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Woman pleads no contest to charges in ‘blond scammer’ ring

Posted: April 15, 2013 7:12 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2013 7:12 p.m.

The ringleader in the so-called “blond scammer” case was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after pleading no contest to a charge of identity theft, a court clerk said.

Valerie Lynne Ray, 54, of Los Angeles — identified by prosecutors as the scam’s ringleader — entered a plea of no contest Monday in San Fernando Superior Court. She was sentenced the same day.

Ray was arrested Feb. 5 and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on a charge of grand theft in connection with thefts that occurred in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to Deputy Josh Dubin.

Ray, a resident of Hillcrest Street in Los Angeles, was described at the time of her arrest as a 5-foot-5 and 190 pound. She declared her occupation when booked as “in home service” worker.

Pasadena Municipal Court records show Ray was arrested Jan. 24 by Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies a week after Santa Clarita Valley deputies went public with their first photo of the blond scammer.

The scam stealing other women’s wallets at grocery stores and using their wallets and IDs to obtain cash or expensive jewelry. At least three local women were victims of the scam.

Another woman, believed to be the one who tried to pass herself off as the credit cards’ rightful owner, was arrested March 3.

Pilar Raine Abalos, 42, of Poway in San Diego County, was arrested by officers of the Inglewood Police Department.

Abalos is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court this month and in San Fernando Superior Court next month, each time on suspicion of having committed identity thefts in those jurisdictions.
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