An Orange County sheriff's deputy is charged with allegedly taking a debit card from a suspect and handing it to her son who then used it, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Angelina Cortez, 41, is charged with a crime of filing a false police report. According to the Orange County Prosecutor's Office, if convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.
Cortez and a training officer responded to a report from a suspect who stole wine and batteries from a 7-Eleven store in San Clemente on November 19, 2018. She allegedly took the suspect's debit card – which was never posted as evidence – and later gave it to her son, who used it, prosecutors said.
Court records show the date of the violation as December 4, 2018. The sheriff's officers and the district attorney's media office could not be immediately reached to explain the discrepancy in the date of the violation.
Cortez, who is on administrative leave, is due to be indicted on November 18.