According to investigators, the women extorted members of San Francisco’s Chinese community in what police called a “blessing scam.” Police say the women targeted elderly members of the community by promising to lift curses in exchange for cash. In a two-week period, the women collected $180,000 in cash and valuables from four victims. Law enforcement agencies from San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and also the US Customs and Border Patrol cooperated in the arrests. Authorities in San Francisco charged the women with fraud, grand theft, petty theft, extortion and elder abuse.
Ventura Fraud Lawyer
When you face charges for fraudulent activities, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. In his more than three decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians. He will also provide aggressive representation for you.
Mr. Helfend manages every case personally, so you’ll always work directly with him on every aspect of your case. He will appear with you in every court case, and provide reliable advice on everything from extradition to pleas.
Fraud is typically a financial crime, and victims want to be made whole. The state also has an interest in protecting vulnerable individuals. California law imposes strict penalties on people who target elderly or vulnerable individuals. When you face charges like this, your best strategy is an experienced defense lawyer.
Don’t wait, don’t admit guilt without consulting an attorney and don’t attempt to represent yourself. 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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