SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – An Orange County Sheriff's Department MP is charged with alleged failure to post evidence gathered at the scene, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Prosecutors said 41-year-old Angelina Cortez and a training officer responded on November 19, 2018 to a report by a woman who stole wine and batteries from a 7-eleven store in San Clemente. Cortez then allegedly took the woman's debit card and gave it to her son, who then used it.
Cortez, who is on administrative leave, has been charged with a felony of filing a false police report in the incident for allegedly not including the debit card in the report she filed about the incident.
"These charges are the result of an incident that was identified and investigated by the Orange County Sheriff's Department and then brought before the Orange County Attorney's Office awaiting filing of criminal charges," Sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Braun said in a prepared statement. "The Deputy Cortez has been on administrative leave since June 2019, awaiting a ruling from the Orange County Attorney's Office. Now that the charges are filed, the department will conduct an internal administrative investigation. "
Cortez is due to be indicted on November 18. According to the prosecutor, if she is convicted as a defendant, she faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.
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