Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Kevin Michael Sianeza former Santa Ana and Stanton police officer working as an unlicensed private investigator was convicted and sentenced yesterday for defrauding his clients.
Between November 2005 and June 2010, Sianez owned and illegally operated private investigation services without a license under the names KMS Investigations, Fore-Front Investigations, and 4Front Investigations. Business and Professions Code 7523 requires proper licensing through the California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Security and Investigative Services to operate as a private investigator. Sianez falsely identified himself as a licensed private investigator.
Sianez posted false reviews of his various businesses on Internet investigator and referral websites to optimize his search engine presence. He used these fabricated reviews to mislead potential clients into believing his businesses had nationwide offices and investigators, when in fact he operated out of a small suite in Fountain Valley with less than five employees, who were primarily family members. Sianez defrauded clients by performing little or no work on their cases after receiving payment. He defrauded properly licensed private investigation firms by subcontracting investigative work to them and failing to pay for their services.
The Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Bureau of Investigation began investigating this case after receiving a complaint in March 2010 from the California Department of Consumer Affairs. OCDA Investigators arrested Sianez June 24, 2010.
Senior Deputy District Attorney John Christl of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case.