Simi Valley Identity Theft Leads To Wild RV Chase
Simi Valley Identity Theft Leads To Wild RV Chase
Police arrested a Granada Hills woman after she led them on a wild chase while driving an RV. Later, they linked the spree to a Simi Valley identity theft. According to police, a Simi Valley resident informed them on April 30 that someone used her identity to buy a motorcycle. The person also bought an RV in Downey.

The victim also noted that an unknown person began making purchases on her credit on April 26. Additionally, she reported the identity theft to authorities in Los Angeles.

The stolen RV resurfaced last week as part of a wild chase in Los Angeles County. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office tried to pull the driver of the RV over. Instead, the driver fled and CHP officers joined in on the chase. The chase came to a halt following a crash in Tarzana, but the driver caused several other collisions.

During the chase, the RV driver hit several cars and a utility pole. She also collided with a palm tree in a shopping center parking lot. That crash tore off the RV’s passenger door, and dislodged the vehicle’s windshield. The woman had two dogs in the vehicle with her, and one escaped during a crash. She crashed into a car in Tarzana, which completely disabled the RV. The driver attempted to flee with the other dog, but authorities arrested her after a brief chase.

The driver of one of the vehicles struck during the chase suffered injuries and required hospitalization. Currently, the driver faces charges of possessing a stolen vehicle, felony hit-and-run, felony DUI and felony assault. She may face additional charges in other jurisdictions. The suspect remains jailed in Los Angeles County in lieu of a $705,000 bail. She will return to court on May 31, for matters related to her case.

Simi Valley Identity Theft Lawyer


Investigators are very interested in identity related crimes because they often connect to other criminal activity. When you face charges for identity crimes, hire an experience identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

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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DUI Driver Crashes Into Simi Valley Garage
DUI Driver Crashes Into Simi Valley Garage
Authorities arrested a Sylmar man for DUI
after he crashed into a Simi Valley garage. According to witnesses, the man drove his van into the garage and then attempted to leave the scene.

In addition to striking the garage, he also hit a parked SUV and a mailbox. Neighbors prevented the man from leaving the crash scene. The man’s van sustained significant damage in the collisions, as did the parked car. The garage was deemed to be structurally unsound following the incident.

According to police, the driver, a 54-year-old man, appeared to be intoxicated. Tests later revealed that he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.24%. That’s three times the legal limit for intoxication.

Initially, investigators took the man to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Later, they booked him into the county jail on suspicion of drunk driving. He received a DUI citation and will return to court on June 28 for matters related to his case.

Simi Valley DUI Lawyer


When you face charges for a DUI in Ventura, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drunk driving cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Intoxicated driving laws apply to alcohol consumption and any other substance that can impair your driving ability. Most drunk driving cases result in misdemeanor charges. Certain factors can affect that, including a history of impaired driving, and any resulting injuries.

Both the DMV and the courts have simultaneous processes that take place when the police arrest you for drunk driving. The DMV process is automated, and it will most often result in a license suspension. The court can also impose other sanctions on you, including jail time, fines, interlock devices and more.

A drunk driving conviction can be very expensive, but it can cost even more when you don’t have proper representation. 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 DUI case.

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Drug possession and weapons charges for Oxnard man
Drug possession and weapons charges for Oxnard man
An Oxnard man with a felony history faces drug possession and weapons charges. According to the Oxnard Police Department, officers saw a man with a large knife who was also loitering in a residential area.

Police determined that a vehicle parked near the area belonged to the suspect. Officers searched the vehicle and discovered an unregistered loaded handgun, heroin and also drug paraphernalia in the car. Because of his prior felony convictions, the suspect is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Authorities arrested the man and booked him into the Ventura County Jail. He faces three felony weapons charges, and also three misdemeanor drug charges. The suspect posted a bail of $60,000 and will return to court on May 31 for arraignment.

Oxnard drug possession attorney


When you face charges for drug crimes, hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drug defense cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

The state has recently changed its approach to certain low-level drug offenses. Unfortunately, a past felony history can work against you. That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive defense attorney on your side. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. He simply works hard to provide the best possible defense at all times.

He also manages every case personally, and will not hand your case off to a less experienced attorney. This can happen in a larger, less personal law firm. You’ll always have the benefit of Mr. Helfend’s extensive defense experience. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.

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 drug possession case.

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Ojai Murder Suspect Arrested in Inyo County
Ojai Murder Suspect Arrested in Inyo County
Police in Inyo County arrested a Meiners Oaks man wanted for the murder of his roommate. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies received a tip on May 12 that a man had admitted to killing his roommate. He also admitted to dumping the man’s body.

The deputies investigated, and discovered a bloody crime scene at a Meiners Oaks apartment. However, they did not find either resident there. Also missing was the suspect’s truck. Neighbors reported hearing an early-morning disturbance. Based on evidence at the scene, deputies believe the suspect killed his roommate with a sledgehammer.

