ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
Case # 17CF0642
Date: March 15, 2017
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Fullerton police officer was charged today with filing a false police report. Miguel Siliceo, 51, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of false report by a peace officer. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) also gave notice to the court and the defense that the OCDA may seek to introduce evidence regarding the defendant’s conduct in filing a fraudulent insurance claim back in 1999. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of three years in county jail. Siliceo is scheduled to be arraigned on April 5, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On July 9, 2015, Siliceo was on patrol with his partner in downtown Fullerton. Siliceo is accused of filing a false police report after arresting John Doe for resisting arrest. The defendant is accused of preparing a report which stated that John Doe charged at Siliceo’s partner during the arrest of another suspect.
The OCDA relied on the accuracy of this report and filed charges against John Doe forone misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. After the case was filed, body worn camera footage from the other officers present at the time of the arrest of John Doe and the other suspect was obtained. The footage did not corroborate the arrest report Siliceo wrote. The charges against John Doe were dismissed and the case was referred to the Special Prosecutions Unit for review for filing a criminal complaint against Siliceo.
Simultaneously, a complaint was submitted by the Orange County Alternate Public Defender’s Office to the OCDA. The OCDA investigated this case with the full cooperation of the Fullerton Police Department.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Nichols of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.
TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Michelle Van Der Linden, Spokesperson