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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

Yucca Valley - Forgery/Identity Theft

DATE:            September 26, 2013

LOCATION:   57100 block of Yucca Blossom Drive, Yucca Valley

VICTIM:          Ernest Vilmos Family Trust

SUSPECT:      Stephanie Danna, age 24 a resident of Yucca Valley


In May 2013, Deputy Garcia from the Morongo Basin Sheriff's Station began n investigation into the validity of a "Living Trust Will." The victim, Ernest Vilmos, had passed away in August of 2011.   Mr. Vilmos' daughter opened a civil probate case against her father's former caretaker, Stephanie Danna.  Vilmos' family had reason to believe the Living Trust was altered and the signatures were forged. The Notary book containing Vilmos's signature was confiscated during a search warrant. The Notary book was sent to Sheriff's Crime Lab for fingerprint comparison. The Sheriff's Crime Lab discovered the fingerprints returned to someone else other than Ernest Vilmos. Two more search warrants were served at Dannas home and at a second residence in June 2013. Evidence was gathered at both locations showing that the Living Trust was altered and the signatures were forged.


The case was submitted to the District Attorneys office and on September 24, 2013 an arrest warrant was issued for Stephanie Danna.  Deputy Garcia arrested Danna at her home on September 26, 2013 on the active warrant. Danna was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for charges including, Perjury, Forgery and Identity Theft. She is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.


Refer:         Deputy A. Garcia

Station:       Morongo Basin Station

Phone No.:  (760) 366-4175

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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