Law Enforcement Phone Scams Soliciting Money
YORBA LINDA, CA – (November 19, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department advises the public to be aware of phone scams involving subjects pretending to be law enforcement personnel. Several instances of this type of fraud have been occurring throughout Orange County.
On Tuesday, October 29 a male subject, fraudulently identifying himself as Lieutenant Mike Stevens with the Orange County Warrant Division, called Lorraine Johnson, 69, of Yorba Linda, and told her that an arrest warrant had been issued for her failure to appear in court on a traffic citation. Stevens told her the violation was captured by a traffic camera in Yorba Linda. He also told the victim there was a glitch in the system and the notice to appear in court was never mailed to her. Stevens told her the bail amount was $365 and that he could help her pay her bail. Stevens instructed Johnson to purchase a “MoneyPak” card and provide the card number to him so he could pay her bail. He also advised the victim to stay on the phone with him while she purchased the card just in case she was pulled over by a police officer. He said he could explain to the officer what she was doing so that she would not be arrested on the warrant.
A more recent case in Laguna Hills involved a victim being contacted on his cell phone and advised that he owed back taxes to the IRS. The caller fraudulently identified himself as Assistant Sheriff Mark Billings with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and stated that he was working with the IRS to collect the debt. The caller told the victim that if he did not purchase $4000 in “MoneyPak” cards and give him the numbers, the SWAT team would be forced to raid his home and arrest him. The caller ID number on the phone call fraudulently indicated the call was coming from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s non-emergency phone number.
The public is advised that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department does not solicit by phone. If anyone receives similar, suspicious calls do not give out any personal information such as social security number, bank account numbers, etc. and report the call to the Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000 .
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying possible victims of sex crimes committed by an individual at a local retail store in the District.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:
April 2, 2013 Lt. Paul Garaven
(714) 889-8681 – Cell
(714) 573-3282 – Office
On Friday, March 22, 2013, Officers responded to the TJ Maxx store, 2817 Park Ave, Tustin, CA, reference a suspect photographing and video recording up the skirts of female customers in the store. One victim indicated the suspect approached her while shopping, maneuvered himself to a position where the victim’s movement was blocked between a store pillar and the suspect. The victim felt confined and the suspect used his phone to record up her skirt. The victim was able to get away and called Tustin PD.
Tustin Police arrested Brian Joseph Eastman. Eastman is a 25 year old resident of Irvine and currently works in Santa Ana. During the initial investigation, officers located several secretly recorded videos and digital photographs of several unidentified women at various locations. The locations appear to be retail stores and residential locations.
The video evidence we have contains footage of the unidentified victim’s faces as well as the indecent footage. We are not releasing this footage at this time.
The Tustin Police Department is seeking media and community assistance in locating anyone who feels they may be one of Eastman’s unidentified victims or anyone who may have seen Eastman at any businesses throughout Orange County.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Natalie Nguyen at (714) 573-3253.
The city recently posted the following press release that officially opens the application process for open city commission seats:
January 17, 2013
For Immediate Release
CITY OF TUSTIN COMMISSION OPENINGS
Three vacancies each on the Planning and Community Services Commissions
TUSTIN, Calif. – The City of Tustin has three Planning Commission positions and three Community Services Commission positions open. The City Council will conduct interviews and vote to fill the positions on Tuesday, March 5th at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 300 Centennial Way.
The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month to evaluate development proposals and submit recommendations to the City Council regarding land use matters in Tustin. The commissioners selected will serve until March 1, 2015 or until the respective successor is appointed and qualified. Compensation is $150.00 per regular meeting attended. The term of office is two years. Applicants must reside in and be registered to vote within the Tustin City limits.
The Community Services Commission meets at 6:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month and serves as an advisory body to the City Council on recreation, parks, park design, facilities and programs in Tustin. The commissioners selected will serve until March 1, 2015 or until the respective successor is appointed and qualified. Compensation is $100.00 per regular meeting attended. The term of office is two years. Applicants are required to be residents of the City of Tustin and registered to vote.
How to Apply
Commission applications are available from the City of Tustin, City Clerk’s Office, 300 Centennial Way, Tustin, CA 92780, by calling (714) 573-3026, or visiting the City’s website at www.tustinca.org/commissions/vacancies.html.
Completed applications must be returned to the City Clerk’s office no later than 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013. For more information please contact Erica Rabe, City Clerk Services Supervisor, at (714) 573-3026 or email at email@example.com.
We know who we would like to see apply for the Planning Commission. They continue to resist (your eyes are getting sleepy…) and, although this is a new city council, it still is not hard to see why folks aren’t beating down the door to apply for these positions. A call to the City Clerk’s office revealed that, so far, only three applicants have filed for the Planning Commision and only one application for the Community Services Commission has been received.
Applications close at the close of business on February 28, 2013. Either of these commissions is a must for anyone planning to run for city council in the future. So, if you have political aspirations, this is a good starting point.