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Fraud Detectives Interrupt Million Dollar Fraud Ring

March 14, 2005 00:00

  

On January 26, 2005, Portland Police Fraud Detectives were contacted by a commercial bank investigator who stated that at least five suspects from California had compromised the bank accounts of 17 victims throughout the United States, not including Oregon. The fraud investigator believed that several of the suspects had assumed the identity of commercial bank account holders and those suspects were currently in Portland. Further investigation revealed that the suspects had transferred several hundred thousand dollars from commercial bank accounts and had established bank and brokerage accounts in the Portland Area. Fraud Investigators also determined that the suspects were scheduled to withdraw funds from one of the brokerage accounts on January 26, 2005.

Detectives established surveillance at the investment firm and posed as both employees and customers while waiting for the suspects to arrive. Detectives arrested 37-year-old Kenneth Emina, 35-year-old Francis J. Osai, and 35-year-old Ari Gokbas. All three were charged with one count of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and one count of Identity Theft. All three suspects are now facing Federal Prosecution and investigators are coordinating with the on-going investigation with law enforcement in California.

Subsequent investigation has determined that if investigators had not interrupted the suspects, total account exposure would have been more than 1.6 million dollars. The coordinated investigation by Regional Economic Crimes Investigation Center (RECIC) included cooperation with commercial bank investigators, US Postal investigators, and several local law enforcement agencies.

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