Escondido Police Make Arrest in Fraudulent Fundraising Scam for Fallen Officer

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  For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at




What is an RSS Feed? 

An RSS Feed contains frequently updated content published by a Web site, usually used for news and blogs.

How do I subscribe to an RSS Feed in Windows Internet Explorer?

• Click the RSS Feeds RSS Icon button to view feeds on the Web page.
• Click Subscribe to this feed.
• Type a name for the feed and select the folder to create the feed in.
• Click the Add to Favorites Bar check box.
• Click Subscribe.
• To view subscribed feeds, click the browser's Favorites button, then click the Feeds tab.

How do I subscribe to an RSS Feed in Mozilla Firefox?

• Click the RSS Feeds RSS Icon button to view feeds on the Web page.
• Click the Always use Live Bookmarks to subscribe to feeds check box.
• Click Subscribe Now.
• Type a name for the feed and select the folder to create the feed in.
• Click Subscribe.