Agoura ID thief pleads guilty

Cedric Frierson, a 43-year-old Agoura Hills man, pleaded guilty to multiple felonies involving the use of counterfeit checks for the payment of rent and automobiles, the Ventura County District Attorney’s office said.

Frierson admitted that he stole more than $100,000, the district attorney said. He was convicted of 13 felonies, including five counts of identity theft, seven counts of forgery and one count of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

He had been convicted of similar felonies in Florida and Georgia.

Frierson also went by the names of Cedric Yearwood, Thomas Yearwood, Cedrick Yarwood, Sedrick Isaac and Thomas Isaac.

In 2016 and 2017, Frierson passed bad checks at several locations in Ventura County, officials said. In the summer of 2016 he used fraudulent cashier’s checks to rent a luxury home on the beach in Oxnard. He also obtained a loan from a real estate agent by posing as a wealthy potential customer.

In addition, he used counterfeit cashier’s checks to purchase two automobiles. When arrested, he paid his bail bond company with a $10,000 bogus cashier’s check.

Frierson’s sentencing is set on Feb. 16 in Ventura Superior Court. He is expected to receive five years in state prison.