PORTLAND, Oregon.—A Gresham, Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison today for stealing financial and identification documents from more than 100 people in and around Portland.
Robert Loren Finanders, 41, was sentenced to 74 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release.
According to court documents, between April 2019 and April 2020, Finns stole financial and identity documents from dozens of people in the Portland area in an attempt to steal money from them and local businesses . Finns have spent tens of thousands of dollars using stolen credit cards and other personal information. Some of the identity documents recovered were in wallets and purses stolen from vehicles.
In late September 2019, the Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB) East Precinct Street Crime Unit began investigating Finanders after finding a fraudulent Oregon driver’s license in the name of an adult victim during a ‘an arrest. The license bore Finanders’ picture in place of the named victim. Investigators learned that around the same time, officers in Bend, Oregon arrested Finanders and a co-conspirator after receiving a report of someone using a stolen credit card in a local restaurant.
Bend police searched the vehicle driven by the Finanders co-conspirator and found a passport, W2s, and a retail credit card matching the name of the victim whose stolen driver’s license was recovered by PPB. A search of the Finanders’ Bend hotel room returned several additional W2s in the name of another victim and a victim profile notebook.
PPB officers linked the Finanders to other identity theft crimes in Portland, Gresham and Lake Oswego, Oregon and on January 22, 2020 executed a search warrant at his Gresham residence. Officers seized stolen profiles of more than 80 people; dozens of stolen and fraudulent identity and personal documents, including passports, government-issued ID cards and driver’s licenses; a waffle iron; a card reader; stolen mail; additional victim profile books; three handguns; a dismantled AR-15; bullet proof vest; and evidence of drug trafficking.
On March 12, 2020, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a nine-count indictment charging Finanders, and on April 1, 2020, he was arrested by PPB. On August 19, 2021, Finanders pleaded guilty to unauthorized access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, unlawful possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, and possession with intent to distribute. methamphetamine.
U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.
This matter was investigated by the PPB East Precinct Street Crimes Unit, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) . He was prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.