Identity thief sentenced to four years

District Attorney Kamala Harris announced Tuesday the sentencing of convicted identity thief Michael Scott Lewis to four years in prison.

Lewis was sentenced after pleading guilty to 11 felony and four misdemeanor counts on charges that included identity theft, possession of personal identifying information, endangering persons while evading police and other related crimes, the District Attorney’s Office said.

“By manipulating the technology we have come to depend on, this defendant hijacked the identities of unsuspecting people for his own personal gain,” Harris said. “Now he is paying the price.”

Lewis was arrested in October 2009 when police were called to the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco because staff there became suspicious of Lewis who was checked into the hotel under a different name, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Lewis then led police on a high-speed car chase before being arrested, they said.

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