O.C. deputy accused of stealing suspect’s bank card, giving it to her son

An Orange County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with submitting a false police report after prosecutors stated she took a bank card from a suspect and gave it to her son, who then used the cardboard to make purchases.

Angelina Cortez, 41, faces the felony cost in reference to a Nov. 19, 2018, incident wherein she and her coaching officer responded to a 911 name a few man stealing wine and batteries from a San Clemente 7-Eleven retailer.

Cortez is accused of taking the suspected thief’s bank card, placing it in her uniform shirt pocket and later giving it to her son, who then used it. The cardboard was by no means booked into proof, prosecutors allege.

“The general public has an absolute expectation that their regulation enforcement officers will perform their duties lawfully,” stated Orange County Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer, a former Los Angeles police reserve officer.

“When legal guidelines are damaged by the very people who find themselves sworn to uphold them, the general public belief is eroded, and society as a complete suffers. The whole felony justice system depends on the belief that these sworn to uphold the regulation are following it themselves.”

The incident was recognized and investigated by the Orange County Sheriff’s Division earlier than it was introduced to the D.A.’s workplace, sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Braun stated.

“With expenses filed, the division will now proceed with an inner administrative investigation.”

Cortez, who has been on administrative go away since June 2019, is slated to be arraigned Nov. 18.

If convicted as charged, she might withstand to 3 years in jail.

Earlier than changing into a deputy in 2013, Cortez labored as a corrections assistant within the Orange County jails for the Sheriff’s Division. She earned about $248,000 in wage and advantages in 2018, together with $41,000 in additional time, based on the county’s wage knowledge.