For release on March 19, 2015   CONTACT:
Jennifer Deng, Deputy District Attorney
High Tech Crimes Unit
(408) 792-2875   REPEAT ID THIEF SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON
A 42-year-old transient was sentenced by the Hon. Daniel Nishigaya to seven years in prison today for an identity theft spree which targeted employees of Bay Area high tech companies.   Doanh Dinh Tran was convicted last month of multiple counts of Second-Degree Burglary and Identity Theft. Tran would brazenly wander into businesses during the work day and steal employees’ wallets directly from their offices. Tran had previously been convicted of similar sprees here in 2005 and 2009.   “Mr. Tran chose Silicon Valley as a community he could repeatedly victimize,” prosecutor Jennifer Deng said. “ID theft is a serious crime. We are pleased that he is being held accountable.”   During his latest string of crimes, a clean-cut, well-dressed Tran would simply walk into companies behind their employees. He victimized nine local companies and 12 individual victims from May to August last year.   He would use victims’ credit cards to purchase large ticket items from such stores as Target and an Apple store in San Francisco.   Although Tran was caught on video surveillance at several companies, his identity was initially unknown.    The case was investigated by REACT, a Bay Area high-technology crimes and identity theft task force directed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.  After reaching out to local police agencies to help identify the Defendant, Tran’s identity was discovered through the help of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety and their investigation of similar crimes in 2005-2008. Due to the multijurisdictional nature of the crimes spanning from San Francisco to Santa Clara counties, REACT was able to investigate and close reports from numerous agencies.   Tran was arrested in Arizona and extradited to Santa Clara County.   # # #

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