2 Portland-area men accused in take debit fraud

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two Portland-area men are accused to planning to split the proceeds after one of them falsely claimed debit card fraud.

The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/uVdg8I) reports Milwaukie resident Taylor Brittain-McAuliffe told his credit union in September that he did not authorize thousands of dollars in withdrawals, money transfers and deposits to his account.

But after the Advantis Credit Union fraud investigator alerted Portland police, Brittain-McAuliffe was arrested. He now faces 32 allegations of identity theft, theft and felony computer crime.

Police say he was working with Anthony D. Miller to inflate his account with counterfeit checks and then withdrew the cash.

The two men are now co-defendants in an identity-theft fraud case.

Police call the scheme double- or triple-dipping and say it has caused a lot of damage to financial institutions.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com