Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Statement by District Attorney Mike Ramos regarding Apple’s decision not to comply with court order

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – From day one of this unprecedented terrorist attack, as District Attorney, I have focused on working alongside our law and justice partners to protect and care for our victims. Our victims deserve a voice in federal court given Apple's decision not to comply with a court order. These are victims who were murdered, terrorized, and in some cases, continue to live in fear. It is our responsibility to assist them. We will continue to speak to them, inform them of the progress of the matter, offer them services, and opportunity to be heard. We owe it to them to do everything we can to make sure justice is served.

Friday, February 19, 2016

DDA Tamara Ross receives Award of Excellence from Chino Police Department for work in Human Trafficking Case

Deputy District Attorney Tamara Ross received an Award of Excellence Thursday from the Chino Police Department for her work in the 7-week jury trial of James Otis, Jr. who was convicted of multiple charges related to Human Trafficking.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Senior Investigator Awarded Medal of Valor for Heroic Efforts on December 2, 2015

Chief Mike Smith reads from the certificate outlining Investigator Boyles'
actions prior to the presentation of the medal.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- District Attorney Mike Ramos awarded the Medal of Valor to Senior Investigator Tom Boyles Friday for his actions following the December 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center.

The ceremony took place during an Annual District Attorney Training event at the Jesse Turner Community Center in Fontana.

According to District Attorney Mike Ramos, the Medal of Valor is awarded to a member of the Bureau of Investigation for extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty.

“This is the first time in the history of the District Attorney’s office that an investigator has been awarded the Medal of Valor,” said Ramos.

In addition to a medallion (pictured right) inscribed with the name of the agency and the wording VALOR suspended on a ribbon to be worn around the neck, Boyles received a certificate outlining the actions that support the awarding of the medal. It read as follows:

On December 2, 2015, in the city of San Bernardino, California, two suspects armed with automatic weapons and improvised explosive devices, attacked and fired on county employees who were celebrating the upcoming holidays at the Inland Regional Center.Fourteen were killed and twenty two wounded.It was the deadliest terror attack to occur in the United States since September 11, 2001.

Senior Investigator Tom Boyles was working his plain clothes assignment with the San Bernardino County Auto Theft Task Force (SANCATT) when he learned of the attack.Tom reported to SANCATT headquarters where he received information, and instructions to canvass the area where the suspects in their vehicle were last seen.Tom and his partner officer began searching for the suspects when they heard a radio broadcast of an officer in pursuit.The suspects were shooting at the pursuing officer.The broadcasted location was unclear, but Tom, being familiar with the area, was able to locate the pursuing officer.The suspects stopped their vehicle and began firing automatic weapons at Tom and the responding officers.Tom alighted from his vehicle, advanced on the suspects and returned fire, along with others.The two suspects ceased firing.They were dead.

Therefore; Senior Investigator Thomas H. Boyles, a member of the District Attorney’s Bureau of investigation, is awarded the Medal of Valor for extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty.

Pictured left to right: DA Mike Ramos, Senior Investigator
Tom Boyles and Bureau of Investigation Chief Mike Smith
In addition to awarding the Medal of Valor, Ramos recognized 27 other members of the office for their actions in support of victims on December 2 and for their accomplishments in support of law enforcement’s efforts to apprehend those responsible for the terrorist attack.

The following members of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services were awarded plaques:

Traci Rediford, Victim Advocate II
Maria Rodriguez-Armas, Victim Advocate I
Patricia Lopez, Victim Advocate I
Yesica Cioli, Victim Advocate I (along with K9 Dozer)
Lucy Drake, Victim Advocate II
Claudia Coronado, Victim Advocate II
DJ Ross, Victim Advocate I (along with K9 Lupe)
Denise Hanes, Victim Advocate II
Janet Hulse, Supervising Victim Advocate
Flerida Alarcón, Bureau of Victim Services Chief

Award recipients from the Bureau of Victim Services pose with DA
Mike Ramos following the ceremony.

The following Senior Investigators from the Bureau of Investigation were awarded plaques:

Scott Taylor
Phil Jonas
Paul DeJong
Chad Mayfield
Ernie Antillon
Carlos Flores
Karen Cragg
Rodney Tamparong
John Vega
Bob Erickson
Steve Shumway
Steve Laing
Kevin DeCloud
Hector Vidal
Carl Williams
Mark Anderson
Ray Briones

Award recipients from the Bureau of Investigation and members of the
executive staff pose for a group photo.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fontana man arrested on workers' comp charges

A Fontana man was arrested on insurance fraud charges earlier this month following an investigation conducted by the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Workers' Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit.

Jamie Gallardo, 45, is charged with a violation of Insurance Code § 1871.4, Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud.

It is alleged that on or about April 21, 2010 through April 19, 2014, Gallardo was employed at California Coach & Body located in the City of Walnut. During this time, Gallardo filed a workers' compensation claim alleging he sustained injuries to his chest and back while performing his job duties.

According to Senior District Attorney Investigator Rodney Tamparong, an investigation into possible fraud resulted in the current allegation that Gallardo presented a knowingly false or fraudulent statement in order to obtain Workers' Compensation benefits.

After obtaining an arrest warrant, investigators--with assistance from officers from the Fontana Police Department--arrested Gallardo at his place of residence Feb. 2. Gallardo was transported and booked into the West Valley Detention Center.

This case will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Scott Byrd. If convicted, Gallardo faces five years County prison. Arraignment is scheduled for March 24th in the Rancho Cucamonga Courthouse.

If you suspect Workers' Compensation Insurance Fraud or believe you are a victim of workers' compensation insurance fraud in San Bernardino County contact the District Attorney at DAWorkersComp@sbcda.org or call (909) 891-3523.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

San Bernardino gang member sentenced to 28 years in state prison for assaulting a man walking home from church

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A 31-year-old gang member was sentenced Tuesday to 28 years in state prison for assaulting a man who was walking home from church.

After deliberating for nearly 3 ½ hours, a jury found Isaac Miranda of San Bernardino guilty in Nov. 2015 of Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury and found true the great bodily injury allegation and the gang allegation. The charges stem from a 2014 incident.

Prior to the confrontation, two San Bernardino Police Officers stopped at a red light witnessed a shirtless Miranda—with gang tattoos clearly visible—walking down the street yelling the name of his gang and flashing gang signs in the direction of three other fellow gang members standing across the street.

As Miranda continued down the sidewalk, he crossed paths with the victim, and for no apparent reason, punched him in the left eye—fracturing his orbital area in multiple places.

According to Deputy District Attorney Kathleen Curtis, who prosecuted the case, the victim had to have multiple plates screwed into his eye to correct the damage.

“The victim still suffers from the lasting effects of the punch,” Curtis said.

This case was investigated by the San Bernardino Police Department.