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* Lawrence Maschino Pleads Guilty To Fraud In Santa Clara Court

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A 42-year-old man agreed to serve four years in prison after he pleaded guilty this week to a variety of fraud and theft charges, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.Lawrence Maschino will be sentenced as part of a plea agreement for charges that include writing checks with insufficient funds, using a victim’s personal information without authorization, and grand theft, according to the district attorney’s office.He has three prior felony convictions for similar offenses.Maschino was arrested after he attempted to purchase a home worth $760,000. The real estate agent suspected Maschino was a con artist and contacted San Jose police, who learned he had violated his parole, according to the district attorney’s office.When Maschino was arrested, San Jose police found several pieces of incriminating evidence that led to the fraud and theft charges.Investigators learned that he had written a series of bad checks worth thousands of dollars between February and June of this year. The total loss from the bad checks was more than $17,000, according to the district attorney’s office.Maschino also used the personal information of several people, including doctors and elderly victims, without authorization.He will be formally sentenced on Dec. 11, according to the district attorney’s office.

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