Whittier, Theft of Over $220,000 from Employer, Five Years
Our client, a delivery man for a well-known beverage company, was first arrested after his boss visited a liquor store in Gardena that the boss considered a potential customer, only to unexpectedly find a large amount of its product already in the potential customer’s possession. The boss asked the store owner who he bought the product from and he named our client, however, the boss showed no record of any sale to this customer.In 50 Words or Less: Whittier, felony grand theft of $220,000 in product from employer and Compton five counts of armed robbery (each a strike), five years plea bargain.
This raised the boss’ suspicions that our client was stealing product and selling it on the side, most likely for cash.
In fact, the boss found two more stores who were not considered customers who in fact were already buying product from our client, often indeed paying cash to our client.
Prior to being arrested and fired from his job, our client gave a six-page written admission. He was then arrested and charged by the Whittier District Attorney for an alleged violation of Penal Code § 487 (a) (Grand Theft by Embezzlement), with a special enhancement for the amount in controversy exceeding $65,000 (Penal Code § 12022.6(a)(1)). He faced a maximum of four years.
As the reader of this summary may know, the Whittier Courthouse has closed and now all cases, as of 2016, arising in the area formerly within the jurisdiction of the Whittier Courthouse are heard in Norwalk.
One of the five victims recognized our client later and called the police, who arrested our client. He was then charged with five counts of armed robbery, each a felony, and faced a maximum of 35 years if he were sentenced to the maximum on each charge, including a one-year enhancement for the use of a firearm and a one-year enhancement for committing the crime while out on bail on each charge. Moreover, each of the five counts was a strike.
Our office was retained and immediately asked to consolidate the cases in Compton, which was a more “friendly” venue for our client. However, the court in Whittier first required our client to have his preliminary hearing in Whittier. At this preliminary hearing, Greg Hill was successful in moving to dismiss the Penal Code § 12022.6(a)(1) enhancement, which theoretically “saved” our client about $150,000.
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