Later the same day, the California Highway Patrol and Inyo County Sheriff’s deputies located the suspect and his truck. Inyo County is about four hours away from the crime scene. The truck yielded evidence that the victim’s body had been in it. To date, the suspect has been uncooperative and has not revealed the location of the victim’s body.

The suspect has a prior felony history, having pleaded guilty last year to battery with serious bodily injury. Currently, he faces a first-degree murder charge, as well as a special allegation of using a deadly weapon. The suspect remains jailed in lieu of a $2M bond. He will return to court on June 13 for an arraignment hearing.

Meiners Oaks Murder Attorney


When you face homicide charges of any kind, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes homicide cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. Your life may literally be at stake. Although the governor has declared a moratorium on executions, juries can still use the death penalty. That’s why you need to have an experienced criminal defense attorney working for you. Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t risk your life on inexperienced counsel, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do.

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 murder case.

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Antitrust Sentences Expected in June
Antitrust Sentences Expected in June
Two San Francisco-area contractors will return to federal court next month for sentencing on antitrust violations. A federal jury found Clifton Burch, 50, and Peter McKean, 49, guilty of conspiring to defraud the government. The jury also found the men guilty of conspiring to commit both mail fraud and wire fraud. The case centered on rigging bids for a renovation project at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

According to federal prosecutors, the men – along with a third conspirator – agreed to submit inflated bids. The plan was to allow a fourth contractor to win a Department of Energy contract. In exchange, the men expected to receive payments and also subcontracting work from the winner. The fourth contractor was actually an undercover FBI agent. The third contractor pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and lying to federal investigators.

The case against the contractors stemmed from an investigation of a Chinatown businessman and alleged racketeer, and a former state senator. The case has already produced a number of guilty pleas and convictions. Additionally, a judge declared a mistrial in the cases of two accused contractors.

Federal Criminal Antitrust Lawyer


When you face charges related to criminal anticompetitive practices, hire an experienced criminal antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes cases in all US Federal District Courts.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is essential, especially in federal cases. Prosecutors have a wealth of resources at their disposal. This leaves defendants often believing that pleading guilty is their best possible option. You can fight federal charges successfully, but you need an experienced defense attorney on your side.

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 antitrust case.

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Sex crimes suspect named in Oxnard cold-case murder
Sex crimes suspect named in Oxnard cold-case murder
A man with a record of sexual assault convictions faces additional sex crimes and murder charges. Police announced the arrest of a man they characterize as a violent predator in a 1980 murder.

According to police, the victim, an 81-year-old woman died en route to the hospital after being sexually assaulted and beaten. The woman lived in her Oxnard home at the time of her death. At the time, investigators collected DNA evidence but the case went cold. Last December, cold-case investigators matched the DNA evidence to a convicted sexual offender. The man had previous convictions for 4 different burglary and sexual assault cases.

The suspect is classified as a sexually violent predator and was receiving treatment at a state hospital following his parole. He could face the death penalty in the Oxnard murder. He could also receive a sentence of life in prison without parole.

The suspect remains jailed without bail. He will return to court on June 3 for a probable cause hearing. In the meantime, investigators continue to seek out witnesses in the case and look for other potential assault victims.

Oxnard sex crimes attorney


When you face charges for a sexual offense, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

DNA evidence and changes to the statute of limitations mean that authorities can prosecute suspects years after a crime. At the same time, DNA evidence is not an absolute guarantee of a conviction. That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend fighting for you.

Mr. Helfend will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This can mean challenging the evidence or working to get it excluded. It can also mean having it reinterpreted by experts. Don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best option, or that the evidence against you is strong.

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 sex crimes case.

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Securities fraud convict from LA Extradited to NM
Securities fraud convict from LA Extradited to NM
A former Los Angeles resident who spent three years in federal prison for securities fraud is returning to New Mexico. According to investigators, the man moved to New Mexico after serving his federal sentence.

While there, he solicited funds from investors to build a major truck stop known informally as Truckers Paradise. Instead of building out the Savoy Travel Center, he paid off loans and used the money for personal expenses. He frequently solicited investors via newspaper ads in the Los Angeles Times.

In 2011, the suspect fled to Honduras after the Savoy Travel Center defaulted on a $16 million state-backed loan. Authorities in Honduras arrested the man as he attempted to leave the San Pedro Sula airport.

Federal authorities extradited him back to New Mexico to face charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and mail fraud. He also faces charges of conspiracy and defrauding New Mexico investors.

In 2012, the State of New Mexico fined the man and two business partners $375,000 for securities fraud. The state also found that the men sold securities without a license. A New Mexico state judge turned the truck stop over to a receiver, who subsequently filed for bankruptcy.

The suspect’s partners, who maintain they did not know of his criminal background, also face charges in the matter.

Ventura securities fraud lawyer


When you face federal charges for investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes cases in any US federal district court.

Investment fraud cases can be serious. They’re often paired with other “fraud” charges, including mail fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud. These charges carry long federal sentences and large fines. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for you.

