Hugo Garcia, Fullerton Cop, Accused of Stiffing Loan Company and Truck Buyer for $24k

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A Fullerton police officer has been charged with stealing around $24,000 from a financial lender and a wholesale automobile buyer after failing to repay a loan and fraudulently selling his truck, which was collateral for the unpaid loan.

On the bright side, no homeless person was beaten to death in the making of this alleged crime. But you may recall 32-year-old Officer Hugo Garcia as one of two Fullerton cops fired upon in 2008 by a newly minted Wicked Minds gang member (also named Hugo).

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Garcia has also been decorated for bravery (alongside ex-Cpl. Jay Cicinelli) and been the subject of positive press for giving a kid who'd had a gift card stolen $25 out of his own pocket.

But now he is accused of taking out a loan in October 2012 for approximately $12,000 from a financial lender using his Chevrolet Tahoe as collateral and only making the first two payments, according to an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement.

A month later, Garcia advertised his Tahoe for sale on craigslist--despite the financial lender having a security interest in the car--and then sold the truck to a wholesale buyer for $12,000 cash, the OCDA claims.

The buyer was unaware that the Tahoe was being used as collateral for the loan and really surprised to learn the truck was repossessed from someone who bought it from the wholesaler because Garcia allegedly failed to make his loan payments. The OCDA reports the wholesaler re-paid the truck buyer, losing both the Tahoe and his $12,000 payment.

The wholesaler reported the case to the Fullerton Police Department last October, and results of the investigation were forwarded in January to the OCDA, which stresses Garcia was off-duty and not acting in his official capacity as a police officer at the time of the crime.

He is charged with one felony count of grand theft by false pretense and one felony count of embezzlement by debtor of security agreement. If convicted, he faces up to three years in jail. His arraignment is scheduled for March 14. Hurry, someone get John Barnett on the phone; this one will be a layup for the defense attorney who has gotten far worse cops off for far worse crimes.

For those keeping score at home:

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Ex-Cop's Sad Saga Points to Problems with Pill Popping Police . . . and Fullerton PD?
Kelly Janeth Mejia, Fullerton Cop, Placed on Paid Leave for Alleged Theft of iPad in Miami
Kelly Thomas' "Army" To Fullerton PD: We Will Not Forget Your Savage Brutality

Fullerton's ever-vigilant bloggers probably have some more cases I'm forgetting.

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16 comments
carlashworth
carlashworth

 whereas Ramos and Cicinelli exculpated by OC DA Rackaukas(?) , Hugo must pay for his crime because it involves the almighty dollar, not a homeless schizophrenic who refused to stimulate the economy with a paycheck

RonaldMexico
RonaldMexico

Not guilty! Here is your medal of honor, and a bonus.

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

The jury will not only find the alleged theif officer Garcia not guilty, But the wholesaler will have to forgive the loan and give officer Garcia another truck........Paid in full!! And lastly, The A-hole judge will put the wholesaler on 2 years probation!

DavidZenger
DavidZenger

I seem to recall the case of an FPD guy who groped women in the back of a cruiser. And then there was the worst case of all - Veth Mam who was beaten up by the FPD who then had him prosecuted by the DA - even though there was video evidence that caught the whole scam and proved perjury on the part of the cops.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

should be min 5 years and restitution 


but thats not they way the libs roll


somethn bout his childhood or sumptin

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Im betting he will possibly keep his job because it was done while he was off duty. Any takers?

fc2479
fc2479

Dam I hope he keeps his job....hey Manny praying for your return as one of Fullertons finest.....

NoBullshit
NoBullshit

GEEEEEESUZZZZZZ!  Just who the hell is doing the pre-employment checks for FPD?   

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

We'll stop when cops stop being corrupt.

Scott Carvalho
Scott Carvalho

As long as the police are doing wrong then we the public should be made aware. If your tired of seeing and reading about police all the time, then tell them to stop f-ing up and doing dumb sh*t .

Erk Audelo Leon
Erk Audelo Leon

I am sorry OC weekly but what is it with all cop stories? I mean, I don't love cops but they have come my family's rescue several times and promply. Is it just Fullerton? I have had cool cops pull me over and I have never had trouble. This is in Santa Ana, go figure. Anyway, slow down on cop stories, seriously, we as readers want to know about orange county, not about how cops are the extreme, evil. Just my personal opinion. Thanks!

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

This story would have had a much happier ending if 1-800-Loanmart was the entity that lost the $12,000 instead of the car dealer. Hugo must have been in desperate financial condition to take out a loan on his truck from one of these thieving loan outfits.

roman_archer
roman_archer

The scenario I see is that he is put on paid leave while the department conducts a thorough six month investigation, THEN he gets reinstated.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@roman_archer Yeah that sounds like the usual and customary outcome. In the end, again, its Justice for Just Us, as always.

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