Mother and daughter allegedly conspire to commit federal crimes
Some crimes such as fraud are not specific to geographic locations and can cross state lines, so these are typically considered federal offenses. These crimes are handled in federal courts.
In Gaston, 25 miles west of downtown Portland, two women - a mother and daughter - were recently arrested on federal charges after allegedly defrauding a tree farm owner and his son several million dollars in cash and real estate.
A federal indictment recently handed down alleges that the 66-year-old victim met the 43-year-old suspect in 2004. The woman, who previously worked as a psychic in various cities in the Northwest, allegedly gained the victim's trust over time, allowing her to eventually become the full-time homecare worker of the victim's father who suffered a stroke and later died in 2011. The suspect then took control of the victim's finances and thus gained access to bank accounts and debit cards. She also allegedly opened joint accounts.
In 2009, the suspect's daughter, 24, allegedly joined her mother in the scheme. Federal agents believe the younger suspect posed as an illegal immigrant from England who needed a green card in order to gain permanent residence in the United States. According to court documents, the victim believed that he fathered a child with the daughter. Together, the two suspects took control of the farm and sold $12 million worth of properties totaling some 1,300 acres.
Oregon residents being accused of fraudulent acts involving large sums of money need to fight the federal charges aggressively and quickly. It is possible to seek the advice of an experienced legal professional adept in handling complex federal cases. That move alone could make a huge difference in the outcome of a defendants' case.