Two residents face fraud charges west of Multnomah County, Oregon
A fraud charge carries stiff sanctions in Auto and Multnomah County, Oregon, or any other place in the United States. Consequences become more severe if fraud charges fall under federal jurisdiction. That is why a person facing charges should act immediately to protect his or her rights and avoid being wrongfully convicted.
In Tigard County, just west of Multnomah County, a man and an alleged accomplice were arrested by police after a caller reported an alleged crime in progress. Mall security alerted a county investigator who was at the mall about the alleged activities of the two people. When police arrived, the man had fled the mall, run across a parking lot and highway, and into a Toys R Us store. The police evacuated the Toys R Us store and eventually found the man hiding on top of a 30-foot storage rack.
The man was taken into custody. His alleged accomplice also was taken into custody. Both people are facing accusations of credit card fraud, identity theft, forgery and a string of other felonies.
The two people are being held at the county jail. According to police, other possible charges are pending. Criminal charges are elevated to the federal level in specific instances. If further investigation shows that the crime was committed not just locally, but across state lines, it can be considered a federal crime.
Another reason for the escalation of charges is if a crime is considered a threat to society. A conviction can seriously alter a person's life in the worst possible way. Even if a resident is able to pay the hefty fines and serves the jail sentence, the person may have trouble getting his or her life back on track. For this reason, an Auto and Multnomah County resident should obtain the best possible defense to help lessen or dismiss the charges.