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Ex-deputy guilty of false report

AN ORANGE COUNTY deputy sheriff pleaded guilty to filing a false report (Shutterstock).

A former Orange County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty Friday to filing a false police report in connection with taking a credit card from a suspect. She later gave the card to her son who then used it.

Angelina Cortez, 41, was charged in September with one felony count of filing a false police report. An Orange County Superior Court judge in Santa Ana reduced the charge to a misdemeanor today over the objection of prosecutors. The judge sentenced Cortez to 120 hours community service and one year of informal probation. She had faced a maximum sentence of three years in jail if convicted.

Cortez was assigned to a training officer on Nov. 19, 2018 when she and her training officer responded to a call of a man stealing wine and batteries from a San Clemente 7-Eleven store. Cortez is accused of taking the theft suspect’s credit card, putting it in her uniform shirt pocket and later giving it to her son, who then used it. The card was never booked into evidence.




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