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Deputies Investigate Suspect Charged with Stealing Deceased Person's Identity to Obtain Credit Cards
9/24/2014 1:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Suspect Steals Deceased Person's Identity

Report Number:



1200  block of Briana Circle, Oxnard

Date & Time:

09/24/14 @ 08:00

Unit(s) Responsible:

Major Crimes Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Sandra Lopez




Sandra Lopez has been charged with a felony count of identity theft after stealing the identity of a deceased person in order to fraudulently obtain credit cards.


Last month, the Ventura County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit began an investigation into an allegation that Sandra Lopez stole her deceased mother's identity in order to obtain credit cards.  During the course of the investigation, detectives obtained evidence confirming Lopez opened five separate credit accounts by pretending to be her deceased mother.  Detectives also learned Lopez operated a collection agency named 'Simple Collections.' The fraudulent credit accounts were opened within weeks of the death of Lopez's mother and were used to obtain goods and services for Lopez's own benefit.  After detectives executed a search warrant at her residence in Oxnard, the case was presented to the District Attorney's Office.  As a result of the investigation, a felony identity theft charge has been filed against Lopez.


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is committed to safeguarding the identities of citizens within our community , as well as, the estates left to surviving relatives of the deceased.  Family members are reminded to notify financial institutions and credit agencies of the death of a family member in order to avoid fraudulent financial activities occurring under their loved ones identity.


Prepared by:

Detective Russell King


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Russell King / 805-384-4731


Approved by:

Captain Chris Dunn / Major Crimes  Unit



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).