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NEWS
August 25, 2011
A onetime congressional candidate was sentenced Tuesday to six years and eight months in state prison for violating parole by committing identity theft when she was in the Orange County jail, authorities said. She is a former resident of Aliso Viejo. Delecia Holt, 49, was serving a 708-day jail sentence this year for defrauding Orange County hotels and a Mercedes-Benz dealer, the Orange County district attorney's office said. While in jail, Holt prepared a false tax return for an Orange County escrow firm, which was one of her original victims in the fraud scheme, prosecutors said.
LOCAL
June 9, 2006
Identity theft has become a major problem in recent years, Police Chief Mike Sellers told a group of Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday. The luncheon at Robillo was set up to give local businesses an edge in fighting shoplifting, identity theft and counterfeiting. "It's easier to steal IDs than it is to walk in with a gun," Sellers told about 30 chamber members. Sellers also noted that the number of shoplifting and larceny incidents in town has been steady for the last two years ?
NEWS
June 11, 2004
Two suspected of identity theft Two Trabuco Hills residents were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy after police investigated a fraud report filed in Laguna Beach. Fallan Rene Cook and Michael John Traeger were arrested in Cook's Trabuco Hills residence on June 2 after police showed up to investigate allegations involving fraudulent checks. The victim, who was not identified, lives in Laguna Beach. Cook let police into the residence, Det. Matt August said, and after police searched the house they saw glass methamphetamine pipes, a bong and a scale in plain view.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2006
Nonprofits invited to apply for donations The Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund will be holding their annual interviews to determine which local community groups will receive donations from their 2007 fundraising events. The groups sponsor three fundraising events: the Only In Laguna Fashion Show in March; A Taste For Charity and Silent Art Auction in May; and the Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off in September. Proceeds are donated to local nonprofits; in one recent year those funds totaled $100,000.
NEWS
October 3, 2003
Police arrested an 18-year-old woman on Sept. 26 on suspicion of stealing and signing more than $6,000 in Athena Day Spa credit card checks. Melissa Hesslink, who used to work at Laguna Surf, moved to Big Bear after allegedly stealing a piece of Athena Day Spa mail that contained American Express Card checks. The two businesses shared the same mailroom. Hesslink allegedly signed $6,167 in checks to herself and to her boyfriend, 21-year-old Laguna Hills resident Joshua Brigham.
NEWS
June 13, 2013
Laguna Beach police arrested a Riverside man on suspicion of identity theft related to using another person's credit card information to extend a hotel stay. Police took Ronald Jason Adams, 33, into custody. He was also arrested on suspicion of burglary, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email, and  is wanted on three warrants from Riverside police. Police said Adams stayed at the Capri Laguna, 1441 S. Coast Hwy., for eight days beginning May 31, with three room changes. A former guest noticed a problem on his credit card and notified the hotel, Callus said.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
A man was arrested Thursday after allegedly using stolen credit card numbers to rent hotel rooms in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, police said Friday. Harold Eric Larson, 37, of Orange is charged with burglary, grand theft, misrepresentation of a credit card holder, possession of a controlled substance, identity theft with a prior conviction and violation of probation. Police said that Larson rented a room at the Montage Resort on Dec. 21 using a stolen credit card, but the alleged fraud wasn't discovered until two days later.
NEWS
August 29, 2003
It usually happens when you would least expect it. You lost a credit card a few months back, you discovered that some of your mail was stolen or you even innocently gave out all of your personal information while filling out a loan application. Then bang! The creditors are calling and wondering why you are late on the credit card payment for cards you never knew you had. How did this happen? It started with the criminal who stole your information or received it during a legitimate credit transaction and later sold it to others.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2012
Friday Legacy Ball Laguna Beach Seniors will be giving its 2012 Legacy Award to Mary Fegraus at its sixth annual Legacy Ball at The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road, Newport Beach. Garden Club Meeting Succulent landscape designer Matthew Maggio will speak at the Laguna Beach Garden Club meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Tankersley Hall of Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. For more information, visit http://www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org. Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft Learn about the warning signs of identity theft and how to fight back from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. Free.
NEWS
March 28, 2003
WEDNESDAY Morningside Drive: A man reported seeing a rattlesnake against the curb in the 1100 block at 5:36 p.m. Police arrived at 7:59 p.m. and saw no snakes. Broadway: A woman reported that her two nieces had a homeless man buy liquor for them at 2:50 p.m. in the 200 block. Nyes Place: A woman drove her car into a telephone pole at South Coast Highway and Nyes Place at 11:12 a.m. She wasn't seriously injured, and Edison reported that the accident caused no wire damage.
