PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Oregon announced on Monday a man from Florida was sentenced for his role in a bank fraud and identity theft scheme targeting female victims in the Portland metro area.
Damian Fletcher, 27, of Fort Lauderdale was sentenced to three years in federal prison and three years probation.
According to court documents, Fletcher is a member of the Felony Lane Gang, an interstate criminal organization based in Florida that travels to locations throughout the U.S. to commit vehicle break-in and fraud schemes.
In the fall of 2019, Fletcher and five co-conspirators traveled to Portland to target local victims. Once Fletcher and his partners stole items from a vehicle, they checked to see if one of several female co-conspirators resembled the victim. If one of their female co-conspirators could impersonate the victim, they would attempt to cash fraudulent checks written in the impersonated victim’s name. The conspirators would cash checks at various local banks, using the outer-most lane of each bank’s drive-up teller window to avoid detection.
Investigators identified 32 vehicle thefts and 22 instances of bank fraud committed during Fletcher’s most recent known Oregon crime spree. In total, this spree resulted in a financial loss of more than $98,000. He was ordered to pay $98,733 in restitution during sentencing.