Suspect is in custody and the investigation is ongoing
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On December 22, 2013 at approximatley 0123 hours, Santa Paula Police responded to the 200 block of Garcia St. to the rear of Ruben's Lounge Bar, regarding a call of a traffic accident and brandishing report. When Officers arrived, they observed an SUV had rear ended a parked vehicle. Upon further invetigation, the Officers discovered that the driver of the SUV had been shot once in the head and was not responsive. Medical personnel at the scene declared the driver deceased at the scene. SPPD Officers/Detectives initiated a homicide investigation. SPPD Detectives assited by Patrol personnel, worked tirelessly throughout the night and day on this investigation. As a result, information was developed as to the identity of the suspect, location of the suspect and witnesses. Information obtained led Detectives to a home in the 300 block of N. 14th St, where the suspect was located and taken into custody without incident. The suspect was identified as Jesus Montejo Cardoso, 29 years, a resident of Santa Paula. The victim's name will not be released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

At this time, Detectives are continuing on the case, interviewing additional witnesses, and conducting further investigation.

Nature of Incident:
Homicide
Report Number(s):
SG1302263
Location(s):
200 Blk. Garcia St. Santa Paula
Dates & Times:
December 22, 2013
Unit Responsible:
(S)uspects, (V)ictims
City of Residence
Age
Suspect 1 - Jesus Montejo Cardoso
Santa Paula
29 years
Officer Preparing Press Release:
Press Release Date:
December 22, 2013
Follow-Up Contact:
Detective Paul Spencer
Approved by:

 


 
California homeowners eligible to receive an estimated $268 million in first lien principal reductions and nearly $23 million in cash payments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a $2.1 billion multistate and federal settlement with Ocwen Financial Corporation and Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC (Ocwen) over alleged mortgage servicing misconduct.

The settlement makes California homeowners eligible to receive up to $268 million in first lien principal reductions and nearly $23 million in cash payments to borrowers.

"This settlement will help homeowners who've been misled while trying to modify their Ocwen mortgages," said Attorney General Harris, "But our work isn't done. Too many California families are still ‎coping with uncooperative banks and mortgage service providers. My office will continue to fight on their behalf."

The settlement resolves allegations that Ocwen engaged in robo-signing, “dual tracking” of borrowers seeking loan modifications, and other misconduct in the course of its mortgage servicing activities. The settlement also resolves similar allegations against Homeward Residential, Inc. and Litton Loan Servicing, LP, which Ocwen acquired.

Ocwen holds nearly 390,000 loans in California, of which 12% are underwater. Ocwen holds approximately 6% of all California underwater loans.

The national settlement requires Ocwen to pay $125 million to borrowers whose homes were foreclosed between 2009 and 2012 and commit to $2 billion in first lien principal reduction loan modifications over the next three years. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was the lead agency for the negotiations. The settlement was signed by 49 states and the District of Columbia, including California.

Joe Smith, who served as the Monitor for last year’s National Mortgage Settlement, will monitor the settlement nationally and Katie Porter, who heads the California Monitor’s office, will monitor the settlement in California.

The Ocwen settlement does not grant immunity from criminal offenses and would not affect criminal prosecutions. The agreement does not prevent homeowners or investors from pursuing individual, institutional or class action civil cases. The agreement also preserves the authority of state attorneys general and federal agencies to investigate and pursue other aspects of the mortgage crisis, including securities cases.

In some cases, Ocwen will contact borrowers directly regarding principal reductions. However, borrowers should contact Ocwen to obtain more information about principal reductions and whether they qualify under terms of this settlement. A settlement administrator will contact qualified borrowers associated with foreclosed loans regarding cash payments.

Today’s settlement is the latest in a series of actions taken by Attorney General Harris and the California Department of Justice against bad lending practices in California.

In February 2012, Attorney General Harris secured a commitment from the nation’s five largest banks which has resulted in more than $20 billion for struggling California homeowners. Following the settlement, Attorney General Harris sponsored the California Homeowner Bill of Rights, a landmark package of legislation that restricts dual-track foreclosures, guarantees struggling homeowners a reliable point of contact at their lender and imposes civil penalties on fraudulently signed mortgage documents. In addition, homeowners may require loan servicers to document their right to foreclose. This legislation was signed by Governor Brown in July 2012 and took effect on January 1, 2013.

