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Park La Brea man guilty of fraud charges in identity theft scheme

7/2/2012, 9:15 a.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--A Park La Brea man faces multiple years in federal prison when he is sentenced Sept. 24 for his role in an international identity theft and credit card fraud scheme targeting elderly cardholders.

Doren Harold Ward, 37, was convicted late Friday by a federal jury in Los Angeles of six felony counts, including conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Evidence showed Ward was involved in a conspiracy that used about a dozen credit cards, most of which belonged to elderly victims, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

British members of the fraud scheme impersonated the typically elderly cardholders and asked the credit card company to send replacement cards to Southland mail drops, prosecutors said.

The callers would claim to be on vacation in Southern California and planned to make large purchases while there, evidence showed.

Armed with fake driver's licenses that matched victim identities, Ward and associates used the credit cards to attempt to purchase more than $250,000 in Rolex watches and other items at high-end retailers, including Louis Vuitton, Gearys Beverly Hills and Ben Bridge Jeweler.

Before the trial, co-conspirator Sedrick Bagby, 36, of South Los Angeles pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He is also scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 24.