Fresno man convicted in ID theft scheme

Pablo Lopez reports:

A jury took less than three hours to convict a Fresno man making fake identification cards and masterminding a scheme in which credit card information was unlawfully obtained from unsuspecting restaurant customers.

Brett Ronald Matteson Jr., 38, wiped tears from his eyes when the 105-count verdict was announced today in Fresno County Superior Court.

Matteson was found guilty of 48 counts of identity theft, 48 counts of unlawfully acquiring credit card information and nine counts of making fake identification cards.

He faces up to 74 years in prison when he is sentenced March 4.


There were nearly 100 victims listed in the criminal complaint.

Read more in the Fresno Bee.

I’d be curious to know why he chose to represent himself in this case, particularly since he already had two convictions.

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