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N. Idaho check theft suspects arrested

  A 28-year-old man and a 17-year-old runaway linked by police to check thefts in Coeur d'Alene are in custody.

Michael Graham Wilkins and Lacey Lynn Fugate were arrested at the Lake Drive Motel, 316 E. Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, Friday about 6:30 p.m. after detectives received a tip that they were there, Coeur d'Alene police said today.

Police found property purchased with stolen credit cards and checks in the motel room, including a printer and package of blank checks purchased online.

Officers arrested Wilkins and Fugate on warrants out of Douglas County, Oregon, where Roseburg is.

They face new charges of grand theft and burglary in Kootenai County.

Tattoo could help track mail theft suspect

   A 28-year-old Coeur d'Alene man and a 17-year-old runaway from Oregon are suspected of stealing checks from mailboxes in the Lake City.

Michael Graham Wilkins and Lacey Lynn Fugate are suspected of stealing two checks from a business' mailbox in the 100 block of East Locust Avenue around July 28, police said Thursday.

Police released their photos Thursday, along with a photo of an tattoo on Wilkins' right arm.

Wilkins is accused of adding his name to the checks and cashing them at Safeway.

An employee told police he cashes checks there recently.

A warrant has been issued for Wilkins' arrest. Fugate is a runaway from Douglas County, Oregon.

Anyone with information on their location is asked to call the Coeur d'Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.

Fugitive arrested for alleged ring heist

A property crime suspect sought for weeks by Crime Stoppers and Spokane police was arrested Friday after stealing an expensive ring from Fred Meyer, officers say.

Taylor Aleck Contos, 29, was a passenger in a black truck matching the description of the vehicle used in he theft when sheriff's deputies stopped it on Highway 395.

An employee at Fred Meyer at 12100 N. Division St., identified Contos as the man who was looking at rings and left with a Kathy Ireland 1 Karat white gold anniversary ring valued at nearly $4,000.

Deputies recovered the ring from Contos' right shoe after he confessed to stealing it, according to court documents.

Contos had been wanted on six felony property crime cases since he left the Pioneer Center East drug treatment center on Feb. 20.

He was to begin trial this month on charges related to alleged thefts at stores last summer, as well as methamphetamine, heroin and unlawful issuance of bank checks charges.

Now he's in jail on those charges and a new charge of second-degree theft.

Cops seek prolific property crime suspect

Spokane police are asking for help finding a prolific property crime suspect wanted on six felony cases.

Taylor Aleck Contos, 29, left the Pioneer Center East drug treatment center on Feb. 20 and has not been located since, according to court documents. A no-bail warrant seeks his immediate arrest.

Contos was to begin trial this month on charges related to alleged thefts at stores last summer, as well as methamphetamine, heroin and unlawful issuance of bank checks charges.

A co-defendant, Kristofer J. Stairs, 29, pleaded guilty in December and was sentenced to six months in jail with credit for 131 days served. He was arrested on a new felony drug charge Monday.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Contos, who is 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds and last gave an address in the 1500 block of South Lincoln Street in Spokane.

Anyone with information his current location is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Man accused of leading organized crime

An alleged counterfeit check and identity theft ring has led to a leading organized crime charge against a 30-year-old Spokane man.

Kyle R. Aiken is one of 14 people facing charges in the case, which involved Aiken creating counterfeit checks using stolen bank account and personal identification information stolen during car prowlings by co-conspirators in Spokane County. The checks were cashed at stores throughout the county in August and early September, according to court documents.

Investigators believe Aiken, who lives in the 4000 block of North Cannon Street, directed at least six people to engage in forgery, theft and identify theft, which led prosecutors to charge him with lading organized crime.

The charge can carry a sentence of about 10 years.

Also facing charges are Donnelle C. Velasquez, 41, and her juvenile son; Alicia M. Rumburg, 22; Samuel J. Aldrich, 28; Alexander R. Jarman, 19; Sarah E. Perrenaud, 24; Stephanie R. Kutulas, 32; Charles W.B. Walrath, 26; Ronda M. Mason, 28; Tyler C. Berens, 19; Chelsea R. Barnes, 23; Kirk P. Robinson, 21; and Kristina M. Centorbi, 23.

Two search warrants were executed during the investigation, one by the Spokane Police Department’s Targeted Crimes Unit and Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT), and one conducted by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Task Force.
  

