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ATHENS, April 17, 2013—Six suspects have been arrested as Athens Police have uncovered a counterfeit check ring.
According to Athens Police Detective Cpl. James Bonnette, the ring was uncovered when a local merchant, who had been unknowingly cashing the counterfeit payroll checks, was informed of the forgery by his bank. A couple of days later, two suspects entered the business and attempted to cash additional checks. The merchant contacted Athens Police, who were able to detain the suspects at the scene.
Det. Bonnette says at this time, the involvement of checks from four companies has resulted in a total of thirty forged checks, involving twelve suspects.
Six of the twelve suspects have already been arrested. They are:
Sasha Latay Womack, age 19, charged with: Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, $10,000 bond
Daniel Richard Simpson, age 26, charged with: Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - Forgery, $5,000 bond; Release of Surety – Forgery of Financial Instrument, $10,000 bond; Release of Surety – Tamper/Fabricate Physical Evidence, $5,000 bond; and Release of Surety – Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, 1-4 grams, in a Drug Free Zone, $25,000 bond
Shawna Kay Simpson, age 25, charged with: Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity – Forgery, $5,000 bond; Motion to Revoke Community Supervision –MTR Theft with Prior Convictions, no bond
Rickey Bryan Flippo, age 35, Charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, $10,000 bond
Misty Ramsey Kelly, age 38, charged with: Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, $4,000 bond; Forgery Financial Instrument, $5,000 bond; Theft of Property, $20 - $500, by Check, $750 bond; Failure to Appear, no bond
Rodney E. Andrews, age 45, charged with: Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, $10,000 bond
The charge of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity – Forgery, is a 3rd Degree Felony. If convicted, the suspects could face two – ten years of incarceration.
KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Det. Bonnette about the case. Click below to hear interview.
An arrest does not mean that the individual or individuals have been convicted of the alleged violation, unless otherwise noted. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
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