Most recently, Attorney General Harris announced a settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. over its misrepresentation in residential mortgage-backed securities sold to California’s public employee and teacher pensions. The terms of the settlement resulted in California recovering nearly $300,000 million in damages.

In February 2013, Attorney General Harris filed a lawsuit against Standard & Poors, one of the nation's major credit rating companies, for inflating its ratings of structured finance investments, which caused California's public pension funds and other investors to lose billions of dollars.

Created in May 2011 by Attorney General Harris, the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force continues to lead the charge in investigating and prosecuting misconduct at all stages of the mortgage process.
For more information about the settlement, CA Ocwen borrowers can call 1-800-337-6695 and email ConsumerRelief@Ocwen.com. The California Department of Justice also have more information at oag.ca.gov.

 


 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of the alleged owner and operator of a revenge porn website who facilitated the posting of more than 10,000 sexually explicit photos and extorted victims for as much as $350 each to remove the illicit content.

“This website published intimate photos of unsuspecting victims and turned their public humiliation and betrayal into a commodity with the potential to devastate lives,” Attorney General Harris said. “Online predators that profit from the extortion of private photos will be investigated and prosecuted for this reprehensible and illegal internet activity.”

Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 27, of San Diego, was arrested today in San Diego by California Department of Justice agents and is being held in San Diego County jail on $50,000 bail. According to documents filed in San Diego County Superior Court, Bollaert has been charged with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion and is facing possible jail time and fines.

Court documents allege that, in December 2012, Bollaert created the website ugotposted.com, which allows the anonymous, public posting of private photographs containing nude and explicit images of individuals without their permission. Commonly knows as revenge porn, the photos are typically obtained consensually by the poster during a prior relationship or are stolen or hacked. Unlike many other revenge porn websites where the subject of the photos is anonymous, ugotposted.com required that the poster include the subject’s full name, location, age and facebook profile link.

California Penal Code sections 530.5 and 653m (b) make it illegal to willfully obtain someone’s personal identifying information, including name, age and address, for any unlawful purpose, including with the intent to annoy or harass.

Court documents also allege that Bollaert created a second website, changemyreputation.com, in October 2012, which he used when individuals contacted ugotposted.com requesting that content be removed from the site. Bollaert would allegedly extort victims by replying with a changemyreputation.com email address and offering to remove the content for a fee ranging from $299.99 to $350, which could be paid using an online PayPal account referenced in the emails. Ballaert allegedly told investigators, according to court documents, that he made around $900 per month from advertising on the site and records obtained from his changemyreputation.com PayPal account indicate that he received payments totaling tens of thousands of dollars.

According to court documents, ugotposted.com’s registration listed a billing address in San Diego, CA.
The arrest comes after a six-month investigation by the California Attorney General’s eCrime unit.
Attorney General Harris created the eCrime Unit in 2011 to identify and prosecute identity theft crimes, cybercrimes and other crimes involving the use of technology.

Individuals who feel they are victims of ugotposted.com or other revenge porn websites should file a complaint with the California Attorney General’s office here: https://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-compan....

Please note that a complaint contains only allegations against a person and, as with all defendants, Kevin Christopher Bollaert, must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A copy of the complaint and arrest warrant are attached to the electronic version of this release here: https://oag.ca.gov/news.

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

During the weekend of November 2, 2013, deputies from the Ojai Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of several vehicle burglaries in the Matilija Canyon Trailhead parking lot. Vehicle windows were broken out and property was taken from inside the vehicles, including purses and personal electronics.

On 12/06/13, after an extensive investigation, Ojai Detectives were able to identify a suspect, Luis Santillan, involved in the vehicle burglaries.

The Investigation revealed that Santillan had been involved in numerous vehicle burglaries in the Matilija Canyon including at the Trailhead and Hot Springs over the years.

