Mark Breceda's Cousin
Posted in the Rowland Heights Forum
Irwindale police officer charged with stealing $250,000 from elderly father
Officer denies allegations
By Ruby Gonzales
Posted: 04/10/2013 06:45:06 PM PDT
Updated: 04/10/2013 07:16:57 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES - An Irwindale police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to stealing his 89-year-old father's life savings,$250,000, which was hidden in a garage.
Dennis Alva, 47, was arraigned at Los Angeles Superior Court on charges of grand theft, second-degree burglary and elder abuse, according to Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.
She said the father notified Azusa police after discovering the money he had hidden throughout his garage in Azusa was missing. She said the money was the father's life savings.
Alva, who is a patrol officer with the Irwindale Police Department, surrendered Wednesday in court. He'll be back in court May 6 so a date can be set for his preliminary hearing.
If convicted of all the charges, Robison said Alva faces up to four years in county jail.
Azusa police Lt. Steve Hunt said the money hasn't been recovered. The victim reported the theft on Dec. 24, he said,
The alleged theft took place over several years, according to Hunt. Detectives don't know what Alva spent the money on.
Azusa police presented the case in March to the District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division which filed the charges against Alva on Wednesday.
Irwindale Police Chief Dennis Smith wouldn't say if Alva is on leave, when the department started its administrative investigation and when it will be completed.
"I can't comment on a personnel matter," he said.
It's not clear if Alva is out on bond because his name
doesn't appear in the sheriff's booking system.
Two other members of the Irwindale Police are also being investigated, Both for alleged sexual misconduct.
A former sergeant was accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop in October.
City officials wouldn't confirm the name of the sergeant or the allegation. They did say an administrative investigation was concluded and that the sergeant is no longer with the police department. Citing privacy laws, they didn't say if he was fired or if he quit.
Irwindale police also asked the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to investigate.
Another officer was also placed on administrative leave after he was accused of having inappropriate relationships with Explorer Scouts. As with the former sergeant, police launched an internal probe and asked the sheriff's department to do an investigation on the allegation.
- Staff writer Brian Day contributed to this report
Lets Not Forget......
January 03, 2013|Los Angeles Times
Ex-Irwindale police cadet charges sexual harassment by lieutenant
Woman's lawsuit says Lt. Mario Camacho pressured her to accept his advances in exchange for favorable treatment at work and a reduced rate on a rental condo.
A cadet who said she was sexually harassed and later forced to quit has sued the Irwindale Police Department, the second lawsuit in six months to question the behavior of a high-ranking police lieutenant
Both lawsuits filed against the agency name Lt. Mario Camacho. In July, Officer Rudy Campos filed a federal lawsuit alleging that he didn't get overtime and received negative performance evaluations after he voted against a contract provision Camacho favored. That case is pending.
The most recent complaint, filed Dec. 11 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that Camacho sexually harassed Alma Chavez, a non-sworn police cadet who started working with the department in 2008. She alleged that Camacho held her hand, kissed her and groped her while they were on duty, sometimes in his office or city-owned car.
Initially, she rebuffed his advances, but gave in when he created "a hostile work environment," according to the lawsuit. When Chavez accepted Camacho's advances, he promised her a full-time permanent position with the city.
Camacho "would be really mean to her and make it difficult for her at work, but when she accepted the advances he was really nice to her," said Brandi Harper, a lawyer representing Chavez and Campos. "When she started, she was 19 years old, her dream was to be a police officer and he knew it."
Irwindale Police Chief Dennis Smith referred questions to attorney Jeffrey Thompson, who is representing the department in both lawsuits. He declined to comment on any specifics.
"The city takes these type of matters very seriously and believes it has done nothing wrong in this case," Thompson said. "We will be defending it aggressively."
During Chavez's more than four years of employment at the Irwindale Police Department, Camacho gave her gift cards worth hundreds of dollars at Victoria's Secret and Forever 21, as well as a Tiffany's bracelet and Louis Vuitton purse, according to court records..
In an October deposition, Camacho didn't deny that he gave her gifts and admitted kissing and holding Chavez's hand while they were on duty because they "were close friends."
He said he also lent her money and rented Chavez a condo he owned at below-market value to help her out, but later asked her to move out when he discovered someone else was staying there and not paying rent.
In the lawsuit, Chavez said that she felt forced to quit and that Camacho was upset because she was living at the condo with her boyfriend. He allegedly called her into a meeting and told her, "I can't stand working with you anymore, this meeting will be your two weeks' notice."
She submitted a resignation letter after that meeting, according to the complaint.
Thompson declined to say whether Camacho had been disciplined or placed on administrative leave.
It also reminds me of my own mother. I guess it should embarrass me that my mother is the town skank, but that's what happens when you don't spay biitches
Hey has rosey been spayed and Breceda's sister if not I hear the dog pound is running a special two for the price of one.
U mean they are offering my mother and my daughter for the price of one? What a bargain! I'll be their first customer. I hope they had their flea shots! Can biitches spread crabs? I guess I'll find out. Open wide momma! Ol' jimmy cuntley's coming!
This lawsuit is costing me hundreds of thousands of dollars I should have just paid for the stupid trip.Then my mommy is mad at me because the IRS is looking into her finances and my poor brother has a money grabby wife that is always broke and he can't work anymore. That Hunley has destroyed my life I wish I had never done those awful things to him back years ago..
It's ridiculous to ask LASD to investigate! I can't believe these people manage a city and act like that. What an embarrassment and they're Latino too. What the heck is this world coming to.
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