Calif. Man Pretended He Was Disney Heir: Police

Cops say Stephen Urquidez even had bogus W-2 forms

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted May 23, 2013 8:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – He might have claimed to be from the happiest place on Earth, but police say Stephen Urquidez was living in his own little bogus world. The California man was arrested Tuesday on burglary charges, and the story is an odd one: Police say Urquidez went by the name "Stephen Disney" (and had a license and W-2 tax forms in that name), claimed to be a "family member associated with a large, well-known corporation," and stole Disneyland tickets, reports the Los Angeles Times. The alleged ruse unraveled after Uriquidez reportedly gave a woman passes to the park to be used in a charity raffle; the winner tried to use them, only to learn they hadn't been activated. An investigation led police to the 51-year-old, who allegedly stole the tickets from a store.

Urquidez was released on $20,000 bond and then ... gave an interview. "Somebody lived here before me named Disney. They're confusing me with someone else," Urquidez told KCAL9 yesterday outside his home. The Walt Disney Corporation has confirmed no affiliation with Urquidez, who police say listed income from the Walt Disney Corporation on those fake W-2s. Police are looking for others who might have been duped.

Stephen David Urquidez was arrested after he stole Disneyland passes and was found to possess a driver’s license containing a forged state seal, a felony.
Stephen David Urquidez was arrested after he stole Disneyland passes and was found to possess a driver’s license containing a forged state seal, a felony.   (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)
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