The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 11-29-2022 at 10:15 P.M., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were on routine patrol in the 100 block of Kawi Place in Willits, California.
The Deputies observed Carlos Ogawa exit a vehicle with another passenger. The Deputies were familiar with Ogawa and knew he was out of custody on bond. As a term of his release, Ogawa was court ordered to submit to search by law enforcement.
The Deputies contacted Ogawa and searched his person, finding no contraband. The Deputies searched Ogawa’s vehicle and located a checkbook belonging to an adult female from Ukiah, California.
The Deputies observed some of the checks appeared to have been altered with Ogawa’s name inscribed in the “Pay to” line. The Deputies continued their search and located other items they suspected to be stolen from other parts of Mendocino County.
Deputies in the Ukiah area contacted the adult female owner of the checkbooks, who confirmed the checks were stolen and Ogawa had no legal right to possess them.
The Deputies interviewed Ogawa and continued their investigation. As a result of their investigation, the Deputies developed probable cause to believe Ogawa was in violation of the following: 470(b) PC (Felony Forgery), 475(b) PC (Felony Possession Blank Check), 496(A) PC (Misdemeanor Possession Stolen Property) and 12022.1 PC (Felony Commit Offense While on Bond).
Ogawa was arrested on the listed charges and booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.