Laguna Beach police officer faces no charges after fraud and elder abuse investigation


A Laguna Beach police officer who was placed on paid administrative leave in November after being arrested on suspicion of elder abuse and fraud will not face charges, authorities said Monday.

Laguna Beach police wrote in a statement that Officer Rock Wagner, 58, of Lake Forest will return to work after a criminal and internal affairs investigation concluded that “allegations of misconduct could not be supported.”

“It has also been determined by the Orange County district attorney’s office that evidence of a crime did not exist,” the Police Department wrote.

A district attorney representative confirmed Monday that prosecutors rejected the case Feb. 1.

“I am happy to report that Officer Rock Wager will return to full duty and is a valued member of the Laguna Beach Police Department,” Chief Laura Farinella said in a statement.

Fullerton police arrested Wagner on Nov. 28 in connection with an investigation of fraud and elder abuse.

Authorities alleged at the time that Wagner, his sister and her boyfriend had defrauded two Fullerton residents of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Wagner is a nine-year veteran of the Laguna Beach Police Department who works patrol.

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