A Thousand Oaks woman received a sentence of two years in jail and four years of supervised release. Earlier, the woman pleaded guilty to six counts of grand theft for embezzling about $200,000 from two employers. She also pleaded guilty to one special allegation of Aggravated White-Collar Crime. As part of the plea agreement, the court dropped four counts of grand theft, one count of forgery and one count of identity theft. The court also dismissed 25 special allegations related to excessive loss and aggravated white-collar crime.
The woman worked as a bookkeeper for a local firm between 2012 and 2017. The woman wrote checks to herself and made unauthorized ATM withdrawals. She used the money to pay off student loans, pay credit card bills and pay for personal expenses. She also worked for a firm that manages a Ventura area golf course. In that position, she also wrote checks to herself and changed accounting software entries to hide the thefts.
The woman is currently in custody, but will return to court in early August for a restitution hearing related to the case.
Thousand Oaks Identity Theft Lawyer
When you face charges for identity crimes, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Police and prosecutors pursue identity fraud cases because they often lead to larger crimes. Identity fraud can include everything from forging someone else’s signature to stealing credit cards or identification.
You can be prosecuted for identity-related crimes in either state or federal courts. You can also be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances of the case. When you face identity theft charges, your best defense is an experienced, aggressive defense attorney who will fight for you in court.
Don’t rely on inexperience and don’t assume that a plea bargain is your best option. 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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