February 6, 2014
Costa Mesa Baker Street: Identity theft was reported in the 1100 block at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday. Bristol Street: Theft was reported in the 3300 block at 11:20 and 11:40 a.m. Wednesday. Bristol Street: Identity theft was reported in the 3300 block at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday. Fair Drive: Burglary was reported in the 100 block at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday. 17th Street: Grand theft was reported in the 700 block at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday. Traverse Drive: An animal bite was reported in the 500 block at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday.
October 24, 2012
A Los Angeles man convicted in June for his involvement in an international identity theft scheme was sentenced to 76 months in federal prison, authorities said Wednesday. The man was arrested in 2011 by Costa Mesa police at South Coast Plaza. Doren Harold Ward, 37, used credit cards primarily of elderly victims and with the help of British co-conspirators had new credit cards sent to mail drops around Southern California, according to the U.S. attorney's office. After the credit cards were obtained, Ward and others bought luxury goods from stores, including Louis Vuitton, Ben Bridge Jeweler and Geary's in Beverly Hills.
July 30, 2012
An Orange County judge sentenced two sisters to eight and 10 years in prison, respectively, for their part in a conspiracy with two other members of their family to commit $16 million worth of real estate fraud, prosecutors said Monday. Suniti Shah, 51, and Supriti Soni, 52, falsified documents to secure loans for "straw buyers" — or people who allow their credit to be used with no intention of controlling a property, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The last known addresses were in Newport Coast for Shah and Corona del Mar for Soni, according to D.A. spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
July 12, 2008
Working with Dallas County district attorney investigators, UCI police were able to track down a man who is suspected in an identity theft case that involved more than 160 students at the university, officials said Friday. In addition, the investigation may have led to the Internal Revenue Service uncovering a large criminal ring of identity theft that may have affected hundreds of people across the nation. Michael Tyrone Thomas, 27, of Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested at his home Tuesday on a warrant for one count of fraudulent identity theft involving UCI graduate and medical students, UCI Police Chief Paul Henisey said.