An Oxnard businessman pleaded guilty to four felony fraud charges last week. According to the Ventura District Attorney’s Office, the man made fraudulent statements to reduce his workers’ compensation insurance premiums. He also admitted special allegations of excessive loss over $100,000 and taking more than $200,000.
The man owned a Ventura cleaning service. Between 2010 and 2015, he underreported his payroll to his workers’ compensation insurance carrier by more than $1 million. This had the effect of lowering his premiums, but also left workers without adequate injury insurance coverage.
The man will return to court in early June for sentencing. At that time, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a restitution order of nearly $500,000.
Oxnard Fraud Lawyer
Workers’ compensation insurance makes a ripe target for investigations. When you face fraud charges, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend to represent you in court. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in both federal and state courts. He takes fraud cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He also accepts cases in any federal circuit in the United States.
Fraud can carry stiff incarceration terms, as well as fines and restitution. Hiring a prepared, aggressive criminal defense attorney is your best defense strategy. Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you dropped altogether. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward getting the charges reduced to lesser charges. These strategies are effective because they minimize or eliminate the risk of jail time. Additionally, they prevent the creation or extension of a felony history.
In California, minimizing felony convictions is essential, due to the state’s Three Strikes Law. A history of California felony convictions can result in lifetime incarcerations. Don’t risk your freedom on an attorney who won’t fight aggressively for you in court.
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 fraud case.
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