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  • Investigation of mail-theft ring leads to more arrests

  • A continuing investigation into a massive mail-theft ring that targeted more than 1,000 people in Jackson County has identified 18 additional suspects, Medford police reported, bringing the number of people charged to 23.
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  • A continuing investigation into a massive mail-theft ring that targeted more than 1,000 people in Jackson County has identified 18 additional suspects, Medford police reported, bringing the number of people charged to 23.
    Police rounded up the latest batch of co-conspirators this week on a variety of fraud-related charges.
    The spreading investigation started last spring when Medford police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service uncovered a ring of thieves taking mail and using identifying documents found there to open new bank accounts, write fraudulent checks and get credit and debit cards.
    Police said more than 2,000 pieces of stolen mail from 1,000 different victims were documented in the investigation.
    Federal prosecutors indicted Eduardo Navarro, 24, Dallas Lee Tedford, 32, Robert Powelson, 29, Kayla Strange, 23, and Lana Lorraine Marshall, 29, in early May, alleging that they stole large quantities of mail between September 2012 and March 2013. All are currently in custody awaiting trial.
    Since then investigators have spent months tracking down co-conspirators.
    They presented the case to a Jackson County grand jury in June, identifying 13 people suspected of working with the alleged masterminds who are already facing federal charges. Five of them were arrested in recent weeks, and officers rounded up six more Wednesday, Medford police said. Police are still looking for the last two of those suspects.
    Investigators also arrested five other suspects during the course of the investigation.
    Arrested so far are:
    • Oscar Munoz-Alfaro, 19, no address listed, on charges of identity theft, first-degree theft and second-degree possession of a forged instrument;
    • Sarah Marie Toney, 31, 2600 block of Connell Avenue, Medford, on charges of identity theft, first-degree theft and second-degree possession of a forged instrument;
    • Michael Anthony Lydon, 46, 400 block of Western Avenue, Medford, on charges of identity theft, first-degree theft and second-degree possession of a forged instrument;
    • John David Lewis, 36, 14000 block of Highway 234, Gold Hill, on charges of identity theft, first-degree theft and second-degree possession of a forged instrument;
    • Ashley Nicole Smith, 25, no address listed, on charges of identity theft, first-degree theft and second-degree possession of a forged instrument;
    • John Wayne Bartlett, 48, no address listed, on charges of identity theft, first-degree theft and second-degree possession of a forged instrument;
    • Mandron Coulter, 36, 3000 block of Burton Drive, Medford, on a charge of first-degree theft;
    • Jason Daniel Fisk, 38, no address listed, on charges of identity theft, second-degree theft, second-degree possession of a forged instrument and possession of methamphetamine;
    • Tera Fay Atchley, 23, 10000 block of Ramsey Road, Gold Hill, on charges of identity theft, second-degree theft and second-degree possession of a forged instrument;
    • Brittani Marie Miller, 27, 900 block of Niantic Street, Medford, on charges of identity theft and first-degree theft;
    • Kilee Denise Chapman, 26, 2400 block of Roberts Road, Medford, charges of identity theft, second-degree forgery and possession of methamphetamine;
    • Charles Lee Pasley, 32, no address listed, on charges of identity theft and second-degree forgery;
    • Veronica Moore, 25, no address listed, on charges of identity theft, first-degree theft and mail theft;
    • Gerald Ross Mersereau, 28, no address listed, on a charge of identity theft.
    Two other suspects were arrested on misdemeanor second-degree theft charges.
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