University of La Verne Former Student Faces State Prison Time for Faking Threats
Photo: Anayeli Dominguez Pena
LA VERNE – The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the 03/10/2020 legal action toward a former University of La Verne student charged with faking threats.
While making criminal threats during a scheme to portray herself as one of the victims of the threats, “Anayeli Dominguez Peña (dob 5/2/94) of Ontario is accused of creating fake messages and email accounts last spring and then using them to fake a threat against herself and a student who was not aware the threats were false,” said Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Padilla Diaz .
One felony count each of criminal threats and perjury by declaration, plus six misdemeanor counts of false report of a criminal offense, along with one misdemeanor count of internet/electronic impersonation are facing Peña.
The prosecutor noted that, according to the criminal complaint, Peña reported false threats to police and applied for victim compensation from the California Victim Compensation Board. A possible eight-year maximum state-prison sentence awaits the defendant, if convicted as charged.
The filed warrant on March 6th resulted in the plea of not guilty on March 10th in Case KA124258, and will be returning to court on April 14th in Department F of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch.
Bail is scheduled at $136,000. La Verne PD is actively pursuing the many facets of the ongoing investigation.
L A County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Her staff of nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members is dedicated to protecting the community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims’ rights.