Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Aug. 28
Criminal chose a different plaid shirt for his plea deal today
Previously, the judge noticed defendant wore the same shirt seen in evidence photos
A California man chose to wear a different plaid shirt today, when he made a felony plea deal in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.
At a hearing in the same courthouse a month ago, on April 23, 2013, the judge noticed that the defendant seated before him was wearing the “same exact” plaid shirt that had been captured in surveillance photos.
A prosecutor presented evidence photos to the Honorable Sim von Kalinowski during a preliminary hearing, and the judge noted for the record that Abrahim Ah Saed, 31, was wearing “the same exact shirt.” The judge said he had been studying the man during the one-hour proceeding and declared, “It’s quite apparent that it is him.” A public defender had suggested it might be a different person captured on camera at Lowe’s stores in Southern California, using false IDs to commit fraud.
Abrahim Ah Saed was accused of using fraudulent California drivers’ licenses to return hardware for refund at a particular chain of retail stores.
A manager from Lowe’s testified that Abrahim Ah Saed made 125 returns of door knobs and hinges and other hardware to different stores in California between September 2012 and January 2013. It was alleged that Saed commonly returned merchandise worth a little over $100, and sometimes made four or five returns the same day at different stores within the same County. The name Abrahim Saed and one address on Blossom Avenue in Ontario California was a “common theme,” but the identification number on the California driver’s license changed for each transaction, according to testimony.
Prosecutor Anna Winn charged Abrahim Ah Saed with three felonies, for one transaction at a Lowe’s store in San Marcos on September 9, 2012.
The defendant had benefit of an Arabic interpreter when he confessed in court today, May 21, 2013. He admitted one felony commercial burglary in exchange for dismissal of two other felonies: using fraudulent ID and using driver’s license to commit forgery.
Prosecutor Anna Winn said she expects Abrahim Ah Saed will be sentenced to 3 years probation, with the possibility of 3 years maximum in prison if he violates probation. “I want him to get a job and pay taxes and be law abiding,” she declared.
Abrahim Ah Saed is currently at liberty on bond, and has been ordered back to San Diego’s North County courthouse for sentencing on June 26, 2013.
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