|For Immediate Release
Case # 10CF1034 & 11CF0750
March 24, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
WOMAN OUT ON BAIL FOR ROLE IN IDENTITY THEFT RING CHARGED IN SECOND CASE FOR STEALING ANOTHER VICTIM’S IDENTITY
TUSTIN – A woman out on bail for her role in a criminal identity theft ring has been charged with stealing the identity of a new victim while out of custody on bail. Georgia Lichia Su, 41, Costa Mesa, is charged in Case # 11CF0750 with two felony counts of forgery and one felony count each of second degree commercial burglary, identity theft, false personation, and using a fictitious instrument. She faces a sentencing enhancement for crime-bail-crime for committing a felony while out of custody on bail for another felony. If convicted of these charges, Su faces a maximum sentence of eight years and four months in state prison.
For Case # 10CF1034, Su is charged with one felony count each of forging an access card, identity theft of 10 or more victims, access card counterfeiting, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. If convicted of these charges, Su faces a maximum sentence of five years in state prison.
The defendant is being held on $500,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. She is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow, Friday, March 25, 2011, for a preliminary hearing on the 2010 case and an arraignment on the 2011 case. Both hearings will be held at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-57, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Circumstances of Case #10CF1034
Between January and April of 2010, the Tustin Police Department (TPD) conducted an investigation and arrested multiple defendants for making thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases using stolen identities at Best Buy stores throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties. As a result of the investigation, TPD determined that the individual defendants were operating as part of a larger identity theft ring.
Su is accused of being a mastermind in the identity theft ring. She is accused of mass-producing fraudulent credit cards in her home using stolen identities and distributing them to other individuals to make fraudulent purchases on her behalf.
On April 28, 2010, TPD and Orange Police Department detectives searched the defendant’s home. Su is accused of being in possession of thousands of stolen identities, laser printers, blank credit cards and a credit card making machine. The defendant was charged by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) April 30, 2010. On June 7, 2010, Su posted $100,000 bail and was released.
While out of custody on bail in this case, Su is accused of committing new identity theft crimes.