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Daughter facing receiving stolen property charges in Santa Ana elder-fraud case

March 10, 2011

The 22-year-old daughter of a couple facing elder fraud charges in Santa Ana now faces charges of accessory after the fact and receiving stolen property, MSNBC reported.

This is classic work by the district attorney's office. An experienced and aggressive Santa Ana criminal defense lawyer should always be called to handle charges of accessory or receiving stolen property. These charges are often beatable and are frequently used by prosecutors against defendants who have refused to cooperate with an investigation.
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It doesn't matter what prosecutors choose to charge you with -- what you are convicted of is the only thing that counts. As we reported on our Orange County Criminal Lawyers Blog, the 51-year-old Laguna Niguel woman is facing 59 fraud charges alleging theft from the elderly. She is accused of stealing $600,000 from an elderly victim over 28 months while working as a home-health aide.

Her 22-year-old daughter has now been charged with two felony counts of accessory after the fact and receiving stolen property, second-degree commercial burglary and fraudulently using an access card. She also faces sentencing enhancements for loss of more than $100,000, property loss of more than $200,000 and white-collar crime of more than $500,000.

She faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Her father also stands charged. Both parents are scheduled for a pretrial hearing March 15.

Her 56-year-old mother faces nearly 50 years in prison if convicted. Six other victims have reportedly come forward since her arrest on Feb. 2. Her daughter is accused of receiving stolen money and using it to pay for a divorce, medical insurance and other expenses.

She also allegedly used fraudulently obtained credit cards to buy tires and a camera.

The 93-year-old victim at the center of the case is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

If you are facing charges of fraud or embezzlement in Santa Ana, contact the Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera Jr. to discuss your rights. Through three decades of experienced, Attorney LaBarbera has argued over 200 criminal trials and appeals. Call (714) 541-9668 for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights.