A Pasco man is accused of forging his girlfriend's signature on the title for her 2006 Dodge Charger so he could take control of it as she sat in jail for a couple of days.
Detectives discovered Jose Alberto Jacobo Salcedo's alleged actions when an anonymous person delivered a hand-written letter to the Pasco Police Department.
The Aug. 27 letter reportedly showed his last name as Jacobo-Sauceda.
Detective Andy Corral found that the car's owner contacted police Aug. 20 to report that the Dodge was stolen and Jacobo Salcedo transferred the car into his name, court documents said. The responding officer didn't do a criminal report.
Corral sent a request to the state Department of Licensing for any bills of sale and title/registration transfer documents related to the Dodge. He got two different files.
One showed that the girlfriend bought the car from a California woman in September 2012, and her signature on the documents had a hyphenated last name.
The second file showed Jacobo Salcedo transferred it Aug. 19, but the title didn't have the girlfriend's full name and the handwriting appeared to be different from the original title, court documents said.
Corral thought it suspicious that Jacobo Salcedo's title was backdated to April 7. The paperwork was filed at the Department of Licensing office inside the Franklin County Courthouse, and included a certificate of fact from Jacobo Salcedo stating, "I put this car under my girlfriend's name because I did not have a driver's license, now I'm putting it under my name," documents said.
The detective also noted that a Department of Licensing agent notarized the statement on Aug. 19, yet the girlfriend was in jail from Aug. 18 until 10 p.m. Aug. 19 on suspicion of assaulting Jacobo Salcedo in an earlier incident, court documents said. Corral said that makes it clear Jacobo Salcedo transferred title without her consent.
The woman said when she was in custody, her mother kicked Jacobo Salcedo out of their house, yet he returned that day, asked for the title to the Dodge and didn't leave until he found it in his girlfriend's room, documents said.
She did file paperwork with the Department of Licensing on Aug. 20 after learning what had happened.
Jacobo Salcedo, 23, pleaded innocent to one count of forgery. Trial is scheduled Nov. 20.
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