Temecula Valley Hospital nurse charged with stealing patient’s credit card

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The Riverside Sheriff’s department announce the arrest of a local woman for multiple fraud charges. According to the Sheriff’s release of information on Friday, October 29, 2021, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Southwest Station served a fraud related search warrant in the 24000 block of Leafwood Drive in Murrieta.

The search warrant stemmed from credit cards which were reported stolen from a patient who was hospitalized at the Temecula Valley Hospital in August of this year.

The suspect, identified in police reports as Isabel Valdez, a registered nurse for the Temecula Valley Hospital was arrested for theft by credit card, financial elder abuse, and identity theft.

Isabel Valdez was subsequently booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in Murietta.

The Sheriff’s department conducted their investigation and determined Isabel Valdez acted alone and that the hospital was not aware of her actions.

Isabel Valdez is described as a 33-year-old Hispanic female, with brown hair and brown eyes, standing approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall, and weighing 120 lbs.

The JIMS inmate locator system indicates Isabel Valdez was charged with theft, embezzlement, second degree burglary, and theft by forgery.

Valdez was booked and released the same day on $14,000 bail. She is expected to appear in court at the Murrieta Southwest Justice Center, 01/31/2022, at 07:30 in the morning.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Frank Tiburzio or Sergeant Deirdre Vickers at (951)-696-3169. Anyone who believes they were a victim of credit card or identity theft at Temecula Valley Hospital is encouraged to contact us.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department | Contributed

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