Oxnard Police filed fraud and arson charges against two men for a 2017 car fire. According to police, the vehicle’s owner reported the car stolen. The Newbury Park man filed several insurance claims on the car, a 2015 Toyota Prius. Police found the car ablaze in an Oxnard alley a short time later. Evidence at the scene led them to suspect arson.
The owner collected about $17,000 from his insurance company for the damaged vehicle. Investigators believe that a second man, acquainted with the owner, torched the car after the owner reported it stolen.
Police arrested both men. The man who police suspect burned the car faces two counts of insurance fraud and one count of arson. The car’s owner faces one count of arson and six counts of insurance fraud. He also faces two misdemeanor charges of filing a false police report.
Both men paid a $20,000 bond and will return to court on December 19 for matters related to their cases.
Oxnard Fraud Attorney
When you face fraud charges, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes fraud cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Avoiding felony convictions is essential in California. A history of felonies can lead to longer prison sentences, or even lifetime incarceration. A smart, aggressive and effective criminal defense attorney will fight to get your charges reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, your attorney should work toward the best possible outcome for you.
Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians accused of the most serious crimes. When you’re facing trial, your challenges can seem insurmountable. You may not understand the criminal justice system, or what’s likely to happen. That’s why having a skilled attorney in your corner is essential. Don’t go to court by yourself or assume that there’s nothing you can do.
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 fraud case.
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