Santillan was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail for PC 459 - Burglary. Santillan’s bail was set at $10,000.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens when visiting trailheads or other open areas, to remove valuables from plain view inside the vehicle and secure them in the glove box or trunk whenever possible.

Nature of Incident: Trailhead Vehicle Burglary Arrest
Report Number: 13-24646 / 13-24641 / 13-24653
Location: Matilija Canyon Trailhead
Date & Time: 12/06/13 at 1030 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ojai Investigations and Ojai Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Santillan, Luis Oak View 21
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Mike Harris
Media Release Date: December 9, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Mike Harris, 805-947-8083
Approved by: Dave Kenney, Captain

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

During a narcotics investigation, Morris was found to be in possession of marijuana packaged for sale.

Sheriff’s narcotics investigators received information of a subject bringing high-grade marijuana to Ventura County from Humboldt County in Northern California. The subject was identified as Steven Morris, a resident of Fortuna, Ca. On 12-5-2013, detectives observed Morris in the City of Oxnard and contacted him. During the search of Morris’ vehicle, high-grade marijuana, packaged for sale, was found. A follow-up search of Morris’ motel room revealed additional marijuana. Total seized marijuana was approximately 3.5 pounds, with an estimated street value in excess of $14,000.00.

Morris was booked into the Sheriff’s Main Jail with a bail set at $20,000.00

Nature of Incident: Marijuana Sales Arrest
Report Number: 13-27112
Location: Oxnard Blvd at Gonzales Rd, Oxnard
Date & Time: 12-5-2013, 1800 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau, West County Street Team, Oxnard Police Dept.
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Steve Morris Fortuna, Ca 57
Prepared by: Sergeant Mike Horne
Media Release Date: 12-6-2013
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar
805-797-7349
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that the number of reported hate crimes in California decreased 12.8 percent in 2012. There were 930 hate crime events reported statewide in 2012, a decrease from the 1,060 hate crimes reported in 2011.

Since 2003, the total number of hate crime events in California has decreased 37.6 percent from 1,491 to 930.
“While overall numbers are down this year, any hate crime hurts the people and values of California,” said Attorney General Harris. “I am confident that California law enforcement will monitor and prosecute these cases to ensure severe consequence and accountability.”

Hate crimes with a race/ethnicity/national origin bias decreased 10.1 percent from 2011 to 2012 but still accounted for 56.8 percent of all hate crime events in 2012. Over the past ten years, these have consistently been the most common type of hate crime.

Hate crime events involving a sexual orientation bias decreased 3.7 percent and events involving a religious bias decreased 27.9 percent from 2011 to 2012.

All police agencies and district attorney’s offices in California submitted hate crime statistics to the state Department of Justice for this report. Hate crime categories are established by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Next year, three changes will be made to the Hate Crime Event Report form distributed by the California Department of Justice to local law enforcement agencies in the state. In accordance with a change made by the FBI, the category ‘gender non-conforming’ will be added to the ‘gender’ category and ‘community centers’ will be added to the ‘location’ category. Additionally, California will add the category ‘anti-Sikh’ to the ‘religious’ category.

Statistics that reflect these changes will appear in the Attorney General’s 2014 Hate Crime Report, which will be released in 2015.

The California Attorney General’s Office published its first hate crimes report in 1995. All previous reports can be found at: http://oag.ca.gov/cjsc/pubs

A complete copy of the Hate Crime in California 2012 report is available here: https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/cjsc/publications/hatecrim...?

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 11/28/2013, at about 1830 hours, the victim was riding a motorcycle in the community of Nyeland Acres. The victim was confronted by a male Hispanic suspect in the 2600 block of Ventura Boulevard. The suspect demanded the victim’s “mini” motorcycle. The victim refused to give the suspect the motorcycle and a brief “tug-o-war” ensued. The suspect removed a handgun from his waistband, pointed it at the victim and took the motorcycle. Fearing for his life, the victim fled the scene and called the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Deputies from the Headquarters Patrol Station responded to the area and conducted the initial investigation. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Gang Unit also responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation. Sheriff’s Gang Unit detectives quickly identified the suspect as a known El Rio gang member and determined his possible whereabouts.

