We need everyone to send information to Aj Rotella ...they are investigation this co... Edward Maddison AKA Edward Herzstock needs to be stopped this punk is only 24 years old and has taken advantage of all of us please help the sheriffs department get him he will do it again...Ms. Jenkins, Ms. Glessner, and Ms. Wiechec:
Thank you all for the recent emails regarding the Affordable Legal Help company and your suspicion that they may be operating a fraudulent business. I can sense and understand the frustration that you have with the process and the lack of assistance that you have received from the various agencies that you have contacted in the past. As you are now contacting the City of Santa Clarita and its Sheriff's station, please know that we will do review this matter and see if resources can be found or applied to resolve the problem.
As I mentioned on the telephone to you, what I need to begin this process is an actual police report filed by a law enforcement agency by you relating to this case. This will mean that each victim will have to go to their various local agency and report this incident and the loss that each incurred.
To make this process and the potential investigation smoother, I would like you to mail me a packet of the following documents to my attention at the address provided below:
1. Copy of police report
2. Copy of any contracts between Affordable Legal Help and you (or your family member)
3. Any information that you received from the company (brochures, information, advertisements, etc.)
4. Copies of any email correspondence, letters of demand, written responses from the company to you.
5. A brief summary with dates and facts related to your specific case (when you first contacted them, how you found them in the first place, what services were they to provide, how do you feel that you were defrauded, what did or did they not do for the money that you paid, what phone calls did you make, who did you speak to, what was their response, etc.)
I hope that you understand that this case is quite complicated, as each of you resides in different states. The additional 20-30 victims that you have indicated that you are in contact with must each do the same process to truly get an understanding as to what this company is doing and to proceed with any investigation.
As these packets might be quite large in size (based on the number of documents), I would like each to be mailed rather than emailed to my attention.
I have already been in contact with the California Attorney General's office as well as the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office to see if either agency would be able to provide resources or investigation into this matter. As with us, no agency can determine the level of resources needed or whether this is in fact a criminal matter versus a civil matter without first seeing a criminal complaint report -- which begins with you reporting this in person to a law enforcement agency.
As this is a complicated matter, we would not be able to take a telephonic report, nor an email report of the case -- as we need all of the documents associated with the case to review and prepare an investigation.
Any additional victims that you find or are in contact with do not need to personally contact me. If they follow the steps in this email and send their information to my attention, they will be included in the review and possible investigation.
I hope that this email at least provides each of you with a level of comfort that someone is going to review this case to see if it meets the criteria for a criminal complaint. The City of Santa Clarita is diligent in its efforts to keep crime at a minimum and we appreciate that you each have brought this matter to our attention.
A.J. Rotella, Sergeant
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department - Santa Clarita Valley Station
City of Santa Clarita Sheriff's Business Alliance
23740 Magic Mountain Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
The complaint has been investigated and resolved to the customer’s satisfaction.