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Fresno Woman Attempts to Purchase Vehicle in Ukiah with Falsified Identity Found with Dozens of IDs and Credits Cards


The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

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On June 25, 2021 at approximately 7:20 PM, a representative of Redwood Ford contacted  UPD regarding a possible identity theft. The Redwood Ford employee advised a UPD  Officer that a female subject, later identified as Antoinette Florez, entered Redwood Ford  to purchase a vehicle. Florez provided the employee with a California Driver’s License.  The employee didn’t believe Florez was the person pictured on the California Driver’s  License and became suspicious. Florez placed a cash deposit on a vehicle using the  California Driver’s License she had provided, and planned to take possession of the  vehicle the next day. The employee provided UPD with a picture of the vehicle that  Florez had arrived in at the dealership.  

A short while later, UPD Officers were on patrol and spotted the vehicle parked at Lalo’s  Mexican Food. UPD Officers approached the vehicle and contacted Florez. While speaking with Florez, UPD Officers learned she had an active felony warrant for her  arrest in Fresno County, for 1203.2(a) PC. UPD Officers additionally were advised  Florez was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for false personation of  another (529 PC). A term of her PRCS was to obey all laws.  

When asked about the incident at Redwood Ford, Florez informed Officer’s that she entered Redwood Ford with the intent to purchase a vehicle using someone else’s identity. A search of Florez and her possessions, per her PRCS terms, resulted in UPD  Officers locating multiple California Identification Cards and California Driver’s  Licenses that did not belong to Florez. Additionally, UPD Officers located over a dozen  credit/debit cards that also did not belong to Florez. Florez was taken into custody  without further incident.  

Florez was booked at the MCSO Jail on the above-mentioned violations and her bail was  set at Zero bail, per the COVID bail schedule.  

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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