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NEWS
June 13, 2013
Laguna Beach police arrested a Riverside man on suspicion of identity theft related to using another person's credit card information to extend a hotel stay. Police took Ronald Jason Adams, 33, into custody. He was also arrested on suspicion of burglary, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email, and  is wanted on three warrants from Riverside police. Police said Adams stayed at the Capri Laguna, 1441 S. Coast Hwy., for eight days beginning May 31, with three room changes. A former guest noticed a problem on his credit card and notified the hotel, Callus said.
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NEWS
December 28, 2012
A man was arrested Thursday after allegedly using stolen credit card numbers to rent hotel rooms in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, police said Friday. Harold Eric Larson, 37, of Orange is charged with burglary, grand theft, misrepresentation of a credit card holder, possession of a controlled substance, identity theft with a prior conviction and violation of probation. Police said that Larson rented a room at the Montage Resort on Dec. 21 using a stolen credit card, but the alleged fraud wasn't discovered until two days later.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2012
Friday Legacy Ball Laguna Beach Seniors will be giving its 2012 Legacy Award to Mary Fegraus at its sixth annual Legacy Ball at The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road, Newport Beach. Garden Club Meeting Succulent landscape designer Matthew Maggio will speak at the Laguna Beach Garden Club meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Tankersley Hall of Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. For more information, visit http://www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org. Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft Learn about the warning signs of identity theft and how to fight back from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. Free.
NEWS
August 25, 2011
A onetime congressional candidate was sentenced Tuesday to six years and eight months in state prison for violating parole by committing identity theft when she was in the Orange County jail, authorities said. She is a former resident of Aliso Viejo. Delecia Holt, 49, was serving a 708-day jail sentence this year for defrauding Orange County hotels and a Mercedes-Benz dealer, the Orange County district attorney's office said. While in jail, Holt prepared a false tax return for an Orange County escrow firm, which was one of her original victims in the fraud scheme, prosecutors said.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2006
Nonprofits invited to apply for donations The Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund will be holding their annual interviews to determine which local community groups will receive donations from their 2007 fundraising events. The groups sponsor three fundraising events: the Only In Laguna Fashion Show in March; A Taste For Charity and Silent Art Auction in May; and the Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off in September. Proceeds are donated to local nonprofits; in one recent year those funds totaled $100,000.
LOCAL
June 9, 2006
Identity theft has become a major problem in recent years, Police Chief Mike Sellers told a group of Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday. The luncheon at Robillo was set up to give local businesses an edge in fighting shoplifting, identity theft and counterfeiting. "It's easier to steal IDs than it is to walk in with a gun," Sellers told about 30 chamber members. Sellers also noted that the number of shoplifting and larceny incidents in town has been steady for the last two years ?
NEWS
June 11, 2004
Two suspected of identity theft Two Trabuco Hills residents were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy after police investigated a fraud report filed in Laguna Beach. Fallan Rene Cook and Michael John Traeger were arrested in Cook's Trabuco Hills residence on June 2 after police showed up to investigate allegations involving fraudulent checks. The victim, who was not identified, lives in Laguna Beach. Cook let police into the residence, Det. Matt August said, and after police searched the house they saw glass methamphetamine pipes, a bong and a scale in plain view.
NEWS
October 3, 2003
Police arrested an 18-year-old woman on Sept. 26 on suspicion of stealing and signing more than $6,000 in Athena Day Spa credit card checks. Melissa Hesslink, who used to work at Laguna Surf, moved to Big Bear after allegedly stealing a piece of Athena Day Spa mail that contained American Express Card checks. The two businesses shared the same mailroom. Hesslink allegedly signed $6,167 in checks to herself and to her boyfriend, 21-year-old Laguna Hills resident Joshua Brigham.
NEWS
August 29, 2003
It usually happens when you would least expect it. You lost a credit card a few months back, you discovered that some of your mail was stolen or you even innocently gave out all of your personal information while filling out a loan application. Then bang! The creditors are calling and wondering why you are late on the credit card payment for cards you never knew you had. How did this happen? It started with the criminal who stole your information or received it during a legitimate credit transaction and later sold it to others.
NEWS
March 28, 2003
WEDNESDAY Morningside Drive: A man reported seeing a rattlesnake against the curb in the 1100 block at 5:36 p.m. Police arrived at 7:59 p.m. and saw no snakes. Broadway: A woman reported that her two nieces had a homeless man buy liquor for them at 2:50 p.m. in the 200 block. Nyes Place: A woman drove her car into a telephone pole at South Coast Highway and Nyes Place at 11:12 a.m. She wasn't seriously injured, and Edison reported that the accident caused no wire damage.
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