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Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft

July 14, 2002|From Times Staff Reports

A man accused of using a false identity to purchase goods via the Internet has pleaded guilty to identity theft in Ventura County Superior Court, authorities said.

Eddie Eloy Simental , 34, of Pico Rivera used the identity of a Thousand Oaks attorney to purchase computer equipment valued at $4,500, according to the Ventura County district attorney's office.

The purchases were traced to a home in Santa Fe Springs, where detectives arranged to be present when one of the orders was delivered. Simental, waiting outside in his car, was arrested at the scene. Detectives found lists of names and Social Security numbers in his car, the district attorney's office said.

He will be sentenced Aug. 8.

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