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Check fraud suspects facing court dates

In a story you ran a few days ago about that big check-fraud ring, you mentioned the latest on the three ringleaders, but 11 people other people are involved in the case. What's happening with them? 

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On Thursday, Craig Sterling Knight was the first to plead guilty out of 14 people allegedly involved in a check-fraud scheme that hit local businesses and nonprofits last year, including World Famous Auto and Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland.

We mentioned that Melodie Dawn Pinner is lodged in the Jackson County Jail awaiting trial for racketeering and aggravated identity theft, and there's a warrant out for the third alleged ringleader, 28-year-old Jeffrey Adam Todd of Eagle Point.

Here are the other 11 people facing felony charges:

  • Phillip Earl Chandler, 39, of Salem pleaded not guilty to two counts of identity theft at an initial hearing Feb. 16. His next court appearance is set for March 20.
  • Todd Daniel Fields, 29, of the 600 block of North Grape Street, Medford, pleaded not guilty to three counts of identity theft at an initial hearing Feb. 8. He's been in jail since Feb. 8, facing felony charges in separate cases that including assaulting a police officer, attempted first-degree burglary and endangering a person protected by a restraining order. His next court appearance is set for March 13.
  • Tiffany Rose Guidotti, 28, of the 1900 block of Lampman Road, Gold Hill, has a warrant out for her arrest after she failed to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on six counts of identity theft.
  • Ryan Joseph Dunn, 42, of the 1500 block of Cypress Point Drive, Medford, pleaded not guilty Feb. 16 to nine counts of identity theft and a count of aggravated identity theft. In separate cases, he faces charges of felon in possession of a firearm, and charges of possessing methamphetamine and oxycodone. His next court appearance is set for March 9.
  • Ricky William Lavrar, 35, of Roseburg, has an arrest warrant after he failed to appear in court Feb. 16 on three counts of identity theft.
  • Jillian Lisa Marie Mahon, 27, of the 4000 block of Cedar Lane, Medford, pleaded not guilty to two counts of identity theft. In a separate case she faces heroin-possession and first-degree forgery charges. Her next court appearance is set for May 1.
  • Brandon Wade Orr, 37, of the 200 block of West Pine Street, Central Point, has a warrant out for his arrest after he failed to appear in court Feb. 16 on five counts of identity theft.
  • Naomi Claire Moulard, 25, of the 600 block of Pracht Street, Ashland, has a court appearance set for March 9, when she will enter initial pleas on four counts of identity theft.
  • Taylor Kay Nething, 21, of the 3600 block of Highway 227, Trail, has a warrant out for her arrest after she failed to appear in a March 3 court appearance that had previously been arranged to occur via phone.
  • Stephanie Ray Ann Wilson, 31, of the 200 block of Cheryl Lane, Phoenix, entered not guilty pleas to two counts of identity theft. Wilson has numerous cases open charging her with felony counts of identity theft, vehicle theft and possessing methamphetamine. Her next court appearance is set for March 6.
  • Kimberly Ann Roberts, 30, of the 300 block of Alice Street, Medford, has a warrant out for her arrest on a single count of identity theft in the case. Roberts has warrants out for failing to appear in separate cases charging her with possessing methamphetamine and heroin, second-degree burglary and first-degree theft.

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