Raffle winners thought they're scored passes to Disneyland but when they arrived to the gate learned they'd been scammed allegedly by a man posing as a Disney heir. Pictured, fireworks explode over The Sleeping Beauty Castle in Anaheim in May 2005.
A man accused of fraudulently using a famous family name and doling out stolen Disneyland passes was arrested this week, and detectives are looking for more Disney fans who may have fallen victim to an alleged scam.
Stephen David Urquidez, 51, of Canyon Country, allegedly passed himself off as Stephen Disney when he met a 40-year-old college student, according to officials at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Santa Clarita Valley station.
The student alerted police to the scam in January after Urquidez gave her Disneyland passes for her to raffle off at an event for a non-profit organization she volunteers with, authorities said. The winner of the passes took them to the Anaheim theme park only to learn they had not been activated.
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Investigators say Urquidez used the famous surname on phony W-2 tax forms showing income from the Walt Disney Corporation. He also had a driver’s license with the name Stephen Disney and a forged state seal – a felony, authorities said.
The Walt Disney Corporation told detectives that Urquidez, pictured at right, is not affiliated with the corporation or the Disney family.
He was booked into the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. He posted a $20,000 bond and was released.
Anyone who may have had contact with Urquidez using the name Stephen Disney is asked to call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.