Riverside Police Department
Press Release

 

For Immediate Release

Date February 12, 2003
Contact Officer Felix Medina 
Phone (909) 826-5939
Fax (909) 826-2593

 

Identity Theft Ring Identified, Two Adults Arrested

Riverside, Ca-  On Tuesday, February 11th at about 11 AM, members of the Riverside Police Department Economic Crimes Unit went to 6607 Doolittle to follow up at a business that was previously involved in a stolen vehicle investigation. Once inside Detectives noticed evidence of a possible identity theft operation. Two adults were detained and later arrested for a variety of felony charges related to forgery, identity theft and possession of stolen property.

Evidence collected at the scene includes several fraudulent checks made payable to illegally assumed identities. The suspects had their photo placed on the fraudulent identification in order to cash these checks. The checks were apparently made and printed with a computer found at the business. There were also examples of fraudulently printed documents including checks from the County of Riverside Treasurer’s Office, County Recorders Office Vital Records, Social Security cards, Resident Alien cards, Proof of Vehicle Insurance forms and California Driver Licenses.

Detectives have identified over 25 victims that have had their personal and financial information stolen. Victims reside in Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties.

The suspects arrested are:

Debra Lynn O’Conn
W/F 37 years old
Riverside resident

Daniel Anthony Henson
W/M 36 years old
Riverside resident

Both suspects have been booked into Robert Presley Detention Center for the following charges:

496 PC- Possession of Stolen Property
530.5 PC- Identity Theft
475(a) PC- Forgery
476 PC- Fictitious Checks
470(a) PC- False Driver ‘s License

Child Protective Services placed a 4-year-old child belonging to the arrested couple in a shelter home as the parents were arrested and there was no family member available to release him to.

Detectives are continuing their search for victims in this case and will be contacting anyone they discover may have been victimized by these suspects. This search will include anyone who has already reported to the Riverside Police Department that they had their identification, checks, mail or any other document stolen that can be used in Identity Theft.

Additional information about Identity Theft and related financial crimes can be found at the Riverside Police Department internet web page or by checking with the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs.

RPD home page can be found at www.riversideca.gov/rpd/

State of California Consumer Affairs can be found at http://www.privacyprotection.ca.gov