Hearing postponed for man accused of impersonating private investigator for Hawthorne
Posted: 04/03/2012 03:29:25 PM PDT
A preliminary hearing was continued Tuesday for a man charged with impersonating a private investigator while working for the city of Hawthorne.
The hearing was postponed because the attorney for Edward Joseph Ortega was involved in another trial. Judge Kathryn Solorzano ordered Ortega to return to the Airport Courthouse on April 20 for a preliminary hearing.
Ortega, 41, was charged last year with four felonies for perjury and false personation while conducting surveillance and questioning of city employees. He had been hired by former Hawthorne City Manager Jim Mitsch to investigate employees in the spring and summer of 2010. Later, records revealed that Ortega was not licensed to work as a private investigator and that he had falsified employment documents.