The juvenile suspect was located at a family member’s residence in Somis and he was arrested within hours of the robbery. A search of the location led to the discovery of the stolen “mini” motorcycle and a replica weapon that was used to commit the robbery. The suspect was lodged in Juvenile Hall for the robbery with a gang enhancement.

The investigation is on-going. Detectives are seeking possible witnesses to the crime. Anyone with any information related to this crime is requested to contact Detective Gonzales at 805-654-3548.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Armed Robbery Arrest
Report Number: 13-26699
Location: 2600 Block of Ventura Boulevard, Nyeland Acres
Date & Time: 11/28/2013 @ 7:12 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Headquarters Patrol Station / Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Male Juvenile, Somis, 17
Prepared by: Detective Jarrod Foote #4423
Media Release Date: 11/30/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Gabriel Gonzales @ 805-654-3548
Approved by: Captain Patti Salas

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On November 20, 2013, deputies from the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a single vehicle traffic collision in the 100 block of E. Avenida de las Flores. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the collision involved an overturned pick-up truck carrying pool chemicals. A small amount of liquid chlorine and muriatic acid spilled onto the roadway. An electricity pole was also knocked down. Avenida de las Flores and Prentiss Street were closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The Ventura County Fire Department responded and handled the chemical clean up. Southern California Edison responded for the downed pole. Power was interrupted for residents in the area.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene before deputies’ arrival. Witnesses assisted deputies in identifying the suspect, Jose Mosqueda. Mosqueda was contacted and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and hit and run. Mosqueda sustained minor injuries from the collision and was medically cleared at Los Robles Hospital. He was then booked in to jail on $5,000.00 bail.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against person(s) responsible for crimes in Ventura County. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Traffic Collision / Arrest
Report Number: 13-26792
Location: 100 block of E. Avenida de las Flores, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time:
November 30, 2013 @ 1:24 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible:
Thousand Oaks Police Department
Ventura County Fire Department
Southern California Edison
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Mosqueda, Jose Thousand Oaks, CA 28
Prepared by: Captain Jeff Miller
Media Release Date: November 30, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Mike Berg / 805-494-8271
Approved by: Captain Rob Davidson

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A man’s body was found early this morning in a strawberry field just outside the city limits of Ventura. A field worker discovered the body of an adult white male in the 4200-block of Olivas Park Drive.

Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the man dead shortly after 6:00 am. The cause of death is not known at this time.

Investigators canvassed the surrounding area and examined the scene for evidence before the body was removed by the medical examiner.

Anyone who has information about this incident or saw anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Todd Inglis at (805)384-4730.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Dead Body Found in Strawberry Field Near Ventura
Report Number: 13-26509
Location: 4200 block of Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, Ca.
Date & Time: Nov. 26, 2013 @ 6:07 am
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Nov. 26, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Jeff Miller

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A suspicious device found along Highway 101 in Camarillo Tuesday afternoon tied up traffic while bomb technicians conducted an investigation.

The California Highway Patrol discovered the device along the shoulder of the northbound US 101 at Arneill Road and requested assistance from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad.

After examining the device and making it safe, bomb technicians determined it was a hoax device made to look like an actual explosive device. The highway was reopened within 30 minutes.

The investigation is continuing to determine who placed the device at that location and why. Anyone with information about who was responsible for this crime is asked to contact Detective Mike Rompal at (805)383-8743. Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Hoax Device Found Next to Freeway Lanes in Camarillo
Report Number: 13-26538
Location: US 101 @ Arneill Road, Camarillo, Ca.
Date & Time: Nov. 26, 2013 @ 12:35 pm
Unit(s) Responsible: California Highway Patrol / Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit – Bomb Squad
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Nov. 26, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Jeff Miller

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $133,400.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. The grant received by the Sheriff’s Office will aid in the city of Thousand Oaks’ ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and quality of life. The Thousand Oaks Police Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.

The grant will assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions. While traffic deaths from all causes declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, they rose by 2.6 percent in 2011. State and federal officials anticipate that figures will show another rise for 2012. DUI deaths remain the largest sector, at nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities. Recent trends show increases in two new categories – distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.

