Victim Finally Sees Relief After 13-Year Identity Theft Scheme
A man suspected of using another man's identity for 13 years will face sentencing for his crimes, after reportedly agreeing to the terms of his case in Santa Clarita Superior court Tuesday.
Luis Figueroa, a 35 year-old Canyon Country resident, is believed to be responsible for stealing the identity of a Lancaster man over a decade ago. The victim was then subjected to numerous arrests and hassle following Figueroa's alleged use of his identity.
The first incident occurred two weeks after the victim returned from serving in Bosnia. He was with his children in Ventura when he was arrested during a traffic stop. Officers at the time saw a forgery warrant attached to his name, and he wasn't released until his fingerprints failed to match those in the case.
He was arrested two additional times, in 2005 and 2008, both resulting from crimes Figueroa is believed to have committed using his identity. One of those arrests came shortly after the man returned from another tour of duty, this time in Iraq.
In both cases, the victim was eventually released after his identity was confirmed, however his problems didn't end there. He claims that his driver's license was suspended, and that he had difficulty getting high security clearance for a job due to the criminal record attached to his identity. To this day, the victim is forced to carry multiple forms of identification and court records to prove his true identity.
The case was cracked by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective from the Commercial Crimes Bureau, who combed through the scattered trail of fraud.
Figueroa could face 16 months in prison after sentencing.
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