Friday, January 07, 2011

Not so clever Laguna Hills identity thief convicted in slippery slope

Posted by CotoBlogzz

SANTA ANA, CA  - Ryan Matthews  was convicted today of identity theft and grand theft for purchasing a BMW using a stolen identity and then falsely reporting his stolen identity stolen.

Matthews, 38, Laguna Hills, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of identity theft, grand theft, false personation, and two felony counts of grand theft by false pretense. He was sentenced today to nine months in jail and three years of formal probation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on the defendant, who is expected to be deported to Jamaica upon completion of his sentence.

According to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office, in February 2009, Matthews is accused of using the name Terrance E. and contacting the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) to report that his identity had been stolen and his credit had been used to purchase a BMW. OCSD officers began investigating the case and determined that 10 years earlier, Matthews had stolen the identity of Terrance E., a felon in Nevada. It was this stolen identity that the defendant claimed had been stolen from him. 

Additional investigation revealed that Matthews, using the identity of Terrance E. stolen a decade earlier, had been the one to purchase the BMW. This was the same vehicle the defendant claimed had been purchased by an identity thief using his stolen credit. It was determined that Matthews originally contacted the police because he had defaulted on the BMW payments and didn't want the credit of his stolen identity to be negatively affected. 

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