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Man pleads guilty in $88k identity theft

August 13, 2009 12:59:26 PM PDT
A man who authorities say stole the identities of eight people to spend $88,000, partly on cosmetic surgery, has pleaded guilty in Pennsylvania to 27 felonies and 15 lesser counts. A Lehigh County judge is to sentence 39-year-old Jose Amid Juarbe of Philadelphia on Sept. 11. Prosecutors say the maximum sentence for the 42 counts is 246 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the Philadelphia man used the money for a penis enlargement for himself and another man and breast augmentation for two women. Authorities say Juarbe also purchased furniture and motorcycles with the stolen money.

Juarbe pleaded guilty to charges related to the case in November. In April, he withdrew his plea and said he was innocent. He pleaded guilty again on Monday.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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