EMBEZZLEMENT/THEFT ($1,500) DISMISSED – State v. Ms. W (DMC No. 7960) (Maricopa County Superior Court CR2007-108698): Ms. W worked for a family care physician’s office that took numerous co-pays. The money from the patients co-pays that were paid in cash were kept in a locked drawer. It was discovered that $1,500 of this money was taken and not deposited into proper accounts. Ms. W was charged with Theft through Embezzlement, and then she retained our services. We were able to show that multiple people had access to that drawer, and just prior to Trial the Prosecutor agreed to dismiss all charges if Ms. W would agree to pay $1,500 to her employer. Ms. W agreed to pay the money, rather than risking going to trial. Ultimately, all charges were dismissed and she no longer was subjected to potential prison time.
DISMISSED | POSSESSION of BURGLARY TOOLS/THEFT and FICTITIOUS PLATE – State v. Mr. K. (DMC No. 7870) (Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court TR07-369): Mr. K. had been diagnosed with Asperger’s, and had become obsessed with concept of being a cat burglar. He was pulled over for having a fictitious license plate, and burglary tools and guns were found in his vehicle. When he relayed to the officer his fascination with the theory of being a cat burglar, he was charged with having a fictitious plate, a stolen gun and possession of burglary tools. We were able to present medical evidence to the County Attorney regarding Mr. K.’s mental impairment, plus they were not complying with the proper Discovery requirements, and they dismissed all charges against Mr. K.
DISMISSED | THEFT – State v. Mr. M. (DMC No. 4917) (Phoenix City Court 3090983): Mr. M. was an employee at a local Target, who would occasionally sell gift cards. Sometimes people would leave the gift cards behind, and they would be picked up off the counter-top by passersby and used for purchases. Mr. M. was accused of taking the gift cards and using them himself. We were able to show that there was a proof issue of who the actual victims were, and the State was forced to dismiss all charges.
DISMISSED | THEFT – State v. Ms. P. (DMC No. 5682) (Phoenix City Court 3171368): Ms. P. worked at a Marshall’s department store, when she was arrested by Loss Prevention Officer’s for allegedly “skimming” money from the till. She confessed to stealing $1,500 over a 4 month time span. This alleged confession was both written and on video tape. The State was unable to comply with our Discovery request to produce the video tapes and notes, and they were forced to dismiss the case in its entirety.
DISMISSED | THEFT OF MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION – State v. Mr. D. (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 2003-020415CR) Mr. D. was charged with class 3 felony Theft of Means of Transportation. In this particular case, Mr. D. asked the alleged victim if he could borrow his truck, and the alleged victim agreed. When Mr. D. returned, he indicated he had loaned the truck to “somebody else.” The victim felt that Mr. D. had exchanged his truck for drugs and called the police. The vehicle was recovered, and due to the fact that the victim also knew the person Mr. D. had lent the vehicle to, we convinced the State to dismiss all charges.
DISMISSED | AUTO THEFT – (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 0100166CR): Mr. B. borrowed a vehicle from a friend of his. The person he borrowed the vehicle from misunderstood the amount of time that he would be borrowing the vehicle, and made a stolen vehicle report. During the interview process, the alleged victim admitted that he may have been intoxicated when he filed the report. Mr. B. was released from custody and all charges were dismissed.
DISMISSED | TRAFFICKING IN STOLEN GOODS – (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 871244CR): Mr. D. was accused of selling a ring to a jewelry store that had previously been stolen. Because Mr. D. had left the state and changed his name, several years passed before it was discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest. We were able to quash the warrant and explain to the prosecutor that the person they had on videotape was not Mr. D. The case was then dismissed “in the interests of justice.”
DISMISSED | CREDIT CARD THEFT / FRAUD – (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 9901994CR): Mr. S. was accused of credit card theft and fraud. We were able to work out a civil resolution with the alleged victim, and all charges were dismissed.
DISMISSED | THEFT OF MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION / EMBEZZLEMENT – State v. Ms. S., (Maricopa County Superior Court No. 020561CR): Ms. S. was a bookkeeper for a local construction company. She was given permission by the owner to pay certain personal expenses and to purchase a jeep as part of her payment package. Eventually, the owner had a falling out with Ms. S. and claimed she had embezzled funds and stolen the jeep. After extensive financial reviews (which included forensic reviews of the checks and the memo sections of each check) the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss all charges.
DISMISSED | FELONY THEFT / FORGERY – State vs. Mr. M. (DMC No. 9976) (Maricopa County Superior Court No. CR2010-145563): Mr. M. made money by buying and selling used iphones on craigslist. Earlier in the day, he bought a used iphone at one location, and then he went to a Fry’s electronics to buy another iphone. Police showed up and claimed that he had used counterfeit money when buying the first iphone earlier in the day. Mr. M. adamantly denied that allegation, and he (and his girlfriend) stated that the person making the claim was not the person who he had met with earlier in the day. He was eventually charged with Theft and Forgery and after interviewing numerous witnesses, we were able to convince the prosecutor that the charges had no merit, and they agreed to Dismiss all charges.