A 52-year-old man was charged Tuesday with identity theft in an alleged scam to steal multiple cars in Orange County dating back to 2014.

Thang Phuong Nguyen was charged with six counts of unlawful taking of a vehicle, four counts of identity theft and a count of making false financial statements, all felonies. He also faces sentencing enhancement allegations of aggravated white collar crime between $100,000 to $500,000.

Nguyen pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was ordered to return to court for a pretrial hearing Oct. 3.

Nguyen was accused of stealing a Lexus MX450 and a Honda CR-V EX, according to court records.

Nguyen allegedly used a fake ID to buy the Lexus on Friday, said Tustin police Lt. Bob Wright. The auto dealer ultimately figured the identification was fake and called police.

He was at the same dealer on Sunday, so employees called police and he was arrested, Wright said.

The Honda was recovered in Westminster, Wright said.

Nguyen has a lengthy criminal record for burglary and identity theft, according to court records.

Nguyen pleaded guilty Dec. 28, 2016, to identity theft, burglary, forgery of public or corporate seals and possession of a forged driver’s license, all felonies, and was sentenced to three years in jail, according to court records.

Nguyen pleaded guilty Aug. 5, 2014, to two counts of forgery, and was sentenced to six months in jail, but had nearly another year tacked on subsequently for probation violations, according to court records.

Nguyen also pleaded guilty to identity theft on Nov. 12, 2015, and was sentenced to 16 months in jail, according to court records.

Nguyen pleaded guilty Aug. 1, 2013, to burglary, possession of a forged driver’s license, both felonies, and a misdemeanor count of falsely representing himself to an officer and was sentenced to 16 months in jail, according to court records.

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