On Friday, October 29, 2021, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Southwest Station served a fraud related search warrant in the 24000 block of Leafwood Drive in Murrieta. The search warrant stemmed from credit cards which were stolen from a patient at the Temecula Valley Hospital.
The suspect, Isabel Valdez, a registered nurse for the Temecula Valley Hospital was arrested for theft by credit card, financial elder abuse, and identity theft. Isabel Valdez was booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center. Further investigation revealed she acted alone and the hospital was unaware of her actions.