UPDATE-ARREST: Portland Police Seeking Public's Help Locating a Career Con Man Wanted for Theft

May 03, 2013 22:15


73-year-old con man Nick Kasamehas is now in custody in Los Angeles County, California.

Portland Police detectives are working to have Kasamehas extradited to Oregon.


The Portland Police Bureau's White Collar Crimes Detail is asking for the public's help in locating 73-year-old Nickolas Kasemehas, wanted for Aggravated Theft in the First Degree.

"Nick" Kasemehas has a long list of aliases and is a career con man, beginning in 1962. Kasemehas was released from prison in September 2012 and immediately began conning victims in the Salem, Oregon area. He has most recently been frequenting locations in the Portland and Salem areas. Kasemehas is also believed to have an expensive daily cigar habit.

In the past, Kasemehas has frequented cities all along the West Coast, including Seattle and San Francisco. Many of his cons involve schemes around gold, jewelry and loans. Kasemehas' criminal history extends to San Francisco, Utah, Denver, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and many other smaller cities.

Investigators believe there are more victims of Kasemehas criminal behavior and would like to hear from anyone with information about his activities.

Kasemehas is described as a white male, 73 years old, 5'9" tall, 175 pounds, gray/brown hair, brown eyes, and in very good physical shape.

Anyone seeing Kasemehas is asked to call 9-1-1. For non-emergency information about Kasemehas or information about additional victims please contact Detective Liz Cruthers at (503) 823-0272 or Elizabeth.Cruthers@PortlandOregon.gov


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