition, he also used a client’s personal information to forge an annuity application. Investigators believe the agent was attempting to collect commissions on the forged application. In addition, the man also stole a business check from the victim and forged it. He deposited $4,800 of the client’s funds into his business account. Authorities believe he was using the forged check to cover stolen premiums from other clients.
Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested the man as he attempted to cross the US/Mexican border. He then pleaded guilty to a single felony count of First Degree Non-Residential Burglary. A judge sentenced him to 90 days in jail, 3 years of formal probation and he must also pay full restitution. If he fails to complete the terms of his sentence, he faces 6 years in state prison.
Ventura Embezzlement Attorney
When you face charges of grand theft by embezzlement, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Embezzlement is primarily a crime of opportunity. Although most victims want a bad actor to receive punishment, they also want their money back! In certain crimes, including embezzlement, a long prison sentence can actually frustrate restitution. In a sense, it punishes the victim twice.
Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for the case. Minimizing jail time can help ensure that the victim receives full restitution. It can also help a defendant restore his or her life following sentencing. An experienced attorney will work to ensure that any sentence agreement operates in your best interest.
Don’t choose an inexperienced attorney to defend you and don’t assume that you can’t mount an effective defense. 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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