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South City Identity Thieves Face Judge Again

Three people found in a South San Francisco hotel room in August were in court for a fourth preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

It was yet another day in court on Wednesday for the trio caught making fake credit cards in a South San Francisco hotel room over the summer.

On Aug. 29, Arthur Elbert, 38, of San Francisco, Amanda Masellis, 27, of Redding and Andrea Chestnut, 28, of Woodland, were found in a room the Embassy Suites in South San Francisco after a Los Angeles woman reported a charge at that hotel on her credit card.

The room had been rented out in the victim's name, and the three accused criminals were found inside making fraudulent credit cards, according to San Mateo District Attorney's Office notes.

A room search showed numerous birth certificates, social security numbers, credit cards, and a portable credit card reader.

Wednesday marked the defendants' fourth time in court. The initial arraignment was Sept. 4. In October, they pled not guilty. The Jan. 23 court date was a preliminary hearing that lasted three hours. 

All three defendants are still in jail. Chestnut is being held on $150,000 bail, while Masellis and Elbert are both being held on $50,000. 

Kenneth Buhagiar January 24, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Throw the book at 'em. The only thing worse than ID thieves are those scoundrels who steal copper wiring.
donna lombardo January 25, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Any kind of thief is bad.

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