A man who was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit murder didn’t get so lucky when it came to the rest of the charges against him. Brandon Michael Adams had been charged in connection with a plan to kill professional boxer Robert Ortiz, Jr. The jury did find him guilty of solicitation of murder, conspiracy to commit identity theft and multiple counts of identity theft.
identity theft used to fund murder-for-hire plot
According to prosecutors, Adams wanted to kill Ortiz because Ortiz was involved in a relationship with Adams’ wife. Adams’ wife has a child with Ortiz. At the same time, Adams and two other men, one of whom who worked at a credit card processing firm, conspired to steal the identities of people living in California, Nevada and Texas. Prosecutors alleged that Adams wanted to use the proceeds from the identity theft operation to fund his plan to murder Ortiz. The group unknowingly worked with a confidential informant, who said he could organize the murder-for-hire effort. Adams could be sentenced to as much as 14 years on the convictions.
If you’ve been arrested for identity theft, conspiracy, murder or other similar crimes, criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend is ready to help you. Identity theft has received a lot of attention because it is a crime by itself, and is often used in support of other crimes. In the last 10 years, identity theft has been vigorously prosecuted, and the penalties for identity theft have become increasingly stiff.
Robert Helfend is a respected criminal defense attorney in Ventura County who has more than 30 years of experience in courtrooms throughout Southern California. He practices criminal defense exclusively and has established an excellent reputation as an aggressive defender of his clients’ rights.
Mr. Helfend won’t judge you based on where you came from or what you’re accused of doing, but he will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. His case history of successful criminal defense speaks for itself. If you have been arrested on identity theft charges, 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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