A 35-year-old Eugene Oregon man was sentenced to 15 years in state prison after pleading guilty to a number of identity theft charges in court Tuesday morning.
Eugene Police say Jeffery Nikkel, 35, of Eugene, is responsible for a series of identity thefts that continued from spring to fall of 2013, primarily by gathering information about victims by breaking into vehicles and/or rummaging through garbage and recycling bins. after which he used the information to open checking accounts, lines of credit, credit card accounts and create forged checks.
In the last year, Nikkel has been arrested the following dates and charges:
Apr. 12, 2013 on charges of second-degree theft and providing false information to police.
Apr. 30, 2013 for failure to appear on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, giving false information to police, criminal trespass, harassment, third-degree theft and three counts of second-degree theft.
May 18, 2013 for failure to appear on three counts of second-degree theft, charges of disorderly conduct, third-degree theft, criminal trespass, carrying a concealed weapon and false information to police.
May 23, 2013 on three counts of second-degree theft, harassment and carrying a concealed weapon.
July 27, 2013 on three counts of first-degree theft, three counts of identity theft and a charge of criminal trespass.
Aug. 14, 2013 on two counts of identity theft.
Oct. 25, 2013 on eight counts of first-degree theft, 15 counts of identity theft, two counts of possession of a forged instrument, two counts of first-degree forgery, second-degree forgery and second-degree theft.
Nikkel began serving a 2 1/2 year prison sentence at Two Rivers Correctional Institution Nov. 19, 2013 after having been convicted on four counts of first-degree theft and seven counts of identity theft, and was brought back to Lane County Jan. 30, 2014 to face 49 charges, including 21 counts of identity theft.