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SBSD - Chino Hills Police Department
Friday July 28th, 2023 :: 07:48 p.m. PDT


Chino Hills Detectives and Deputies Arrest Seven Members of a Romanian Theft Organization

DATE/TIME: July 27, 2023/1:00 PM 

INCIDENT: Forgery and Conspiracy, 

LOCATION: 14000 Block of Pipeline Avenue, Chino Hills

SUSPECT(S): Catalin Vasile, 32 year-old male from Romania
Simona Radu, 41 year-old female from Romania
Maria Vlasceanu, 35 year-old female from Romania
Simona Balan, 32 year-old female from Romania
George Paun, 40 year-old male from Romania
Aurica Leondraliu, 45 year-old male from Romania
Antonio Mandragio, 23 year-old male from Romania

VICTIM(S): Confidential 

SUMMARY: On July 27, 2023, detectives and deputies from the Chino Hills Police/Sheriff's Station conducted a follow up investigation for a felony theft by fraud case, which occurred in the city of Chino Hills. Detectives and deputies conducted surveillance and identified a male subject believed to be the suspect in the crime. Detectives conducted a traffic stop and detained the male. A search warrant was authored and served at the residence in the 1800 block of Fern Avenue in Ontario. Detectives recovered a large amount of U.S. currency, falsified foreign government documents, and fraudulent U.S. state identification cards.

Through the investigation, detectives discovered the subjects were members of a Romanian theft organization.

32-year-old Catalin Vasile, 41-year-old Simona Radu, 35-year-old Maria Vlasceanu, 32-year-old Simona Balan, 40-year-old George Paun, 45-year-old Aurica Leondraliu, and 23-year-old Antonio Madragio were arrested and booked at West Valley Detention Center for PC 470 Forgery and PC 182 Conspiracy. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Chino Hills Police Department at (909) 364-2000. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

Refer: Deputy M. Nosek or Detective R. Girard

Station: Chino Hills Station

Phone No. (909) 364-2000

Case No. DR 22231505

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Chino Hills Police Department
14077 Peyton Dr
Chino Hills, CA 91709

Emergency: 9-1-1

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