May 18, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

Orange County Couple is Arrested in State’s Biggest Fraud Case Ever, and Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

A Laguna Hills couple has been arrested on charges of alleged fraud in California of nearly $30 million in insurance premiums. 50-year-old Michael Vincent Petronella and his 44-year-old wife Devon Lynn Kile are facing 106 felony counts including conspiracy, insurance fraud, tax charges and theft and are facing up to 102 years in prison.

The couple was arrested after a three year investigation concluded last week as authorities confiscated $500,000 worth of jewelry, $51,000 in cash and “an application to the ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ reality show.” The couple owns a roofing company, among other businesses, and have allegedly been misreporting their employees’ injuries and falsifying papers for uninsured workers that were injured.

Joe Angelo has known the pair for many years and is representing Petronella, while Kile is being represented by a public defender due to the confiscation of the couple’s assets. Angelo has argued that the district attorney’s office has been using a “worst-case scenario” model for the case when calculating the underpaid premiums and he continues to fight for the couple.

With such serious charges, an experienced California criminal defense lawyer is essential to the defendant’s chance of success in a case like this. The Petronellas are facing the possibility of spending the rest of their lives in prison. They and anyone else who is facing serious criminal charges need the best possible legal representation they can find.

Wallin & Klarich has over 30 years of experience in criminal defense and are here to give you the help you need in your criminal case. Our aggressive California felony defense attorneys are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to advise you on your case. Call us today at 1-888-280-6839. Also, visit us online at to learn more about your case and what can be done.

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