ID thieves busted in Powellhurst-Gilbert

Together, two suspects were charged with hundreds of felonies. One of the accused has already been set free! Learn how his scheme, centered in outer East Portland, worked …

SERT officers move in to search a residence in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, where suspects were allegedly getting rich by stealing both identities and bank card information.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

It was a big day for the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Detective Coordination Team, and both the North and East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team members, on May 20 when they all moved in to arrest two individuals charged with 300 felony crimes between them.

With backup from PPB Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) officers, they executed a search warrant on a house in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood – on SE 117th Avenue, between Reedway and Harold Streets – regarding an ongoing theft investigations.

While officers serve a search warrant, the SERT crew stands by.

“One of the suspects was allegedly posting recruitment ads on social media platforms to entice younger community members to offer their bank cards and Personal Identification Numbers,” revealed PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Brad Yakots.

“That suspect is accused with then depositing stolen and forged checks into bank accounts as way to get money,” continued Yakots. “Many of those targeted were juveniles; and, in some instances, the parents of these victims suffered huge losses from bank fees associated with overdraft charges.”

Accused of being the mastermind of the online credit card scam, and facing many felony charges, is 19-year-old Jazman Moore. MCDC booking photo.

That suspect, 19-year-old Jazman Moore wasn’t at the house during the raid, but was arrested during a traffic stop later in the day.  Moore was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on May 20 at 5:18.

Moore was booked on 20 counts of identity theft, 2 counts of aggravated identity theft, 14 counts of forgery in the first degree, 18 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, 18 counts of theft in the first degree, and 2 counts of computer crime. He remains in custody at the MCDC in lieu of $320,300 combined bail.

Facing numerous felony crimes, but let out of jail paying posting no bail, is 20-year-old Daimarvion Lambert. MCDC booking photo.

During the service of the warrant 20-year-old Daimarvion Lambert was taken into custody, and evidence was recovered during the raid. He was booked into the MCDC at 2:42 p.m. that afternoon on 102 counts of identity theft, 8 counts of aggravated identity theft, 36 counts of forgery in the first degree, 66 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and 26 counts of theft of first degree.

However, the day after his booking, a judge “released” Lambert from all of his aggravated identity theft charges, 17 of the first degree forgery charges, 50 of the second degree fraud charges, 57 of the identity theft charges, and 49 of the his first degree charges. Nevertheless, Lambert remained lodged in the MCDC in lieu of $400,000 combined bail – but only for two days.

Another judge reviewed the charges against Lambert, and released him from custody on May 22 – and released him from posting bail. Release Reason: Pretrial Supervision.

Remember – never give your debit or credit card numbers, and/or PIN numbers, to strangers – even if they politely ask you to!

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