A former employee at a Mission Beach fitness center Wednesday admitted racking up thousands of dollars in online purchases using clients' stolen IDs.
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Christopher Polley pleaded guilty to three felony counts, including grand theft and false personation of another, and faces between 180 days and a year in jail when he is sentenced Sept. 6.
Polley, 26, was arrested June 26 after police searched his Pacific Beach home.
While working at the Wave House Athletic Club from May 2010 through January of this year, the defendant stole hundreds of applications and contracts, authorities said.
Defense attorney Jim Fitzpatrick said Polley is "very motivated" to get out of custody and begin paying back the stolen money, which he estimated to be around $20,000.
At the time of Polley's arrest, police said the amount of loss was at least $40,000 and that there were at least 24 victims in the stolen ID scam.
Investigators believed Polley used members' information to open "Bill Me Later" accounts. He posed as the seller and buyer on eBay so he could get the money and he also bought plane tickets to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
10News found Polley's criminal history from Florida. Records from Lee County show several cases from 2001 to 2006 with charges ranging from careless driving to possession of a forged or stolen driver's license to possession of a controlled substance.
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