Identity Theft Ring Bust in Chino

By City of Chino PD

CHINO– On December 29, 2016, Chino Police Officers responded to a motel located on the 12000 block of Central Avenue for a report of suspicious subjects, possibly renting a room using a fictitious name.

Officers confirmed the name and credit card used was fictitious and proceeded to attempt to make contact with the subjects.  The subjects were no longer in the room.  Through a swift investigation using witness interviews, the officers were able to locate the two suspects at a motel in Pomona, Ca.  The two suspects had multiple outstanding warrants for their arrest.

Subsequently, search warrants were served to both motels in Chino and Pomona. Officers located over 40 counterfeit driver’s licenses and over 100 counterfeit credit cards along with several computers and printers used to print counterfeit driver’s licenses and credit cards.

Suspect 1: Chad Jensen, 32 years old (DOB 4-16-84) residing in the Orange County area.

Suspect 2: Ashley Villarreal, 27 years old (DOB 9-25-89) residing in the Orange County area

Both suspects are charged with possession of ten or more persons’ identity with the intent to commit identity theft, and possession of an embossing machine with the intent to commit identity theft, along with other identity theft related charges.

The initial investigation has identified fifty separate identity theft victims. Investigators expect to identify more victims as the investigation continues. This identity theft operation was complex and included the use of sophisticated technology.

“Being the victim of identity theft is very frustrating and time consuming. The Chino Police Department is committed to seeking out these types of criminals, shutting down their operation, and making sure they are prosecuted.” – Lieutenant Kevin Mensen

Anyone with information or any potential victims may call Chino Police Investigations at 909.334.3093