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Blond Scammer gets suspended sentence for SCV crimes

Posted: January 15, 2014 5:06 p.m.
Updated: January 15, 2014 5:06 p.m.

A woman dubbed the “Blond Scammer” and suspected of identity thefts in two counties received a suspended sentence Wednesday for crimes committed in the Santa Clarita Valley last January.

Pilar Raine Abalos, 42, of Poway entered a plea of no contest to a single charge of identity theft in San Fernando Superior Court, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

Abalos faced three counts for identity theft crimes committed in the Santa Clarita Valley early last year. The thief stole wallets from women’s purses as they shopped in grocery stores and used the credit cards for cash and valuables, acting so quickly she sometimes had racked up charges before the victims got to the checkstand and discovered the loss.

Abalos agreed to pay restitution in the remaining two counts against her, D.A. spokesman Richardo Santiago said.

She’s scheduled for sentencing March 12 at Dept. D, Santiago said. At that time she’s expected to be sentenced to a suspended three years in prison, three years formal felony probation, 50 days of community labor and six months in a residential drug program, he said.

As one court bailiff explained Wednesday, “Under the deal, if she commits any crime in the next three years, she automatically gets three years in custody.”

In January 2013, Santa Clarita Valley residents were first warned about a blond woman who drives a Cadillac SUV and stalks other women at grocery stores, stealing their wallets and using their IDs to obtain cash or expensive jewelry.

Three female victims stated they had their wallets removed from their purses while shopping at Santa Clarita Valley grocery stores in January.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies released a grainy surveillance photo of the woman, warning that she steals from others with similar build and features so she can impersonate the victims.

On March 2, Dubin named Abalos as the woman seen in the grainy surveillance image and identified her as the suspect in a series of thefts that occurred in the Santa Clarita Valley.

After her arrest, bail was set at $100,000. After she had posted bail, she was arrested by Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives and booked into custody. She was released on $50,000 bond and a promise to appear back in Ventura County Superior Court.

Abalos is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court Jan. 27 for an “early disposition conference,” during which prosecutors and defense lawyers are expected to discuss the possibility of a resolution, a court clerk said Wednesday.

In April, Valerie Lynne Ray, 54, of Los Angeles, identified by Los Angeles County prosecutors as the scam’s ringleader, entered a plea of no contest in San Fernando Superior Court and was sentenced to three years in prison.
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