Banker who faked death survives prison stabbing

Randy Mainwaring is to be released in May

EUGENE — An ex-bank manager from Oregon who faked his death six years ago has survived a prison stabbing and is expected to be released in May.

Randy Mainwaring, who once lived in Central Point, was stabbed last summer at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Papagni said he couldn't comment specifically on what led to the alleged attack.

Thomas Cornelius was indicted Thursday on charges stemming from the stabbing, The Register-Guard of Eugene reports. Papagni, who is prosecuting Cornelius, said it was obvious that the two men "were not getting along so well."

The stabbing was the latest bizarre twist in the conviction and sentencing of Mainwaring, who has admitted to stealing the identity of a bank customer to use after faking his own death, stealing critical information from nearly 3,000 customers, and obstructing justice by having a former inmate threaten a witness.

He first ran into problems in Florida, where he was accused in 2006 of attempting to plant drugs in his ex-wife's car in an effort to discredit her as a parent.

He also was accused of arson for allegedly trying to burn down her home.

The arson conviction was overturned on grounds he didn't get a speedy trial.

He moved to his native Oregon amid those legal difficulties — but before a trial — and KeyBank hired him to manage a branch in Springfield.

Months later, KeyBank filed a civil lawsuit accusing him of stealing financial information from hundreds of customers, including using the information to create or falsely obtain a birth certificate in the name of a KeyBank customer, and planning to fake his own death and re-emerge as the customer.

In July 2007, Mainwaring indeed faked his own death, placing a bogus obituary in The Register-Guard newspaper.

The newspaper reported that Mainwaring posed as his brother and submitted a phony death certificate stating that Mainwaring committed suicide in London.

The FBI tracked him down in Corvallis a month later. He pleaded guilty to the bank fraud and identity theft charges in 2012 as part of plea deal that saw the government dismiss 10 other charges.

Mainwaring has said in court and in interviews that he has bipolar disorder.


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