Remember the case of Alexa Antonella Polar and Robin Johzen Pabello, the Garden Grove genius roommates who decided to forge checks so they and their friends could take a $285,000 trip to New York City that included private jet travel, multiple hotel rooms and a luxury shopping spree? Back home, with more funny paper, the reality show wannabes put a down payment on a $3.7 million, 11,000-square-foot house in Murietta. Thursday, their realities included pleading guilty to forgery and being sentenced to time served in Orange County Jail and three years probation. Full restitution has been paid.
Between Sept. 21 and Nov. 16, 2011, Polar stole a $19,500 check made out to the Newport Beach law firm where she worked as a paralegal. With her roomie's help, the payee's name and the amount of the check were removed, replaced with Pabello's name and the new amount of $285,000.
On Nov. 16, 2011, the check was deposited via ATM into a joint bank account held by Pabello and Polar, who went on to charter the private jet to fly themselves and several friends to New York City romp that included five rooms booked at a Times Square hotel and high-end purchases from Tiffany & Co. and Montblanc.
They later obtained cashier checks for $100,000 and $33,000 from the fraudulent fund to acquire the huge pad in Riverside County.
The thefts were discovered after the issuing bank rejected a check that the receiving bank had processed.
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Pabello and Polar, who repaid the bank that was out $42,000 that full amount, originally faced felony charges that could have sent them on a luxury trip to state prison for six years each.