Activities that the grant will fund include:
• Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE).
• DUI Saturation Patrols
• Motorcycle safety enforcement
• Distracted driving enforcement
• Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
• Speed, red light and stop sign enforcement
• Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders
• Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders
• Court “sting” operations to cite individuals driving from court after having their driver’s license suspended or revoked for drunk driving
• Stakeout operations to observe the “worst of the worst” repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nature of Incident: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for Specialized Traffic Enforcement Programs
Report Number:
Location: Thousand Oaks, California
Date & Time: October 1, 2013 until September 30, 2014
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant R. Harwood
Media Release Date: November 27, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant R. Harwood 805 494-8271
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On the above date and time Santa Paula Police Department officers responded to a carwash located in the 400 block of E. Harvard Blvd. for a report of a carjacking. The victim stated he was bent over washing his car when he was approached from behind by a male subject. The victim only observed a black semi-automatic handgun. The suspect demanded the keys to vehicle and told the victim to walk away, not looking back. The victim then observed his vehicle being driven away westbound on Harvard Blvd. by 3 male subjects. Due to being approached from behind there is no further suspect description.

The victim's vehicle is a green 1997 Nissan Quest license # 4LGY919 with hood damage. If this vehicle is seen please do not approach it and call 911 immdiately.

Santa Paula Police Department
PRESS RELEASE
Nature of Incident:
Carjacking
Report Number(s):
SG1302121
Location(s):
400 Block of E. Harvard Blvd.
Dates & Times:
11-24-2013 / 0701 hours
Unit Responsible:
(S)uspects, (V)ictims
City of Residence
Age
3 suspects, unknown description
Unknown
Unknown
Officer Preparing Press Release:
Press Release Date:
11-24-2013
Follow-Up Contact:
Sgt. C. Madison # 1018
Approved by:

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

An investigation into cocaine sales led to the arrest of Santa Paula resident Marina Fuentes.

Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators received information of cocaine sales occurring in the 200 block of South 8th St in the city of Santa Paula. During the month long investigation, detectives observed multiple narcotics transactions and identified Marina Fuentes as the person at the residence selling cocaine.

On November 19, a search warrant was served at Fuentes’ residence. During the subsequent search, 23 grams of cocaine and over $33,000 in cash was seized. Fuentes was arrested and booked for possession of cocaine and for sales of cocaine. She was booked into the Sheriff’s Main Jail and bail was set at $250,000.00.

Nature of Incident: Narcotics arrest
Report Number: RB#13-25934
Location: 200 block South 8th St. Santa Paula
Date & Time: November 19, 2013
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau, West County Street Team
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Marina Fuentes Santa Paula 51
Prepared by: Sgt M. Horne
Media Release Date: 11-19-2013
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar
805-797-7349
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

From June through November of this year, several cities within the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office’s jurisdiction saw an increase in the theft of backflow valves and copper piping associated with light industrial buildings. The thefts occurred primarily in the overnight hours when businesses were closed. The City of Moorpark saw fourteen victims from September to November.

In early November, Moorpark Police Department investigators reviewed video surveillance from a local business and identified a white Saturn sedan as a potential suspect vehicle in the case. Through searches of prior contacts in the City of Moorpark involving this suspect vehicle, investigators discovered that John Tebroski was contacted in the area during the overnight hours during the month of October. Additional evidence was discovered that linked Tebroski and others to backflow valve thefts in Newbury Park and Moorpark. Investigators believe Tebroski was stealing the backflow valves and copper piping and selling the stolen property to recycling centers for the brass and copper value.

On 11-14-13, Moorpark Police Department patrol deputies observed Tebroski walking his dog in the early morning hours in the same light industrial area that was previously victimized during several of the thefts. When deputies contacted Tebroski, he was arrested after they found him to be under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of two large wrenches and a pry bar.

Investigators later located Tebroski’s car, which was parked behind a light industrial building that was a prior victim of a backflow valve theft. Investigators searched Tebroski’s car and found a battery operated cutting tool, large pipe wrenches, a hacksaw and a small amount of methamphetamine, and Tebroski was arrested for several additional charges.

