SAN DIEGO - A man accused of running an elaborate credit repair scam will be sentenced Thursday in a San Diego courtroom.
Prosecutors charged Khaled Helmy with 45 felony counts related to his business, United Credit Partners. The charges range from grand theft to forgery.
The deputy district attorney on the case said when he was out on bail, Helmy committed more crimes, including charging clients' credit cards without their permission.
Helmy eventually pleaded guilty to all charges, but none of that brings closure to one of his victims.
"I have no interest in him serving jail time. I don't care what he does. I just want my money back," the victim told Team 10.
He did not want to be named, but the man said he signed a contract with Helmy and gave him $2,500.
"He seemed very knowledgeable about what he was doing," the man said. "He talked a good game."
The victim said Helmy provided him with settlement letters that looked "legit."
Turns out, he said all of it was forged. He hired an attorney, hoping to get his money back.
"When I first approached Khaled, I let him know that I knew what he was doing. I gave him the opportunity to settle this matter outside of court and he essentially laughed at me. I don't know if he thought he was smarter than he was," said attorney Jason Carr.
Helmy's attorney, Brian Watkins, said Helmy was "overzealous" in trying to represent his clients, but hopes the judge will make the right decision during his sentencing hearing.
Helmy's criminal case names six victims, but the prosecutor said there are potentially hundreds of victims because of all the forged documents.
He faces up to three years and four months in prison.