Simi Valley | Fraud and Identity Theft Suspects Arrested!

Simi Valley Police Department – Incident Press Release

On June 1, 2020, a representative of the Simi Valley High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) contacted the Simi Valley Police Department to report fraudulent activity on the ASB’s financial account. It was discovered that in early to mid-May this year, an unidentified suspect(s) unlawfully accessed the account and stole nearly $7000.00 from the ASB account.
The Simi Valley Police Departments Property Crimes Detective Unit conducted a four-month long investigation in an effort to identify the suspect(s). Through several investigative techniques, the suspect who unlawfully accessed the ASB account was identified as 29-year-old Jake Garcia from West Hills, California. A search warrant was conducted at his residence and numerous items associated with identity theft were recovered.

As a result of the above-mentioned search warrant, information was derived that identified an additional suspect who had provided Garcia with the Simi Valley High School ASB account information, along with multiple other account numbers and access information. This suspect was identified as 39-year-old Tyla Sorrentino of Woodland Hills, California. Further investigative efforts resulted in a search warrant being executed at Sorrentino’s residence. This search warrant resulted in the recovery of hundreds of items of evidence related to identity theft and Employment Development Department (E.D.D.) fraud.

As a result of this in-depth investigation, a total of three suspects were arrested, two unregistered “Ghost” guns were recovered, over $30,000 dollars in suspected fraudulently obtained cash, and two stolen cars were recovered. All suspects were later booked into jail and the charges for each suspect are listed below.

Jake Garcia – 530.5(a) PC – Identity Theft (Felony)
487(a) PC – Grand Theft (Felony)
484(a) PC – Petty Theft (Misdemeanor)

Tyla Sorrentino – 530.5(a) PC – Identity Theft (Felony)
530.5(d)(1) PC – Transfer or convey identity theft material
182(a)(1) PC – Conspiracy (Felony)

Anthony Ballina – 29800 PC – Felon in possession of a Gun (Felony)
30305(b)(1) PC – Felon in possession of Ammunition (Misdemeanor)

 

 

 

Anyone with information related to this crime can contact Detective Josh Lorencz at (805) 583-6224


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