OCDA ARRESTS HUNTINGTON BEACH FELON FOR IMPERSONATING A FIRE FIGHTER AT DISASTER SCENES INCLUDING HURRICANE KATRINA AND WORLD TRADE CENTER

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Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # TBA

September 7, 2007

Contact:

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

OCDA ARRESTS HUNTINGTON BEACH FELON
FOR IMPERSONATING A FIRE FIGHTER AT DISASTER SCENES INCLUDING HURRICANE KATRINA AND WORLD TRADE CENTER

 

WESTMINSTER – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) arrested a convicted felon accused of impersonating a Los Angeles County Fire Fighter Paramedic after serving a search warrant on his Huntington Beach home this morning following a two month investigation. James Charles Campbell, 44, was arrested at the scene and booked at the Orange County jail on $20,000 bail. He is expected to be charged prior to his arraignment date, which is yet to be set.

 

Campbell has prior felony convictions in Arizona related to burglaries and the fraudulent misuse of credit cards. He was working in Arizona as an emergency medical technician for a local ambulance company, where his paramedic license was later revoked based on his felony convictions.  Campbell obtained an Emergency Medical Technician license in May 1995 in the state of California.  That license was revoked in November 1997 for his failure to disclose his prior felony convictions.

 

Campbell was arrested at his home shortly before 8:00 a.m. today by OCDA investigators. He is accused of possessing a handgun and a shotgun and stolen Los Angeles County Fire Department equipment in his house.

 

Between 2001 and the present, Campbell is accused of pretending to be a Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedic Captain who flies helicopters for the Department. He is accused of obtaining a uniform with Los Angeles patches and a badge, and carrying a wallet badge and firefighter identification with him at all times. Campbell is accused of carrying a firearm, which is a crime based on his prior felony convictions. The defendant is accused of showing up at the scenes of national and local disasters including the World Trade Center after September 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Dean, and falsely representing himself as a Los Angeles County Fire Fighter Paramedic. He is accused of gaining access to secure fire areas in California and being on the front line of the Sawtooth fire in San Bernardino County and the Esperanza fire in Riverside County with a video camera. He is accused of being present at the Placentia Metrolink accident.

 

Campbell owns an Anaheim business, Frontline Safety Products, which sells fire safety e