ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

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TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
 
 

Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff 
Office: 714-347-8408 
Cell: 714-292-2718

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

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Office: 714-347-8405
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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 17CF0675      

Date: November 9, 2017

OCDA SEEKING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF 73-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

SANTA ANA, Calif.  –The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) is seeking additional information on the suspicious death of a 73-year-old woman who was in the care of William Marion “James” Carter at the time.

Defendant

Charges

Court Date

William Marion “James” Carter, 67, Riverside

Charged on March 17, 2017, with the following felony counts:

 

  • Elder abuse
  • Attempted grand theft
  • Possession of forged driver's license
  • Money laundering derived from criminal activity
  • (2) Forgery of public or corporate seals
  • (2) Attempt to file false/forged instrument
  • (4) Burglary second degree
  • (7) Grand theft
  • (23) Acts constituting forgery

Jury Trial

 

Nov. 15, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

 

Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

 

Maximum Sentence

32 years in state prison

Circumstances of the Case

  • From March 10, 2016, to March 18, 2016, the defendant is accused of acting as a caretaker for his wife’s distant cousin, 73-year-old Carol Folz, by taking her to doctor appointments, running errands with her, and checking in on the victim.
  • Sometime in March 2016, the victim passed away.
  • The defendant is accused of contacting a private body removal service to transport the deceased victim from her home in Laguna Niguel to San Bernardino.
  • Carter is further accused of cremating the victim’s body without notifying law enforcement, paramedics, or the coroner’s office after the defendant falsely claimed to be her brother and a doctor, and forged a notary’s signature on the cremation authorization.

The investigation in this case is ongoing. Anyone with additional information about the suspicious death of Carol Folz and/or anyone who believes they may have been a victim of the defendant is encouraged to contact OCDA Supervising District Attorney Investigator Damon Tucker at (714) 648-3615.

Click here to watch the video of defendant’s arrest.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney George McFetridge, Major Fraud Unit

 



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