Laguna Beach police Officer Rock Wagner, 58, of Lake Forest, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of elder abuse and fraud. Photo from the Fullerton Police Department.
Laguna Beach police Officer Rock Wagner, 58, of Lake Forest, was arrested on suspicion of elder abuse and fraud in December. Photo from the Fullerton Police Department.

A Laguna Beach police officer, his sister and her boyfriend will tell their story Wednesday of exoneration in an elder fraud case prosecutors rejected.

Officer Rock Wagner, 58, of Lake Forest, was back on the job following his arrest in December, his attorney, Michael Fell, said. Wagner will hold a news conference late Wednesday morning along with his sister, Wendy Wagner, 55, of Huntington  Beach, and her live-in boyfriend, Norman McBride, 58.

The three “had been taking care of (the Wagners’ father, Roland) for nine months,” Fell said. “When they were taken to jail, Dad was taken out of the house and, unfortunately, he died a little later. The whole thing was a horrible, horrible travesty.”

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office rejected Fullerton police’s case, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche.

“We rejected the case because there was no proof any theft occurred,” Labreche said. “Looking at the bank records and receipts it would appear all the money taken was used for the care of elderly parents, who were basically not mobile and they were unable to care for themselves and needed 24- 7 care… We did not see any money being taken inappropriately.”

Police alleged when the three were arrested that the victims were fleeced out of several hundred thousands of dollars. A message left with Fullerton police’s public information officer, Sgt. Jon Radus, was not immediately returned.

The three plan to tell reporters “about the anguish they went through having to be arrested,” Fell said. “It was an unnecessary arrest …”

—City News Service

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