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Yesterday (March 23) was one for repeat offenders in San Diego. Ramiro Plascencia-Orozco was given an extraordinarily long sentence — 15 years — for identity theft.

According to federal court records, Plascencia-Orozco has used at least 35 aliases over four decades, been removed from the United States more than 20 times, and been prosecuted 10 times for alien smuggling. For 30 years, he used the identity of a California farm worker who had troubles getting jobs because of Plascencia-Orozco's criminal record. In court, Plascencia-Orozco continued to assert that he is that farm worker.

Also, the federal government filed to bar Lawrence Preston Siegel (aka Larry Lave, Yehuda Lave, and Larry Easy) from falsely representing that he is a licensed attorney and certified public accountant.

Actually, Siegel resigned from the California Bar in 1994 after a conviction of tax evasion and lost his certified public accountant license in 1997. He was released from prison in 2001 following conviction for other crimes and advertised himself as "a tax lawyer and CPA who is also a rabbi trained in spirituality." Siegel then employed fraudulent schemes to cut his clients' taxes. One trick: telling clients to set up phony companies in Nevada and treat their California home as an out-of-state corporate office. Another: Siegel set up out-of-state sham companies and advised clients to lease their skills to the fraudulent firms.

According to the government complaint, Siegel attempted to delay and obstruct Internal Revenue Service examinations and provided false documents to the agency. Some other transgressions: while in prison in 1995, he made false statements to get furlough passes; the next year, he failed to appear for a sentencing, and in 1999 he was nailed for 14 counts of fraudulent use of Social Security accounts to open bank accounts.

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eastlaker March 24, 2015 @ 12:20 p.m.

Too bad the state can't add on time for the pain and suffering these two have caused all their victims. It is a positive that these two will be out of circulation for a while at least.

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Don Bauder March 24, 2015 @ 3:06 p.m.

eastlaker: The federal government has filed a complaint to bar Siegel from making false representations. But he has not been nabbed yet. Best, Don Bauder

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tclark0125 Sept. 22, 2015 @ 10:27 a.m.

He ran off to Israel to avoid being caught! Also, the IRS and the State of CA are after him for a whole lot more than the article suggests! He is a real piece of work!! I hope he lays in the bed he made for himself and I hope Israel gets with the program and allows US extradition!

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swell March 24, 2015 @ 5:46 p.m.

So, one lesson we can learn from this is that if you are a petty crook you can't get away with "set up phony companies in Nevada". A big corporation however is free to set up a phony PO box headquarter in a foreign country to avoid taxes.

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Don Bauder March 24, 2015 @ 7:25 p.m.

swell: Yes, our largest corporations set up dubious foreign enterprises and keep their money there, lest it be repatriated and taxed in the U.S. Hedge funds, private equity groups and others deal through offshore tax havens to avoid taxes and/or U.S. regulation. The corporations, hedge funds, private equity groups et al get away with it. They are big, and own Congress. Best, Don Bauder

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