Identity thief gets 8-year prison stretch

A Las Vegas man who obtained the identification of nine peole and attempted to forge their information was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday.

Salvatore August Limina, 27, was arrested March 14 at the Quality Inn & Suites Minden, where he was staying for three months before management sought help evicting him.

According to court documents, nine birth certificates, social security cards, credit cards and other forms of identification were found in the room Limina was staying in along with an Epson copier, fax and scanner machine, and a card cutter, which may have been used to forge identification documents.

Both prosecutor James Sibly and attorney Timothy Revero recommended probation due to Limina’s lack of prior criminal history, but District Court Judge Thomas Gregory denied that request and sentenced him to prison.

“Given the nature of the conduct, this deserves a prison sentence,” said Gregory. “He was up to no good in that hotel room and he knew exactly what he was doing.”

Limina was given credit for 120 days.

• A man who drove at speeds up to 120 mph through a construction zone in April faces six years in prison for trying to elude authorities.

John Patrick Yorkus, 22, was arrested April 13 for speeding more than four times the speed limit through town and driving into oncoming traffic. He also knocked down multiple traffic cones through Gardnerville while traveling north on highway 395.

Yorkus is being held in Douglas County jail without bail pending sentencing scheduled for July 15.

• A man already serving an 11-30-year prison term in Carson City faces an additional 18 years on four felonies involving two thefts from the Topsy Walmart amounting to $2,380.

Matthew Raymond Marizza, 30, admitted to two counts of burglary of a business and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card Monday.

According to court documents, Marizza was identified as the user of a credit card believed to have been stolen at a ski resort in the winter of 2021. The card was used on Feb. 7, 2021, to purchase $1,370 in merchandise and again on Feb. 8, 2021, to buy two $500 gift cards.

Marizza has a long criminal history including burglary, grand larceny, possession of other people’s credit cards, and burglary of a business dating back to 2016.

He was also the subject of regional news stories after he and Cody Abernathy escaped from an inmate work program at the Carson City Jail on June 26, 2021.

Marizza was recaptured on June 27, 2021, after a high speed chase in Sacramento and was sentenced to 3-8 years in prison.

He is currently being held without bail in Carson City pending sentencing in the thefts and burglary cases in Douglas County, which is scheduled for July 15.

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