Federal authorities choose their cases carefully, and often expect (and get) guilty pleas. As a federal defendant, you can fight the charges against you successfully. Don’t assume that a plea deal is your best bet.

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 securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement Suspect Faces Charges in Oxnard
Embezzlement Suspect Faces Charges in Oxnard
An Oxnard woman faces embezzlement after investigators say she stole nearly $20,000 from an elderly man. According to police, they received a report of elder abuse in March 2019. The victim resided in Ojai. The man’s current caregiver was reviewing financial records from years past and discovered irregularities.

Investigators said that the caregiver noted discrepancies in the checks written to the man’s previous caregiver. According to investigators, the woman wrote multiple checks overpaying herself. Initially, the suspect provided care to the man’s elderly wife. She remained at the couple’s home to provide care for the man following the wife’s death in 2017. According to investigators, she wrote checks to herself for two years.

Initially, she had the victim sign blank checks, which she then made to herself. In addition, she sometimes altered the amount of the check after he paid her. According to police, the woman misappropriated nearly $19,000 from the over two years.

The suspect faces charges of grand theft by embezzlement and also theft from an elder by a caretaker. She remains jailed in lieu of a $20,000 bond. She returns to court today for a probable cause hearing.

Police are asking the suspect’s other clients to verify their financial records.

Oxnard Embezzlement Attorney


When you face charges for work-related theft of funds, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Most theft victims want their money returned. That is often more important to them than seeing someone go to jail. The state, however, has a serious interest in preventing the abuse of vulnerable adults. An experienced criminal defense attorney will work aggressively to get the charges against his client reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, the attorney will work toward the best possible resolution to the case.

In these cases, resolution often involves full restitution. Because restitution is so important, a long prison sentence would practically ensure that the victim could not recover their stolen funds. Working with an experienced criminal defense attorney often produces sentences that enable the defendant to make restitution a real possibility.

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 embezzlement case.

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Fraud Charge Snares Oxnard Woman
Fraud Charge Snares Oxnard Woman
An Oxnard woman faces charges of insurance fraud involving an elderly Santa Barbara woman. According to police, the Oxnard woman along with a Santa Barbara resident targeted the victim for over 10 years.

Police say the victim had a multi-million dollar investment portfolio, which the two women convinced her to liquidate. The woman had previously received professional guidance on her investments from licensed investment professionals. The pair convinced the victim to replace her financial advisors with the Oxnard woman, who had no investment experience.

Between 2005 and 2015, the women advised the woman to purchase $3 million into two separate annuities. During that period, they also sold an additional two dozen annuities to her. The victim did not know about most of the additional annuities.

The women collected more than $1M in commissions on the annuity sales. In addition, the Oxnard woman collected nearly a half-million dollars in advisory fees during that time.

Authorities also allege that the women accepted thousand of dollars in cash gifts from the victim. Additionally, the victim gave one woman’s daughter $20,000 to study in China for a year. At the same time, the women took steps to restrict contact between the victim and her family.

The Oxnard woman did not disclose to the victim that she had previously filed for personal bankruptcy. She also did not indicate that the Federal Trade Commission had pursued a fraud action against her.

Investigators from the Department of Insurance became involved at the victim’s family’s request. Santa Barbara County prosecutors are trying the case. The Oxnard woman will return to court on June 3 in Santa Barbara for arraignment.

Oxnard Fraud Lawyer


When you face charges for fraudulent activity, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes criminal cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Financial fraud convictions can have a ruinous effect on your life. That’s why you need professional, aggressive representation and counsel in court. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney when your freedom is at risk.

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 fraud case.
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Identity Theft Suspect Released Without Charges
Identity Theft Suspect Released Without Charges
Ventura Police arrested two suspects for weapons offenses and identity theft. The arrested man will return to court next week for arraignment on weapons offenses. He remains jailed on a $130,000 bond.

Police arrested the female suspect, but later released her without charges due to overcrowding at the jail. Initially, they arrested her on suspicion of possessing burglary tools and identity theft.

According to police, they were searching for an unrelated subject when they encountered the man and woman near the beach. Police recognized the pair as being wanted in a different investigation.

The man initially fled the scene, dropping the backpack he had been carrying. Police chased the man, and arrested him. Following his arrest, police determined that he possessed burglary tools. They also searched the backpack and discovered a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition. The man also faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon in a different incident.

The female suspect, who is 21, has a history of minor criminal offenses dating back to 2016.

Ventura Identity Theft Attorney


When you face charges for identity related crimes, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Police have a special interest in identity theft cases because they often lead to other more serious crimes. Prosecutors can charge theft of identity as a felony or a misdemeanor. Additionally, this crime is both a state and federal offense. That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney representing you in court. Identity theft can lead to prison sentences and can subject you to other, more serious charges.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t attempt to represent yourself in court. Find out what a difference experienced, professional representation can make. 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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