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Man Pleads Guilty in Identity Fraud Case

April 30, 2002|From Times Staff Reports

A Santa Paula man has pleaded guilty to numerous counts of identity fraud, forgery, falsifying a driver's license and possessing a blank counterfeit check in connection with an identity theft ring involving 22 victims.

Timothy Wayne Murphy, 31, was arrested in Moorpark in July after being stopped for driving an unregistered car. When a Ventura County sheriff's deputy questioned him, Murphy gave the officer a false name, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Wise.

A search of the vehicle uncovered evidence of an identity fraud operation. Deputies seized a computer and stolen mail, counterfeit checks and phony California driver's licenses, Wise said.

Murphy is scheduled to be sentenced May 23.

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