11 Arrested in Alleged Email Scam and Money Laundering Scheme

Fri 13th September, 2019 Criminal Law

Eleven people were arrested in Los Angeles last month for a massive email scam and money laundering network that allegedly defrauded victims out of millions of dollars. The group is now facing many federal charges, including conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and aggravated identity theft. According to the United States Attorney’s Office, the group allegedly used romance scams, scams targeting the elderly, and business email compromise scams to defraud their victims. Overall, prosecutors allege that the group attempted to steal over $40 million from their victims. If you find yourself accused of federal white collar crimes, do not hesitate to call a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Bradley S. Sandler today.

Aggravated Identity Theft

Under federal law, a person commits aggravated identity theft when they knowingly transfer, possess, or use the identification of another person during or in relation to another felony crime. The punishment for conviction of aggravated identity theft is two years in federal prison. However, the law also states that this offense cannot run concurrently with a sentence for another crime, and a person convicted cannot be placed on probation. This means that if you are convicted of aggravated identity theft and another offense, you will most likely have to serve the full two years in addition to any other sentences.

How a Criminal Defense Attorney can Help

If you are accused of committing aggravated identity theft or another federal white collar offense, the clock is already ticking against you. The federal authorities have extensive resources and have most likely been building their case against you for a considerable length of time. You need a highly qualified criminal defense attorney by your side to zealously advocate for your rights during this process. An experienced defense attorney will defend you during interrogation with authorities and advocate for you in court. He or she will review all of the evidence against you as well as how it was collected. If the federal authorities violated your constitutional rights in their overzealous investigation, you may be able to get their evidence thrown out.

An attorney can look at the facts of your case and build the best possible defense against accusations of federal criminal activity. You want a defense attorney with experience battling in the courtroom so that you know that you have the best possible advocate during the pretrial and trial process. To learn more about how a qualified federal criminal defense attorney can help in your case, talk to the Law Office of Bradley S. Sandler today.

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In Los Angeles, clients in need of a federal criminal defense attorney know that the Law Office of Bradley S. Sandler can provide options to help achieve their best chance at success. To learn more about your legal options following an accusation or arrest for federal white collar offenses, call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your case.