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Man Steals Identity, Then Reports It Stolen

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(Credit: CBS)

SANTA ANA (AP) — Investigators say a California resident bought a BMW with a stolen identity, then reported his fake identity had been stolen after defaulting on the car payments.

Ryan Matthews pleaded guilty on Thursday to identity theft, grand theft and other felonies in the ruse and he was immediately sentenced to nine months in jail.

Orange County prosecutors say U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is expected to deport the 38-year-old Laguna Hills resident to Jamaica when he completes his jail time.

Prosecutors say Matthews, using the name Terrance, contacted the Sheriff’s Department in 2009 to report that someone had stolen his identity and used his credit to buy the BMW.

The Orange County Register says investigators learned Matthews had actually stolen the identity from a felon in Nevada a decade earlier.

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