BAKER CITY:  Woman sentenced to 5 years in prison

BAKER CITY: Woman sentenced to 5 years in prison

On May 7, 2019, in Baker County Circuit Court, Cassandra Lopez of 41302 Old Highway 30, Baker City, (dob 2/13/1982) was sentenced to sixty months (5 years) in prison. She pled guilty to five counts of Identity Theft and one count of Theft in the Second Degree. Ms. Lopez received thirteen months in prison on each count of Identity Theft. Eighteen other counts were dismissed pursuant to a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. In one count of Identity Theft, she received eight months consecutive to the other counts and five months concurrent. Lopez was ordered to pay $3,459.82 in restitution to eleven different victims and to write a letter of apology to fourteen different victims. The convictions stem from multiple incidents between July 23, 2018, and October 24, 2018, where Ms. Lopez passed checks from closed accounts at many different businesses in Baker City to purchase products. The checks belonged to individuals who had not given Lopez permission to use the checks. Ms. Lopez had previously been sentenced to eighteen months in prison for Identity Theft in Union County in 2015. “We were able to get a long prison sentence, in this case, pursuant to the Oregon Sentencing Guidelines due to Ms. Lopez having a prior property crime criminal history. A large number of victims in the case was also an aggravating factor. The victims were pleased with the result of the case.”