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Forgery suspects take plea deals

Pair sentenced for credit card thefts

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 3:28 pm

Two guests arrested in a Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, suite pleaded no contest this week to charges they made purchases using stolen credit cards, cashier's checks and identification.

The suspects, 20-year-old Paige Boswell of Redding and 29-year-old Robert Spiva of Walnut Creek, stole financial information from more than 40 people, mostly in Contra Costa County.

The pair were arrested early in the morning on Jan. 25 after hotel staff reported suspicions. When they were booking the room, Spiva reportedly handed a hotel clerk a credit card and ID that had different names. The hotel clerk checked out the room, but later called the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Around 4 a.m., deputies arrived at the couple's room, and began searching through their belongings. They discovered an array of stolen credit cards, IDs and other documents along with a small amount of methamphetamine. Deputies reported that Boswell was under the effect of the drug at the time. More stolen financial documents were reportedly found in their car.

Investigators believe the couple had been racking up purchases by forging signatures. Prosecutors contacted this week could not provide a tally of the fraudulent purchases.

As part of the plea deal announced this week, Boswell is being sentenced to three years probation with one year in a drug treatment program. Spiva will face 18 months in jail and 18 more months on probation.

Due to inaccurate information from officials, past articles incorrectly listed Boswell's age.

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