Gresham man indicted for Portland-area ID thefts
A Gresham man arrested last fall in Bend on stolen credit card charges now faces a nine-count federal indictment for allegedly stealing financial and identification documents from dozens of Portland-area residents.
In an indictment unsealed Thursday afternoon, April 2, Robert Loren Finanders, 39, faces charges of aggravated identity theft, counterfeit access device fraud, illegal possession of device-making equipment, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, for at least the last year, Finanders is alleged to have stolen financial and identification documents from approximately 100 people to steal money from them and local businesses. Investigators believe Finanders spent tens of thousands of dollars using stolen credit cards and other personal information. Some of the stolen identities appear to have been obtained by breaking into cars to steal wallets and purses.
An investigation by the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct Street Crimes Unit began in late September 2019 after a fraudulent Oregon driver's license in the name of an adult victim was found during an arrest. The license had Finanders' photo on it in place of the named victim.
Around the same time, officers in Bend had arrested Finanders and a co-conspirator after receiving a report of a person ordering food using a stolen credit card.
Bend police searched a vehicle being driven by Finanders' associate, and found a passport, W2s, and a retail credit card matching the name of the victim whose stolen driver's license was recovered by Portland police. Searching a Bend hotel room shared by the two men led to the recovery of more W2s in the name of another victim.
As the investigation continued, Portland police linked Finanders to identity theft crimes in Portland, Gresham and Lake Oswego. On January 22 a search warrant was executed at a residence shared by Finanders.
Officers seized stolen profiles for more than 80 individuals; dozens of stolen and fraudulent identification and personal documents including passports, government-issued ID cards, and driver's licenses; an embosser; a card reader; stolen mail; additional victim profile notebooks; three handguns; a dismantled AR-15; body armor; evidence of drug trafficking; and other items.
On March 12 a federal grand jury in Portland indicted Finanders in a sealed nine-count indictment. On April 1 he was arrested by Portland police. A three-day jury trial is scheduled to begin on June 2.
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