Identity Theft Bust in Fresno

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: DMV Media Relations

July 16 , 2009

Fresno —The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today the arrest of Anthony Ortega, 32 of Kingsburg on July 2, 2009.  Charged with multiple counts of identity theft, forgery, burglary and using stolen credit cards, Ortega was booked into the Fresno County Jail with bail set at $114,000.

This investigation stemmed from a traffic stop of Ortega, during which car sales folders (known as “dealer jackets”) from Sanger Ford Mercury were found in the trunk of his vehicle.  The dealer jackets, which contain financial and personal information of the Sanger Ford Mercury customers, were stolen from the dealership in 2004.  After further investigation, it was found that Ortega allegedly used some of this information to steal the identity of approximately 15 people, setting up credit card accounts and making substantial purchases at area stores. 

Ortega was subsequently arrested by DMV investigators at his residence in Kingsburg, after attempting to obtain a Costco membership in Clovis by using a stolen identity obtained from one of the dealer jackets. More dealer jackets as well other evidence were found at Ortega’s residence during a warrant search on July 7, 2009.

Editor’s Note:  Supervising Investigator Tom Wilson at DMV’s Fresno Investigations Office is available for interviews. He can be contacted at (559) 488-4024 or (559)647-7128.

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