Last Updated on November 4, 2023 by BVN

From its beginning, the case against Adam Garcia was riddled with conflicting official documents.

Whether legitimate errors, sloppy work, intentional malfeasance, or a combination, the charges against Adam and the appearance of a haphazard judicial process, has created turmoil in Adam’s life and raised serious questions about the integrity of the Riverside County criminal justice process.

Adam is accused of serious crimes by Riverside County District Attorney (RCDA) Michael Hestrin. They include being over the age of 21, and enticing a minor under 16-years-old to a location to engage in unlawful sexual intercourse.

Who is Adam Garcia?

Previously, a longtime Riverside County resident, Adam was 33 years-old when arrested and worked at a restaurant. He loves art, music, had dreams of owning an art gallery, and plans for his own signature hot sauce.

Adam claims he is innocent, doesn’t know the victim, and says the alleged events described by RCDA in the case, never occurred.

Since his arrest, Adam has studied law and legal processes, representing himself (pro per) against what he views as “an illegal arrest and criminal charges.”  With the charges pending, Adam is unable to find employment, his life is on hold, and his future… uncertain.

Adam Garcia poses at the Chevron Gas Station in Studio City, the first location he was taken in an unmarked vehicle on March 28, 2021, when he was kidnapped by a man who, according to Adam, claimed he was a sheriff. This is one of many incidents where Adams says he was targeted by the Riverside DA that have caused him to fear for his life. (Aryana Noroozi for CatchLight Local / Black Voice News)

Conflicts in the case from the start

Court records show the case against Adam began on March 23, 2018, when deputy district attorney (DDA) Samantha Paixao filed an electronic complaint. The court also shows Adam was arrested on March 9, 2017, however, Adam says no arrest occurred.

The alleged incident happened within the jurisdiction of La Quinta. Its  police department captain, Misty Reynolds’ email explained, their department “signed the arrest warrant declaration [for Adam] on March 8, 2017,” but, “did not make an entry about an arrest on March 9, 2017.”

August 31, 2015

One of several Riverside Superior Court dockets indicates Adam violated the law, however, does not show an arrest warrant (warrant) issued.  The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) records have no record of said violation.

March 8, 2017

Riverside County Sheriff Detective Investigator Kenneth Willow’s declaration was signed alleging Adam had unlawful sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 16.

March 9, 2017

Riverside Superior Court records show Adam arrested. Adam said it did not happen. La Quinta Police Department Captain Misty Reynolds admits signing a Declaration for an arrest warrant, but denies making an arrest.

March 23, 2018

Riverside County District Attorney’s Office files an electronic complaint charging Adam with allegedly having unlawful sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 16.

On September 21, 2022, the night before a court hearing, Adam Garcia, looks through the many crates full of court documents and research he maintains on his case. (Aryana Noroozi for CatchLight Local / Black Voice News)

Adam is arrested, claims “not Mirandized”

Adam’s life forever changed when the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) arrested him October 26, 2018. However,  it remains a mystery how NBPD learned of the April 2, 2018, Riverside County arrest warrant.

Adam and his mother, M. Garcia, were inside the family recreational vehicle outside a Newport Beach hotel when two police officers contacted them claiming the hotel complained about their internet use.  M. Garcia recalled denying the allegations, and moving the vehicle.

Later, they were surrounded by 8 to 10 police vehicles, the officers held Adam, his mother, and brother at gunpoint, handcuffing Adam and placing  him under arrest.  Adam claims no advisal of being placed under arrest, no arrest warrant was presented, and no Miranda Rights were read. 

NBPD records show Adam was arrested before the warrant abstract (no arrest warrant) was received from Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD).  Adam’s bail was set at $25K; his family raised the money, and bailed him out.

The missing arrest warrant 

Adam requested a copy of the April 2, 2018, arrest warrant from RCSD, RCDA, and the court. 

At the court clerk’s office, they obtained RCSD Investigator Kenneth Willow’s declaration, with a note acknowledging it was the only document available in court records related to the warrant.

Handwritten instructions on formatting motions and writs hang on a lamp in the Garcias’ living room on September 21, 2022. Since his arrest, Adam has studied law and legal procedure to represent himself against what he says are “an illegal arrest and false criminal charges” (Aryana Noroozi for CatchLight Local / Black Voice News)
The yellow note from RSC Clerk B. Garcia confirms this as the only record in their files regarding the April 2, 2018, arrest warrant, indicating Judge A. Villalobos approved bail set at $25K on April 1, 2018. Court records show no entry on that date, only Willow’s declaration filed April 2. (Source: Riverside County Superior Court)

April 1, 2018

Riverside Superior Court Judge A. Villalobos approves and signs Willow’s declaration designating bail set at $25,000. (see 03/08/2017) Riverside Superior Court records show nothing occurred on 04/01/2018.

April 2, 2018

Court records reflect Willow’s 03/08/2017 declaration was not actually filed until this date. Riverside Superior Court Clerk B. Garcia acknowledges Willow’s declaration was the only document available in court records related to the arrest warrant for Adam.

April 2, 2018

Certified Warrant abstract shows an arrest warrant issued for Adam on April 2, 2018, by Indio Superior Court Presiding Judge Becky Duggan.

October 26, 2018

Adam is arrested by Newport Beach Police Department allegedly on an arrest warrant issued by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, however, only the abstract of the warrant was provided not the actual arrest warrant. Newport Beach Police Department records do not show how they learned of the out -of-county arrest warrant that cannot be found. Adam claims no advisal of being placed under arrest, no arrest warrant was presented, and no Miranda Rights were read.

March 4, 2020

COVID restrictions go into effect across the country, courts partially close, and masks are required.

August 3, 2020

Adam learns accidently from a receptionist at the district attorney’s office that he has a hearing because his mail was being sent to an address in San Jose that belonged to his bail bonds’ company. Is is unclear regarding why his mail was sent to that address.

August 3, 2020

Adam emails Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Molly Tucker advising he was enroute to court. Upon arrival, Adam was denied entrance to the Larson Justice Center in Indio by Allied International Security staff for exhibiting purported COVID-19 symptoms.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Criminal Justice Information Services Division records, which reflect all arrests and warrants, show Adam’s October 26, 2018, arrest occurred, but no warrant.  

FBI and court records conflict.  Black Voice News’ examination of the court’s register of actions found no arrest warrant on April 2, for Adam.  A warrant abstract indicates an arrest warrant issued April 2, 2018, by Indio Superior Court Presiding Judge Becky Dugan.  Willow’s declaration shows Judge Villalobos approved $25K bail on April 1.    

A copy of the April 2, 2018, warrant has not been located.

A questionable bench warrant

By March 2020, COVID-19 gripped the nation, its people, and its institutions, including superior courts where criminal cases are heard and decided.

Adam’s case continued its journey through the justice system at a time when court hearings were sporadic and he was not receiving notice; Adam discovered that notices from December 2018, to January 2023, were mailed to an Aladdin Bail Bonds address in San Jose.  Aladdin is the company that issued his bail.

After being  made aware of a hearing by a district attorney receptionist, on August 3, 2020, Adam emailed DDA Molly Tucker advising he was enroute for his hearing, when Adam appeared at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, Allied Universal Security staff (Allied) prevented his entry over COVID-19 concerns.

An email from Allied Universal Security verifying that they had denied Adam entry to the court on August 3, 2020, due to exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

August 3, 2020

Adam is advised by Allied International Security they would talk to the bailiff about him being denied access, and instructed Adam to file a request to have the matter placed on the court calendar for a hearing.

August 3, 2020

Court records show Adam filed a request to have the matter placed on the court calendar.

August 3, 2020

The court clerk sent a Notice of Forfeiture of Bail to Aladdin Bail Bonds.

August 4, 2020

Court records show an electronic warrant (bench warrant) was sent for Adam’s arrest.

Adam, missing his hearing, petitioned Allied staff, who advised they would contact the bailiff, and recommended Adam return in the afternoon, after which Allied staff directed Adam and M. Garcia to the DA’s office where they were kicked out.  

Adam then called the court and was advised to file a request for a hearing, which court records show Adam filed the same day.

Adam’s Request to have the Bench Warrant added to Calendar, Judge Hopp vacated the August 21, 2020, hearing scheduled by the clerk. (Source: Riverside Superior Court)

Despite Adam’s efforts, on August 3, 2020, the court clerk issued a bench warrant and sent a Notice of Forfeiture of Bail to Aladdin Bail Bonds. 

