LAPD Arrests 7 In Glendale Identity Theft Ring
LAPD arrested 7 people after hitting 9 locations as part of an identity theft ring that operated out of houses and apartments in Los Angeles and Glendale.
Glendale Police pulled over one of the suspects on a traffic violation and learned that the LAPD, LA County Sheriff’s, the Secret Service and the Attorney General’s Office were looking into these people. Law enforcement seized devices used to scam credit card information from gas pumps, computers used to download this information, credit card machines, blank plastic credit cards and even a 100 gallon tank hidden in a truck used to steal gas.
Police say these suspects have guns and likely have gang ties, but made no specific confirmation on that.
Identity theft in Los Angeles is a serious crime and something that the District Attorney’s Office prosecute’s aggressively. Identity theft is typically charged as a felony in Los Angeles and, as seen from this article, can draw the attention of the Federal government. It is also a crime of moral turpitude which, if convicted of, may have a severe negative impact on your criminal record and finding a job.
Identity theft is something that, depending on someone’s prior criminal history, can be resolved by an experienced attorney without any jail time whatsoever. Civil compromises, probation and restitution of any out of pocket losses by the victim’s are priorities of the prosecutors and judges and something that can often be reached through a plea bargain.
If you have been arrested for theft, identity theft, grand theft, burglary or petty theft, contact Ross Erlich now for a free consultation and to discuss what your options are. Ross Erlich has experience in getting no jail time for people charged with theft of thousands of dollars and charged with multiple felonies.