Fresno choose denies decrease bail for alleged theft ring head

The DA’s office said Fresno residents Marcos Garza, Ana Ramirez, Laura Mora and Olivia Rodriguez took part in a sweeping automobile theft, identity theft and real estate fraud conspiracy that resulted in more than $500,000 in illegal purchases over two years. Among the purchases was a six-figure boat, a Range Rover SUV and real estate.

The DA’s workplace mentioned Fresno residents Marcos Garza, Ana Ramirez, Laura Mora and Olivia Rodriguez took half in a sweeping vehicle theft, id theft and actual property fraud conspiracy that resulted in additional than $500,000 in unlawful purchases over two years. Among the many purchases was a six-figure boat, a Vary Rover SUV and actual property.

Fresno County District Legal professional’s Workplace

A Fresno County choose has refused to decrease the bail quantity for a Fresno man accused of operating a profitable theft ring that netted him luxurious automobiles, houses and boats.

Marcos Garza Jr, 36, was in courtroom Friday for his arraignment on 35 felony costs that embrace conspiracy to commit id theft, grand theft auto, and aggravated white shade crime.

Additionally charged within the scheme are his alleged accomplices: his girlfriend Ana Ramirez, 36, his mom, Laura Mora, 52 and an acquaintance, Olivia Rodriguez, 55.

Mora and Ramirez are scheduled to look for his or her arraignment on Jan. 24, Rodriguez stays at giant.

Garza pleaded not responsible to the fees whereas his lawyer, Nicco Capozzi requested that his shopper’s $415,000 bail be diminished.

Capozzi argued that Garza can’t afford the practically half 1,000,000 greenback bail, saying a bail quantity of $100,00 is extra cheap.

Capozzi informed Choose Samuel Dalesandro that Garza’s sister, Mishale Mora, is attempting to boost the bail cash by working further hours at her job. She spoke briefly earlier than the choose, crying as she answered questions.

Prosecutor Kyle McPherson requested her whether or not she has spoken to her brother and mom concerning the case. She mentioned no.

“My mother shouldn’t be actually speaking proper now, she simply sits in her automotive and cries,” the sister mentioned.

McPherson mentioned to the choose that Garza continues to be too nice of a threat to public security, given the extent of his alleged fraud schemes.

McPherson mentioned Garza and his accomplices used the non-public figuring out info of three victims to purchase 4 Vary Rovers, one Audi A8, two sport boats and two boat trailers, totaling $459,032.

The District Legal professional’s Workplace additionally alleges Garza and Ramirez used the non-public figuring out info of considered one of their victims to lease a number of homes, leading to a loss to the property proprietor of $54,102.

The choose agreed that Garza’s alleged crimes are substantial, saying given alternative he could return to committing extra crimes.

If convicted, Garza and Ramirez face a 24-year and eight-month jail sentence. Mora faces a sentencie of eight years in jail and Rodriguez faces a sentence of 4 years and 4 months in county jail.

Alleged alias

Detectives turned conscious of Garza after he purchased a $115,000 boat utilizing another person’s monetary info. Throughout the investigation detectives with Fresno H.E.A.T. (Assist Remove Auto Theft) found Garza operated below an alias of Jay Mora and acted as a monetary specialist who might assist folks in repairing their credit score.

One in all Garza’s alleged victims was happy to listen to Friday that he was arrested and could also be despatched to jail. She knew Garza as Junior Mora in 2018 when he operated JMora Advisor Companies in Fresno.

Melissa Olivarria was 21 years outdated on the time and fighting horrible credit. A good friend informed her about Mora’s firm and the way he might repair her credit score for a payment.

Olivarria informed The Fresno Bee she discovered Garza on the web and communicated with him electronically. Olivarria says she paid him $2,500 and he vowed to repair her credit score.

She had just lately enlisted within the Military and was as a consequence of be shipped out for a three-year deployment in Afghanistan. When she returned, she hoped her credit score points could be taken care of.

However she says these points remained and she or he might not discover Garza, or his firm. “He turned a ghost at that time,” she mentioned. “To this present day, I nonetheless don’t assume I do know what that man even appears to be like like.”

Olivarria took Garza and JMora Advisor Companies to small claims courtroom and gained a $2,630 judgment in opposition to him on Could 24, 2018.

“I do know I’m by no means going to see a penny of that cash again, she mentioned.

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A Valley native, Robert has labored at The Fresno Bee since 1994, overlaying numerous subjects together with training, enterprise and agriculture. He presently covers courts.

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