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Posted on: December 13, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Section 8 Housing Fraud



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Section 8 Housing Fraud
Station Area:Perris
Written Date:December 13, 2019Time:2:00 PM
Incident Date:December 12, 2019Time:5:00 PM
Incident Location:1100 Block of Bluestern Trail, Perris
Reporting Officer:Riverside County Sheriff's Department
File Number(s):PE193460137


Michelle Tafoya

In November 2019, the Perris Special Enforcement Team began a fraud investigation which was prompted by a separate criminal investigation. On December 12, 2019, deputies from the Perris Station Special Enforcement Team and Gang Task Force served a search warrant at a residence located on the 1100 block of Bluestem Trail in the city of Perris. 

Items recovered from the residence revealed 40-year-old Perris resident Michelle Tafoya, provided false statements and fraudulent documents to the Riverside County Housing Authority to receive financial benefits.  These statements resulted in an overpayment of $10,000.00 from Section 8 Housing.  Michelle Tafoya was subsequently arrested for the following charges:

  • 487(i) PC (Grand Theft from Housing Authority). 
  • 118 PC (Perjury) 
  • 532a(2) PC (Providing false documents to receive financial benefits).
  • 10980(a) WIC (Welfare Fraud) 

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department will proactively investigate the misuse of government services and funding. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Bo Sivilay with the Special Enforcement Team at 951-210-1000. 

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff's 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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