The spending habits of a Ventura couple led to their arrest on identity theft charges. According to police, they received a complaint from an Ojai business owner about unauthorized use of their business checks.
Investigators discovered a series of thefts beginning in March 2017, and then identified a Ventura pair as suspects. Detectives noted that the man purchased an expensive sports car valued at nearly $100,000. He paid for the vehicle with a fraudulent cashier’s check apparently from Bank of America.
Police obtained a warrant and searched the couple’s home. Inside they found stolen Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, passports, checks, credit cards and other property belonging to at least 117 different people. In addition, they found blank check paper and check printing equipment.
Police arrested the couple, and then transported them to the Ventura County Jail. The court released the woman on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to appear in court today on matters related to the case. Prosecutors charged the man with seven felony counts and two misdemeanors. The charges include identify theft, forgery, grand theft auto, obtaining credit with another person’s identity, possessing personal information of more than ten people, a weapons charge and receiving stolen property. The suspect has a criminal history that includes previous felony convictions. He remains in jail on a $250,000 bond, and will also appear in court today on matters related to the case.
Ventura Identity Theft Lawyer
Identity theft often leads investigators to other criminal activity. As a result, police and prosecutors are serious about pursuing these cases. Under California law, identity theft charges can be felonies or misdemeanors, depending upon the circumstances. When you’re facing felony charges, you need the assistance of an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend’s first priority will get charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. This alone can provide protection for you from the state’s Three Strike’s Law. Whether or not you have a prior history of felony convictions, it is important to limit the law’s ability to impact your future.
Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight aggressively on your behalf and don’t assume that an arrest automatically means a conviction.
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 case.
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