A former U.S. Army reservist who stole the identities of fellow soldiers while stationed overseas pleaded no contest Tuesday — along with one of his relatives — for their involvement in an identity theft scam, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
Former reservist Gustavo Cervantes, 24, and his cousin, Rigoberto Cortez, 30, both of Pomona, each pleaded no contest to seven counts of identity theft and one count of grand theft, according to Deputy District Attorney Warren Kato.
The two also admitted a white-collar crime enhancement involving a financial loss exceeding $100,000.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Horwitz immediately sentenced Cervantes to three years and eight months in state prison and Cortez to seven years in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The two were also ordered to jointly pay nearly $180,000 in restitution, with Cortez also ordered to pay additional restitution of more than $37,600.
Cervantes stole the personal identifying information of seven fellow soldiers while he was stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, during a seven-month period starting in January 2013, according to the prosecutor.
Cervantes provided the information to Cortez, who established lines of credit and credit card accounts using the soldiers’ identities, according to the prosecutor.
Ten financial institutions lost a total of about $217,000, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
— City News Service
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