Man arrested in Lincoln City fraud case may be a lot more “interesting” than first thought. Bail raised to $1.5 million.
From Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
This week Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives contacted Quentin G. Stanhope at his residence at 257 S.E. Surf Ave., Lincoln City regarding an ongoing forgery investigation. Stanhope was taken into custody without incident. Stanhope was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail and charged with Forgery I, Theft I and Identity Theft. His bail was set at $1.5 million.
Detectives executed a search warrant of Stanhope’s residence and business, Q-Tax & Bookkeeping Services, located in Lincoln City. Further victims of Forgery may be developed and this investigation is ongoing.
Investigators believe that the suspect in custody is using a false name and his real identity is currently unknown. He has been using the name Quentin G. Stanhope since around 2005. The suspect is an avid Sherlock Holmes fan and the name he is using is also a character in some of the writings surrounding the genre of Sherlock Holmes. It is believed he may have ties in Massachusetts and or Florida.
If anyone has any information about his real identity they should contact Detective David Boys with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 541-265-4277, ext. 0668
Detectives with the Newport Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department and the Social Security Administration assisted in this investigation.
Stanhopes Q-Tax Bookkeeping service based in Lincoln City was under contract with the City of Lincoln City Finance Department to provide third-party oversight of the town’s hotel, motel and vacation dwelling rental room tax revenues. Stanhope never came in contact with the money but rather simply reviewed the many accounts that pay into the city’s room tax fund. His company’s job was to act as a watchdog over those who owed money to the city and to keep clear records of what was paid and by whom. If numbers varied “out of the norm” it was the responsibility of Stanhope’s company to discover any major swings in payments and find out why.
City Finance Director Debbie Mammone said that they’ve been told that the allegations against Stanhope do not have anything to do with his dealings with the city.
Lincoln City has cancelled their contract with Stanhope’s firm and all city records are now back at city hall.
City officials say if it turns out that there has been any compromise of proprietary or other personal information associated with any room tax paying business, the city will let them know immediately. But again, the charges against “Stanhope” pertain to cases outside of the area.
Here’s a message from Gray Coast Tax Service based in Depoe Bay:
Dear NewsLincolnCounty readers,
Just like general contractors, insurance agents, teachers, and other professionals, Tax Preparers have to be licensed to prepare tax returns in Oregon. It is simple to visit the Oregon State Board of Tax Practitioners website and verify that someone has a license before sharing your financial information with that individual.
State of Oregon: Board of Tax Practitioners.
CPAs and Public Accountants have their own licensing board http://www.oregon.gov/boa/Pages/ConsumerPage.aspx.
The IRS has also made it easy to check your own tax return information if you have concerns. http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript
And if you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, The Federal Trade Commission has a great website
I’m sharing this information in the hope that our Lincoln County neighbors stay safe.
Melody McKenzie, EA LTC 70172C
Gray Coast Tax Service Inc.
600 NE Highway 101 Depoe Bay OR 97341