Henry Lee's Rap Sheet for Nov. 13, 2015

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(KTVU) Here's the Rap Sheet for Nov. 13, 2015:
 
 
MAGIC KINGDOM OR NEVER NEVERLAND?: Picture this: you and your family travel to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, tickets in hand. But you find out at the gate that your passes are fraudulent and that your hotel rooms aren't booked.
 
That's the nightmare that several families experienced, instead of the dream vacation that thought they would be having, Santa Clara County prosecutors said today.
 
Jennifer Anne Cardema, 22, of Pacifica has been busted for allegedly pretending to be a Disneyland employee and selling fake discounted annual passes to the theme park, with the help of fake business cards decorated with Mickey Mouse and Elsa from the popular "Frozen" movie."
 
All told, she bilked 14 victims of at least $100,000, said Jennifer Deng, a deputy district attorney with the high tech crimes unit.
 
"We can closely quantify the loss of money in fraud cases. What we can't easily quantify is the trauma
of fraud," Deng said. “This investigation is ongoing and we hope that anyone else who may have been victimized by this person will come forward and speak with us.”
 
She's also accused of offering non-existent jobs to local tech companies, using a fake LinkedIn page. She was so convincing that some victims believed that she was hiring them to fill jobs at Intel or YouTube, authorities said. So when she asked them for personal information, they didn't think twice.
 
Cardema then opened credit cards under their names and spent lavishly, investigators said. When victims demanded their money back, she'd send them checks -- which were then returned for insufficient funds, Deng said.
 
BURGLARY AMID CHILDBIRTH: A man has been charged with stealing items from a woman house-sitting for her daughter -- as the daughter was in the hospital giving birth.
 
The victim was upstairs at her daughter's home at Moss Beach as the younger was preparing to give birth, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
 
That's when Yevgeniy Geraesimov, 23, entered the home through an open garage door and rifled the home for loot, authorities said. 
 
A neighbor's surveillance camera captured Geraesimov's car on the street, Wagstaffe said. A stolen cell phone was tracked to the defendant's neighborhood in San Francisco. San Mateo sheriff's deputies searched his home and found the stolen items, authorities said.
 

COACH HELD IN MOLESTATION: A football coach at Christopher High School in Gilroy has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a girl.

Danny Rodriguez, 41, of Hollister sexually assaulted the girl about 8:30 p.m. Sunday on Coyote Reservoir Road near Coyote Lake County Park, said San Mateo County sheriff's Sgt. James Jensen.

Rodriguez is a teacher's aide and football coach at the high school. He has been placed on leave, according to the Gilroy Unified School District. 

Rodriguez had previously lived with the alleged victim's family, Jensen said.

He was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of contacting a minor with the intent to commit sexual acts, sexual battery and annoying and molesting a minor. He was being held at Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose in lieu of $65,000 bail.

 
CRIME FILES: Be sure to catch me and SFPD Officer Carlos Manfredi on Sunday night at 10:45 as we discuss how to fall prey to thieves during the busy holiday season.
 
You can see Henry Lee daily on KTVU. If you have a tip for Henry, send an email to Henry.Lee@foxtv.com or contact him on Twitter.
 
 
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