The three individuals found in a South City hotel room and arrested for fraud and identity theft, pled not guilty Tuesday.
A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. The defendants are in custody on $150,000 bail.
According to the South San Francisco Police Department, , police found three tenants in a hotel on the 200 block of Gateway Blvd who were involved in a "large scale" identity theft ring.
At just before 11:00 a.m., a Los Angeles resident called to tell police that an unknown person was using her husband's credit card at a hotel in South San Francisco.
Police officers responded and found the room booked under the victim's credit card. A room search showed numerous birth certificates, social security numbers, credit cards, and a portable credit card reader. According to the District Attorney's office, police also found evidence of equipment to make fraudulent credit cards.
Elbert Arthur, 37, of San Francisco; Andrea Chestnut, 28, of Redding; and Amanda Masellis, 26, of Woodland were arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City.