Three linked to alleged credit card fraud in Oregon
Three people were arrested in Portland, Oregon, for alleged credit card fraud. According to a news account, two men, aged 29 and 24, and a 20-year-old woman have been accused of using fake credit cards during a two-month, two-state shopping spree. The California trio allegedly accumulated purchases of as much as $150,000 and has been charged with several counts of theft. Arrested on fraud charges at the Portland Holiday Inn, police say that they discovered more than 50 fraudulent credit cards in the trio's possession.
According to police, the investigation of the alleged white collar crime began after Nordstrom department store in California and reported a suspected incident of fraud involving the trio. The store claimed that the three accused people visited Nordstrom, allegedly, used counterfeit credits cards. Reportedly, they returned the items, and the refunds were deposited into an account of a fourth suspect, a 22-year-old woman, who had previously been arrested for credit card fraud.
Nordstrom also reported that the trio made thousands of dollars in additional fraudulent purchases from different store branches in Oregon. In addition, Abercrombie and Fitch, in Washington Square, notified the police of a similar incident where the 29-year-old suspect allegedly made $4,500 in fake credit card purchases. Authorities also stated that they cannot confirm that the trio was working together.
Aggravated identity theft charges are usually treated more aggressively by law enforcement than other fraud crimes and may carry a two-year mandatory minimum sentence upon conviction. An accusation or conviction of any fraud crime has lasting effects to the reputation and future of the accused.
Because of the potential penalties and life-changing consequences, anyone accused of credit card fraud has the right to protect his or her interest and protest the charges filed against them. An aggressive defense provided by a legal professional may eliminate or reduce the possible penalties upon conviction.