CORVALLIS, Ore. — A Tangent man is accused of taking part in a computer crime, after detectives say he participated in an illegal scheme that may have reached around the world.
Daniel Gregory was charged with one count of computer crime for allegedly acting as a middle man in a reshipping scheme. Investigators say he received items that were purchased online using stolen credit card information and was instructed to ship them to another address. One of the items purchased was dog food.
“You will get the big ticket items like the iPads or electronic equipment but also things that don’t necessarily arouse suspicion can be used in a fraud case like this,” said Captain Greg Ridler of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives uncovered the scheme after a Corvallis woman discovered someone was buying items online using her credit card. While investigators say Gregory wasn’t the mastermind behind the scheme, they do believe he knew what he was doing.
“He had been desperately looking for work, unable to find a job with benefits and due to his financial situation, he thought it was worth the risk,” said Ridler.
The sheriff’s office is looking into whether the items were shipped overseas.