GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A couple accuse of defrauding more than a dozen people in the Grants Pass area during 2013 and 2014 have been arrested by U.S. Marshals in Las Vegas, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS).
Beginning in 2013, the agency said that it opened multiple fraud and theft investigation into Michael Hardy and his girlfriend, Debra "Cox" Hardy. The investigations found at least 15 people in the area that had been defrauded by the pair.
"The total amount of monetary loss among the victims is believed to exceed $100,000," GPDPS said.
Prosecutors issued an indictment for Michael in February of 2014 on 22 counts of theft, plus two counts of aggravated theft and one count of theft in the second degree — but Michael and Debra left the area before they could be arrested.
On August 13, U.S. Marshals arrested Michael in Vegas. He was lodged in the Clark County Jail and has been trying to fight extradition back to Oregon, GPDPS said.
"Working in cooperation with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Fugitive Unit, Grants Pass Police urged Debra 'Cox' Hardy to contact officials in Nevada in order to obtain information on Michael Hardy's custody status," GPDPS said.
When Debra went to visit Michael in jail on August 24, officers arrested her and held her on similar charges. GPDPS said that she is also fighting extradition back to Oregon.
"The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety would like to thank the U.S. Marshal Service, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for their assistance," the agency said.