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Deputies Discover Check Fraud Ring in Motel Room Occupied by Transients

HESPERIA-(  Five transients were arrested after deputies discovered their check fraud scheme early Thursday morning. At around 1:53 a.m. two deputies from the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station were conducting a proactive patrol in the 9000 block of Cataba Road when they noticed a suspicious person.

Deputies made contact with the male, identified as 21-year-old Benjamin Allan Spurling who had drug paraphernalia in his possession. He said he was staying at a motel with 24-year-old Kristopher Michael Gales. Gales was found to be on probation.

When deputies arrived at the room they located Kristopher Gales, Erika Rosas, Danny Hernandez and Osmara Hernandes.

Deputies also located methamphetamine, a bank card in the name of Spurling Landscape and an envelope containing 48 altered or counterfeit checks made out to Spurling Landscape. Through investigation, deputies learned that Spurling Landscape is a fictitious business. Deputies intercepted these altered checks totaling almost $10,000 before they were cashed.

Suspects Benjamin Spurling and Danny Hernandez were arrested for Conspiracy, identity theft, Possession of fictitious checks and Possession of stolen property. Suspects Osmara Hernandes and Kristopher Gales were arrested on charges of Possession of stolen property. Suspect Erika Rosas was arrested on charges of Possession of drug paraphernalia.

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