A 49-year-old convicted robber and burglar was sentenced today to 11 years in prison for stealing or attempting to steal 10 vehicles in an identity theft scheme that spanned multiple Southern California counties and caused losses of more than $400,000.
Jean Anthony Parret pleaded guilty July 24 in Orange County Superior Court to three counts of identity theft and a count of grand theft. As part of the plea deal, multiple other felonies and sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime between $100,000 to $500,000 were dismissed.
Prosecutors said Parret would use stolen identities to open lines of credit and purchase high-end vehicles from various dealerships.
“Today’s sentence should serve as a reminder: If you break the law and engage in fraud or theft, my office will hold you accountable,” state Attorney General Rob Bonta, whose office handled the prosecution, said in a statement. “I want to thank DOJ’s hardworking attorneys, as well as our partners in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties, for coming together to make sure justice is served today.”
The Attorney General’s Office originally charged the defendant with committing crimes in Orange, Los Angeles, Kern, Ventura, and Riverside counties.
He was accused of using someone else’s identity to steal:
- A 2021 Ford Ranger Lariat from Cal Worthington Ford in Long Beach Nov. 18, 2021;
- A 2020 Ford Ranger from Kia Downtown of Los Angeles on Nov. 23, 2021;
- A 2022 Chevy Silverado from G. Bunnin Chevrolet in Santa Paula on Nov. 26, 2021;
- A 2021 Nissan Titan from Garden Grove Nissan on Dec. 15, 2021;
- A 2022 Chevy Silverado from Chevrolet of Montebello Jan. 4, 2022;
- A 2022 Ford F-150 from Norm Reeves Ford in Cerritos Feb. 21, 2022; and
- A 2022 Audi S3 from Walter’s Audi in Riverside on Feb. 23, 2022.
Parret was also accused of attempting to steal a 2020 Ford Ranger from Raceway Ford in Riverside on Dec. 22, 2021; a 2021 Ford F-150 from Cal Worthington Ford in Long Beach on Jan. 6, 2022; and a 2021 Range Rover from South Bay Jaguar on Feb. 23, 2022.
Parret previously pleaded guilty Dec. 27, 2021, to burglary, identity theft, grand theft auto and forgery of public or corporate seals, all felonies. The defendant also pleaded guilty to two felony counts of robbery in May of 2012.