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Police: Man booked hotels for cash, drugs

A Medford man is facing charges in a scheme in which he allegedly used fraudulent credit card numbers to book hotel stays for other people in exchange for them giving him cash and methamphetamine.

Nathan Dean May, 37, of the 1200 block of Corona Avenue, was due to be indicted Wednesday on three counts of identity theft, three counts of computer crime and five counts of mail theft or receipt of stolen mail. He failed to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court.


May used fraudulent credit card numbers to stay at a number of hotels, running up tabs of $808 at The Palm hotel, $407 at Plaza Inn & Suites and an unknown amount at Stratford Inn in Ashland, a probable cause affidavit filed by Ashland police alleges.

The stays were in December 2017 and March and April of this year, the affidavit says.

A female acquaintance said May also used the numbers to book rooms for others, the affidavit says.

The woman told police “that May would make reservations for people to stay at hotels in exchange for money and drugs. She said he would make the reservations using a fraudulent credit card number and then he would charge the person about half of what the hotel cost or he would receive methamphetamine for making the reservations,” the affidavit says.

Police found evidence of Medford hotel stays by at least one other man who had links to May during February and March. The value of that man’s hotel stays was at least $264, the affidavit says.

Police located stolen credit card statements in a storage unit used by May and a female acquaintance, the affidavit alleges.

May told investigators he did not steal the mail himself, but received it from another person, the affidavit says.

The woman said the other person showed May how to generate fraudulent credit card numbers that appear real initially, but ultimately will not be paid, the affidavit says.

In another pending case, May faces charges of meth possession, second-degree forgery, three counts of first-degree forgery, three counts of first-degree possession of a forged document and three counts of identity theft, Jackson County Circuit Court records show.

He is accused of forging checks for more than $1,000 each in that case, according to an indictment.

May has past convictions for unlawful manufacture of five to eight marijuana plants and methamphetamine possession, according to court records.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

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