Escondido Police Make Arrest in Fraudulent Fundraising Scam for Fallen Officer

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07/31/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                        JULY 31, 2014

CONTACT: LT. ERIC SKAJA / 760-839-4444

 

Shortly after the murder of Police Officer Laura Perez, the Escondido Police Department received reports of an apparently bogus fundraising website, soliciting funds on behalf of her family – specifically for her 4-year-old daughter. The department confirmed that the family had no knowledge of this site. Fortunately, the scam was discovered before any contributions were made.

An investigation revealed that Escondido resident Sami Ahmed Saeed, age 25, had started the bogus fundraising campaign.

He was also involved in several bogus fundraisers for a young cancer victim.

 

On 07-30-14, members of the Crimes of Property Investigations Division served a search warrant at his residence and gathered numerous items of evidence related to the scams, as well as possession of stolen credit cards found in his residence. Also recovered was items commonly used to manufacture credit cards and identification cards.

 

Saeed was arrested at the time.

 

At the time of his arrest, Saeed was out on bail after having been arrested for the theft of cellular telephones from shoppers at a local mall.

 

“This type of fundraising scam that aims at victimizing not only two families going through personal tragedy, but also the public wishing to assist them, is particularly heinous,” Said Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter. “The Escondido Police Department and the San Diego County District Attorneys Office are working diligently together to bring justice to this individual.”

 

 

Saeed is charged with the following

 

Three counts of P.C. 532D(a) –Fraudulent solicitation for charitable contributions

 

One count of P.C. 530.5(a) Unauthorized use of personal information to obtain goods or services

 

Three counts P.C. 1202.1 – Commission of a felony while out on bail

 

Three counts of attempted P.C. 487(a) – Grand theft

 

Two counts of P.C. 496(a) – Possession of stolen property

 

50 counts of P.C. 484I(a) – Possession of incomplete access (credit) cards.

 

He is currently being held on approximately $200,000 bail.

 

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org.  For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at twitter.com/escondidopolice.