Police Warn Businesses of Fraudulent Fire Inspections

The Murrieta Police Department along with several other law enforcement agencies in southern California, are investigating a series of fr...


The Murrieta Police Department along with several other law enforcement agencies in southern California, are investigating a series of fraudulent fire inspections at a number of local businesses.

Several business have been approached by individuals claiming to be fire inspectors wearing official looking uniforms and carrying paperwork. They inform employees they are there to conduct inspections on safety equipment, including sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, emergency lights, and other fire and safety suppression equipment. They request access to private rooms and offices.

In some cases employees have reported the theft of personal items after these inspections, including wallets and cell phones.

Once the inspection is done, the business is given an invoice for nearly $500. The individuals have operated under different names including "District of Fire and Safety" and "Red Circle Safety Surveys."

The suspects have been identified as Frank Martinez Jr. and Nicholas Segura, both from Moreno Valley. Martinez is a Hispanic male, 31, and is five-foot-seven. Segura is a Hispanic male, 50, and is six-foot tall. They have been seen driving a blue, 2004 Chrysler Pacifica with license plate number 7CBA316.

Within Murrieta's city limits, the Murrieta Fire Department is the only organization authorized to conduct fire inspections. An individual from the Murrieta Fire Department will be either in uniform and have a badge and identification card identifying them as a city employee.

Any business that has contact with these fraudulent inspectors, can contact the Murrieta Police Department at 951-696-3615.

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