Oakridge pair arrested in federal 'Cyber Sweep'
Date: November 21, 2003
EUGENE - The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced Thursday that two Oakridge, Oregon, residents were arrested on Tuesday, November 18, as part of “Operation Cyber Sweep,” a nationwide “takedown” of cyber crime cases.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in coordination with the United States Department of Justice, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Secret Service, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Federal Trade Commission, concluded a nationwide sweep of cases Thursday emphasizing Internet fraud, intellectual property offenses, and other Internet-related economic crimes.
As part of this nationwide sweep, Vernon Ray Crump and Diana Lynn Davis, residents of Oakridge, Oregon, were arrested on Internet fraud and bank fraud related charges.
An indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Eugene on November 13, 2003, alleges that Vernon Ray Crump and Diana Lynn Davis engaged in a conspiracy to commit Internet fraud and a conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
As alleged in the indictment, the Internet fraud case involving Mr. Crump and Ms. Davis involved a common form of Internet auction fraud.
The indictment alleges that Mr. Crump and Ms. Davis advertised certain firearms for sale on an Internet auction site, and fraudulently represented to certain auction participants that they had submitted winning bids in auctions for the firearms. They then represented to the auction participants that the firearms would be shipped as soon as payment was received.
The auction participants then made payment in the form of checks and money orders to Ms. Davis, but thereafter never received the firearms. The bank fraud case allegedly involved a scheme to create and negotiate counterfeit checks to federally insured financial institutions.
Vernon Ray Crump is 36 years of age and Diana Lynn Davis is 42 years of age. Prior to their arrest on November 18, they resided at 34834 Shoreview Drive, Unit 6, in Cottage Grove, Oregon, before briefly residing at 76332 Rainbow Drive, Unit 16, in Oakridge, Oregon. The maximum statutory penalties for the Internet fraud and bank fraud charges are a five (5) year term of imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine, and a three year period of supervised release.
The current case resulted from an investigation undertaken by the Sutherlin, Oregon, Police Department, the Oregon State Police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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