An elderly Ventura woman lodged a fraud complaint against a Bakersfield couple. The couple faces 11 counts each of theft from an elder and grand theft. They also face three counts of money laundering. and a white-collar enhancement for allegedly stealing more than $100,000.
In addition, the man faces multiple counts of felony vandalism and contracting without a license. According to the District Attorney’s Office, the man has a criminal history of contracting without a license.
According to the victim, she hired the man to remodel her Ventura home in 2016. At the time, she believed he was a licensed contractor. The man charged the victim for goods and services that he did not provide. He requested that the victim make all payments to his accomplice.
Investigators say that the victim paid more than $170,000 to the couple. They used the money for personal purchases. At the same time, the phony contractor damaged the victim’s home, rendering it uninhabitable.
The Contractors’ State License Board and the District Attorney’s Office cooperatively investigated the case. The couple each remain jailed in the Todd Road Jail on bonds of $500,000. They will next appear in court on January 8, 2018.
Ventura Fraud Attorney
When you face fraud charges, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal courtroom defense experienced. He knows how to provide aggressive representation to persons accused of criminal conduct.
Mr. Helfend takes cases in Ventura and throughout Southern California. He has a reputation for providing exceptional defense, and has worked with thousands of Californians over more than three decades. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. If that’s not possible, he will work with you and the prosecution to arrive at the best possible outcome for your case.
While the prosecutor aims to punish instances of fraud, excessive punishment can prevent the victim from receiving restitution. A smart defense attorney will work on your behalf to minimize jail time and maximize your ability to make restitution.
Don’t settle for an attorney 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 fraud case.
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