News Story


Camarillo - Four suspects arrested for check forgery and counterfeiting
5/21/2012 8:07:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Check Forgery/Counterfeiting Ring Arrests

RB#: 12-10978




900 Block W. Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo

Date & Time:

05/16/2012 @ 2:20 PM

Unit Responsible:

Camarillo Patrol and Investigations Units

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

City of Residence


(S) Melandre Tavanlar

(S) Michael Camacho

(S) Kimberly Mejia

(S) Percilla Gomez

Woodland Hills

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At about 1200 hours on 05/16/2012, staff members from a local motel staff found what they believed to be evidence of check forgery being conducted in one of the rooms at the hotel.  Hotel staff reported their findings to the Camarillo Police Department.  Responding deputies and investigators found the four suspects listed above and detained them.  The investigation revealed the four suspects were involved in counterfeiting checks, possession of stolen checks, check forgery, identity theft, and controlled substance abuse.  The deputies and investigators found evidence of the crimes in two of the motel rooms, and in two vehicles left parked at the motel.  All four suspects were arrested for theft, forgery, identity theft, and drug related charges.


Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Senior Deputy John McGrath, Detective

Media Release Date:

May 17, 2012

Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Greg Gibson, Detective - (805-388-5116)

Approved by:

Bruce Macedo, Captain