GRESHAM, Ore. – Gresham police detectives arrested a Portland man accused of organizing a large check fraud operation and stealing $140,000 from the Oregon Department of Human Services.
Andrew Jarod Prevost, 37, was taken to the Multnomah County Jail after police searched his home on Thursday. He faces charges including aggravated ID theft and forgery.
Police said DHS fraud investigators noticed unusual activity on a DHS account. Detectives believe Prevost made nearly 100 counterfeit DHS payroll checks using the account number and directed more than 60 people to cash those checks.
Most of the checks were cashed at Walmart stores in Portland and Vancouver, Wash. Walmart is working with police in their investigation.
Lt. Claudio Grandjean said detectives have identified the additional suspects.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Gresham police at 503-618-2719.