San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: 4/7/16 1:53 A.M.

INCIDENT: FIVE ARRESTED IN CHECK FRAUD RING

LOCATION: 9000 BLOCK OF CATABA RD, HESPERIA

SUSPECT(S):

ERIKA ROSAS, AGE 34
DANNY ROBERTO HERNANDEZ, AGE 21
BENJAMIN ALLAN SPURLING, AGE 21
KRISTOPHER MICHAEL GALES, AGE 24
OSMARA HERNANDES, AGE 26, ALL TRANSIENTS OF THE HIGH DESERT

Summary

On Thursday, April 7, 2016 at approximately 1:53 a.m., Deputies Thurman and Browne of the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station were conducting proactive patrol in the area and noticed a person acting suspiciously. Deputies made contact with Benjamin Spurling who was found to have drug paraphernalia on his person. Spurling said he was staying in a room at the motel with Kristopher Gales, who was found to be on probation.

Inside the room deputies located Kristopher Gales, Erika Rosas, Danny Hernandez and Osmara Hernandes. Deputies also located methamphetamine, a bank card in the name of Spurling Landscape and an envelope containing 48 altered or counterfeit checks made out to Spurling Landscape. Through investigation deputies learned that Spurling Landscape is a fictitious business. Deputies intercepted these altered checks totaling almost $10,000 before they were cashed.

Suspects Benjamin Spurling and Danny Hernandez were arrested on charges of PC-182(a)-Conspiracy, PC530.5-Identity theft, PC476-Possession of fictitious checks and PC496(a)-Possession of stolen property. Suspects Osmara Hernandes and Kristopher Gales were arrested on charges of PC696- Possession of stolen property. Suspect Erika Rosas was arrested on charges of H&S11364- Possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Refer: Karen Hunt, Media Relations

Station: Hesperia

Phone No. 760-947-1549

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700