Deputy Accused of Stealing Debit Card From Suspect and Giving It to Son

She took the suspect's debit card -- which was never booked into evidence 

September 9, 2020

An Orange County sheriff's deputy is facing a felony charge for allegedly taking a debit card from a suspect and handing it to her son, who then used it, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Angelina Cortez, 41, is charged with one felony count of filing a false police report. She faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Cortez and a training officer responded to a report of a suspect stealing wine and batteries from a 7-Eleven store in San Clemente on Nov. 19, 2018. She took the suspect's debit card -- which was never booked into evidence -- and later gave it to her son, who used it, prosecutors allege.

Press Release..

Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Charged
With Filing a False Police Report
Deputy accused of taking theft suspect's credit card and giving it to her son to use

SANTA ANA, Calif. – An Orange County Sheriff's deputy has been charged in connection with taking a credit card from a suspect and giving it to her son who then used the card.

Angelina Cortez, 41, has been charged with one felony count of filing a false police report. She faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted.

Cortez was assigned to a training officer on November 19, 2018, when she and her training officer responded to a call of a man stealing wine and batteries from a San Clemente 7-Eleven store. Cortez is accused of taking the theft suspect's debit card, putting it in her uniform shirt pocket, and later giving it to her son, who then used it. The card was never booked into evidence.

Cortez is scheduled to be arraigned on November 18, 2020. She is on administrative leave from the Sheriff's Department.

"The public has an absolute expectation that their law enforcement officers will carry out their duties lawfully," said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. "When laws are broken by the very people who are sworn to uphold them, the public trust is eroded and society as a whole suffers. The entire criminal justice system relies on the trust that those sworn to uphold the law are following it themselves."


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