Oro Valley Police have arrested and booked Amanda Newman, age 23, for one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, which is a class two felony.
Between June 15, 2015 and June 18, 2015 Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) Criminal Investigations Unit received two reports from citizens residing in Oro Valley regarding unauthorized on line purchases charged to their bank accounts. The purchases were through TigerDirect.com and were sent to an address at the 4200 hundred block of North First Avenue.
There were several other victims who made similar reports and resided in Tucson. With the cooperation of the Tucson Police Department, OVPD Criminal Investigations Unit served a search warrant at the suspect’s apartment and arrested Newman. They recovered approximately 50 items that were fraudulently purchased inside the apartment as well as other evidence of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices.
Newman told detectives she applied for a job on line. She received items and packing slips from an online source likely out of Russia. She was instructed to send the items to their final destination and did send out approximately 50 packages. She never received payment from her “employer”, so she decided to sell the remaining items she received on Craig’s List for which she received several thousand dollars in monetary benefit. Newman admitted she knew she was involved in something illegal.
If you have any information about this crime consider contacting your local law enforcement agency, 911 or 88-CRIME.