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Man Wrongfully Accused In Beating Acquitted After Four Year Legal Saga

Posted by: on July 14, 2011


San Francisco A man mistakenly accused of a brutal New Year’s Day beating was exonerated by a jury, ending  his four-year battle for justice, San Francisco Defense Attorney Jonah Chew announced today.

Thomas Connelly, 30, of Sacramento, was found not guilty of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and battery with great bodily injury. If convicted of both felony counts, he faced seven years in state prison.  The jury deliberated less than two hours before reaching its verdict Monday, Chew said.

“This verdict is the result of four years of investigation. For the first time since 2007, Mr. Connelly is free from his nightmare caused by mistaken identity,” Chew said.

Connelly was arrested at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2007 after celebrating New Year’s Eve at an Embarcadero Center restaurant. A fellow reveler had identified Connelly as the man who had “sucker-punched” him in the face several times outside the venue, breaking his nose. The complaining witness, now 38, was seriously injured and required several reconstructive surgeries.

Charges against Connelly were dropped two days later after police could not contact the complaining witness. The case was ...

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Federal grand jury indicted a Fremont woman for mail fraud, accused of stealing $800,000 from Citigroup clients

Posted by: on June 29, 2011

The FBI arrested a Fremont woman on suspicion of stealing more than $800,000 from more than 20 Citigroup clients, a United States Department of Justice official said.

Tamara Lanz Moon, 43, was arraigned this week after a federal grand jury indicted her on six counts of mail fraud in connection with the case.  Moon, who worked for Citigroup from 1996 to 2008, operated a scheme in which she allegedly falsified account records, forged client signatures, made unauthorized trades in client accounts and created fake letters of authorization to divert client funds, federal prosecutors said.

Authorities have accused Moon of using the money from the scheme to invest in real estate, remodel her home, pay mortgages on properties she owned, pay her credit card bills, and to lower the line of credit for her home equity.

If convicted of each count, she faces a maximum prison sentence of 120 years, authorities said.

If you or someone you love has been accused of a federal offense, such as mail fraud, please contact our office at (415) 484-0906 or for an immediate consultation.

Source: Inside Bay Area ...

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