Woman Arrested for Mail Theft, Forgery (Photo)
WHITE CITY, Ore. – An arrest in White City caps off a three-month investigation into theft and fraud. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives say a woman stole mail from at least 100 people and used personal and financial information to steal identities and make fake checks.
On Tuesday, September 19, 2018, at 9:59 a.m., Amanda Marie Sims, 36, was arrested in White City. She was lodged in jail on 100 counts of mail theft, six counts of identity theft, six counts of forgery, and one count of criminal possession of a forgery device. Bail at lodging was $847,500.
The case began on June 22 when a woman attempted to cash a forged check at a White City convenience store. Deputies traced the check back to Sims. On July 1, deputies served a search warrant at Sims’ residence. They found stolen mail and equipment used to make or alter checks.
JCSO detectives continued the investigation, which included obtaining bank records and other documents, and interviewing witnesses. They learned Sims received at least $10,000 by cashing or depositing fraudulent checks. She also used stolen bank information to pay bills, and gave forged checks to other people. Detectives are still working to determine the total amount of losses to victims in the case.
On Tuesday, members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force, a local multi-agency team funded by the U. S. Marshal’s Office, found Sims hiding in a mobile home park in the 3200-block of Antelope Road. Sims was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges related to this case.
Two men at the residence were found to have warrants for their arrest. Moises Rodriguez-Regalado, 29, and Edgar Limon Sigala, 23, were lodged in jail. Detectives do not believe they are involved in the fraud case.
Detectives say the mail stolen by Sims in relation to this case came from mailboxes in the Eagle Point and Upper Rogue areas. They would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have been a victim. Callers can contact Detective Gabe Burchfiel at (541) 770-8939. Refer to case #18-12702.