Adam subsequently filed a motion and declaration testifying to his August 3, 2020, court appearance and entry denial with emails from Allied, and requesting the bench warrant be recalled.  

With the November 18, 2020, hearing on the bench warrant approaching, the court denied Adam’s request for an emergency continuance due to family illness.

In Adam’s absence, DDA Tucker held an ex-parte hearing, persuading judge Hopp to retain the bench warrant.  Adam was not notified of the court’s decision.

Declaration of Investigator Otto Carchi made in support of Aladdin Bail Bonds request for additional time to locate and arrest Adam to avoid bail forfeiture to the court.  (Source: Riverside Superior Court)

August 18, 2020

Court records show Adam requested the court withdraw the Bench Warrant.

August 21, 2020

Court vacated the hearing scheduled to hear Adam’s request to have the arrest warrant recalled.

September 10, 2020

Court record indicates Judge Hopp rejects Adam’s declaration in support of the request to withdraw bench warrant as communication outside the presence of the another party known as Ex-Parte.

September 11, 2020

Adam files a declaration that he appeared for August 3rd Hearing, including supporting emails from Allied International Security confirming his denial of entry.
Editor’s Note: The court record indicates that the 09/11/2020 declaration declaration was rejected on 09/10/2020 this is prior to the declaration being filed.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department letter dated July 22, 2022, stating they found no record of Carchi attending the Ventura County Sheriff’s Academy. (Source: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department)

On March 28, 2021, Adam, his mother and brother, unaware Carchi was after Adam, noticed an unmarked car following them.

Carchi, accompanied by three men, confronted Adam inside their Studio City parking structure, guns at Adam, his mother, and brother. Carchi displayed sheriff emblems on his clothes, declared he was a sheriff and demanded Adam exit the vehicle and surrender. Carchi told them his name was David.

On September 9, 2022, Adam and M. Garcia pose outside of their former Studio City apartment where in March 2021, Adam was forced to exit his mother’s car and surrender himself to a man who claimed he was a sheriff.  Adam says he was then kidnapped for hours fearing for his life as he was trapped in a hot SUV twice, describing it as “intentional torture.” (Aryana Noroozi for CatchLight Local / Black Voice News)

Adam surrendered, was handcuffed, and placed in the unmarked SUV.  Enroute to jail, Adam recalled, Carchi stopped at Starbucks leaving him handcuffed in the SUV for about 15 minutes.  Upon returning, Carchi refused Adam water.

Photograph of the Starbucks where Adam sat handcuffed in the SUV for about 15 minutes, and was refused water. (Source: Adam Garcia)

Carchi then traveled to the Los Angeles Twin Towers Jail, leaving Adam inside the SUV for about 45 minutes. “[I]t was just really hot inside, you know. [It] felt like torture, intentional torture, I thought I was going to die.”

Records show it was 85 degrees that day. According to the journal, Pediatrics, a car’s interior can heat up by an average of 40 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour, regardless of ambient temperature. It also noted 80% of the temperature increase can occur within the first half-hour.                      

Adam says Carchi then transferred his custody to a plainclothes man who exchanged Adam’s handcuffs, and put on ankle shackles, placing him in an unmarked car.  Adam was then transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside and booked.

Declaration of Investigator Otto Carchi made in support of Aladdin Bail Bonds request for additional time to locate and arrest Adam to avoid bail forfeiture to the court.  (Source: Riverside Superior Court)

November 18, 2020

Adam asked and was denied an emergency continuance to reschedule this hearing to remove the Bench Warrant. In Adam’s absence, deputy district attorney Molly Tucker persuaded Judge Harold Hopp to keep the bench warrant in place. Warrant remains active.

December 3, 2020

A Court registry section labeled “status” shows another warrant for Adam’s arrest is issued on 12/03/2020, however, in the “actions & minutes” section there is no reference to the warrant.  A case print emailed to Adam by DDA Molly Tucker shows the 12/03/2020 warrant. Adam says he was never served, and the warrant does not show in DOJ/FBI records.

