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Woman admits role in ID theft, bank fraud ring

A 25-year-old Medford woman on Monday became the fifth of six people to admit in federal court their part in a ring of identity thieves who schemed to steal people's identities and checks to bilk banks, businesses and people out of cash.

Shayna Lea Campos pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated identity theft Monday in U.S. District Court in Medford, ending her role in the 13-count indictment against the two women and four men named in the conspiracy. In doing so, she accepted the federal mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence scheduled to be handed down on March 9 after a pre-sentence investigation is completed.

Wearing green Jackson County Jail garb, the heavily tattooed Campos was fitted with shackles and led out of the courtroom when U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke offered her encouragement.

"Good luck, Miss Campos," Clarke said. "You're a young woman. You'll get through this. I don't expect to see you here anymore."

Campos has drug convictions in Jackson County Circuit Court dating back to 2009 and aggravated identity plea agreements dating back to 2012 and as recent as last year, with sentences of no more than 20 days in jail, probation and restitution.

But she graduated to federal court over her role with the band of identity thieves who worked both sides of the Jackson/Josephine county line from at least August to December 2013.

First, they broke into mail collection boxes in places such as Glendale and Azalea in Josephine County, obtaining checks and other financial instruments as well as personal identifying information about their victims, according to the indictment.

They then used the stolen mail to collect stolen checks, make their own bogus checks and create counterfeit identifications in the names of the victims, according to the indictment.

Those checks were cashed at various Douglas County businesses as well as banks or credit unions in in Grants Pass, Central Point, Ashland, Rogue River, Myrtle Creek and Canyonville, according to the indictment.

The count to which Campos pleaded guilty Monday was to unlawfully cashing a fraudulent check at the Umpqua Bank in Canyonville while using a fraudulent identification, court records show.

As part of the plea, Campos must comply with a federal law requiring full restitution in cases like this.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Byron Chatfield said the amount of money and goods accrued in the crime spree has not been calculated yet.

Four of Campos' co-conspirators already have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, court records show.

Ryan Juan Pitcher and Logan Chad Clark are set to be sentenced Jan. 26 in federal court in Medford. Shawn Francis Farrell is set for sentencing Feb. 20 and Nathan David Meyer is due in court Feb. 23 for his sentencing, records show.

An alleged sixth member, identified as Cinnamon Danielle Duck, was arrested Oct. 28 on a federal warrant.

She's accused in the indictment with joining Meyer in making an illegal withdrawal from a victim's bank account while they were at Seven Feather's Casino and buying items at the casino's adjacent travel center in Canyonville in early January, the indictment states.

The pair are also accused of using a stolen and forged check in making a $399 purchase at a Wal-Mart in Roseburg, the indictment states.

Campos, Pitcher, Clark and Farrell were initially indictment in January. Duck and Meyer were added in a superseding indictment filed in June, court records show.

Campos had been held in jail since Nov. 18 for violating the conditions of her probation in an earlier identity-theft case handled in state court.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.