Two men, including one convicted previously of identity theft, pleaded not guilty to stealing mail in an identity theft scheme in Tustin, according to court records.
Jordan Reece Brown, 27, and Shawn Harper, 35, were arrested Friday in a traffic stop in Tustin, according to Tustin Police Department Lt. Stephanie Nichols. Police found other people’s mail in the car, Nichols added.
Brown is charged with 21 counts of identity theft, two counts of possessing a completed check with the intent to defraud and single counts each of possession of forged paper, possession of a forged driver’s license and acts constituting forgery, all felonies.
Brown was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Harper is charged with a count of fraudulently acquiring or retaining personal identifying information with a prior conviction, 20 counts of identity theft, two counts of possessing forged driver’s licenses, a count of possession of forged paper, a count of acts constituting forgery and two counts of possessing any completed check with the intent to defraud, all felonies, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance, both misdemeanors.
Harper was convicted of identity theft in Riverside County Superior Court in March 2015, according to court records.
After entering pleas in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana the two were ordered to return to court in the Central Justice Center for a pretrial hearing on July 6.