January 28, 2021

Aladdin Bail Bonds asks the court for more time to arrest Adam and bring him to Court. Court documents show California Surety Investigations, fugitive recovery agent, Otto Carchi, is contracted to arrest Adam. Carchi signs a declaration in support of Aladdin Bail Bonds filed with the court.

March 28, 2021

Adam and his mother, notice they are being followed by an unmarked vehicle while in Studio City. Carchi, armed, displaying sheriff emblems, and accompanied by four similarly dressed and armed men, all point guns at Adam, his mother, and brother, and arrest Adam. Enroute to jail, Carchi makes two stops leaving Adam in a hot vehicle and refuses to give him water.

Enroute, Adam questioned the man in plainclothes.  Who did he work for? What was his name and badge number?  The man replied his name was Ricardo and all were part of a Riverside County District Attorney Special Unit, while withholding his badge number. 

Adam, jailed, his relatives obtained $25K bail from Tenwick’s All-Mobile Bail Bonds (Tenwick’s), securing his release.  Court records show the bench warrant remained active.

Carchi’s declaration shows he acted immediately to contact Adam’s new bail company, Tenwick’s, to place doubt that Adam would appear in court.  (Source: Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Molly Tucker)

Court negligence and Carchi’s interference led to a 2nd illegal arrest 

On March 29, 2021, Carchi discovered Adam was released, Carchi contacted Tenwick’s, convincing them Adam’s relatives provided false addresses, that their use of a P.O. Box on their bail documents was suspicious, and raising doubt Adam would attend court.

Carchi alleges Adam and his family members used post office boxes as their home addresses, and moved to an address in Studio City, where he tracked down Adam.   

Jose Garcia of Tenwick’s claims he did not know the family was using a P.O. Box.  Tenwick’s Co-Owner, Terry Tenwick, also claims in her written statement that Adam’s family phone was disconnected on March 31, 2021, Jose Garcia claimed no one responded to phone/text messages left on March 29, that M. Garcia attempted to have Jose Garcia sign a declaration rather than be subject to future legal action.  

In response, M. Garcia provided an authorized recording of their telephone service provider assuring the telephone lines were in service until July 7, 2021.  

M. Garcia explained to Jose that Adam could decide that his testimony was necessary, which could be done through a declaration or through a subpoena issued by the court. Jose informed M. Garcia that Tenwick’s does not allow its employees to provide declarations.

Written Statement from Terry Tenwick Co-Owner of Tenwick’s All-Mobile Bail Bonds

Carchi’s contact with Tenwick’s persuaded their agent Michael Casas that Adam was being rearrested and to hire Carchi to locate and re-arrest Adam.

M. Garcia’s Conversation with Wireless Service Provider, Life Wireless

Recording of M. Garcia verifying with Life Wireless, their service provider, when their phone service was working at the time Tenwick’s claims it was disconnected.  (Source:  M. Garcia)

On April 26, 2021, Carchi located Adam in the City of San Fernando.  The video reveals Carchi with an “Investigator” badge, guns, and handcuffs, accompanied by a similarly-equipped individual, demanded Adam surrender.

YouTube video
At the beginning of the video, recorded by M. Garcia on April 26, 2021, Carchi admits there is no warrant for Adam’s arrest and claims Adam’s bail is being revoked alleging the family lied on the contract with the bail company.  (Source: M. Garcia)

The Garcia family was staying at a relative’s home while mold was removed at their residence, a situation the bail company was aware of according to M. Garcia.

March 28, 2021

Historical records indicate the temperature in Los Angeles was at 86 degrees Fahrenheit on March 28.

March 28, 2021

Carchi then drove to and parked in an alleyway near the Los Angeles Twin Towers jail, leaving Adam for 45 minutes in a hot SUV. According to the journal Pediatrics, a car’s interior can heat up by an average of 40 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour, regardless of ambient temperature. It also noted 80% of the temperature increase can occur within the first half-hour.

March 28, 2021

Adam is then transferred by Carchi to a plainclothes man, who switches handcuffs, and adds ankle irons, before placing Adam in an unmarked car. Enroute to jail, in response to Adam’s questions, the man explains they are all part of a Special Unit of the Riverside District Attorney’s Office. Adam observed no documents authorizing his arrest and transport given to the receiving deputy as required by law.

March 28, 2021

Adam’s family posts $25k bail with Tenwick’s All-Mobile Bail Bonds, and secures Adam’s release from jail.

