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Man Sentenced To 51 Months In Federal Prison For His Involvement In A Fraud Scheme (Photo) - 07/11/24

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 – A Portland man was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for his involvement in a fraud scheme. The man was arrested by the Oregon City Police Department (OCPD) on May 22nd, 2023, after a vehicle pursuit.

 

On May 22nd, 2023, at about 3:00 AM, the Oregon City Police Department engaged a silver Mercedes sedan in a pursuit that started on Meyers Rd. and Beavercreek Rd. in Oregon City. The vehicle was observed by an OCPD patrol officer as it drove over a curb and accelerated quickly away from the police car.

 

The pursuit traveled on Beavercreek Rd, northbound Highway 213, and northbound I-205. The pursuit stopped on I-205 at the Johnson Creek Blvd. exit. Although the vehicle reached speeds over 100mph, it was successfully spiked using stop sticks by a Clackamas County Deputy at Highway 212. The stop sticks caused the vehicle to reduce its speed as the tires were destroyed.

 

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office used a PIT maneuver and a PIN to bring the vehicle to a stop. The male driver, later identified as 40-year-old Cody Joel Stewart, refused to surrender to the police and began placing unknown pills into his mouth. The driver’s window of the vehicle was destroyed by the Oregon City Police using a 40 mm less lethal projectile which resulted in the surrender of the suspect.

 

The OCPD officer who initiated the pursuit facilitated the suspect being transported to an area hospital due to ingesting unknown pills. Evidence of identity theft was observed inside the vehicle in the form of mail and bank cards not belonging to the vehicle occupant. Based on the evidence of new crimes, OCPD patrol applied for a search warrant to enter the vehicle and seize the evidence to further the investigation. At this time, it was discovered that Mr. Stewart had warrants for his arrest related to a large-scale bank fraud and identity theft investigation being conducted by the Department of Homeland Security (HSI). 

 

On Wednesday, July 10, 2024, Mr. Stewart was sentenced to Federal Prison for 51 months, with 5 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $211,831 in restitution to his victims.

 

The Oregon City Police Department would like to thank the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance on the patrol response and arrest, as well as our federal Law Enforcement partners with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), U.S. Small Business Administration – Office of Inspector General (SBA-OIG), and U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The case was prosecuted by Rachel K. Sowray, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. 

 

Please visit the following link for additional information:

 

https://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2024-07/6325/173666/SENTENCING-Stewart-Final.pdf

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