5 indicted in $65k check forgery ring

Five Spokane residents have been charged in a year-long check forgery ring that bilked business in the Inland Northwest of more than $65,000.

36-count federal indictment alleges John A. Campisi, 45 (right); Darryl P. Sargent, 46 (left); Andrea N. Hartnett, Brande S. Garabedian and Chelce A. Zimmerman made and passed 431 counterfeit checks between Sept. 21, 2008, and Aug. 5, 2009, at Fred Meyer, Home Depot, Winco, Wal-Mart, Babies R' Us and Safeway stores.

 All five suspects are charged with conspiracy to utter counterfeit securities of an organization, which carries up to five years in prison.

Campisi and Hartnett each face 10 charges of uttering and counterfeit securities, Sargent is charged with seven counts and Garabedian and Zimmerman face two counts each. That charge brings a maximum 10 years in prison if convicted.

Campisi and Sargent, who are in custody at the Spokane County Jail, also are charged with possessing five or more false identification forms and producing false identification documents, which each carry a maximum 15 years in prison.

They pleaded not guilty last week in U.S. District Court.

Sargent has a previous federal felony conviction for methamphetamine.

Zimmerman has previous theft convictions and was living at real estate mogul Joe Ward's home overlooking Long Lake when her boyfriend fired shots at the home in “retaliation for Chelce sleeping with Joseph Ward,” according to court records.

Probe continues into Sh***y Goulsby

Police continue their investigation into Rai A. “Sh***y” Goulsby this week, serving search warrant on his car and laptop computer.

Goulsby, 45, was arrested last week on a leading organized crime charge for allegedly directing a check forgery ring.

Goulsby reportedly told police he manufactured checks for others to cash and used the money “to fund a drug habit,” according to court documents.

Goulsby said a computer and printer he used to make the checks were located in his 2010 Chevrolet Malibu.

Spokane County sheriff's Detective Dean Meyer, a member of a federal task force, search the Malibu on Monday with a Secret Service agent and seized the computer and printer, as well as a counterfeit checks, check stocks, file folders, cell phones and marijuana.

Meyer gave the computer to a digital forensic specialist for examination.

Goulsby has 27 felony convictions in Washington, several of which are for crimes of deception, according to search warrants.

Suspect’s nickname is profane word

A man whose nickname is a profane word faces a charge of leading organized crime for an alleged check forgery ring in Spokane County.

Rai A. “Sh***y” Goulsby, 45, (pictured) is accused of directing two sisters to cash forged payroll checks from McDonald's.

Shakayla Fay Delcambre, 18, and Rayna R. Delcambre, 27, were arrested for forgery March 27 after Walmart employees in Airway Heights called police. The store had been warned after two women cashed similar fraudulent checks at the Shadle Park Walmart.

A Secret Service agent interviewed the suspects in jail, where they said a man named Sh***y “offered her an opportunity to make some money cashing checks, and that the only repercussion, if any, would be damage to her credit score,” according to an affidavit.

Shakayla Delcambre said she was to receive $300 for cashing the checks at the Shadle Park store, and that Sh***y received two-thirds of the cashed check after each transaction.

Goulsby denied providing checks to the sisters but told police he provided self-manufactured checks to other people and used the money “to fund a drug habit,” according to a probable cause affidavit filed Friday.

Goulsby was arrested Thursday and appeared in Superior Court Friday on the leading organized crime charge, which can carry 10 or so years in prison, pending on a defendant's criminal history. He remains in jail on $100,000 bond.

Also arrested in the case was Wendy Y. Kelly, 40, who's accused of cashing a forged check for Goulsby.

Documents: Couple’s ex-lover detailed fraud

A main witness against a Spokane Valley man accused of running a check fraud ring agreed to cooperate with police after ending a sexual relationship with the suspect and his wife, according to court documents.

The woman told police she used methamphetamine with Ronald R. Foreman and his wife while helping with a large fraud that police say Foreman operated from his home.

Now Foreman, 43, faces drug charges as well as a charge of leading organized crime. A SWAT team raided his home at 13718 E. 21st Ave. on Thursday evening.

Foreman, who called the allegations “preposterous” in a court appearance last week, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Monday on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance.

Read the rest of my story in tomorrow’s Spokesman-Review.
Past coverage:

Suspect denies leading fraud ring

Massive check fraud ring uncovered in Spokane Valley

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