A Johnson Valley man and a Los Angeles woman were arrested in Rancho Cucamonga, accused of trying to defraud a hotel. Rancho Cucamonga police were called to the Homewood Suites extended stay hotel near Ontario Mills about 1 p.m. Thursday. Officers contacted Ralph McMoran, 41, and Selma Dominguez, 45. After an investigation, McMoran and Dominguez were arrested for conspiracy. McMoran was also arrested for defrauding an innkeeper, while Dominguez was also charged with attempting to bring drugs into a jail. Ralph McMoran and Selma Dominguez were released on zero bail.
A Sheriff’s deputy is investigating a case of credit card fraud. About 1 p.m. Thursday, a Twentynine Palms resident called to report that five purchases at different Domino’s locations were made to two of her credit cards. The card owner said she had her credit cards saved onto the Domino’s app . Each purchase was made with a different name and phone number. The deputy learned that the names belonged to real people who paid an unknown person on Instagram money to place the orders for them. The suspect was charging less than what the Domino’s order was worth, and pocketed the money from the people who placed the order.
We have limited information about a Twentynine Palms man who was arrested late Wednesday night. Deputies were called to the 6700 block of El Sol Avenue in Twentynine Palms just before midnight Wednesday. After an investigation, Tom Smith, 20, was arrested on suspicion of defrauding an innkeeper, booked into West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $25,000.
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a case of fraud and forged checks at the Copper Mountain College Foundation. The Foundation reported Monday morning that six fraudulent checks, totaling $4,083.23, had been written on the Foundation’s checking account. Copper Mountain College Foundation Executive Director Sandy Smith told Z107.7 News that the checks were counterfeit checks that were cashed in Orange County and that the Foundation still has the genuine checks in its checkbook. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
Deputies investigating a case of credit card fraud arrested three people Monday, and referred two others to the district attorney’s office for prosecution. Following a tip, deputies went to a home in the 7100 block of Saddleback Road in Joshua Tree about 9:30 Monday morning where they found Monique Reid, 38, of Yucca Valley, and Gavin Nuce, 35, of Joshua Tree. Inside the home was evidence linking the pair to the fraudulent use of a stolen credit card. While at the home, deputies also discovered Michael Pilipovich, 34, of Yucca Valley hiding. Pilipovich has an active warrant for his arrest for robbery. The investigation then led the deputies to the 61900 block of Desert Air in Joshua Tree where they found Sara Korhonen, 40, and Ronald Dick, 44, both of Joshua Tree, along with evidence linking them to the same credit card fraud. Deputies determined that Reid, Nuce, Dick,
and Korhonen conspired to use the victim’s credit card, and used it to make several purchases at Home Depot in Yucca Valley to the tune of more than
$800. Monique Reid and Sara Korhonen were arrested for investigation of burglary, conspiracy, and fraudulent use of a credit card, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $25,000. Michael Pilipovich was arrested for his burglary warrant with his bail set at $250,000. Deputies forwarded information about Ronald Dick and Gavin Nuce’s involvement to the district attorney’s office for prosecution.