WHITE CITY, Ore. — A White City woman is in law enforcement custody after a three-month long investigation into mail theft, forgery and fraud, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).
Detectives believe that 36-year-old Amanda Marie Sims stole mail from more than 100 people, using their personal and financial information to steal identities and cash fake checks.
Law enforcement began their investigation on June 22 after a woman tried to cash a forged check at a convenience store in White City. JCSO says that deputies later traced the check back to Sims.
When deputies served a search warrant at Sims' home, they found stolen mail and equipment used to make or alter checks. After interviewing witnesses, obtaining bank records and other documents, detectives determined that Sims had received at least $10,000 by cashing or depositing fake checks.
JCSO says that Sims also used stolen bank information to pay bills, and gave forged checks to other people. Detectives are still working to determine the total amount of losses to Sims' victims.
On Tuesday, members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force, a local multi-agency team funded by the U. S. Marshal’s Office, found Sims hiding in a mobile home park in the 3200-block of Antelope Road.
Sims was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for 100 counts of mail theft, six counts of identity theft, six counts of forgery and one count of criminal possession of a forgery device. Her bail has been set at $847,500.
Officers also found two men at the trailer where Sims was found. 29-year-old Moises Rodriguez-Regalado and 23-year-old Edgar Limon Sigala were arrested for outstanding warrants. Detectives do not believe they are involved in the fraud case.
Detectives say the mail stolen by Sims in relation to this case came from mailboxes in the Eagle Point and Upper Rogue areas. They would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have been a victim. Callers can contact Detective Gabe Burchfiel at (541) 770-8939. Refer to case #18-12702.
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