An Ojai man was arrested and charged with identity theft after allegedly stealing money from his father. The son allegedly called police claiming that a man he’d hired to manage his 85-year-old father’s finances was stealing the man’s money. The son, George Hallmark, claimed that the thefts had occurred between December 2015 and March 2016.
An investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office showed that Hallmark and his former girlfriend had used the victim’s money illegally for about three years, opening credit cards in the victim’s name and allowing the debt to accumulate. According to the police, the theft of money meant that the victim’s home had fallen into disrepair and had become uninhabitable.
Hallmark and Michelle Fearing, 47, of Ojai, admitted to using the money at casinos throughout Southern California.
An experienced identity theft attorney you can count on
Identity theft is a federal offense, but it’s also a violation of California state law. Identity theft charges can arise from any number of actions, but it is primarily a financial crime. It can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or as a felony, depending upon the circumstances of the crime.
Whether you’re facing federal ID theft charges or charges at the state level, an experienced identity theft lawyer is your best defensive strategy. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense in both Southern California courts and in the federal courts for more than 30 years.
You will not find a more aggressive, directed and tenacious criminal defense attorney than Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend handles each client’s case personally, so you’ll always work directly with him on matters involving your defense.
He will offer plain-language advice, and will fight tirelessly to get charges against you reduced or dropped. Should your case go to trial, his primary goal will be to win an acquittal on your behalf. No attorney can promise a specific outcome, but Mr. Helfend will promise to offer the best, strongest and most rigorous defense on your behalf.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced identity theft attorney. 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 identity theft/burglary case.
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