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Woman Convicted of $160,000 Fraud in Orange County

Posted by Courtney Pilchman | Jul 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

Laura Razo, 42 was convicted of using fake social security numbers and taking over $160,000 in what prosecutors call the larges public assistance housing fraud case in Orange County, California. Razo plead guilty to one felony count of identity theft, one count of grand theft and two felony counts of perjury. Besides being ordered to pay $164,181 in restitution, Razo was sentenced to two years in state prison.

Orange County Prosecutors allege Razo used several social security numbers to defraud the County, federal government, and two California colleges. Ultimately, she received $160,000 in housing vouchers via HUD. She also used fraudulent social security numbers to enroll in and take out $40,000 in student loans while attending Fullerton College and UC Berkeley.

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Courtney Pilchman

Courtney Pilchman was a Deputy District Attorney for over six years prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney. She was a member of some of the most elite prosecution units including crimes against children, family violence, and sexual assault. She prosecuted very high profile cases and had a ...


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