'Bling ring' member sent back to jail, faces heroin charge
Judge Peter Espinoza remanded Alexis Neiers, star of the defunct E! reality show "Pretty Wild," into custody and ordered her held without bail pending a Dec. 9 hearing, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
At the hearing, a judge will decide whether Neiers should go to prison to serve out her suspended two-year sentence or receive an alternative punishment, such as going to a residential treatment center.
Officials said Neiers was arrested Tuesday after L.A. County probation officers found her with a fake Florida driver's license and an unspecified quantity of black-tar heroin in her purse. Ventura County prosecutors will decide whether to file a separate case on the alleged heroin possession because she was apprehended at her home in Thousand Oaks.
Bloom was among a dozen celebrities -- including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge and Rachel Bilson -- who authorities say were targeted in 2008 and 2009 by the ring made up of mostly young women, many of whom attended the same continuation school.
At a preliminary hearing in 2009, Neiers was identified as one of four hooded people seen on a security video entering Bloom's home.
Los Angeles Police Department Det. Bret Goodkin testified that Neiers tried repeatedly to conceal her identity and was seen on the video leaving the actor's home with bags of items during the 3 a.m. break-in last year, along with two other alleged ring members, Diane Tamayo, 19, and Rachel Lee, 18.
Goodkin testified that investigators found Bilson's Marc Jacobs handbag and Lohan's black-and-white Chanel necklace in the bedroom of Neiers' younger sister. Neiers previously had insisted she was intoxicated and unaware she was involved in a break-in. She said she never took any items from Bloom's home.
Neiers was seen as a minor player in the burglaries, but she had out-sized publicity in the case because of her starring role in the reality show featuring her life in the fast lane.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Alexis Neiers. Credit: Los Angeles County Probation Department