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Career con man leaves trail of cigar smoke

Career con man leaves trail of cigar smoke

Investigators are trying to track down Nickolas "Nick" Kasemehas, a 73-year-old convicted career con man released from prison in September. Police are also wondering if there are new or unreported victims of the man's cons.

Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson says Kasemehas may have attempted new cons in the Salem area and could still be in the Willamette Valley. He is wanted for third-degree theft.

"One attribute that investigators note is that he has a very expensive daily cigar habit and so for people who are running cigar shops, he might be someone that would frequent their shop."

Simpson said Kasemehas usually befriends his victims, convincing them to lend him gold, silver, cash or other property, promising to invest in a worthy opportunity, but quickly disappears.

"Investigators are concerned there are more victims who have not reported his crimes to police for fear of embarrassment or still holding on to hope they may still get their money back."

Here's the press release from the Portland Police Bureau with details on reporting tips or possible crimes:

The Portland Police Bureau's White Collar Crimes Detail is asking for the public's help in locating 73-year-old Nickolas Kasemehas, wanted for Aggravated Theft in the First Degree.

"Nick" Kasemehas has a long list of aliases and is a career con man, beginning in 1962. Kasemehas was released from prison in September 2012 and immediately began conning victims in the Salem, Oregon area. He has most recently been frequenting locations in the Portland and Salem areas. Kasemehas is also believed to have an expensive daily cigar habit.

In the past, Kasemehas has frequented cities all along the West Coast, including Seattle and San Francisco. Many of his cons involve schemes around gold, jewelry and loans. Kasemehas' criminal history extends to San Francisco, Utah, Denver, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and many other smaller cities.

Investigators believe there are more victims of Kasemehas criminal behavior and would like to hear from anyone with information about his activities.

Kasemehas is described as a white male, 73 years old, 5'9" tall, 175 pounds, gray/brown hair, brown eyes, and in very good physical shape.

Anyone seeing Kasemehas is asked to call 9-1-1. For non-emergency information about Kasemehas or information about additional victims please contact Detective Liz Cruthers at (503) 823-0272 or Elizabeth.Cruthers@PortlandOregon.gov

 

 

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