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Medford man accused of stealing $20,000

A Medford man previously accused of fabricating bank card numbers to book Ashland hotel rooms faces new aggravated theft charges alleging he stole tens of thousands of dollars from a single victim.

Nathan Dean May, 38, was arraigned Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court on felony counts of aggravated identity theft and aggravated theft over a string of alleged withdrawals from an Ashland man’s checking account “totaling more than $20,000” between Aug. 7 and Jan. 19, according to court documents filed by Ashland police.

May, of the 1200 block of Corona Avenue, is also accused of using another victim’s identity to insure a vehicle through State Farm insurance, the court documents filed Friday say.

Jackson County court records show the new case is May’s sixth felony case racked up in the span of a year — the bulk of which include identity theft and drug possession charges out of Ashland.

Among the earlier cases still pending against him include charges of computer crime, mail theft and first-degree theft surrounding an alleged hotel fraud ring in which May allegedly booked at least six rooms at Ashland and Medford hotels using bank card numbers he allegedly made up before selling the ill-gotten hotel stays for either methamphetamine or cash, according to court documents and earlier news reports.

After missing a court appearance in early April, Medford police arrested May on a string of warrants for failing to appear, court records show. May remained held Friday afternoon in the Jackson County Jail on $207,500 bail, jail records show.

A trial is set for June 13 in the hotel fraud case, and a judge on Friday set a tentative hearing for next week in the new aggravated identity theft case.

Nathan May