Two men were arrested earlier this year in connection with an identity theft operation located in Simi Valley. Laron Bundley of Lake Elsinore, and Dennis Washington, who operated a copy shop in Inglewood were arrested following the identity theft of a Simi Valley resident.
Police conducted a lengthy investigation and determined that Bundley was connected to the crime. They served a search warrant on Bundley’s home and discovered a credit card skimmer, an encoder and an embosser, as well as false identifications, bogus checks and check-writing software.
Police confiscated more than $100,000 worth of items purchased fraudulently by Bundley. That included clothing, furniture and other household items. His home and car were also purchased using funds gained by fraud. Bundley, who has prior felony convictions, was also found with a handgun and ammunition, a violation of California law.
In addition to searching Bundley’s home, police also searched a copy shop in Inglewood that was owned by Dennis Washington. According to police, the copy shop was a front for a money-laundering operation run by Bundley and Washington. Bundley and Washington used the copy shop to create fake documents, including payroll records and utility bills.
Typically, Bundley and his wife would use stolen personal information to apply for additional credit in the victims’ names and max out the credit lines. According to police, hundreds of people were victimized in the scam, which produced more than $300,000 in fraudulent cash and credit.
Hire an Experienced Identity Theft Lawyer
Identity theft is a serious charge, and you can face significant consequences if convicted. If you’re arrested for identity theft or other charges related to fraud, you need the assistance of an experience identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of practice experience in Southern California courtrooms and will aggressively defend you. You’ll work directly with Mr. Helfend, and your case will not be passed along to less experienced attorneys. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced 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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