Charges dismissed in Complex Internet Fraud Case

Michael A. Goldstein represented a man who got involved in a Nigerian Internet scam after falling for a series of emails received over a period of time. Our client was finally arrested after opening bank accounts and attempting to cash fraudulent U.S. Postal money orders. As a result, Washington Mutual Bank suffered a loss in excess of $103,000. The DA refused to offer any deal that did not include an agreement to pay restitution up front and a felony conviction. This would have resulted in the loss of our client’s professional license. Michael mounted an aggressive defense which resulted in the dismissal of all charges after being sent out for trial. The DA refiled the original charges and once again prosecuted our client. After two years of litigation, a Judge granted a defense motion and dismissed the case. Our client retained his professional license.

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