Thief who defrauded Westmoreland merchant sentenced to 40 months
On October 8, 35-year-old Corey Gregg Kettner pleaded guilty to using multiple stolen credit cards to make more than $20,000 in fraudulent purchases, and received a 40-month prison sentence.
A "carefully-negotiated pretrial resolution" brought a conclusion to three pending criminal cases against Kettner outstanding in Multnomah County. Combined, Kettner pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of aggravated theft in the first degree.
The investigation began on July 25, 2016, when a person contacted the Beaverton Police Department after learning that her business credit card had been used to make multiple fraudulent purchases starting on June 16th and, ultimately, ending about a month later. In total, the person using the stolen credit cards, later identified as Kettner, made nearly $11,000 in fraudulent purchases at area grocery stores and several home improvement stores.
Then, last December 18, a person contacted the Sandy Police Department after someone, later identified as Kettner, had used a credit card in his name and made more than $11,600 in fraudulent purchases. During the investigation, law enforcement recovered the victim's credit card in Gresham, where an alert store employee had suspected the card was being used unlawfully. That credit card had been used several times to make jewelry purchases.
Two days later, last December 20, Portland Police responded to art supply shop in the "Watershed Building" in the 5000 block of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, on reports of a fraudulent credit card being used.
During the investigation, law enforcement learned that on multiple occasions, Kettner had made online purchases from the store using stolen credit cards. All of the purchases were in an amount less than $1,300. When police located and arrested Kettner, they found various stolen credit cards he'd been using inside a bag in his possession.
Upon his release from Coffee Creek Correctional Institution in a bit over three years, Kettner will have one year of post-prison supervision.
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