Federal authorities are prosecuting members of an identity theft ring that allegedly stole mail from about 800 Jackson County mailboxes and drained the bank accounts of numerous victims.
According to an indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eduardo Navarro and Dallas Lee Tedford have been arrested on several charges including aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Robert Powelson, Kayla Ann Strange and Marshall should call the Medford Police Department at 541-770-4783.
A federal warrant has been issued for the arrest of their alleged coconspirators — Kayla Ann Strange, Lana Lorraine Marshall and Robert Powelson.
The indictment accuses the group of kicking off the crime spree last September and carrying it through to March.
Authorities said the group would travel throughout the Medford area and steal mail from mailboxes. They also allegedly broke into cars and stole personal items such as credit cards, mail and tax documents.
They kept a large amount of mail hidden away in hotel rooms across the Rogue Valley, the indictment said.
The group allegedly used the victims' information and opened fraudulent accounts in various banks around Medford.
They then would apply for and receive fraudulent credit cards in the victims' names.
On several occasions, the indictment alleges, the group would with hundreds of dollars from these fraudulent accounts.
On Feb. 9, the indictment says the group had 1,000 pieces of stolen mail in their possession at the Econolodge in Ashland. Also inside the room that day were checks, credit cards and other financial documents belonging to victims of about 365 different addresses in Medford.
On March 27, Tedford possessed around 138 stolen checks, belonging to approximately 161 victims from Medford, the indictment says.
On Jan. 7, Tedford is accused of illegally obtaining an U.S. Bank credit card to score a $2,800 cash advance.
About a month later, Powelson is accused of obtaining a U.S. Bank card for a $2,100 cash advance from Rogue Federal Credit Union.
If convicted, the suspects face sentences ranging from 5 to 30 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of two years for an aggravated identity theft conviction, according to federal authorities.
Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.