GANG PROSECUTION

We refuse to back down in our fight against gangs in San Bernardino County. The people in our gang units, from our attorneys to support staff, are fully committed to running the gangs out of this county. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I will not allow these local terrorists to run our streets. Not on my watch.
— Mike Ramos, District Attorney

Gang members are murderers, robbers, auto thieves, and drug dealers and are even moving heavily into human trafficking and identity theft. There is also great competition among the gangs resulting in numerous assaults and murders. Not only are gangs violent with each other, they commit crimes against our citizens and against our law enforcement officers. Since I was first elected our office has effectively and aggressively prosecuted gangs and their members so that our county’s citizens may enjoy a safe and stable community in which to live and work.

Since the inception of the District Attorney’s Gang Unit in July 2005, we have secured 5,064 prison commitments for a total of 47,697 years + 250 life terms in state prison with 2 convicted gang members on Death Row.


WELFARE FRAUD

We will hold those who cheat the system accountable for their actions and make sure that welfare funds remain available to those who are truly struggling and legitimately need public assistance.
— Mike Ramos, District Attorney

Our welfare fraud unit criminally prosecutes individuals who commit fraud in order to get, expand, or keep public assistance benefits that they would not otherwise be entitled to receive. In the past year, after strengthening our ties with the Board of Supervisors, we have aggressively cracked down on welfare fraud in San Bernardino County.

So far this year, we have filed 16 cases totaling $1,406,398.73 in recoverable value.

In 2016, 220 cases were filed totaling $1,703,731.25 in recoverable value.

 

IN THE NEWS (CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS)

Daily Press - Our View: County, DA step up welfare fraud enforcement

10 San Bernardino County Residents Arrested in Welfare Fraud Sweep

San Bernardino County authorities nab 29 for welfare fraud totaling almost $250,000

Ontario Woman Arrested in Connection to 1998 Welfare Fraud Case


HUMAN TRAFFICKING

For some time there has been the misconception that human trafficking is an evil that only happens in faraway countries, but make no mistake, it is happening right here in our own county. We have taken significant steps and strengthened existing partnerships to send the message that if you commit this horrendous crime in our county you will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
— Mike Ramos, District Attorney

Human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation have been a hidden plague on our county, state, and nation for many years.  In 2013 it became clear that the District Attorney’s Office needed to focus efforts on more effectively investigating and criminally prosecuting these ruthless exploiters. As a result, we produced the above Emmy-nominated documentary that delves into the problem of sexual exploitation in the nation's largest county.

A year after the release of our film and the creation of the prosecution unit, we partnered with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to form a countywide Human Trafficking Task Force.

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Since its inception the task force has made 529 arrests and served and/or recovered 197 victims

The following numbers reflect the success of our Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit working alongside the Task Force and other local law enforcement agencies:

 

Total number of years in state prison 18 defendants received in 2016 for Human Trafficking:

139 years + 1 life sentence


Total number of years in state prison 20 defendants received in 2015 for Human Trafficking:

128 years + 2 life sentences


Total number of years in state prison 17 defendants received in 2014 for Human Trafficking:

117 years + 1 life sentence


AUTO THEFT

Property crimes like auto theft have a significant, negative impact on our society, which is why we are focussed on aggressively prosecuting those who commit this crime, as well as striving to reduce the number of incidents.
— Mike Ramos, District Attorney
 

Our office is proud to have a part in yet another countywide task force: SANCATT—which stands for San Bernardino County Auto Theft Task Force. Be sure to check them out on Twitter using the hashtag #SANCATT.

Their mission is to investigate automobile theft to include motorcycles, boats, personal water craft, recreational vehicles, utility trailers, semi-trucks, off highway vehicles, and construction equipment. Another component of their work includes providing prevention programs such as VIN etching and community outreach to reduce vehicle theft (see above film).

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In 2016, SANCATT conducted 705 investigations which resulted in the following:

  • 213 arrests

  • The recovery of 550 vehicles and components

  • And uncovering and closing down 39 chop shops

  • Along with their success listed above, SANCATT assisted other local agencies in 996 other investigations that led to 160 additional arrests.


CRIMES AGAINST PEACE OFFICERS

Criminals who assault peace officers represent a threat not only to the officer, but also to the safety of the entire community, and to the foundations of our criminal justice system. However, the culture of the criminal justice system has at times failed to treat law enforcement officer victims with the consideration and attention they deserve.
— Mike Ramos, District Attorney
 

Every hour of every day law enforcement officers in San Bernardino County put their personal safety at risk to protect our communities. In 2016, in our county alone, 3,427 peace officers were assaulted, injured, threatened, or interfered with in the performance of their duties. Of these crimes, over 600 were felonies involving physical violence against an officer, use of a weapon on an officer, or threats to kill or injure an officer.

On December 10, 2009, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Maria Gascon pulled over a Mercury Cougar in Victorville, but the driver, Dameyion Kennedy, a 36-year-old Crip gang member (see below) sped off. Kennedy drove through the streets of Victorville and then made a sudden stop. At that point, Deputy Gascon saw the driver open his door and stick out a gun. She heard gunshots as she quickly ducked. When she sat back up, she noticed a bullet hole on the windshield right in front of where her face would have been.

On December 10, 2009, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Maria Gascon pulled over a Mercury Cougar in Victorville, but the driver, Dameyion Kennedy, a 36-year-old Crip gang member (see below) sped off. Kennedy drove through the streets of Victorville and then made a sudden stop. At that point, Deputy Gascon saw the driver open his door and stick out a gun. She heard gunshots as she quickly ducked. When she sat back up, she noticed a bullet hole on the windshield right in front of where her face would have been.

As District Attorney I have a responsibility to change this culture in our criminal justice system and ensure that we are doing everything possible to deter, prosecute, and punish those who attack, threaten, or interfere with our law enforcement officers--which is why I created the Crimes Against Peace Officers (CAPO) Prosecution Unit.