SoCal: Phony Paralegal Preying on Latinos & Defrauded Dozens in the Inland Empire Arrested

The Suspect was Taken into Custody in Lake Elsinore on Friday, June 7

A 44-year-old transient was arrested on Friday, June 7 for allegedly taking advantage of immigrants in a major case involving theft by fraud by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Pedro Carranza, also known as Pedro Casique, 44, described as a transient is suspected of posing as a paralegal and notary public and charging dozens of people for immigration, tax preparation and other services. Carranza never provided any of the services to dozens of victims in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The suspect operated out of Bloomington as Wise Paralegal. He also ran the scam out of various other businesses in the Inland Empire. He chose victims whose immigration status might make them hesitant to speak with law enforcement and had Mexican IDs, visas and other government documents in his vehicle when he was taken into custody in Lake Elsinore.

Authorities believe Carranza may have had additional victims in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties who have not yet come forward. Authorities asked anyone with information relevant to the case to call Detective Kathy Oros at (909) 356-6727.