UPDATE: Former cop Kevin Michael Sianez, who failed to show up for his Tuesday arraignment, turned himself in (updates throughout).
After Kevin Michael Sianez failed to show up for his scheduled arraignment Tuesday morning on a 63-count criminal complaint that alleges the former Santa Ana and Stanton police officer defrauded clients as an unlicensed private
investigator and intimidated his detractors–as well as misdemeanor charges accusing the 53-year-old Fountain Valley resident of posting Craigslist ads seeking women to fuck his labrador retriever–the judge issued a $500,000 arrest warrant.
The accused puppy pimper turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon.
He complained of a heart condition and was taken to Western Medical Center
in Santa Ana following his arrest Thursday. Sianez went on to miss his
Monday arraignment before today's make-up hearing. When he also missed that one, Superior Court Judge Erick Larsh issued the arrest warrant.
Sianez was being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $180,000 bail. It would have been $500,000 had he been arrested on the warrant.
The charges against him also allege he threatened to burn down the house of one of his critics. If convicted
on all counts–and there's a lot, as you'll see in the Orange County
District Attorney's Office statement below–the cop for Santa
Ana's department and the now defunct Stanton force from 1979 to 1986,
could get 38 years in state prison
June 25, 2010
FORMER POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING CLIENTS BY STEALING
PAYMENT FOR UNPERFORMED, UNLICENSED PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WORK
*Defendant also charged with conspiracy for soliciting women on
Craigslist to commit bestiality with his dog
SANTA ANA – A former police officer working as an unlicensed private
investigator was charged today with defrauding his clients and
intimidating his detractors, including threatening to burn down the
house of a licensed private investigator. He has also been charged with
engaging in a conspiracy to commit the crime of sexual assault of an
animal by posting ads on Craigslist to have women engage in bestiality
with his dog.
Kevin Michael Sianez, 53, Fountain Valley, has been charged in a
63-count criminal complaint. His felony charges include 20 counts of
grand theft by false pretense, 12 counts of fraudulently using an access
card, two counts of second degree commercial burglary, five counts of
possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from a 1998 conviction for
stalking, four counts of theft with a prior conviction for the same
crime in 1999, four counts of obtaining electricity services through
false representation, and one count each of identity theft, perjury by
declaration, computer access and fraud, and possession of ammunition by a
The misdemeanor charges against Sianez include three counts of
conspiracy to commit sexual assault upon an animal, two counts of
dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, three counts of obtaining
electricity services through false representation, and one count each of
criminal threats, unlawful representation as a private investigator,
engaging in the business of private investigation, and doing business
without a valid license. He faces sentencing enhancements for aggravated
white collar crime over $100,000 and property damage over $65,000.
If convicted, Sianez faces a maximum sentence of 38 years in state
prison. He was arrested June 24, 2010, by Orange County District
Attorney's Office (OCDA) Investigators and is being held on $500,000
bail. He is expected to be arraigned Monday, June 28, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.
in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Circumstances of the Case
The defendant worked as a police officer between 1979 and 1986 for the
Santa Ana and Stanton Police Departments. The Stanton Police Department
no longer exists.
Between November 2005 and June 2010, Sianez is accused of owning and
illegally operating private investigation services without a license
under the names KMS Investigations, Fore-Front Investigations, and
4Front Investigations. Business and Professions Code 7523 requires
proper licensing through the California Department of Consumer Affairs
Bureau of Security and Investigative Services to operate as a private
investigator. The defendant is accused of falsely identifying himself as
a licensed private investigator.
The defendant is accused of posting false reviews of his various
businesses on Internet investigator and referral websites to optimize
his search engine presence. He is accused of using these fabricated
reviews to mislead potential clients into believing his businesses had
nationwide offices and investigators, when in fact he operated out of a
small suite in Fountain Valley with less than five employees, who were
primarily family members.
Sianez is accused of defrauding clients by performing little or no work
on their cases after receiving payment. He is also accused of defrauding
properly licensed private investigation firms by subcontracting
investigative work to them and failing to pay for their services.
Sianez is accused of attempting to intimidate and dissuade witnesses of
his fraudulent activities, including two former employees, by
threatening to use his knowledge and contacts as a former police officer
to file false police reports against them if they reported his actions
to the police or public. He is accused of threatening to burn down the
home of a private investigator if she did not remove Internet comments
she had posted alerting the public about his fraudulent activity.
The OCDA Bureau of Investigation began investigating this case after
receiving a complaint in March 2010, from the California Department of
Consumer Affairs. In the course of the fraud investigation, OCDA
Investigators discovered additional evidence of a bestiality
Between October 2009 and January 2010, Sianez is accused of posting ads
on Craigslist seeking women to engage in acts of bestiality with his
Labrador Retriever. He is accused of conspiring with several unknown
co-conspirators via e-mail to set up meetings in order for the
bestiality to occur.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Supervising
District Attorney Investigator Anthony Sosnowski at (714) 347-8814.
Deputy District Attorney Israel Claustro of the Special Assignments Unit
is prosecuting the case.
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