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Accused identity thief's hearing set for Dec. 19

Posted: December 11, 2008 10:08 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2008 10:00 a.m.
A superior court judge Thursday continued the pretrial hearing for alleged identity-thief William Schaeffler to 8:30 a.m. Dec. 19, said Liliana Orneles, San Fernando Superior Court clerk.

Schaeffler is accused of stealing a Santa Clarita woman's identity and using it to go on a July 2007 shopping spree. Schaeffler allegedly gained access to the woman's identity during a three-year romantic relationship.

The Santa Clarita victim asked for her name to be withheld to protect her from future identity theft.

She sued Schaeffler in 2005 and was awarded $300,000, but was not paid, she said.

Schaeffler balked at a plea deal Oct. 29 and decided to go to trial.

The long process frustrated the victim at first, but now she is seeing the case through different eyes, she said.

"When (the trial) first started, I was excited. Then I became frustrated when (Schaeffler) refused to take the plea," she said. "But now I'm excited by him going to trial because he faces more time."

She is slowly piecing her life back together. Her whirlwind relationship with Schaeffler left her heartbroken and broke, but now things are looking up, she said.

"As bad as my life was, it's finally getting better. Schaeffler is in jail and I am engaged," she said.


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