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Dog Days for Unlicensed Investigator
Former police officer and unlicensed private investigator Kevin Michael Sianez was charged in Orange County, California with 63 counts of theft, fraud, perjury, and not possessing a private investigator’s license.
This was not his first run in with the law. One of the reasons he could not get a license might be his poor background; Mr. Sianez is a convicted Felon. In 1998, he was found guilty of stalking per Orange County court records. The records indicate he was originally charged with seven counts of burglary, criminal threats and a violation of a protective order; all were dismissed in an apparent plea deal. Court records also show in 1998, Mr. Sianez was found guilty of a misdemeanor for not providing for a minor child. In 1999 he was again found guilty of theft.
On August 2nd 2010 in Courtroom C55, Mr Sainez was arraigned. According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, he allegedly committed about $216,000 in fraud; this included taking money from clients for work that was not performed, and not compensating investigators he sub-contracted. He falsely claimed to clients he was a licensed private investigator. He posted false online reviews of his business to pump up his web presence. Mr. Sainez also mislead individuals into thinking he operated a nationwide network of offices and investigators. In reality, he operated out of his home in Fountain Valley with less than five employees, mostly family members; he threatened former employees who alerted authorities, including threatening to burn down the house of fellow CALI member Lori Johnson who posted online warnings about Sianez.
If this case was not disturbing enough, according to the Orange County District Attorney during the fraud probe, Sianez was 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.
The prosecution of this unlicensed investigator started with a lengthy investigation back in 1997. The Bureau of Security and Investigative Services first heard about this violator back in 1997. BSIS was contacted and Deputy Chief Connie Trujillo made the following statement:
The Orange County District Attorney confirmed they originally received this complaint from BSIS and a follow up investigation was initiated by District Attorney Investigators.
It is evident that this case would not have been prosecuted if it was not for the many fellow private investigators throughout the nation. Investigators who want to remain anonymous, located in California, Nevada, New York, Mississippi and Florida helped with the gathering of information against this unlicensed investigator. Also assisting in the gathering of information, was the current and past Unlicensed Practices Committees of the California Association of Licensed Investigators.
The pre-trial for Kevin Michael Sianez is schedule for September 8th, 2010. If Mr. Sianez is found guilty, he could serve a maximum 38 years in state prison. He is currently free on bail. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.