HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. – The assistant manager for a Happy Valley finance company has been stealing customers’ identities and taking out loans, according to police.
Investigators also said the suspect has been working at Credit Concepts, Inc. under the stolen identity of Troy Lee Evans for the past six years.
During that time, Jeffery Gerald Jackson, 41, of Happy Valley, used customers’ sensitive financial and personal information to obtain at least 7 loans, according to Sgt. Adam Phillips with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
Jackson was arrested on several charges Tuesday, including ID theft, theft and forgery.
In late August, a man reported to police that someone had stolen his identity to get a loan and buy a car. That was what sparked the investigation at Credit Concepts, which detectives said led them to Jackson.
“Happy Valley Police believe Jackson may have victimized other people by stealing their identities and using them to fraudulently obtain loans,” Phillips warned.
Credit Concepts was cooperating with investigators. Vice President of Operations Jason Moon also released a statement to the media about the investigation Tuesday. The statement said that the company could not release specific details, due to the ongoing investigation, but it was unlikely that all of their customers were at risk.
“Based upon our initial investigation, it appears the information that was accessed is limited to a small number of borrowers but we have no way to know for sure at this time. However we do encourage our customers to be diligent in checking their credit files and if they feel as they have suspicious activity to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department to file a police report and to file a complaint with the credit reporting agencies and FTC,” the statement explained.
Jackson will make a first appearance at Clackamas County Circuit Court on September 5.
Police believe there may be more victims; including some who don’t even know their identities have been stolen. Anyone with information that may help investigators was urged to call deputy Griffin at 503-760-0123.