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Corona man allegedly poses as city councilman in attempt to buy $1,500 in office supplies

April 7, 2011 |  9:54 am

Lorenzo Joseph Ciaramella Corona police were trying to determine Thursday why a man allegedly pretended to be a local city councilman in a failed attempt to buy hundreds of dollars worth of office supplies, authorities said.

Lorenzo Joseph Ciaramella, 37, of Riverside was arrested Monday after he tried to impersonate Corona Councilman Steve Nolan, police said.

A Corona printing business in the 1000 block of West 6th Street alerted police Feb. 22 after Ciaramella contacted the store claiming to be Nolan, authorities said.

Ciaramella ordered several supplies amounting to more than $1,500, Sgt. Kim Velasco of the Corona Police Department said in a statement.

Ciaramella told the store the items were for an inner city kid’s project and that he would send his driver to pick them up, Velasco said. The suspect said he planned to pay by check.

Police arrested Ciaramella after he allegedly tried to pay for the supplies with a fake City of Corona check, Velasco said. During questioning, he admitted he tried to impersonate Nolan, to whom he bears little resemblance, authorities said.

The Corona Police Department is seeking charges against Ciaramella of forgery, passing fictitious checks, auto theft and burglary, Velasco said.

The suspect has previous arrests for fraud, identity theft and narcotic violations and he was on parole for burglary at the time of this incident, according to authorities.

Police said it was unclear why Ciaramella wanted to buy the office supplies.


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Photo: Lorenzo Joseph Ciaramella. Credit: Corona Police Department