Suspected longtime scammer caught in Portland

Cops: Reany would leave repairs uncompleted, cash in hand

Clinton Reany, 59, was arrested Dec. 31, 2014 for the alleged scamming of at least four people in the Portland area. He was then arrested Jan. 4 and Jan. 9 on similar allegations. (PPB)
Clinton Reany, 59, was arrested Dec. 31, 2014 for the alleged scamming of at least four people in the Portland area. He was then arrested Jan. 4 and Jan. 9 on similar allegations. (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 59-year-old accused con artist arrested in Portland on New Year’s Eve may have been scamming people for nearly 40 years all across the country, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Police said Monday that Clinton Timothy Reany would contact victims at their homes and offer to fix their sidewalks or driveways. Reany would collect half the payment up front, quickly ask for more money before leaving the property damaged and in need of further repair.

Detectives know of at least four victims, but that his background indicates a much longer string of cons, police said.

According to court records, Reany, who told officials he was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, has gone by the names of “Rick Mintkenbaugh” and “Dan Reany.” He’s also used the business names of Concrete Solutions and Concrete Plus, police said. Records show he has been convicted of eight felonies in California, New York and North and South Carolina.

Records also show that Reany, who is divorced, has been living in the Portland area for about three months, and that before moving to Oregon he lived in Cincinnati. He reportedly told court staff that he does concrete work.

His vehicle, a Lincoln Continental with North Carolina license plates, has been seized.

Jail records show Reany was arrested New Year’s Eve on charges of furnishing false information to police, identity theft, first-degree theft and operating without a contractor’s licenses. He was released the same day after the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office issued a “no-complaint,” meaning they needed more time to investigate the charges.

He was arrested Jan. 4 on charges of identity theft and possession of meth. Reany is scheduled to be in court Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information or who may have been a victim is asked to contact detective Teresa Uttke at 503.823.0969.

Resources:

Better Business Bureau

— Brent Weisberg contributed to this report

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