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Forgery ring busted, 5 arrests

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On Tuesday, Oct. 11,  Ellis County Sheriff’s Investigators executed a search warrant in the 6800 Block of Griggs Street in Forrest Hill. The search warrant stemmed from an ongoing investigation into the counterfeiting of Sheriff’s Office checks that had been passed at several businesses in and around Ellis/Tarrant/Henderson Counties.  Investigators seized computers, checks, blank check paper, printers, and other digital evidence.

 In mid August of 2011, Sheriff’s Officials were contacted in reference to bad checks that had been cashed at a local Waxahachie business. The checks were written on the account of the Wayne McCollum Detention Center’s Inmate Trust Fund Account.   When it was determined that the checks were counterfeit, an investigation commenced, and several persons were identified who had cashed the counterfeit checks.  Overall, 27 checks had been counterfeited and passed on the Sheriff’s Office inmate trust fund account, which is an account used to disperse unused commissary funds when inmates are released from jail.

 Taken into custody were:

 Bianca Hawkins

George Shivers

Holle A. Jones

James Criss

Mercedes Benz Davis B/M 11-03-1989

 

All subjects are charged with Forgery and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and remain in the custody of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office has warrants outstanding for several other suspects believed to be involved, and are working with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office fugitive apprehension unit to make additional arrests.

 

None of the checks passed on the Sheriff’s Office account were paid by the bank, resulting in no loss to the County.

 

Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown would like to thank the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with this investigation, stating that cooperation between local law enforcement agencies is key when solving crime.

 


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