Irvine Police Arrest ID Theft Suspect

Detectives believe there may be multiple victims

By Vikki Vargas and Neil Costes
|  Thursday, Jan 26, 2012  |  Updated 5:33 PM PDT
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Judy Nguyen is accused of ordering a $2,700 Louis Vuitton bag using someone else's credit card.

Vikki Vargas, Lori Bentley

Judy Nguyen is accused of ordering a $2,700 Louis Vuitton bag using someone else's credit card.

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Irvine police arrested a 28-year-old Anaheim woman on suspicion of grand theft and identity theft for allegedly ordering high-end merchandise using someone else's credit card.

Detectives determined a package was due to be delivered Tuesday, so they waited as Judy Nguyen sat in a car in front of the Irvine home of the cardholder.

When the delivery truck arrived, Nguyen took the package and detectives arrested her, said Lt. Julia Engen of the Irvine Police Department.

"Clearly she was able to access enough information to pose as the buyer, be notified by the delivery services for the package, then arrive and wait for them," Lt. Engen said.

The victim did not know there was a problem until her credit card company told her a $2,700 internet purchase of a Louis Vuitton bag had been declined.

Detectives worked off the purchase information and learned at least one purchase had been delivered to the victim's residence and another package was due Tuesday.
    
When detectives later served a search warrant at Nguyen's Anaheim residence, they found more than $6,000 worth of high-end designer shoes and handbags. They suspect Nguyen was reselling the property online.

Detectives believe there may be other victims, and they're urging those people to contact the Irvine Police Department.

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