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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.

Man wanted for leading organized crime

A suspected methamphetamine dealer who investigators say equipped his Spokane Valley home with surveillance video and a tripwire while orchestrating an identity theft scheme is wanted by police.

 Detectives spent months building a case against Ronald R. Foreman, (left) who left jail on $40,000 bond after a SWAT team raid at his home on 21st Avenue off Evergreen Road last March.

Crime Stoppers this week issued a reward for tips that lead to his capture on a new charge of leading organized crime in a case that depends on testimony from convicted criminals, including a woman who identified herself as the ex-girlfriend of Foreman and his wife.

Foreman faces about 10 to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Read my full story here.

Past coverage:

March 5: Massive check fraud ring uncovered in Valley

The same Valley property crime unit that investigated Foreman investigated another major stolen check ring that led to leading organized crime charges against two women.

Kimberly L. Fawver, 37, (right) and Krstina L. Fricke, 41, are accused of directing at least seven people to commit identity theft and check fraud in a drug-fueled scheme that victimized dozens of people, according to police.

Both women also face a slew of burglary and identity theft charges.

Other defendants in the case include Allen S. Easley, who was sentenced to 100 months in prison in December. He had been arrested at pawn shop in May with Fawver's daughter.

The leading organized crime charge has been filed a number of times in Spokane County Since its inception in 2001.

Read about a woman sentenced to 12 years here.