December 19, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

A Long Beach woman was recently sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty in the West Orange County Justice Center to felony theft by fraud, according to an article in the Orange County Register. The woman allegedly threw a birthday party for her son that she never intended to pay for.

The article explains that the woman went to a party rental supply store and selected various items for her child’s party. She rented several items including a Delux Snokonette snow cone machine, an Econo Floss cotton candy machine, and a popcorn machine. She then proceeded to pay for the items with someone else’s credit card and address information. The only problem is that the woman used her actual phone number.

When the party rental store contacted her and left a message, she texted them back informing them that they would never see their products again. Needless to say, the authorities were easily able to find the woman by tracing her cell phone. The machines were found during a search of the property and the woman and an accomplice were arrested.

California law defines theft as the unlawful taking of someone else’s property with the intent of keeping it permanently, but also as fraudulently taking property that has been entrusted to you; defrauding someone using false representations or pretense; taking property by false premises; larceny; embezzlement; and larceny by trick and device (penal code section 484).

The California theft defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have helped countless individuals who have faced theft charges. In many types of theft cases, Wallin & Klarich has often been able to win alternatives to jail or prison time for clients. These alternatives include work release programs, community service, house arrest/electronic monitoring, Caltrans work programs and private counseling services that offer specialized therapy for those accused of theft.

Staying out of jail or prison helps you protect your freedom, your job, your family’s financial security, and your future employment prospects. If you’ve been accused of a theft crime, call Wallin & Klarich at 888-749-0034 as soon as possible to discuss how one of our California theft crime defense lawyers can help.


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