A Camarillo man will spend nine years in prison following his conviction on fraud charges. Charles Smith, 67, pleaded guilty to a slew of felonies earlier this year. They include multiple counts of money laundering, grand theft and forgery, along with a number of special allegations.
Smith, who worked at the Camarillo Airport, sold two long-term leases for airplane hangars at the airport to an individual. He then transferred the leases to two other people, without the victim’s knowledge. Following the transfer of the leases, he led the victim to believe he was receiving income from the leases. Over seven years, Smith received more than $750,000 from the leases, but gave the victim nothing. The judge in the case has not yet finalized the restitution order in the case. The court will hold a restitution hearing for the case on November 7.
Camarillo Fraud Attorney
Money is the basis for the vast majority of fraud cases. Most victims want restitution over punishment. Courts also understand that incarcerated defendants don’t have the ability to make meaningful restitution. When you’re facing fraud charges, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom defense experience. He knows what it takes to defend his clients. He also knows how to achieve the best resolution for all parties involved. When you hire Robert Helfend, you’ll work with him directly on your case. That’s because he does not pass cases along to less experienced attorneys the way some firms do.
He’ll work aggressively to defend you, and will make getting charges against you reduced or dropped a priority. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t work with one who won’t defend you aggressively.
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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