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Six arrested in counterfeit check ring

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:

Crime Suspect - Sasha Womack

Sasha Latay Womack, age 19, charged with: Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, $10,000 bond

Crime Suspect - Daniel Richard Simpson

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

Crime Suspect - Shawna Kay Simpson

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

Crime Suspect - Ricky Bryan Flippo

Rickey Bryan Flippo, age 35, Charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, $10,000 bond

Crime Suspect - Misty Kelly

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

Crime Suspect - Rodney Andrews

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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