By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – A $10-Million bond was recommended for the provisional release of a Filipino American bankruptcy and immigration lawyer during a court hearing on April 2 at the Los Angeles
Superior Court in Pomona, California on charges of attempted murder of another couple believed to be his former clients, according to court records obtained by Journal
Paul Mendoza Allen, 34, was also ordered to appear in court on April 19 at 8:30 a.m. for a bail review.
His wife, Pauline Catibayan Allen, a co-defendant in the case, was also also ordered to post $150,000 and is also scheduled to appear in court on April 19.
Mr. Allen was charged with Counts One and Two for violation of Penal Code 664-187 (APC) for attempted murder.
His wife, Pauline Catibayan Allen was charged with Count Three for violation of 32 PC as "accessory after the fact" as harboring, concealing or aiding a person whom someone knows has committed a felony, in order to protect him from arrest, trial, conviction and/or sentencing.
If convicted of Penal Code 187 of attempted murder, Mr. Allen faces a life sentence with the possibility of parole. He also faces additional penalties to restitute his victims, substantial fines, and a "strike" pursuant to California's three strikes law.
On the other hand, Mrs. Allen faces up to a $5,000 fine and up to one year in a county jail for a misdemeanor, or 16 months or two or three years in the California state prison for a felony.
Photo of newly-married Pauline Catibayan Allen and Paul Mendoza Allen. (Facebook photo)
Mr. Allen was wanted for the shooting and wounding of an elderly Baldwin Park, California couple who were his previous clients.
He was arrested together with his wife by Idaho State police in Jerome, Idaho last March 7, 2018, a day after the shooting incident.
According to Sgt. Mark Donahue of the Idaho State police, the car of Allen was stopped on Interstate 84 because the windows of his car were too tinted too dark.
When the State Police ran a check of Allen's license plate, it generated a hit that the Baldwin Park police were looking for him.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune quoted Lt. Chris Kuberry of the Baldwin Park police that they entered Allen's license plate number into the National Crime Information Center.
MONEY IS THE MOTIVE
It turned out Allen is a suspect in the March 6 attempted murder of Baldwin Park husband and wife. Kuberry said Allen was the victims' lawyer and they had disagreement.
According to investigators, money was the motive behind the shooting that occurred in the 14700 block of Olive Street, Baldwin Park. Officers who responded to calls of gunshots being fired found the victims with multiple gunshots in their home.
The couple were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
Police said Idaho State police arrested Allen and Pauline Catibayan Allen on suspicion of drug possession.
There was no word if drugs were found on the suspects or in their car.
The Allen couple were extradited from Idaho to California.
According to Mr. Allen's website, his law office specializes in bankruptcy and immigration. He also offers “products” such as “Lien stripping 2nd mortgage, helps save your home from foreclosure, stop repossessions, wage garnishments, US Citizenship, Green Card, spousal petition, relative petition, employer, PERM, H-1B Temporary Visa, Student (F1) Visa, Student (f1) Visa, Religious Visa and Deferred Action process for Young People.”
According to Pauline Catibayan Allen's website, she just got married last Jan. 20, 2018.
According to the website of the California Bar Association, Allen completed his undergraduate education at California State University in Fullerton and attended law school at University of West Los Angeles. He is an active member of the bar and was admitted by the bar group on June 1, 2011.