Beaverton man sentenced to federal prison, bank fraud
A Beaverton man is off to federal prison after being convicted of stealing thousands from local credit union members.
Winston E. Gray, 31, was sentenced to four years in federal prison and three years of supervised release for stealing $60,000 from more than 80 members, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Portland announced.
During sentencing, Gray was ordered to pay $60,000 in restitution.
According to court documents, between March and April 2020, Gray used fake customer support telephone messages and calls to trick credit union customers into giving Gray their personal financial account information.
Gray then used the fraudulently obtained account information to create counterfeit debit and credit cards he used to purchase various consumer goods and withdraw cash, prosecutors say.
At the time of his arrest, Gray had in his possession numerous fake credit cards, personal financial information stolen from dozens of real individuals, access device making equipment, blank credit card stock, clothing he used as disguises, and more than $11,000 in cash stolen from local ATM machines, according to prosecutors.
On April 17, Gray was first charged by criminal complaint with bank fraud.
Later, on May 5, prosecutors said a federal grand jury in Portland charged Gray with bank fraud, counterfeit access device fraud, illegal possession of device-making equipment, aggravated identity theft and felon in possession of a firearm.
Gray pleaded guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft on Sept. 14.
The case was prosecuted by Claire Fay and Quinn Harrington, assistant U.S. attorneys for the District of Oregon.
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