A man accused of booking himself into two Marin County rehabs under the name of a former White Zombie drummer was sentenced to jail Thursday for fraud and grand theft.
Loren Dean Breckenridge III, 43, received a total sentence of three years and four months, but only the first 16 months are for jail time, said Deputy District Attorney Dorothy Chou Proudfoot.
After that, Breckenridge will be placed under "mandatory supervision" by the probation department, Proudfoot said. The split sentence is part of the state's so-called "realignment plan" to reduce the prison population.
Breckenridge, a San Francisco resident, was accused of defrauding the Alta Mira Recovery Center in Sausalito and the Reflections rehab in Novato by booking himself under the name Phil Buerstatte - the name of a drummer for the defunct rock band White Zombie.
In both incidents, which were reported last August, he passed checks for $75,000 that were later determined to have insufficient funds, police said.
Breckenridge missed several court appearances, prompting a Marin County judge to issue a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested in December in San Clemente, where he allegedly tried to check into a rehab by claiming he was an actor named "Loren Jovicic," the Orange County Register reported.
Loren Dean Jovivic, whose professional name is Loren Dean, has appeared in numerous television shows and movies such as "Space Cowboys" and "Enemy of the
The rehab center recognized the man as Breckenridge, the subject of a nationwide bulletin about an alleged con artist defrauding rehab centers. The bulletin was issued by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Centers.
Breckenridge was sentenced by Judge Mark Talamantes in Marin Superior Court.
"Mr. Breckenridge is extremely sorry about his actions," said his lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Kathleen Boyle. "He was desperate for treatment.
"His case is a good example of the potential for the recent realignment of resources from the state to the counties - instead of being warehoused in prison at taxpayer expense as he would have been under the old system, he will spend a few more months in jail then will receive intensive supervision from the probation department. He'll have the opportunity to receive the treatment he needs, and will be able to get back to work sooner so that he can repay the treatment centers."
The actual Phil Buerstatte died in his sleep Sunday at his home in Madison, Wis., according to news reports. He was 46 and had a history of drug addiction, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
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