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Check theft pays for charter jet, NYC shopping spree, seven-figure house

Alexa Polar (L) and Robin Pabello (R) are accused of stealing a law firm's check and spending the money.

December 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Two female roommates were arrested for allegedly stealing a law firm's check, cashing it and spending the money in a New York shopping spree.

Garden Grove residents Alexa Polar, 34, and Robin Pabello, 33, have been charged with two felony counts of forgery, a felony count of grand theft and a felony count of grand theft by embezzlement, with a sentencing enhancement of white-collar crime over $100,000.

Polar worked as a paralegal at a Newport Beach law firm. Polar and Pabello are accused of stealing a check made out to the law firm between September and November. The check was made out for $19,500, payable to the law firm.

Polar and Pabello are accused of altering the check to be made payable to Pabello in the amount of $285,000.

The pair is accused of depositing the fraudulent check into a shared bank account on Nov. 16. Polar and Pabello allegedly used the money to charter a private jet to New York City for themselves and several friends, rent five hotel rooms in Times Square, and purchase items at Tiffany & Co. and Montblanc.

Polar and Pabello are also accused of using cashier's checks for $100,000 and $33,000 from the amount deposited to lease and/or purchase a $3.7-million house in Murrieta, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

The bank that issued the original check rejected the fraudulent check.

Both defendants face a maximum sentence of six years and four months in prison.

The pair was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Westminster. They were held on $285,000 bail each, provided the money is proven to be legitimately obtained.

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