BEND, OR -- Two Bend teenagers are accused of scamming multiple people over the past year. According to Bend Police, the 17-year-old boys purchased artificial gold bars online, and then sold them as the real thing to at least six adults.
They allegedly found their victims through Craig's List and set up meetings, eventually receiving $50,000 in cash and other goods for the fake gold. Investigators say the suspects were sophisticated; using multiple ways to conceal their identity and scheme. They were arrested Tuesday and police recovered some of the money. The teens are charged with Theft by Deception, Felony Computer Crimes, Money Laundering and other crimes.
Anyone who purchased Royal Canadian Mint bars or Perth Mint bars from someone other than a reputable dealer between July 2016 and March 21, 2017 should contact Bend Police at 541-693-6911.