Again, Carchi transferred Adam’s custody to Ricardo of the “Special Unit” who again delivered him to the Robert Presley Detention Center about two and a half hours later.

Enroute Adam observed Ricardo receiving communications from an unknown person. Adam overheard, “Hey, don’t have [him] – book[ed] until the DA talks to him.”

“[I]t’s kind of weird that the DA wants to talk to me,” Adam wondered.  “So, I thought that possibly some other intentional torture might come about if I met that DA,” Adam dreaded.

On September 21, 2022, Adam points to a Bible verse that brings him comfort. Adam has leaned on his faith throughout this ordeal. (Aryana Noroozi for CatchLight Local / Black Voice News)

With both arrests, Adam recalls how he felt unsafe until he was booked, testifying, “I was fearful throughout the entire time.”

Adam shared both times enroute to jail he was driven at speeds of over 100 miles per hour worrying, “That’s dangerous. We could die, going that fast.”

Adam further observed all individuals involved in both arrests with Carchi, looked like law enforcement, with guns, vests, handcuffs, and badges.  In response to Adam’s questions, Carchi claimed to be both a sheriff, and part of the Special Unit of the Riverside District Attorney.

Adam admitted that during both arrests he prayed, “I just decided to pray and I decided to pray out loud.”  Adding, “I had to do it because I feared for my life.”

Both times Adam was booked at the jail, Ricardo of the “Special Unit” did not provide jail intake with any arrest warrant or documentation from the bail companies authorizing his arrest. 

At jail intake the second time, Adam recalled the Riverside County Sheriff Deputy remarking to Ricardo, normally we are given documentation.

March 29, 2021

Carchi contacts Tenwick’s All-Mobile Bail Bonds, claiming to be an investigator and convincing them that Adam was going to be re-arrested, raising doubt Adam would attend court.  The owner of the Tenwick’s Bail Bond  then said that if that was the case, he agreed to surrender Adam and then said Adam’s  relatives provided false addresses, that their use of a P.O. Box on their bail documents was suspicious.

March 31, 2021

Tenwick’s All-Mobile Bail Bonds authorized LA Fugitive Services, Otto Carchi, to locate and arrest Adam, however, held said documents until April 2, 2021.

April 1, 2021

Court records show “warrant is not recalled.”

April 25, 2021

Judge David Gunn approves increasing Adam’s $25k bail to $250k.

A 10-fold bail increase

On April 26, 2021, DA Investigator Dennis Porras, along with Carchi, signed declarations recommending a bail increase to $500K to ensure Adam’s court appearances.  Carchi signed his declaration “investigator.”

The Declaration for Increased Bail, revealed on April 26, at allegedly 7:07 p.m., in the DDA’s presence, RSC Judge David Gunn increased Adam’s bail ten-fold to $250,000 based on Porras’ and Carchi’s declarations.  Court records show no April 26 entry, only an entry for the Declaration for Increased Bail, and Affidavit for Undertaking of Bail filed on April 28. 

Porras’ declaration confirms, “Deputy District Attorney Tucker has been in contact with Otto Carchi.”

Riverside County District Attorney Investigator Denise Porras Declaration dated April 26, 2021, indicated contact between the district attorney’s office and bounty hunter Otto Carchi.  (Source: Riverside Superior Court)

Adam obtained Terry Tenwick’s statement from Tenwick’s bonding company, Banker’s Insurance where Tenwick stated, “I did not fully understand the purpose of the call from an unknown investigator; I was left with the impression that Carchi was working with the Riverside DA’s Office to apprehend the defendant.”

Co-Owner Terry Tenwick’s impression of Carchi’s relationship with the Riverside District Attorney’s Office.  (Source:  A. Garcia from Bankers Insurance Company)

DDA Tucker emailed Adam a 12-page Declaration for Increased Bail with attachments alleging to be the document filed with the court, however, when pressed, Tucker provided only a 2-page filed-stamped copy of the Declaration referring to Carchi’s Declaration and Tenwick’s statement.

