A woman charged after police seized hundreds of stolen credit and identification cards at a Langley hotel, has received a 12-month conditional sentence. Another woman, charged jointly with her, has failed to appear in court.
Letitia Cominetti, 32, was charged with a variety of counts of possession of stolen property, using forged documents and unauthorized use of credit cards. Elizabeth Ann Morgan, 50, was charged with possession of stolen property.
The Crown has stayed four charges against Cominetti, who was found guilty of one charge of unauthorized use of a credit card. She was handed the conditional sentence on Feb. 16.
Morgan was the subject of a court hearing today (Friday) in B.C. Provincial Court in Surrey, an application for a warrant, after she failed to appear on the charges against her.
Cominetti, who was herself on the Langley RCMP wanted list for a short period, turned herself in to police in February, 2006.
On July 24, 2005, Langley RCMP responded to a call from an employee at Langley Travelodge, after a woman tried to pay for a room at the hotel with a stolen credit card.
With the assistance of the employee, police managed to arrest two women without incident.
The RCMP said at the time that the two suspects were well-known to police. The investigating officers seized hundreds of stolen identification cards and documents.
In the hotel room police also found two computers that had been running a credit card numbering program, which provided random numbers used to trick credit card companies.
They also found a glass drug pipe, and hand-written how-to books detailing identity theft methods.
Cards and documents seized included credit cards, Care Cards, birth certificates, drivers licences, grocery discount cards, passports, student cards and cheques.
Most of the cheques and credit cards had been stolen from Canada Post mail boxes, police said.
The police said that it was one of the largest identity-theft busts they had made in Langley. It took investigators 82 hours to catalogue all the stolen items.