Cop impersonator attempts to solicit money from residents

CATHEDRAL CITY — Local police are warning the public about an unknown suspect who has been calling residents, falsely impersonating a police officer —or public official — for the Cathedral City Police Department. This unknown suspect has been requesting money from the victims to clear up a “traffic fine,” “Gag order,” or “Criminal matter.”

Cathedral City Police Department first received information about a false impersonation about 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 15.

The Cathedral City Police Department does not actively solicit funds from the public to clear up any legal matters, Sgt. Nate Hanley said in a statement.

“If you have been, or are contacted by this person, please do not pay any money to them, or provide him any personal information,” Hanley said.

The Cathedral City Police Department is actively investigating this case. If you have any information reference this case, please contact Detective Commander Rick Sanchez (760)202-2488. CCPD Case # 2209C-3753.

If you would like more information reference common frauds and scams, please visit the Riverside County District Attorney’s website by clicking here. 

If you have information related to this incident or believe you may have information, please contact the Cathedral City Police Department at (760) 770-0300; or via the Cathedral City Police Department website at:; or email

You may also report information anonymously through Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers, by calling (760) 341-STOP; or through the WeTip hotline at: 1-(800)-78-CRIME or by clicking here. Some tip information may qualify for a cash reward.

Photo above:

Fake prop badge designed by photographer on wood with firearm and bullets. Badge number is also fake. Macro shot with focus on the word agent.


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