April 26, 2021

Carchi, with two holstered guns, handcuffs, and an “Investigator” badge, accompanied by a similarly-armed individual, rearrests Adam in San Fernando Valley.  Again, Carchi transferred Adam’s custody to Ricardo of the “DA Special Unit” who again delivered him to the Robert Presley Detention Center about two and a half hours later.   The receiving deputy questions the fact that there were no documents authorizing Adam’s arrest and transport.

April 26, 2021

On April 26, 2021, DA Investigator Dennis Porras and private investigator Carchi, signs declarations recommending a bail increase to $500k to ensure Adam’s court appearances.

Although the declaration shows Riverside Superior Court Judge David Gunn on April 26, at allegedly 7:07 p.m. in the presence of the deputy district attorney, increased Adam’s bail ten-fold to $250,000, court records do not show any hearing on April 26.

April 26, 2021

Riverside County District Attorney Investigator Porras’ declaration confirms, Deputy District Attorney Molly Tucker has been in contact with Fugitive Recovery Agent Otto Carchi.

April 26, 2021

Tenwick’s All Mobile-Bail Bonds issues a $2,500 check payable to U.S. Clandestine Fugitive Operations, LLC. referencing “Adam E. Garcia Arrest – Thanks Otto.” Editor’s Note: See below U.S. Clandestine Fugitive Operations, LLC., is a suspended limited liability company, that has been suspended by the California Franchise Tax Board, unable to legally operate.

Bounty Hunter Carchi “not licensed” bounty hunter, unauthorized to carry a firearm and operating under an unlicensed “suspended” business

A  Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) email confirms no investigator license for Carchi while claiming to be an investigator in several declarations, claimed to work as an investigator by multiple bail companies, and had an investigator badge.

Email from BSIS dated April 5, 2023, confirms no investigator license for Otto Carchi. (Source: Bureau of Security and Investigative Services)

Carchi’s firearms permit application from BSIS reveals a 1998 arrest and conviction for an unpermitted concealed weapon in a vehicle. BSIS records show Carchi’s firearm permit was canceled.

BSIS records show Otto Carchi’s firearm permit was first canceled on December 31, 2019.  (Source: California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services)

BSIS records confirmed Carchi is not authorized to carry a firearm, and is not a licensed investigator.   

Tenwick’s authorized Carchi through a contract with LA Fugitive Services to arrest Adam.  Certificates from the California Department of Insurance (CDI) confirm no license under LA Fugitive Services.

Email response to request for public records confirms no documents showing any license for LA Fugitive Services, L.A. Fugitive Services, and Los Angeles Fugitive Services with the California Department of Insurance.

April 28, 2021

The Riverside County District Attorney Investigator Dennis Porras’ Declaration, asking for a bail increase from $250k to $500k to ensure Adam appears in court, is filed with the court.

April 29, 2021

At an April 29, hearing while in custody, Adam attempted to inform the court of his appearance at his August 3, 2020, hearing when he was denied entry by Allied Universal Security due to COVID-19, which resulted in the bench warrant being issued.  Judge Alfonso Fernando informed Adam that it was his bail company revoking the bond and he approved the District Attorney’s  request for a bail increase from $25,000 up to $250,000.

May 25, 2021

Records obtained from the California Bureau of Security and Investigations website indicate California Surety Investigations, the company hired by Aladdin Bail Bonds that contracted with Carchi, had a canceled private investigator license.

May 27, 2021

Letter written by Terry Tenwick of Tenwick’s All-Mobile Bail Bond testifies, “I was left with the impression that Carchi was working with the Riverside DA’s Office to apprehend the defendant.

June 6, 2021

In response to a request from Adam, DDA Molly Tucker emails a 12-page Declaration for Increased Bail with attachments alleging they were filed with the court.  When pressed for the filed copy, Tucker provided a 2-page filed-stamped copy of the Declaration, which referred to the Declaration of Fugitive Recovery Agent Otto Carchi and paperwork from Tenwick’s in support.

LA Fugitive was not found as a business entity at the California Secretary of State (SOS), or in business records at Ventura or Los Angeles Counties.

California Surety Investigations, the company hired by Aladdin Bail Bonds that contracted with Carchi, has a canceled license at CDI.

Status of license with BSIS for California Surety Investigations, Inc., a company hired by Aladdin Bail Bonds to locate and arrest Adam. (Source:  California Bureau of Security and Investigations)

Carchi received a $2,500.00 check from Tenwick’s payable to the U.S. Clandestine Fugitive Operations, LLC., referencing payment to Otto for Adam’s arrest. 

