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Pair receive prison after arrest for I.D. theft

Man agrees to 2-year sentence

Posted: August 12, 2008 6:50 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 

Just weeks after they were arrested in connection with identity theft, a Canyon Country man and woman were sentenced to time in state prison, a sheriff's official said Tuesday.

Steven Bracamontes faces two years in state prison and Loretta Blair was sentenced to 18 months, said Sgt. James Anderson with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Bracamontes, 25, and his girlfriend Blair, 42, were arrested in late July at Blair's home, which Anderson said last week is a known haven for a local gang of which Bracamontes is a member.

To avoid going to trial, Bracamontes agreed to two years in state prison, Anderson said. Blair is sentenced to 18 months for a probation violation, he said, and added that there were no new charges filed against her.

Bracamontes is currently being held at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, and Blair is in custody at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

The court will decide where the pair will serve their sentences, Anderson said.

Bracamontes was arrested July 23 in possession of fraudulent checks.

After the arrest by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station's Community Interaction Team, he said detectives followed up by going to Blair's home with a search warrant on July 30.

At the house, deputies reportedly found and seized profiles used for identity theft, surveillance equipment and computers.

Blair was arrested for violation of her probation.

Anderson said last week that at least one fraudulent check for $738 was passed, and added that two victims have been contacted.

He said Tuesday that there are no other known victims.

There is no known connection between the identity theft and the gang that Bracamontes was part of, according to Detective Pat O'Neill with the Sheriff's Station's COBRA division, which deals primarily with gang issues.

Identity theft continues to be a problem in Santa Clarita Valley, and the Sheriff's Station employs two full-time fraud investigators who take on roughly 20 active cases every month.

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