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January 18, 2014

Woman pleads guilty in retail scam

HERMITAGE — An Ohio woman charged in a three-year-old retail scam case has entered a plea.

Carmen A. Alvarez, 28, of Cleveland pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of possessing an instrument of crime, a fake Florida driver’s license. Prosecutors withdrew charges of receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and conspiracy.

Possessing instruments of crime is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable to a maximum of 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison.

Alvarez’s boyfriend, Christian S. Toledo, tried to return stolen merchandise Nov. 7, 2010, at Walmart, 1275 N. Hermitage Road, using a fraudulent driver’s license, Hermitage police said.

Police obtained a search warrant for Toledo’s minivan, which was occupied by Alvarez and his mother, Xiomara R. Guilliani, police said.

The van contained clothing, electronic items, toys and tools with incorrect universal price code stickers affixed over manufacturer’s stickers, police said.

Police also found numerous fraudulent identification cards and driver’s licenses, global positioning units that contained addresses of Walmart stores, pot, paraphernalia and a “forgery kit” that included UPC stickers, tape, scissors, markers, chemical solutions and other items, police said.

The kit was used to doctor UPC codes and store price stickers, police said.

Toledo pleaded guilty to charges of receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and attempted theft and was sentenced in July 2012 to 6 to 30 months in state prison.

Guilliani was sentenced in November 2011 to 6 months to 4 years in prison on charges of receiving stolen property and possessing instruments of crime.

Alvarez was arrested in July.

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