Woman seeks to change plea
A woman who investigators believe has at least 78 aliases wants to withdraw her guilty plea.
Christine Anne Lombardi, 41, was scheduled Thursday for sentencing on charges of false personation, possession of fake California driver’s licenses and identification cards, and forgery of public seals. Lombardi’s defense informed the court that its client expressed the intention to withdraw her earlier plea.
El Dorado County prosecutors said Lombardi has another week to file a motion on the subject.
Lombardi was stopped Sept. 23 by the California Highway Patrol. CHP Officer Tim Breza said Lombardi produced a suspicious Rhode Island driver’s license during the stop. The car, a Mitsubishi Montero, was rented in Phoenix with the Rhode Island identification. Breza said the car was listed as stolen. Inside the car investigators allegedly found several forged birth certificates.
Breza said the Rhode Island identification belongs to another woman, who has reportedly been plagued with problems from the illegal use of her identity for the last six years.
“She eventually had to get a new Social Security number,” Breza said.
Investigators claim that Lombardi would use false identities to rent cars, driving the cars until they were reported as stolen, and then get a new one. Breza said Lombardi has left a trail of false records and personas that covers at least eight states including California, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah, Idaho, Kansas and Rhode Island.
In 1994 Lombardi was convicted of seven felony counts for like incidents and was sentenced to 120 days in the county jail.
Lombardi is also facing similar charges in Washoe County.
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