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Guy Posing As Heir To Disney Fortune Gave Out Phony Disneyland Passes

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A man pretending to be the heir to a Disney fortune was discovered after he gave away phony Disneyland passes to a nonprofit.Stephen David Urquidez, 51, of Canyon Country was arrested on Tuesday on felony burglary charges related to the Disneyland passes, according to a release from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. A member of a nonprofit said that Urquidez identified himself as "Stephen Disney" and the heir to the entertainment company fortune. Urquidez offered up a couple of free passes to Disneyland for a raffle that the nonprofit was holding. But when the winners of the raffle got to Disneyland, they found out the passes hadn't been activated. The nonprofit member reported Urquidez.

But investigators say the Disney act goes deeper than donating phony passes to a nonprofit. When they looked into the case, they said they found out that Urquidez had a fake driver's license with the name Stephen Disney, and he had even created fake W-2 tax forms showing income from the Walt Disney Corporation.

He was booked at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Tuesday, and he later posted a $20,000 bond and was released. KCAL 9 caught up with Urquidez, but he claimed that the whole thing was a big mix-up and that he never pretended to be a member of the Disney clan.

Investigators are looking for anyone who might have come into contact with a certain Stephen Disney. If you have, call Santa Clarita Station Detective Elliott at 661-255-1121. In the meantime, beware of phony heirs.