ID Theft Earns OC Man 31 Years in Jail

Orange County man has been sentenced to more than 31 years in state prison for identity theft crimes that prosecutors say totaled $2.8 million in fraudulent transactions.

Gene Anthony Franklin was sentenced Friday for buying a home and trying to buy a boat using stolen identities.

Authorities say Franklin also was able to post $1 million in bail and flee to Mexico after he stole the identity of a cellmate who owned many residential properties.

Franklin, 34, was convicted in April of 46 felony counts, including identity theft, resisting arrest, failure to appear on a felony and dissuading a witness.

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