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Accused fraud leader: charge ‘prepostrous’

A convicted methamphetamine maker accused of masterminding a multi-state check fraud ring that bilked Spokane businesses out of thousands of dollars denies the allegations

“I understand what they’re accusing me of,” said Ronald R. Foreman in Spokane County Superior Court Friday. “I just think it’s preposterous.”

The Spokane Valley man was arrested outside his surveillance camera-equipped home at 13718 E. 21st Ave. Thursday evening as the SWAT team prepared for a raid triggered by what detectives say is a massive financial fraud.

Police think Foreman, 43, manufactured counterfeit checks and identifications to support an expensive lifestyle and buy meth, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

More arrests are expected as police continue to investigate up to a dozen people who may have been working for Foreman, including a man jailed last month after a bail bondsman told police he’d threatened him with a gun.

George W. Butrick, 32, is charged with forgery for a fraudulent check cashed Oct. 29, according to court documents. Butrick told police Foreman gave him the check in exchange for tires and that Foreman was known to make fake checks and IDs.

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