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June 6, 2013

Twelve indicted

Organized crime activity brings Grand Jury action

ATHENS — An investigation into a forged check ring operating in Henderson County has resulted in several indictments from a Henderson County Grand Jury.

The Henderson County District Attorney’s Office reported that on May 30, the panel returned true bills against 12 defendants related to the case. Each was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a third degree felony.

Athens Police Department Det. Cpl. James Bonnette obtained warrants against the defendants in April, stemming from an investigation into 30 bogus checks that were passed in Athens during the last two weeks of March.

APD served warrants on April 11 on Rickey Bryan Flippo, Shawna Kay Simpson, Daniel Richard Simpson  and Misty Ramsey Kelly. 

Kelly was already in jail for an April 5 attempt to pass a forged check at Chaney’s Check Cashing in Athens. Flippo was also arrested at Chaney’s on an existing warrant, but was released on April 6.

Over the next few days, police continued to investigate the case, resulting in more arrests. In all, eight individuals were arrested in connection with the forgeries, with four suspects still at-large.

 Bonnette said the scheme involved counterfeiting payroll checks that were drawn on several different companies. The forged checks had valid routing and accounting numbers. Bonnette said although the checks at first glance look like a paycheck from one of the businesses, the company name was usually altered a bit from the actual name.

The checks were passed at Brookshires stores in Athens, Seven Points, Malakoff, Mabank and Chandler and four additional Athens locations.

  Suspects arrested in the case include:

• Sasha Latay Womack, 19, Malakoff, five counts;

• Rickey Bryan Flippo, 35, Athens, three counts;

• Rodney Eric Andrews, 45, Athens;

• Jason Lamont Donnell, 37, Athens;

• Angela Denice Jackson, 36, Athens;

• Misty Ramsey Kelly, 40, Athens, two counts and

• Daniel Richard Simpson, 26, Eustace, eight counts;

• Shawna Kay Simpson, 25, Athens, three counts.

Active warrants are still out on:

• Kevin Bershunn Berry, 37, Athens;

• Jennifer Nicole West, 27, Athens, two counts;

• Cortney Dewayne Williams, 31, Athens, five counts;

• Ronald Dale Williams, 55, Tool.

 

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