Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Public Information Office
Public Information Office List | Login | Sign Up  
 View Item
 

WHITE COLLAR CRIMES CRACKS FRAUD RING

November 16, 2001 00:00

  

On November 14, 2001, at 9:45 a.m., the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) executed a search warrant in the 4300 block of NE 102nd Avenue on behalf of the Portland Police Bureau White Collar Crimes Unit. US Postal Inspector Larry Dziomba was also present at the scene. Investigators contacted seven adults. During the search warrant, investigators found:

 Evidence that a combination of 100 different individuals or businesses had their identities or credit compromised along with evidence that purchases were made with the credit information.

 A substantial amount of property obtained through Internet fraud after suspects compromised victims’ identity and the computers used to make the fraudulent Internet purchases.

 Equipment used to make false identification.

 A large amount of blank check stock and the software needed to create bank checks.

 A homemade explosive device.

Investigators also found evidence that suspects, using fraudulently obtained credit, purchased a locksmith class and the materials needed to make keys. The suspects then made keys used to steal mail from locked mailboxes. A large number of keys for US Postal boxes were seized along with a substantial amount of mail.

This investigation is continuing and victims will be contacted as they are identified. Lead investigator, Detective Sergeant John Kuechler, expects to submit the investigation to both the Multnomah County District Attorney and the US Attorneys Office for review.

*************


Media Relations:
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Peter.Simpson@portlandoregon.gov
Desk: 503-823-0830
Pager: 503-790-1779


Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204


     

 

   More »