ID thief gets five years in federal pen

A career identity thief with a long criminal history of stealing from Medford residents was sentenced this week to five years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dawn Estelle Brumble, 42, was handed the sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Medford.

Brumble was found guilty of identity theft and bank fraud for a string of crimes that occurred from June through August of last year.

Federal investigators say Brumble used stolen mail to assume the identity of several victims from June through August of 2010. She would also negotiate checks from one victim to another victim's bank account and ask for cash back. She sometimes wore a hat and a wig when she committed the crimes, federal prosecutors said.

Medford police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the crimes so an arrest could be made. Brumble was indicted in May of this year and pleaded guilty in September, according to federal court records.

Brumble's 20-year criminal history also includes forgery and drug possession. As part of her sentence, she was ordered to pay nearly $5,000 in restitution to her victims.

In 2007, Brumble was the target of one of the largest indictments in Jackson County history when she was tied to a rash of identity thefts that included more than 100 victims.

In December of 2007, she was sentenced to 52 months in prison after pleading guilty to 98 counts of identity theft, forgery and theft. Police found her while serving a warrant at a known drug house in Medford.

A search of her van turned up a box full of mail belonging to more than 100 people. Brumble used acetone to erase ink from checks that she would cash using the victim's name.

It appears Brumble was released from her previous sentence early and immediately went back to her old ways.

Brumble still owes a large amount of restitution for numerous theft and forgery convictions dating back to the late 1990s, court records show.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.


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