Two Ventura women were arrested and charged with identity theft following a traffic stop in Ojai. Deputies stopped a vehicle occupied by Michelle Villareal and Robyn Moore, suspecting that the driver was driving while impaired. After searching the vehicle, deputies discovered a large quantity of mail stolen from at least 20 different individuals in the Oakview area. Moore was on probation at the time of her arrest.
Investigation reveals additional identity theft
An investigation revealed evidence suggesting that Villareal and Moore had been stealing mail since September 2015 from more than 50 victims throughout Ventura County, including Ojai, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.
Those mail thefts included at least four cases that had not yet been resolved. The women were charged with identity theft, mail theft and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Villareal was being held on a bail of $110,000. Moore was being held on a bail of $70,000.
If you’ve been arrested for identity theft, fraud, or a similar crime, Ventura County criminal defense attorneyRobert Helfend is ready to defend you. Penalties have increased significantly in the past 10 years. Right now, ID theft is a major source of financial fraud and law enforcement at both the federal and state levels are aggressively prosecuting ID theft cases.
Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in Ventura County courts and courts throughout Southern California. He practices criminal defense exclusively and has established his reputation as an aggressive defender of his clients’ rights. He has significant experience in providing identity theft defense and can help you establish a solid defense strategy.
Mr. Helfend deals with clients who have been accused of a wide range of crimes. He doesn’t judge clients based on what they’ve been accused of doing, but he will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped.
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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