Hesperia woman nabbed for fraud, ID theft

HESPERIA • Authorities on Wednesday arrested a Hesperia woman who they believe committed a wide array of identity theft and fraud crimes in at least four counties.

Lorraine Nava, 52, was arrested at a home in the 11000 block of Calcite Avenue at 7:51 a.m. Detectives and deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia Station served a search warrant at the home, following leads on local identity theft and check fraud reports.

According to a news release, numerous incidents involving Nava stretch back to at least Dec. 22, 2013. Sheriff’s Service Specialist Kristen Rodriguez determined that Nava had perpetrated multiple counts of mail theft, identity theft, forgery and check fraud against victims throughout the High Desert and Southern California. With assistance from Detective Paul Bader, a search warrant was secured for Nava’s residence.

While executing the search warrant, deputies located numerous stolen items including ID cards, checks and credit cards. Officials say they also seized a “fake ID kit” with fraudulent IDs in various stages of production, computer equipment, electronics and check stock. Deputies also found a stolen vehicle in the garage.

Law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties are conducting investigations of similar cases involving Nava.

Deputies discovered Nava was on felony probation in Los Angeles County for burglary and felony formal probation in San Bernardino County for theft with priors. Law enforcement lists her as a career criminal.

She was arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto on suspicion of burglary, forgery, forgery of signatures, making a fictitious check and possession of stolen property. She was being held on $25,000 bail.

Nava was booked on additional charges of burglary and making a fictitious check, stemming from an investigation by Victorville detectives. Her bail for those charges was also set at $25,000.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Detective Bader at the Hesperia Station at 760-947-1500. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department or WeTip at 800-78-CRIME or www.wetip.com to report suspicious or criminal activity and can remain anonymous.

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