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ID theft ring gets prison sentences

Posted: September 24, 2013 6:12 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:12 p.m.
 

SANTA CLARITA - Five people charged with identity theft after their arrests last March at a Stevenson Ranch hotel were handed sentences ranging from probation to prison time after entering pleas of no contest, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Tuesday.

All five entered their pleas in San Fernando Superior Court on Monday, spokeswoman Jean Guccione said.

Stella Arias, 29, a Los Angeles graphic designer, entered a plea of no contest to one felony count of identity theft with a gang allegations and was sentenced to five years in state prison.

Jose Luis Olea, a 27-year-old unemployed resident of Homeland, Calif., entered the same plea to felony forgery plus gang allegations and was sentenced to four years in state prison.

Riverside student Juan Dominguez, 18, pleaded no contest to one felony count of identity theft and was sentenced to three years of formal probation.

Alvaro Hector Martinez, 22, a mechanic, and Victor Alfonso Martinez, 19, unemployed, both of Los Angeles, each entered pleas of no contest to one felony count of grand theft and were each given three years of formal probation.

The five were detained in March by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies acting on a tip about a stolen car.

Deputies responded and surrounded the Residence Inn on The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch, taking into custody five occupants of a room there.

A search of the room revealed narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia and documents that could be used in identity theft.

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