By DAMIAN MANN
A quick-thinking Rogue Regional Medical Center employee helped Medford police track down a “well-known scam artist” alleged to have impersonated a U.S. marshal seeking medical treatment.
Donald Lee Anderson Jr., 42, of the 1000 block of Rustler Peak Street, Central Point, wasn’t difficult for police officers to find.
The hospital employee noticed Anderson’s mugshot on the Jackson County Jail website after he was arrested on Jan. 2 for an unrelated charge of a felon in possession of a weapon.
An officer went to the jail on Jan. 11 to inform Anderson that he would be receiving additional charges related to allegedly impersonating a U.S. marshal at the hospital.
The additional charges include two counts of theft, two counts of identity theft, a criminal impersonating a police officer and a felon in possession of body armor. The bail for all the new charges totals $30,000. However, Anderson couldn’t post bail anyway because of the other charges of a felon in possession of a weapon.
Anderson allegedly entered the emergency room on Oct. 5, 2012, dressed in a black tactical uniform, black tactical vest, badge and a holster with no gun, according to Medford police.
Anderson told the hospital he was transporting a wanted fugitive, which caused him anxiety, police say. He obtained medical treatment but didn’t pay the $1,000 bill, the hospital reported. He also provided a false name, police determined.
The hospital also reported the same individual sought medical treatment and medications on Oct. 2 for a back condition caused by the use of a concrete mixer.
Last week, a hospital employee was reviewing online jail photographs and identified Anderson.
On Jan. 10, Medford police began a fraud investigation.
On Jan. 11, police searched Anderson’s Central Point residence, finding the U.S. marshal vest, badge and body armor.
Police have arrested Anderson on numerous occasions for theft and other charges and refer to him as a “convicted felon and well-known scam artist.”
In 2005, a Donald Lee Anderson, who was then 34, was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing items from cars involved in a crash near Yreka. Anderson, who was was with his girlfriend, April Wright, of Medford, wore a reflective vest and offered to lend assistance but stole cameras, DVD players, watches, cash, a handgun and CDs from the vehicles. At the Mercy Medical Center in Mt. Shasta, Anderson was caught on security camera taking a laptop and supplies from the emergency room. Police also found items stolen from a Talent truck stop.
In 2000, Anderson was sentenced to prison in Oregon for a felony theft conviction.
“He’s familiar to us, and we’ve dealt with him for a number of years,” Medford police Sgt. Kerry Curtis said.
Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This story originally appeared in Medford Mail Tribune.