Bend Police arrested three people Tuesday as part of an investigation into the creation of fraudulent credit cards that were traded for methamphetamine.
In a news release, police stated an investigation of Stevan Lyle Hemingway, 29, of Bend, began about a month ago. Police said Hemingway had hacked into financial databases to obtain information he used to create fraudulent credit cards, which were in turn traded for methamphetamine by various subjects who then used the cards to make purchases at numerous businesses in Bend.
Officers executed a search warrant at Hemingway’s home on Fairway Drive in Bend on Tuesday evening, where they allegedly located numerous fraudulent credit cards and a small amount of methamphetamine.
Hemingway was arrested on 10 counts each of computer crime, identity theft, criminal conspiracy and possession of a forged instrument, and one count each of fraudulent use of a credit card, second-degree theft, methamphetamine possession and frequenting a location where drugs are kept, used or sold. His roommates, Carol Lynn Darling, 40, and Andrew Wayne Brown, 38, were arrested on charges of methamphetamine possession and frequenting a location where drugs are kept, used or sold.
— Bulletin staff reports