Tualatin Police arrest Portland couple for Fred Meyer thefts
A northwest Portland couple is accused of using false identifications and fraudulent checks to steal thousands of dollars from Fred Meyer stores in the Portland area.
Raymond and Miranda Johnson were arrested on Dec. 15 at their home in Portland by Tualatin Police, according to court records. They were arraigned the next day on charges of first-degree theft and aggravated identity theft and could be formally indicted as early as Thursday.
An affidavit signed by Tara Gardner, a Multnomah County deputy district attorney, states that a Tualatin Police detective was contacted in late October by Fred Meyer about a series of bad checks and fraudulent merchandise returns dating back to August. The detective was able to trace the checks back to Raymond and Miranda Johnson, who confessed to forging the IDs and checks when police served a search warrant on their apartment on Dec. 15, according to the affidavit.
Man, you guys got us, the affidavit quotes Raymond Johnson as telling police.
KOIN 6 News, The Times' news partner, reported that the Johnsons are accused of making $17,000 in purchases from Fred Meyer stores in Washington, Clackamas, Multnomah and Deschutes counties, then returning the items for cash and getting at least $7,000 back.
The Johnsons said they spent the money from the Fred Meyer fraud scheme playing video poker, the affidavit states.
A third person, Monique Dudley, was also arrested at the same address on Dec. 15. The affidavit states she admitted to using an ID forged by Raymond Johnson in order to play video poker. She faces one count of identity theft, according to a charging document.
Dudley's next court appearance is set for Dec. 31, said Gardner.
Miranda Johnson is also named on court documents as Kayla Kara Irwin.
Tualatin Police and our information in the court system seem to show that as an alias for her, Gardner said.
Brent Weisberg and KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.