Friday, February 14, 2014

The Hits Keep Coming for the FPD

The Orange County District Attorney announced this afternoon that it will pursue criminal charges against another Fullerton Police Officer.  This time, Officer Hugo Garcia, 32, is accused of theft and embezzlement, both felonies, related to the fraudulent sale of a vehicle.

According to the DA, Garcia borrowed $12,000 from a private lender in October of 2012, using his Chevy Tahoe as collateral.  The very next month, he sold the vehicle to an auto wholesaler for $12,000 cash, despite the fact that the lender still held a security interest in the car.

When Garcia stopped making payments on the loan, the lender repossessed the vehicle from a third party, who had purchased the car some time after it was sold by the wholesaler.  The wholesaler then compensated the third-party buyer for the purchase price of the Tahoe, resulting in a loss for the wholesaler.

That's Fullerton's finest.

Garcia is scheduled to be arraigned on March 14, 2014 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.