RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Identity Theft Arrests|
|Written Date:||March 17, 2021||Time:||4:17 PM|
|Incident Date:||March 15, 2021||Time:||12:30 PM|
|Incident Location:||3400 Block of Hamner Ave, Norco|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant R. Smith|
On Monday, March 15, 2021, at 12:31 PM, Norco deputies responded to the report of a victim’s stolen identity being used at a local hotel in the 3400 block of Hamner Ave, Norco. Upon arrival, deputies identified the three suspects as Juan Morfin (35 years of age from the city of San Bernardino), Francine Fuerte (54 years, Transient), and Kellie Hailey (35 years, from the city of Corona) occupying two rooms rented illegally using the victim’s identity.
Deputies initiated an enforcement stop of the suspect vehicle, occupied by Morfin and Hailey, after they were seen leaving the hotel. Upon contacting Morfin, deputies learned he was on parole. Hailey, the passenger, also had an active felony arrest warrant. A search of the vehicle revealed a large quantity of counterfeit credit cards, identification cards containing stolen personal information of numerous victims, and equipment used to manufacture credit cards and identification cards. Fuerte was located within the hotel room in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine.
All three suspects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for Possession of Methamphetamine for sales, Commercial Burglary, Organized Retail Theft, various Felony warrants and parole holds.
In total, deputy’s recovered, 2.476 lbs./1123.2 grams of methamphetamine, $6,041 in US currency, equipment used to create counterfeit credit cards and identification cards, stolen checks, stolen mail and items containing stolen identities of others.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy Kelley Howell at the Norco Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 270-5673.
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|Juan Morfin||Francine Fuerte||Kellie Hailey|