A man arrested last August on suspicion of identity theft was back in court this week. Jacob DeGrande, 46, is a transient with a history of mail theft and identity theft.
DeGrande was arrested in August following a string of mail thefts in Ojai. A resident reported that several checks had been stolen from his mailbox. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives discovered that the checks had been cashed in several cities in Ventura County, including Ojai, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura. The detectives were able to obtain video surveillance of the suspect.
Patrol officers recognized DeGrande from the video footage and arrested him in early August because he had been acting suspiciously. At the time of his arrest, DeGrande was found in possession of hundreds of pieces of mail belonging to others, checks, check-forging equipment and blank check paper. In addition, DeGrande was charged with mail theft and a drug offense. DeGrande was arrested for identity theft in 2009 and 2013. He pleaded guilty to a single felony charge following his most recent arrest.
Identity Theft Attorney Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested for identity theft or any other felony, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years, and takes cases in Ojai and throughout Southern California.
A history of felony convictions in California can put you at risk of receiving a life sentence under the Three Strikes law. Avoiding felony charges becomes an important part of your defense strategy, but only a skilled defense lawyer can get charges against you reduced or dropped. Don’t risk your freedom.
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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