As a result of the investigation, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed five counts of Grand Theft, five counts of Petty Theft with Priors, Possession of Burglar’s Tools, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Smoking Device against Tebroski.

Investigators are continuing the investigation and expect to make additional arrests in connection with Tebroski and the thefts of backflow valves.

Backflow valve and copper thefts are not unique to Ventura County. These thefts have been reported nationwide. The Moorpark Police Department would like to remind business owners that the cost to replace these valves is between $500 and $1500, and a simple internet search will show several products available that prevent the theft of backflow valves.

Nature of Incident: Backflow Valve Theft Arrest
Report Number: 13-25525
Location: City of Moorpark
Date & Time: Various Dates and Times
Unit(s) Responsible: Moorpark Police Department Investigations Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Tebroski, John La Crescenta 39
Prepared by: Eric Tennessen, Sergeant
Media Release Date: November 18th, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Kevin Lynch, 805-532-2714
Approved by: Stephen Wade, Captain

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 11/14/2013, Narcotic Detectives with the Ventura County Sheriff Office concluded a narcotics investigation of a Newbury Park resident who was selling marijuana to citizens in the East County cities of Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, and Simi Valley.

Deputies from the Thousand Oaks Bicycle Detail detained Joshua Boynton near his Newbury Park residence while a team of Narcotic Detectives served a search warrant at the residence. In the residence, detectives discovered a small marijuana cultivation in the garage, ounces of dried marijuana, as well as evidence that Boynton was actively involved in the illegal sales of marijuana. Detectives also discovered evidence Boynton was involved in the manufacture of “Honey Oil.” Honey oil is a common term used for the resinous substance obtained from marijuana by solvent extraction. This process poses a high risk of explosion during the extraction process. Numerous bindles of the Honey Oil were located within the residence.

During the service of the search warrant, Boynton’s two minor daughters were present and found to be living with Boynton at this residence. Because of the circumstances related to this investigation and the evidence located, detectives initiated a Drug Endangered Children investigation. Child Protective Services was contacted and responded to the residence to assist with the investigation into the children’s welfare. At the conclusion of the investigation, the minor children were left in the custody of an adult family member.

Boynton was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Sheriff's East County Jail for possession of marijuana for sale, manufacturing concentrated cannabis and child endangerment. His bail was set at $50,000 with a pending court appearance of 11/18/2013, at 1:30pm.

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrest
Report Number: 13-25577
Location: 2600 block of Michael Drive, Newbury Park
Date & Time: 11/14/2013, 1600 hours
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Boynton, Joshua Newbury Park 27
Prepared by: Sgt. Jose Rivera
Media Release Date: 11/15/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jose Rivera, 805-797-6341, jose.rivera@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On November 13th, 2013 at approximately 11:33 am deputies from the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision on Erbes Road just south of Hauser Circle. The initial investigation revealed that (P3) Juana Morales was stopped northbound on Erbes Road for traffic that was stopped in front of her. (P2) Paula Katz was slowing to a stop behind Morales. (S) Janet Arnold was traveling northbound on Erbes Road approaching Katz’s location. Arnold failed to slow down and collided into the rear of Katz’s car. The force of the collision pushed Katz’s car forward and into the rear end of Morales’ car.

Katz was transported by ambulance to Los Robles Hospital for treatment of her injuries from the collision. Morales was not injured. Arnold was evaluated and arrested for felony driving under the influence of prescription medication causing injury. Arnold was booked into the Pre Trial Detention Facility with her bail set at $50,000.00 dollars.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is encouraged to call the Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau at (805) 494-8271.

Nature of Incident: Injury Traffic Collision / DUI prescription medication arrest
Report Number: 13-25455
Location: Erbes Road south of Hauser Circle
Date & Time: November 13, 2013 @ 11:33 am
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau
Prepared by: Sgt. R. Harwood
Media Release Date: November 13, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Kelly Roark (805) 494-8271
Approved by:

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the removal of ten private health insurance websites that misled Californians by imitating Covered California, the state’s official insurance marketplace for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Attorney General Harris also released tips to help consumers avoid insurance scams.

