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Costa Mesa woman pleads guilty to 76 felonies

Luz Belem Corral, 29, was in on a car dealership fraud scheme that included forgery, grand theft.

December 16, 2011|By Lauren Williams

A Costa Mesa woman who pleaded guilty to 76 felonies, including forgery and grand theft in a scheme to defraud banks, was sentenced Friday to jail time and formal probation, authorities said.

While working as a desk manager at the Douglas Nissan dealership in Orange, Luz Belem Corral, 29, submitted falsified Kelly Blue Book records overstating the value of cars in an effort to defraud banks. Prosecutors said was assisted by colleague Kevin Allen DeRosier, 31, of Anaheim, and part-owner Frank Ignacio Urbano, 57, of Anaheim, according to an Orange County district attorney's office news release.

Prosecutors also said the three victimized Spanish-speaking clients who did not have proper identification and were unfamiliar with the process of buying a car, then faked their pay stubs to get loans the victims could not afford.

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To buy cars, they also stole the identities of people who were not customers, the release said.

Eight banks and lending intuitions were defrauded in the scam.

The three pleaded guilty to their charges May 6. They pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, including 43 counts of forgery, 31 counts of grand theft and two counts of conspiracy. Corral faced an additional, separate charge of using a false social security number on her application for a sales license.

Corral was sentenced Friday to 360 days in jail and five years of formal probation. DeRosier was sentenced to 240 days in jail and five years formal probation, and Urbano was sentenced to one year in jail and five years formal probation.

lauren.williams@latimes.com

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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