Scam artist caught while sitting in jail

A quick-thinking Rogue Valley Medical Center employee helped Medford police track down a "well-known scam artist" alleged to have impersonated a U.S. marshal seeking medical treatment.

Donald Lee Anderson Jr., 42, of the 1000 block of Rustler Street, Central Point, wasn't difficult for police officers to find.

The hospital employee noticed Anderson's mugshot on the Jackson County Jail website after he was arrested on Jan. 2 for an unrelated charge of a felon in possession of a weapon.

An officer went to the jail on Jan. 11 to inform Anderson that he would be receiving additional charges related to allegedly impersonating a U.S. marshal at the hospital.

The additional charges include two counts of theft, two counts of identity theft, a criminal impersonating a police officer and a felon in possession of body armor. The bail for all the new charges totals $30,000. However, Anderson couldn't post bail anyway because of the other charges of a felon in possession of a weapon.

— Damian Mann
(For more information, see tomorrow's Mail Tribune)

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