“These websites fraudulently imitated Covered California in order to lure consumers away from plans that provide the benefits of the Affordable Care Act,” Attorney General Harris said. “My office will continue to investigate and shut down these kinds of sites. I urge Californians to avoid healthcare scams by visiting coveredca.com.”

In September, the California Attorney General’s office began an investigation into websites that imitate the state’s Covered California website (www.coveredca.com). Multiple website operators were sent cease and desist letters informing them that their websites were in violation of state law and demanding the immediate removal of the website or transfer of the domain name to the state’s official exchange.

These websites were operated by private health insurance brokers or companies that were not affiliated with Covered California. The websites have domain names similar to the state’s official healthcare exchange and contain unauthorized references to the official exchange’s trademarked logo and name. In several cases, websites used the phrases “Get Covered,” “Covered California” and “California Health Benefit Advisers.”

The California Affordable Care Act forbids individuals or entities from claiming to provide services on behalf of Covered California without securing a valid agreement with the State Exchange. (Gov. Code, § 100510.) State law also prohibits solicitations that falsely imply a governmental connection (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17533.6), the use of a domain name that is confusingly similar to another entity (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17525), making or disseminating untrue or misleading representations with the intent of selling goods or services (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17500) and unfair competition through untrue or misleading advertising (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17200).
To date, all website operators who have been contacted by the Attorney General’s office have complied, and the following websites have been either deactivated or redirected to the official exchange website:

www.californiabenefitexchange.com
www.californiahealthbenefitexchange.com
www.coveredcalifornia.com
www.shopinsuranceexchange.us
www.shopinsuranceservices.com
www.healthexchangeinsurance.com
www.shopforhealthcare.org
www.taxcreditinsurance.com
www.smallbusinesshealthoptionsprogram.com
www.stateexchanges.org

The California Health Benefit Exchange is charged with implementing the ACA and is the operator of California’s online health insurance marketplace known as Covered California. California consumers who purchase health insurance policies through this marketplace receive protections guaranteed by the ACA that may not exist in policies outside of the exchange.

Health insurance plans sold outside the official exchange on the individual market before January 1, 2014 do not qualify for federal subsidies and do not have the guarantees provided by the ACA’s consumer protection provisions. Major consumer protections include: no denials based on preexisting conditions; no rating differences based on factors other than age, geography, and family size; issuers may not impose any annual dollar limits for covered services; and all qualified plans must cover essential health benefits identified under the ACA.

The California Attorney General’s Health, Education and Welfare Section, in conjunction with Covered California and the California Department of Insurance, will continue to monitor these and other potentially fraudulent sites.

To avoid scams related to California’s health insurance marketplace, Attorney General Harris has released the following tips for consumers:
• California’s only official health insurance marketplace is www.coveredca.com, which is where individuals, families and small businesses can get information, compare plans and enroll.
• Be wary if you receive a call from a representative claiming to be a government official asking for your personal information like Social Security number or Medicare card number. You should not provide personal or financial information over the phone and should instead contact Covered California directly.
• If you are approached by someone offering assistance from Covered California, verify that they are a Certified Enrollment Counselor by asking to see their required ID badge or by contacting Covered California directly.
• Never pay someone for assistance with healthcare enrollment. Free enrollment assistance is available by contacting Covered California directly.
• If you believe that you have been the victim of a scam, please report it by contacting Covered California directly or by filing a consumer complaint with the California Attorney General’s office at: http://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company

To contact Covered California directly, call (800) 300-1506 or email consumerprotection@covered.ca.gov
Assistance by phone is also available in the following languages:
Arabic: 800-826-6317
Armenian: 800-996-1009
Chinese: 800-300-1533
Farsi: 800-921-8879
Filipino: 800-983-8816
Hmong: 800-771-2156nie
Khmer: 800-906-8528
Korean: 800-738-9116
Lao: 800-357-7976
Russian: 800-778-7695
Spanish: 800-300-0213
Vietnamese: 800-652-9528

 
Maria Sanchez
Maria Sanchez

On 11/12/2013, Maria Sanchez was arrested for stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from an elderly couple who employed her as their caretaker.

