Prior to his federal indictment in August 2012, Larry Muhammad operated a two-year bank fraud and identity theft business that targeted J.P. Morgan Chase Bank in San Clemente.
Muhammad and a co-schemer obtained personal identifying information for bank customers and created fake driver's licenses and counterfeit credit cards to steal nearly $25,000.
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney could have sent Muhammad to prison after a guilty plea, but instead directed the thief to the federal Conviction and Sentencing Alternatives (CASA) program, where the defendant successfully passed the courses.
This week, another judge, Dolly M. Gee, formally closed the case by sentencing Muhammad to time served.
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He must also undergo supervised probation for three years and pay restitution.
According to federal records, Muhammad used the following aliases: Larry Don Orange, James McCrory, Joe Coleman and Edel Limprechi.