Riverside officers overcharged in credit scheme at video store

News headline from the Riverside Police Department:

A search warrant was served at a local video store by Riverside Police Economic Crimes and Major Crimes detectives on April 20. The
store, Video Action, is located at 8347 Arlington Avenue, in Riverside. The owner of the video store, Paula Jane Cid, 34, was arrested for several counts of forgery, fraud, identity theft, and grand theft. Cid was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

videoaction333.jpg Detectives began the investigation after numerous complaints that customers were being charged for purchases they never made. Multiple charges were showing up on the victim’s credit cards on behalf of the video rental store.

Detectives began an undercover operation at the business where simple video rentals were made. The undercover officers included a police officer, detective, and Chief of Police Sergio Diaz.

All three officers were fraudulently charged over $200.00 each. In each case, Paula Cid allegedly handled the transactions. The officers disputed the charges and Cid sent in forged receipts to her bank which she claimed they signed.

The operation took place over several months and about fifty Riversiders have been identified as victims of Cid and Video Action.  Detectives believe that there are additional victims that have not yet been identified.

Anyone with additional information on this case may contact Detective Brian Money at (951) 353-7118.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

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