During the month of September 2013, an elderly couple residing in the city of Thousand Oaks reported missing over $8000 in jewelry from their home. The victims had hired caretaker, Maria Sanchez, who was working for them at the time. Sanchez was interviewed but denied taking the property.

Other evidence eventually surfaced that showed Sanchez sold the victim’s jewelry to a pawnshop in the San Fernando Valley. Further investigation revealed Mrs. Sanchez was linked to a theft from another elderly couple she had been hired to care for. The amount of that theft is believed to be in excess of $20,000 and the property was also sold to a pawnshop in the San Fernando Valley.

Sanchez was arrested on several felony counts of theft and booked into the Ventura County Jail. The investigation is on going and additional charges may be added.

Thousand Oaks Police investigators ask anyone who recognizes and has hired Mrs. Sanchez as a caretaker, and feels they have been victimized by her, to please contact Detective Jerin Widofsky at (805)494-8221.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Caretaker
Report Number: 13-22594
Location: Thousand Oaks, Ca
Date & Time: 11/12/2013 1445
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Investigations Unit
Suspects City of Residence Age
Maria Sanchez Northridge 40
Prepared by: Sergeant Jason Robarts
Media Release Date: 11/13/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Jerin Widofsky (805) 494-8221
Approved by: Captain C. Rubright

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 11/7/2013, Narcotic Detectives with the Simi Valley Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff Office concluded a joint narcotics investigation of a Simi Valley resident who was selling heroin and methamphetamine to citizens in Simi Valley.

Detectives with the Simi Valley Police Special Enforcement Section assisted Narcotic Detectives with the investigation by detaining Digerolamo in a shopping center at Cochran Street and Erringer Road. Digerolamo was found in possession of a small amount of heroin and methamphetamine that was packaged for sale.

Narcotic Detectives served a search warrant at Digerolamo's residence located on the 1700 block of Cochran Street where they located additional amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, several firearms and evidence Digerolamo was actively involved in the sales of those drugs.

Digerolamo was booked into the Ventura County Jail for possession for sales of heroin, methamphetamine and a weapons violation. Bail was set at $50,000 with a pending court appearance of 11/11/2013, at 1:30pm.

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrest
Report Number: 13-25039
Location: 1700 block of Cochran Street, Simi Valley
Date & Time: 11/7/2013, 1815 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff Narcotics Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Digerolamo, Joseph Simi Valley 35
Prepared by: Sergeant Jose Rivera
Media Release Date: 11/7/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Jose Rivera
(805) 797-6341 Jose.Rivera@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Rob Davidson

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators recently received unsubstantiated information that a wanted parolee named Omar Ruiz was staying in the City of Camarillo. Ruiz has been wanted on a parole violation since 5-28-2013 and was also considered a suspect in a Santa Paula homicide.

On 11-7-2013, Investigators went to a residence in the 5300 block of Hollyridge Dr., Camarillo, after receiving information Ruiz may be in the area. As deputies approached the residence, a single gunshot was fired from inside the garage. The bullet traveled through an exterior wall and narrowly missed 4 deputies. A short standoff occurred and ended when Omar Ruiz walked out of the residence and surrendered. Deputies immediately searched the home and found the only other person inside was a nine month old child. The child was later turned over to the mother.

Ruiz was arrested for the parole warrant and turned over to Santa Paula Police Investigators. Deputies obtained a search warrant for the home and located an assault rifle, two loaded high capacity magazines and body armor. Ventura County Sheriff Major Crimes detectives are handling the investigation and anticipate arresting Ruiz for four counts of Attempted Murder on a Police Officer within the next week.

Nature of Incident: Warrant Arrest
Report Number: 13-25022
Location: 5300 Blk, Hollyridge, Camarillo
Date & Time: 11-7-2013/2:15 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff investigators
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Omar Ruiz Santa Paula 26
Prepared by: Sgt Bill Schierman
Media Release Date: 11-8-2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. J. Gleason (805) 384-4727
Approved by: C. Rothschiller, Captain

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).