Two Medford residents were arrested on suspicion of fraudulently selling magazine and book subscriptions in Shady Cove, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said in a press release today.
Patrick Dow, 26, and Ashley Chiasson, 27, were arrested Saturday after police responded to a call of a suspicious female selling subscriptions along Highway 62.
Several witnesses claimed a woman was going door to door selling subscriptions and telling prospective customers the proceeds would go to a children's hospital of their choice, the release said. One victim put a stop-payment on her check after becoming suspicious the sale was a scam.
Dow and Chiasson were detained at Wells Fargo on Crater Lake Highway in Medford Saturday afternoon after they tried to cash a check that had a stop-payment notification. Sheriff's deputies found receipts on the pair totaling $4,687. Chiasson told deputies they had been living off the proceeds and had $200 left.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Dow and Chiasson on charges of first-degree theft and conspiracy to commit theft. They were lodged in the Jackson County Jail but have since been released, according to jail records.
— Amanda Barker