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Southern Oregon Conspirators Indicted in Scheme to Defraud Hundreds of Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2013

MEDFORD, Ore. – Robert Powelson, 30, Eduardo Navarro, 24, Dallas Tedford, 32, Kayla Strange, 23, and Lana Marshall, 29, all of Medford, Oregon , were indicted by a federal grand jury. They were all charged with mail theft, aggravated identity theft, bank fraud and conspiracy to commit mail theft, and bank and mail fraud. The charges involve the theft of mail from over 800 victims from the Medford, Oregon area during a seven month period beginning in September 2012 and include a scheme for using the victim’s stolen personal identity to defraud banks and local businesses. Navarro and Tedford are currently in custody. Arrest warrants have been issued for Powelson, Strange, and Marshall and anyone with information about their whereabouts is requested to contact the Medford Police Department or their nearest law enforcement agency.

For more information, please see the attached Indictment Here

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant should be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, the sentences range from maximum sentences of 5 to 30 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of two years for an aggravated identity theft conviction.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Medford Police Department in the investigation and prosecution of this case.

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