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SBSD - Fontana Sheriff's Department
Monday June 10th, 2019 :: 01:35 p.m. PDT


Following an extensive investigation, detectives arrested Pedro Carranza for Theft by Fraud

DATE/TIME: Friday, June 7, 2019/1200 Hours

INCIDENT: PC 532 Theft by Fraud

LOCATION: 17000 Block of Valley Boulevard, Bloomington

VICTIM: (Multiple) Confidential

SUSPECTS: Pedro Carranza, 44-years old, Transient


In October 2018, investigators from the Fontana Sheriff’s Station conducted an extensive Theft by Fraud investigation involving a local business. A business owner from a local tax service reported a male subject had rented office space to conduct paralegal work, tax preparation, immigration and naturalization document preparation, and other legal recordings, specifically for Hispanic clients. The suspect falsified his paralegal and notary public status. Furthermore, the suspect falsely obtained substantial retainers from dozens of people in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, in which they paid in-excess of $2500 each for services they never received. After the suspect received these retainers, he fled the area to start a new business “front.” The suspect failed to provide services under the guise his clients would not report these incidents to law enforcement due to their immigration status.

Investigators identified the suspect as 44-year old Pedro Carranza, aka Pedro Casique, who is transient in multiple Southern California cities. On June 6, 2019, utilizing advanced investigative techniques, investigators located Carranza in Lake Elsinore where he was committing the same acts. The following day, investigators executed a search and arrest warrant at a residence where he was staying and took Carranza into custody. During the search of Carranza's vehicle, investigators located numerous Mexican identification cards, Visas, and other vital government documents.

Carranza was booked at the West Valley Detention Center for Theft by Fraud and his bail was set at $100,000.

Detectives believe there are more victims from San Bernardino and Riverside Counties who are victims of Carranza, under a fictitious business name of Wise Paralegal. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Fontana Sheriff’s Station, Detective Kathy Oros, at (909) 356-6727. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer: Detective Kathy Oros
Station: Fontana Station
Phone No. (909)356-6767
Case No. DR# 031801267

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Fontana Sheriff's Department
17780 Arrow Blvd
Fontana, CA 92335

Emergency: 9-1-1

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