ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 10ZF0084
Date: March 20, 2015
*Co-defendant in this case pleaded guilty before trial
SANTA ANA – An attorney was sentenced today to nine months in jail for conspiring to extort $350,000 from his client’s former employer by threatening to publicly defame her with false claims and lies. James Toledano, 70, Newport Beach, was found guilty by a jury Nov. 26, 2014, of one felony count of conspiracy to commit a crime and one felony count of attempted extortion by threat. Toledano was also sentenced to three years formal probation, search and seizure, must submit a DNA sample, pay a $1,000 restitution fine, and was ordered to have no contact with the victim or the co-defendant in this case. On Feb. 4, 2015, Toledano’s license to practice law in the state of California was suspended. The California State Bar Association will determine whether the defendant’s license will continue to be suspended or if he will be disbarred at a later date.
Co-defendant, and Toledano’s client Michael Earl Roberts, 40, pleaded guilty on Oct. 27, 2014, to one felony count of conspiracy to commit a crime, one felony count of attempted extortion by threat, two misdemeanor counts of harassing phone calls, and two misdemeanor counts of annoying phone calls. He was sentenced to six months in jail, three years of formal probation, and ordered to have no contact with the victim. Continue reading