Case # 15HF0671
Date: July 23, 2015
OCDA SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF MAN CHARGED WITH WRITING MULTIPLE BAD CHECKS TOTALING OVER $100,000
SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a man charged with writing multiple bad checks totaling over $100,000. Richard Scott Bloustine, 49, Newport Beach, is charged with three felony counts of grand theft, six felony counts of writing a non-sufficient funds check, and one felony count of unlawful taking of a vehicle with sentencing enhancement allegations for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000 and property damage or loss over $65,000. The defendant also faces sentencing enhancements for prior prison convictions for the fraudulent use of a credit card in 1996, conducting a fraudulent scheme and artifice in 1999, grand theft in 2004, and grand theft and credit card fraud in 2008. If convicted, Bloustine faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in state prison. The defendant in being held on $350,000 bail and must prove that the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned today, July 23, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
Between Nov. 10, 2014, and Dec. 13, 2014, Bloustine is accused of receiving over $80,000 in dental services from the Center of Reconstructive Dentistry in Newport Beach. After receiving the services, Bloustine is accused of intentionally writing a $72,000 check to cover the cost of the procedures when he did not have sufficient funds in his bank account. The defendant is also accused of intentionally writing a check for $6,350 for anesthesiology procedures without sufficient funds. Bloustine is accused of subsequently writing an another check to the dentist’s office for $82,000 after the first check that he wrote was returned for insufficient funds.
On Nov. 13, 2014, the defendant is accused of attempting to lease a home in Newport Beach and intentionally writing a $32,000 check to the victim, John Doe, to secure the property without sufficient funds in his bank account. Shortly thereafter, Bloustine is accused of intentionally writing a $13,000 check without the sufficient funds to a staging company to provide furnishing for the inside of the residence.
Around Dec. 6, 2014, Bloustine is accused of intentionally writing a $15,000 check without sufficient funds in his bank account as a down payment for a Mercedes Benz sedan at a dealership in Laguna Beach.
After failing to receive valid payments for services, each of the businesses reported the crimes to the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD), who conducted a joint investigation with the Laguna Beach Police Department. NBPD subsequently arrested the defendant.
Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Damon Tucker at (714) 648-3667.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.