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Attorney Eric Traut on Costco Shooting Controversy and Obtaining Video Footage from Inside Large Retail Chains

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Corona, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 - After the contested death of a nonverbal individual left a community reeling, personal injury and wrongful death attorney Eric Traut of Traut Firm has insight into the steps that the family must take in order to get the available evidence from the Costco retail security cameras before it is too late.

In April, Traut was able to obtain previously shielded retail footage by court order from a home improvement store following the life-altering injury of an employee resulting in a unanimous verdict on behalf of the person who was injured. The turning point in the trial was the retail security camera footage, only obtained by following the steps Traut outlines below:

1. Send a preservation of evidence letter to the business to maintain all records, electronic, and video data
2. Once the lawsuit is filed, serve discovery requests or subpoenas for store receipts and video footage
3. Request a court order if the business refuses
4. Match time stamps of video to receipts, if necessary
5. Hire a private investigator, if necessary, to identify witnesses
6. Obtain statements from witnesses corroborating events depicted in video footage

With 30 years of experience litigating injury and death cases including over 100 civil jury trials, Traut says, “In my opinion, the video should be made available to the public. Transparency is a must. At a minimum, family members of the victims should have immediate access to enable them to learn the truth of what actually occurred.”

Having experience as one of the attorneys representing the families of victims of the infamous “Seal Beach Shootings” in 2011, sadly, Traut knows that there are unspeakable tragedies that leave family members with a hole in their hearts and an insurmountable loss. While closure will perhaps never come, some semblance of justice can come from obtaining all available information as soon as possible after a tragedy occurs.

Says Traut, “A family with special needs should never have to fear routine community outings, but it is understood by many, including law enforcement, that interactions with community members can be dangerous for those with special needs at times. Security cameras are there to keep all members of our community safe and to receive justice when something goes wrong, including those in our community with and without disabilities.”

About Eric V. Traut

Attorney Eric Traut distinguished himself early as one of the top trial attorneys in Southern California when he was recognized as the youngest winner of the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award in the history of the Orange County Trial Lawyer Association. Eric has handled high-profile cases that have resulted in appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News, Court T.V., and ABC's "Primetime."

About Traut Firm

Partners of Traut Firm have litigated cases for a combined 70 years, serving as plaintiff’s attorneys primarily in areas of personal injury, wrongful death, vehicle accidents, assaults, and animal attacks.

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Mortgage Lender Executive Admits Role in Nearly 9 Million Dollar Embezzlement Scheme

New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 – A top executive at a Long Island-based mortgage lender pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with an $8.9 million embezzlement scheme.

Edward E. Bohm, former president of sales at Vanguard Funding, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. The 41-year-old was also an undisclosed owner of the company. Bohm faces a prison sentence of up to 30 years along with restitution and criminal forfeiture. However, he is expected to receive a shorter sentence like his co-conspirators who pleaded guilty to the same charges.

“Fraud charges of this magnitude require an aggressive defense that protects the rights of the accused,” commented Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney with Brill Legal Group, who is not involved with the case. “Embezzlement is a serious white collar crime that carries long-term consequences. If you are facing such charges, it is best to retain an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible to learn about your legal options.”

Bohm was the third executive to admit that he had a hand in the embezzlement scheme which ran from August 2015 to March 2017. In December 2018, Vanguard’s Chief Operating Officer Matthew Voss and Chief Financial Officer Edward Sypher, Jr. were sentenced to prison sentences of 24 and 18 months respectively.

The three executives acquired warehouse loans for Vanguard from lenders like Bankunited, Santander Bank and Northpointe Bank through false promises that the money would finance mortgages or provide mortgage refinancing. However, Bohm and the others actually spent the funds on personal expenses and compensation. They also paid off loans that were fraudulently obtained in the past.

According to the complaint, the embezzlement scheme came to light after an FBI agent recorded Bohm talking to Sypher about it. Bohm was heard saying that he and the other executives would not face criminal charges because their scheme was directed at lenders rather than the public. He allegedly stated in the recording, “At the end of the day, the s--- we did wasn’t to the public.”

Vanguard is a mortgage lending company that has 33 branches across the United States including in New York, California, Florida and Washington, among other states.

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Student in School Bus Hospitalized After Crash With Tractor-Trailer

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 - In September 2018, an 8-year-old student was injured in a school bus crash with an overturned semi-truck. The accident occurred on State Road 60 in Plant City, Florida at the intersection of Horton Road.

The crash was caused by the Hillsborough County School District bus driver pulling in front of the truck causing the tractor-trailer to overturn. The bus driver then failed to stop in time, crashing into the semi-truck.

The student, who attends Knights Elementary School, was transported to the hospital for treatment. The boy was the only student on the bus at the time. It was reported that the injuries were not life-threatening in nature but were serious enough that the student needed to be hospitalized.

A statement issued by the Hillsborough County School District indicated that the bus driver was issued a citation for pulling in front of the truck and causing the accident. Another vehicle was also damaged in the incident as it had to swerve on to the shoulder of the road to avoid the crash site. The Florida State Police had to divert traffic and close down all eastbound lanes of State Road 60 for several hours.

Under Florida law, after January of 2001, school districts were required to have seat belts installed in their busses. Tampa truck accident lawyer Robert T. Joyce, Esquire was quoted about the accident, “Florida’s school bus seat belt law exempts from liability the school district or bus driver for any personal injuries that might occur if a student fails to use a seat belt that was properly installed on the bus.”

Speak with a Tampa truck accident lawyer today. Call Joyce & Reyes at 1.888.771.1529 or visit their website.

Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
307 S Hyde Park Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Call: 813.251.2007

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