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Former L.A. prosecutor pleads guilty in fraud schemes

Charges involve identity theft, forgery

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A former Los Angeles County prosecutor pleaded guilty to six felony charges related to two real estate fraud schemes, officials announced last week. In 2002, Julie Marie Sergojan, 50, engineered a series of frauds so she could purchase a $500,000 home in Westlake Village, Calif., according to the Ventura County District Attorney's office. Her first fraud was an identity theft and forgery scam that she carried out while working as an L.A. County deputy district attorney. Sergojan stole the identity of two individuals, stealing money from one victim's bank account while opening an account at another bank in the name of the second victim to launder the stolen money, officials said. This scam netted Sergojan roughly $43,000. Sergojan was prosecuted for the scam in Los Angeles in 2003, and in October 2003 she pleaded guilty to four felonies. In January 2004, she earned a probation sentence in that case by paying full restitution to the victims. Sergojan forfeited her state bar license in ...