Certificates from CDI confirm no license as a fugitive recovery agent under Otto I. Carchi, LA Fugitive Services, or U.S. Clandestine Operations, LLC.

The Franchise Tax Board suspended U.S. Clandestine Fugitive Operations, LLC. on April 2, 2019, according to SOS records, with agent, Otto I. Carchi, using a post office box.  Suspended corporations are prohibited from conducting business.  

California law required fugitive recovery agents complete 40-hours of instruction certified by California Police Officer Standards and Training, and 20-hours of pre-licensing classes, and if they have a felony conviction, be licensed by CDI.  Effective July 1, 2023, bounty hunters are required to be licensed with CDI.  

Carchi, without legal authority, without a license, arrested Adam and transported him to another county. California law defines kidnapping, in part, as when a person, by means of instilling fear, arrests any person, carrying them into another county.

“I am afraid for my life,” Adam confided, “I am afraid I may get kidnapped again by Carchi or by the DA.”

Adam hopes sharing his story may help others and those with similar experiences will come forward with their stories. Adam would like to have the State Attorney General to look into his case.

Adam Garcia, is facing serious felony charges before the Riverside Superior Court. Conflicting official records in this case call into question the validity of the charges against him.  Watch for Part 2 of Adam’s story in the coming weeks.

July 16, 2021

Tenwick’s authorized Carchi, through a contract with LA Fugitive Services, to arrest Adam. Certificates from the California Department of Insurance confirm no license under LA Fugitive Services.

The California Department of Insurance confirms no license for LA Fugitive Services, L.A. Fugitive Services, or Los Angeles Fugitive Services.

LA Fugitive was not found as a business entity at the California Secretary of State, or in business records at Ventura or Los Angeles Counties.

July 18, 2021

California Department of Insurance email response to request for public records confirms no documents showing any license for LA Fugitive Services, L.A. Fugitive Services, and Los Angeles Fugitive Services with the California Department of Insurance.

September 29, 2022

Assembly Bill 2043, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, changes the licensing and training requirements for fugitive recovery agents. Effective July 1, 2023, fugitive recovery agents or bounty hunters must be licensed by the California Department of Insurance, are required to complete educational requirements, submit fingerprints for a background check, place a $1,000 bond, submit a $1 million liability insurance policy, and have written permission from a licensed bail agent.

March 11, 2023

Black Voice News Contributor Gail Fry searches records at the California Secretary of State finding the Franchise Tax Board suspended U.S. Clandestine Fugitive Operations, LLC. on April 2, 2019.  U.S. Clandestine Fugitive Operations, LLC.’s agent was Otto I, Carchi, whose mailing address was a UPS Store.

March 27, 2023

Carchi’s firearms permit application from the Bureau of Security and Investigations reveals a 1998 arrest and conviction for an unpermitted concealed weapon in a vehicle, and records show Carchi’s firearm permit was canceled.

April 5, 2023

Email from California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services confirms no investigator license for Carchi while he has claimed to be an investigator in declarations to the court, claimed to work as an investigator for multiple bail companies and had an investigator’s badge.

May 20, 2023

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Criminal Justice Information Services Division records show Adam’s October 26, 2018, arrest by the Newport Beach Police Department, indicates he was “arrested or received” with a separate entry showing the arresting agency, the criminal charges violation of Penal Code Section 288A, that there is no disposition information available and that there was a “bench warrant warrant” issued by the Newport Beach Police Department.  
However, NBPD police reports indicate that Adam was arrested based on a warrant issued out of Riverside County.   
FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division records, show entries for Adam’s March 28, 2021, and April 26, 2021, arrests showing Adam was “arrested or received” without any separate entry indicating the arresting agency, the criminal charges, disposition or whether there was a warrant issued.  
FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division records do not show any violations on August 31, 2015, arrest on March 9, 2017, or an arrest warrant issued on December 3, 2020.

This article was updated on October 17, 2023, for added clarity and to reflect additional pertinent information.

Due Process: Seeking Justice in Southern California’s Inland Empire

Introduction – Searching for Accountability

Part 1: “I Fear for My Life” Adam Garcia’s Nightmare