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Three credit card fraud suspects face theft charges in Oregon

Residents of Portland, Oregon, know that charges of theft can be difficult to deal with, especially where there is an ample amount of evidence against the accused. The amount and type of property taken and the manner in which the theft was committed may escalate the charges in a case and can turn it into a federal theft charge.

Recently, Beaverton police recovered more than 100 counterfeit credit cards, cash and thousands of dollars worth of property and gift cards after arresting three people involved in a credit card fraud scheme. The three, one man and two women, ages 27, 22 and 24, allegedly used the fake cards to purchase $20,000 in goods from several stores in Oregon.

Loss prevention officials at Nordstroms informed police about the fraud ring that has hit some of the retailers along Oregon's Interstate 5 corridor, and provided at least one license plate number as well as descriptions of the suspects. On a recent Sunday, a police officer noticed a vehicle that was believed to be involved in a theft at a Best Buy in Beaverton. The next day, police pulled over the car and arrested the three.

Authorities recovered $5,000 to $10,000 in gift cards, more than 100 fake credit cards, $1,500 in cash and $20,000 worth of property. The recovered items included electronics, gift cards, high-end clothing and money orders.

The three are facing organized retail crime, aggravated theft, aggravated identity theft and other charges. They are in jail with a bond set at $25,000 each.

Just because someone is in possession of stolen property does not automatically mean that they are involved in a crime. In this case, for instance, it is not yet clear whether all three of the suspects committed the same violations.

Theft can carry serious penalties. If convicted, the accused may be subjected to a long imprisonment and substantial fines. Contesting theft charges with a solid defense can be challenging, but it can help avoid harsh charges and serious consequences.

Source: OregonLive.com, "Three credit card fraud suspects arrested; Beaverton police recover thousands of dollars in property," Roger Gregory, Jan. 29, 2014

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