A Pacific Beach man faces an Aug. 22 preliminary hearing on 20 fraud charges stemming from his alleged illegal use of other people’s stolen identification during the time he worked at a Mission Beach fitness center.
But the attorney for Christopher Antonio Polley, 26, said no customer of the Wave House Athletic Club has lost any money and the case is not really identity theft.
The charges claim Polley used the personal identification of 15 people who are believed to be or have been customers of the fitness center. He is charged with grand theft, but his attorney, James Fitzpatrick, said the victims are actually PayPal and eBay.
Fitzpatrick said his client used the names only for a “fake auction” on eBay and he set up phony profiles for this auction.
“The individuals weren’t hurt. Their identifications weren’t taken,” said Fitzpatrick.
Bail has been set at $400,000 for Polley, 26, who has pleaded not guilty in San Diego Superior Court. He remains in custody after his arrest on June 26.
Polley is also accused of receiving stolen property and possession of Ectasy, according to court records.
Polley could face a maximum sentence of 15 years and four months in prison, if convicted.
— Neal Putnam 4th annual PB hot rod, classic car show revs up
The free, fourth annual Pacific Beach Hot Rod and Classic Car Show and Charger Steve’s Wild Rides and Classic Car Showdown is set to get under way Sunday, Aug.19 between 10 a.m. and
3 p.m. along Garnet Avenue between Mission Boulevard and Dawes Street.
Christopher Knight, who played the character of Peter Brady in the classic 1970s television series “The Brady Bunch” will be the special guest during the event.
The event will feature hundreds of hot rod and classic cars, as well as movie cars like the General Lee from the “Dukes of Hazzard” and Kitt from “Knight Rider.” The event will also feature an engine blow-up contest, a bikini contest and other activities.
For more information, call (760) 440-0896, or visit www.chargersteve.com
— Keith Antigiovanni Junior Lifeguard fest, pancake breakfast set
The San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation will host its annual fundraising open competition and pancake breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 11 near the Mission Beach lifeguard tower on Ocean Front Walk at the foot of Ventura Place.
The event will feature beach-flag competitions and run-swim-run events for both junior lifeguards and adults from 8 to 11 a.m.
The pancake breakfast, sponsored by Restaurant Depot, will be served up by junior lifeguards.
Organizers are asking a $5 donation for the breakfast. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for junior guards.
Competitions include a half-mile run and 250-yard swim at 8 a.m.; a mile run and 500-yard swim at 9 a.m.; and run-swim-run beach flag events for adults at 8, 9 and 10 a.m.
Junior Lifeguard Ocean Festival T-shirts will be available for $15.
For tickets and registration, visit www.sdjgfoundation.org.