An Orange County sheriff’s deputy was charged Tuesday with filing a false police report.
Chad Matthew Renegar, 30, an eight-year veteran of the department who is on administrative leave, was charged with one count each of filing a false report and perjury, both felonies.
Renegar, who worked in Rancho Santa Margarita as a field training officer, responded to a call of a stolen license plate on May 16, 2019, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The woman told Renegar, and a deputy he was training, that the license plate was stolen in Santa Monica, so he had her sign a California Highway Patrol form to report the stolen plate, prosecutors said.
When a sergeant later rejected the report because it was not within Orange County’s jurisdiction, Renegar told the trainee to alter the report to indicate the plate was stolen in Rancho Santa Margarita, prosecutors alleged.
When the trainee wouldn’t do it, Renegar wrote the report under her name and changed the crime scene to Rancho Santa Margarita and forged the victim’s name, prosecutors alleged.
Renegar is scheduled to be arraigned March 24 in the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
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