Ex-Assemblyman Sentenced in Identity Theft Scheme

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former California assemblyman and probation official who concocted an identity theft scheme to avoid paying his debts has been sentenced to a day in custody and three years on probation including a year of home confinement.

City News Service reports that Carl Washington also was ordered Monday to pay $194,000 in restitution to financial institutions he defrauded.

He pleaded guilty to the four-year scheme in which he applied for credit cards and loans, racking up thousands of dollars in charges for airline tickets, hotels and restaurants , and then falsely reported he'd been a victim of identity theft while working in Los Angeles County's probation office. He lost his job with the agency.

The Democrat represented the 52nd District in South Los Angeles from 1996 to 2002.

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