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Woman with at least 33 IDs gets three years

Despite her loud protests, Christine Lombardi was sentenced Thursday to three years in a California prison after pleading guilty in October 1999 to false impersonation, possession of false California identification, and forgery of public seals.

According to the FBI, Lombardi has used at least 33 aliases, and investigators believe she may have assumed 78 different identities in the past. Court records show that Lombardi used identification in 18 different names in the state of California alone.

Lombardi’s trail of false records and personas leads to at least seven other states including Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah, Idaho, Kansas and Rhode Island. She is currently facing criminal proceedings in Utah and Nevada.

Lombardi had been scheduled to face sentencing in December, but retained a new lawyer who told the court that she wished to withdraw her earlier plea. The court, however, saw no reason to allow Lombardi to change her plea even though she told the court she wanted to face a jury trial.

In order for the judge to order a trial, Lombardi’s Lawyer, Hank Murdock, would have had to prove she did not understand the conditions of her guilty plea, or that she had a compelling defense against the charges. Murdock did not attempt to do either.

“Your conduct seems to indicate that you have no respect for other people’s property,” Judge Jerald Lasrow told Lombardi after imposing her sentence. “It is obvious she feels no remorse.”

Lombardi had asked to be put on probation, but Lasrow imposed the strictest possible punishment.

Murdock informed the court that he plans to appeal the sentence on Lombardi’s behalf.

Lombardi was caught at the South Shore when she was stopped by the California Highway Patrol for speeding near the airport in September.

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