Man guilty of stealing IDs from 100 people in Portland area
A Gresham man pleaded guilty to stealing financial identification documents from more than 100 people around the region.
Robert Loren Finanders, 40, pleaded guilty Thursday morning, Aug. 19, to unauthorized access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
According to court documents, between April 2019-2020, Finanders used fraudulent ID documents to steal money from people and businesses. He spent tens of thousands of dollars with stolen credit cards. Many of the IDs he had were taken from wallets and purses left in cars.
The Portland Police Bureau began investigating in late September after finding a fraudulent Oregon driver's license in the name of an adult victim during an arrest. The license had Finanders' photo. Around that same time, police officers in Bend arrested Finanders and a co-conspirator after receiving reports of a person using a stolen credit card at a restaurant.
During a search of their car police found a passport, W2 forms, and a retail credit card matching the name of the victim whose stolen driver's license was recovered by Portland Police. A search of Finanders' Bend hotel room found more documents and a victim profile notebook.
In the following months, Finanders was connected to additional identify theft crimes in Portland, Gresham, and Lake Oswego. A search warrant of his Gresham home found profiles on more than 80 individuals, dozens of stolen IDs and personal documents, passports, an embosser, a card reader, stolen mail, three handguns, a dismantled AR-15, body armor and evidence of drug trafficking.
He was arrested by Portland Police on April 1, 2020. Finanders will be sentenced on Dec. 6. As part of his plea agreement, he agreed to pay restitution in full to his victims.
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