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People v. Morelos, F052418

Conviction for multiple counts of receiving stolen property, forgery of blank checks, forgery of altered checks, possession of forged driver's licenses, money counterfeiting, and being a felon in possession of a firearm is affirmed as modified and remanded where: 1) the record reasonably supported the inference that appellants received the stolen goods; 2) in accordance with People v. Carter, all but one of the three counts of possession of a completed check with intent to defraud were reversed; 3) all but one of the four driver's license counts should have been stricken since all licenses bore the personal information of the same victim; 4) since the jury could reasonably infer that defendants altered genuine checks and generated fictitious checks during an ongoing forgery operation, all convictions of altered check counts were proper; 5) claim that all but one receiving count as to each "possession-related" count should be stricken is rejected; 6) claim that since the same check was the basis of two altered check counts, one of those counts each should be stricken is rejected; 7) the abstract of judgment required amendment; 8) claim that sentence on all but one of the "possession-related' counts should have been stayed is rejected; and 9) claim of Sixth Amendment violation is rejected.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/24/2008
  • Published 11/24/2008



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • Athena Shudde, San Diego, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant Santiago Cardenas Morelos., Emry J. Allen, Sacramento, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant Diana Vazzano., Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, Dane R. Gillette, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Michael P. Farrell, Assistant Attorney General, Louis M. Vasquez, Lloyd G. Carter and William K. Kim, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
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