MORENO VALLEY – After attempting to cash a fraudulent check, a Moreno Valley man was arrested for check fraud and burglary.
Deputies from the Moreno Valley Riverside Sheriff’s Station were called to bank in the 12000 block of Frederick Street on Thursday May 19, 2016. A teller reported that a client was attempted to cash a check that was believed to be fraudulent. Deputies arrived at the bank and detained the suspect, Daniel Palacios, 37 years old from Moreno Valley.
According to the bank, Palacios had cashed a check that proved to be fraudulent at the bank on May 17, 2016, as well. According the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, both checks had both been stolen from a mail box in the city of Chino. Palacios was arrested and booked into Riverside County Jail for burglary and check fraud.
The Moreno Valley Police Department reports an upswing in mail fraud and is working to quell the crimes. “We would like to encourage residents, and business owners to partner with the Department to help prevent mail theft,” said Sergeant Aaron Kent. Authorities recommend implementing practices and behaviors that are deterrents to crimes of opportunity, allowing thieves to obtain confidential personal information from mail. In particular, residents are advised to consider investing in a US Postal Service-approved locking mailbox to protect your mail from theft.
If you are the victim of mail theft you can file a mail theft complaint with the US Postal Inspection Service by calling 1-800-275-8777. Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Anderson or the Burglary Suppression Team, at the Moreno Valley Police Department by calling (951) 486-6700, or by email to MVPD@moval.org.