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June 11, 2002 00:00


35-year-old Shari Melton has been cited by East Precinct Detective Jeanne Stevenson in connection with a series of fraudulent auto purchases involving private vehicle sellers. In each case, the suspect contacted the victim through a newspaper ad. The suspect met the victim and, after a test drive, offered to buy the car using a Cashiers Check. After agreeing to the sale, the victim signed the car title, and gave the suspect the car keys. Within 48 hours of the sale, the suspect resold the car to a dealership.

In each case, the Cashiers Check turned out to be fraudulent. The suspect had purchased a Cashiers Check with a value of less than $5.00 and altered it to purchase the car.

Shari Melton has been cited on one count of Forgery in the First Degree, one count of Theft in the first Degree, one count of Theft by Selling in the First Degree, and one count of Identity Theft. Detectives are concerned that more citizens may become victims of this scheme because Cashiers Checks are commonly thought to always worth their face value. Shari Melton is a suspect in three other similar crimes.

A photograph of Melton is available, via e-mail, from the Portland Police Bureau Identification Division at (503) 823-0382.


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