Former Ore. bank manager pleads guilty to fraud

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A former manager of a Key Bank branch in Springfield, Ore., has pleaded guilty in federal court to bank fraud and identity theft in a case that has taken a number of bizarre turns.

Randy Mainwaring admitted Tuesday in Eugene that in early 2007 he used the Social Security number of a previous bank account holder to open a Key Bank account without authorization. He also admitted that he transferred the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of nearly 3,000 present or previous Key Bank account holders to his personal email account.

According to court documents, the customers suffered no financial loss. The scheme cost Key Bank about $45,000 in credit protection services for the affected customers, a sum the 41-year-old Mainwaring agreed to pay. He was arrested in June 2007.

The U.S. attorney's office says Mainwaring also admitted that in August 2010 he tried to obstruct justice by threatening a witness.

The Register-Guard reports the man tried to fake his own death, placing a bogus obituary in the newspaper.

Sentencing was set for July 17.