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REDUCED | EMBEZZLEMENT – (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 2003-014933CR): Ms. A. was accused of embezzling $3,000.00 from a governmental agency by having a falsified invoice submitted regarding a charity golf tournament. Although the prosecutor originally wanted a felony conviction with jail time, we were able to delve in Ms. A.’s various personal issues, and the case was reduced to a class 6 non-designated felony. Ms. A. was given 1 year probation and zero days in jail. After the 1 year of probation, her conviction was then designated as a misdemeanor.

REDUCED | EMBEZZLEMENT – (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 2003-014271CR): Mr. S. worked for a local bottling company. He allegedly altered certain invoices in order to embezzle $10,000.00. Initially, the State was seeking a felony with jail time. We were able to have the charges reduced to Theft, a class 6 non-designated felony. Ms. S. was given probation with no jail, and after he successfully completed probation the case was designated as a misdemeanor.

REDUCED | INSURANCE FRAUD – (20020151938CR): Ms. M. was accused of filing a false insurance claim for over $10,000 after her house had been burglarized. Although the County Attorney’s Office wanted a designated felony and jail time, we were able to negotiate a deal to a class 1 misdemeanor without any jail being imposed.

REDUCED | EMBEZZLEMENT – (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 2002095418CR): Ms. R. was accused of embezzling over $100,000.00 from a former employer. Through negotiations with the prosecutor and the victim, we were able to secure $55,000.00 in restitution (up front) in exchange for a plea to misdemeanor charge with zero days in jail.

REDUCED | FRAUDULENT SCHEMES AND EMBEZZLEMENT – State v. Mr. J. (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 2002099493): Mr. Johnson was employed at Costco. He was accused of embezzling approximately $7,500.00 worth of cash and merchandise. Initially, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office wanted prison time. We were able to work out a civil resolution with the victims, and reduce the charge to probation and no jail.

REDUCED | SALE OF COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE – State v. Mr. and Mrs. C. (Maricopa County Superior Court No.: 2002-015703CR) Mr. and Mrs. C. were accused of selling over 2,000 items of counterfeit merchandise (mainly Nike products) from their store. Although they were facing numerous years in prison, we were able to work with the prosecutor in the case and demonstrate a possible defense as to knowledge of all of the counterfeit items. Eventually the case was reduced to a non-designated felony (which means it became a misdemeanor after probation). Mr. and Mr. C. were placed on 2 years probation and received no jail.

REDUCED | EMBEZZLEMENT – (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 2001016720CR): Ms. R. was accused of embezzling $10,000.00 from her former employer. Although the State initially wanted prison time, we were able to work out a civil settlement, and the charges were ultimately reduced to Theft, which involved probation and no jail.

REDUCED | FRAUD SCHEMES/THEFT  – Mr. M was charged with ten counts of Class 2 Felony Fraud Schemes (i.e., Mortgage Fraud).  The State had alleged that Mr. M was a loan officer who issued fraudulent loans to either unknowing adults or minor children which resulted in a total loss of $1,500,000.00.  We ultimately resolved his case with a plea agreement to a single count of Class 4 Felony Forgery, which involved four years of probation, $9,999.99 of restitution (i.e., below $10,000.00, thereby avoiding any deportation issues), and two months of jail with work release.

Maricopa County Superior Court No CR2005-011595

REDUCED | SECURITIES FRAUD / THEFT – Mr. R was a prominent estate planning attorney in Scottsdale who was charged with 103 Felony counts ranging from Sale of Unlicensed Securities, to Fraud Schemes and Theft.  Mr. R was an unwitting partner to a concert promoter who was selling investment contracts with a high rate of return.  Mr. R invested his own money, his family’s money, and assisted in many of his clients investing their money with the promoter.  Eventually, the promoter stole $25,000,000.00 and absconded.  We were able to demonstrate that Mr. R was also a victim, who should not be treated as a co-conspirator (due to the fact that he also lost large sums of money).  Ultimately, his case was resolved with four counts of a Class 6 Open Felony for Solicitation of Sale of Unregistered Securities.  On the day of sentencing the judge designated all 4 felony counts as outright misdemeanors, and placed Mr. R on what became unsupervised probation with a low level of restitution.  No jail time was involved.

Maricopa County Superior Court No CR2008-006750

REDUCED | FRAUD SCHEMES REDUCED to THEFT of CREDIT CARD with ZERO DAYS JAIL – State v. Mr. M. (DMC No. 5295) (Maricopa County Juvenile Court JV536764): Mr. M. was accused of taking the identity of others and opening credit card accounts. He would then have Apple computers shipped to his house. Upon execution of a search warrant, various items were found implicating him to fraudulent schemes. He was subsequently charged with identify theft, theft of a credit card and fraud schemes. We were able to keep the case in juvenile court, and reduce his charges to a simple credit card theft, which involved probation and 40 hours of community service only.

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