A White City woman was arrested Tuesday morning on more than 100 counts of mail theft and forgery with an unknown total loss to victims.
The Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force found Amanda Marie Sims, 36, hiding in a mobile home park in the 3200 block of Antelope Road in White City, according to a Jackson County sheriff’s release. She faces an additional six counts of identity theft, six counts of forgery and one count of criminal possession of a forgery device. All are felony charges.
She was booked into the Jackson County jail on $847,500 bail.
A fraudulent check another woman attempted to cash in late June at a White City convenience store first tipped authorities off to Sims’ alleged role. After serving a search warrant at her residence, deputies found stolen mail and equipment used to make and alter checks, the release said. Officials believe the stolen mail came from at least 100 victims.
Deputies continued to investigate in the weeks that followed and found Sims used stolen bank information to pay bills and received at least $10,000 by cashing or depositing fraudulent checks, the release alleged.
Sgt. Julie Denney of the sheriff’s office said that mail theft cases can take anywhere from weeks to years to gather enough information for a probable cause for arrest. Investigations involve bank records, court orders and subpoenas, she said.
Sims was no longer living at the residence investigators searched, Denney said. She did not know whether the residence where Sims was arrested was her current home.
Deputies also arrested two other men — Moises Rodriguez-Regalado, 29, and Edgar Limon Sigala, 23 — at the home on unrelated warrants, the release said. As of Tuesday night, Rodriguez-Regalado had been released. Sigala-Limon was lodged in the jail without bail, charged with violating probation for possession of meth.
Detectives are looking for more information about the case and encourage people who believe they may have been victims in this case to contact them. Sims likely stole mail from mailboxes in the Eagle Point and Upper Rogue areas, the sheriff’s office said. Callers can reach Detective Gabe Burchfiel at 541-770-8939 in reference to case No. 18-12702.
The Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force is funded by the U.S. Marshal’s Office.