Fraud, stolen prescriptions reported in crime log

Two separate incidents of fraud were reported in last week's crime log and in one case, a student lost more than $2,000 to Chinese scammers. 

April 4

  • A 47-year-old woman is suspected of using an Oakland Community College student's credit card in a $2,000 transaction to Central Michigan University. Lt. Cameron Wassman, of the CMU Police Department, said police are working with the OCC Safety Department. He added that no arrest has been made and officers don't know how the woman received the credit card information. 
  • An 18-year-old student admitted to using and possessing 11 grams of Marijuana after officers interviewed him at his Beddow Hall dorm room at roughly 10:30 p.m. The incident was turned over to the Office of Student Conduct.

April 5

  • A 19-year-old student living in Celani Hall reported that his prescription medications used to treat ADHD and ADD were taken from his dorm room. Police interviewed the student's roommates, but none of them "panned out" as suspects, Wassman said. He added that no suspects have been identified.

April 7

  • A student was scammed out of $2,100 after she received a suspicious email from a fake company stating her computer had a serious virus. The student called a number attached to the email and was told to transfer $300 to fix the problem. She transferred the money and on April 5 she received a follow-up call that said the company was closing and would issue refunds. She then received another call, which said the company had mistakenly transferred $3,000 to her bank account and if she returned $1,800 she could keep the difference. After sending the money, the student realized that she never received the $3,000.  University police have been able to trace the money transactions to a location in China but have not identified any suspects. The case is closed.

April 9

  • An 18-year-old man who was arrested for domestic violence in Barnes Hall several weeks ago was arrested again after violating terms of his release by appearing at the victim's dorm room. Police responded and took him into custody.
  •  A 19-year-old man is facing charges of damaging property after he allegedly "keyed" a 19-year-old woman's car in Lot 4. CMUPD were able to identify the suspect after reviewing video surveillance footage and conducting interviews. 
  • A 24-year-old man broke his ankle skateboarding near the Charles V. Park Library. He was taken by ambulance to McLaren Central Michigan.
  • A male student reported that his vehicle was vandalized in Lot 1. He found an unknown liquid on his driver's side door and a condom on his antenna. His vehicle also had a dented hood and police are in the process of retrieving video footage.