A Ventura dentist faces fraud charges related to the college admissions scandal. Prosecutors have accused the man of paying $150,000 in bribes. He faces one charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of honest services mail fraud.
According to prosecutors, the man paid to portray his daughter as an elite lacrosse player. She did not play the sport. He also paid the USC women’s lacrosse coach a bribe of $50,000. The coach pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering last month. Prosecutors also charged the school’s water polo coach in the scandal.
The suspect is a professor at USC, where he worked for more than 30 years. He is currently on leave from the institution. According to his lawyers, the man has already lost three book contracts as a result of his arrest. He has been released on bail, and has the court’s permission to travel to previously scheduled international speaking engagements.
The Ventura man is one of more than 30 parents who face charges in the scheme. Parents paid to alter their children’s test scores and present them as athletes to prestigious universities. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He will return to court in Boston in June on matters related to his case.
Ventura Fraud Attorney
When you face criminal charges for fraudulent activity, hire an experienced federal fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 3 decades of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal criminal cases in any circuit in the United States. He takes state cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Most often, monetary gain is the object of fraud, however sometimes other factors motivate it. Felony convictions can have a lasting impact on your life and your lifestyle. They can permanently tarnish your reputation, and result in loss of income. Even unproven allegations can impact your life. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced federal criminal defense attorney by your side.
Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply works hard to get the charges against them reduced or dropped. Don’t take on federal prosecutors on your own and don’t assume that a guilty plea is your only option.
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