Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling earned an identity theft plea. A Santa Paula man pleaded guilty to federal identity fraud charges earlier this week.
According to authorities, the man sold services designed to circumvent security associated with digital payment companies. Authorities say that Russian operatives used the information to disguise election interference tactics in the 2016 Presidential election. According to the man’s attorney, he did not know that his actions supported the alleged interference.
The man pleaded guilty to one count of felony identity fraud. The maximum federal sentence is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The man’s attorney said that it is highly unlikely that he will receive a stiff sentence. He also added that the man is cooperating fully with federal investigators.
Santa Paula identity theft attorney
When you face identity theft charges, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. This case demonstrates the importance of identity theft investigations. Federal and state authorities are very interested in ID theft because it often covers a larger criminal operation.
Penalties for identity crimes are significant, and identity crimes prosecutions are rising. Using someone else’s credit card or representing yourself as someone else can also result in identity fraud charges.
When you face charges for identity related crimes, your best defense strategy is to hire an aggressive defense attorney. Your attorney will represent you in all court matters, and will fight for you in the courtroom.
Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He has defended thousands of Californians in all criminal matters. He also takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Don’t rely on inexperience. 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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