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Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety
Friday June 14th, 2019 :: 08:00 a.m. PDT


Check Fraud Investigation Uncovers Counterfeiting Operation

On May 31, 2019, Rohnert Park Public Safety Officer Vincent Neuman took a report regarding a victim who said he had been notified by his bank that a check he was given was fraudulent.  The check was reportedly given to the victim by 56 year old Ernest Alfonso Reed of Rohnert Park, who is currently on Parole for Kidnapping.  Officer Neuman began investigating the fraudulent check and contacted Ernest Reed’s Parole Officer to confirm he was still living in Rohnert Park.  On June 13, 2019, Officer Neuman along with other Patrol Officers and Rohnert Park Public Safety’s Community Oriented Problem Solving team went to Ernest Reed’s home on Heath Circle in Rohnert Park where they discovered he was living in a trailer on the property.  The officers made contact with Ernest Reed and other residents at the house, including 44 year old Danyell Bonds-Thrower.
The officers conducted a parole search of the trailer Ernest Reed and Danyell Bonds-Thrower were living in and found numerous items used to create fraudulent checks and credit cards.  They also found credit cards, debit cards, and social security cards in other people’s names, additional fraudulent checks, and methamphetamines.  Ernest Reed was arrested for a Parole Violation, Passing a Counterfeit Check, Forgery and Counterfeiting, and Burglary.  Danyell Bonds-Thrower was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and violating her probation.  Both were booked into the Sonoma County Jail, and additional charges will be requested against both of them as all of the evidence located in their trailer is processed and additional victims are identified. 

Identity theft, credit card or debit card fraud, and check fraud are common crimes.  Rohnert Park Public Safety encourages people to be diligent in monitoring their accounts, as well as their mail, to help prevent fraud.  If you are the victim of fraud or identity theft report it to the Police Department as well as your bank or credit card companies immediately to ensure additional fraud does not occur. 

Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety
City Center Dr
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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