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Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest has offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive Travis J. Leiske. Leiske is currently wanted for a felony probation violation stemming from a forgery conviction in July of 2011. Leiske altered a personal check for $2,000 over the original amount that was provided to him by a woman that had hired him for landscaping services. Anyone with information on the location of this suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 208-667-2111 or 1-800-222-TIPS. Information can be submitted on line at www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to use their own name to be eligible for a reward.
OLYMPIA — State officials doing the check on petitions submitted for the same-sex marriage referendum say they found what they suspect are about 1,000 forged signatures. . .
Two women are accused of trying to obtain the powerful prescription painkiller Oxycodone through fraudulent prescriptions Sunday night at a Spokane Valley pharmacy.
Police were called about 6 p.m. after a pharmacist at a store in the 13400 block of East Sprague Avenue realizing a prescription attempting to be filled by Justine A. Diaz, 22, was written on a pad that had been reported stolen through the Spokane Pharmacy Association, and that a woman matching Diaz' description had tried to fill the stolen prescriptions Saturday night at several Albertsons pharmacies, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said tdoay.
Diaz and Crystal A. Russell, 24, were detained after deputies arrived at the pharmacy and saw Russell, who was "visibly nervous" try to walk away with Diaz.
The pharmacist told deputies Diaz tried to fill a prescription in another name that she said belonged to a friend who had been in a collision. Diaz reportedly said she would pay cash because her friend did not have health insurance, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies say Diaz refused to speak to deputies and Russell said she had no idea the prescriptions were stolen and forged, the sheriff's office said.
Russell was booked into jail on a charge of controlled substance conspiracy and Diaz was booked on charges of prescription fraud and second-degree possession of stolen property.
A man and woman were arrested in a similar case in Spokane Valley last week.
A former inmate due $15 for money not used at the Spokane County Jail earned himself another stay behind bars by forging the check for more than 200 times the amount, sheriff's officials say.
John P. Oak, 44, was arrested Jan. 12 for forgery and second-degree theft after he tried to withdraw money from Banner Bank in Rockford, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
Jail staff on Jan. 11 noticed Oak had cashed a check from the jail for $3,042.21, though jail records showed the check was originally written for $15.
Oak received $1,000 in cash and deposited the rest in his account, according to the Sheriff's Office. Bank employees notified police Jan. 12 that Oak had tried to withdraw more funds but was denied. Deputy Jeremy Jeske stopped a vehicle as it traveled north on Highway 21 from the bank and arrested Oak, who was a passenger.
Two other passengers, John M. Hamilton, 49, and Amanda M. Powers, 28, were arrested and booked on outstanding warrants. The driver of the vehicle was released shortly after the traffic stop and is not facing charges, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Oak has been released from jail and is to be arraigned on Jan. 24, according to online court records.
Spokane man has been charged with leading organized crime for an alleged counterfeit check operation.
Henry Patrick Bevans III, 28, pleaded not guilty today to the felony charge in Spokane County Superior Court where he was sentenced in October to a year in jail for drug and escape from community custody charges.
The investigation by U.S. Postal Inspector Shannon Saylor, a member of the Financial Crimes Task Force, began when a Jiffy Lube corporate employee reported to police in October 2010 that someone had used the business' Banner Bank account to manufacture counterfeit payroll checks.
The checks, between $487 and $2,230, were cashed at locations in Spokane and Spokane Valley. But the business notified police when the checks were returned as counterfeit. In November 2010, police arrested Bevans on a felony warrant at 2820 N. Cherry and, along with methamphetamine, found items related to the counterfeit check operation after obtaining a search warrant.
According to court documents, Bevans told police in January that he helped find people to cash checks for Ronald R. Foreman, who also is charged with leading organized crime. Bevans said a lot of people owed him money for drug debt. (Bevans was arrested again in March after a feed store employee noted his lack of teeth when he purchased two pounds of a substance commonly used to cut methamphetamine.)
Leading organized crime charge can carry 10 to 15 years in prison. The charge alleges a defendant directed three or more people to participate in criminal activity. Bevans is accused of directing eight people to cash the counterfeit checks, according to court documents.
Facing theft and/or forgery charges are Artem G. Kuznetsov, 20; Jenelle L. Cuculich, 25; Charles E. Spetter, 47; Jessica R. Edie, 24; Jeremy L. Cronk, 27; Jayde M. Hines, 26; Ryan L. McDowell, 25; and Erin R. Fredrick, 23.
UPDATE: Haines is in custody.
Crime Stoppers if offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest suspected methamphetamine dealer caught with stolen property in May.
Anthony L. Haines, 24, didn't show up for a hearing in Spokane County Superior Court last month, leading to a $5,000 warrant for possession of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of stolen property.
Haines was arrested May 31 after police saw him driving a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass on a suspended license at West Dean Avenue and North Cedar Street about 3 a.m. Police found a checkbook and stolen credit card in the car, along with several bags of methamphetamine, a news release at the time said.
Haines was briefly in custody last month during a SWAT team raid at 1124 W. Nora Ave., where police arrested a man on unrelated robbery charges. But a warrant was issued for his arrest July 21 after he didn't show up for a court hearing.
Crime Stoppers offered a reward Thursday for tips that lead to his arrest. Haines is considered to be a gang associate by police.He's 5-foot-10, 155 pounds and last listed the Nora Avenue home as his address.
Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
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.
A Spokane woman arrested on prescription forgery charges six times in one year returned to jail again this week less than two weeks after pleading guilty to four felonies.
Theresia L. Beckett, 56, was out of jail on bond awaiting sentencing when she was arrested for the same thing she's been arrested for six other times since last June: forging a prescription and trying to pass it at a local pharmacy.
She was arrested Wednesday at Deaconess Pharmacy, 800 W. 5th Ave., for allegedly trying to collect on a forged prescription for Ambien.
Beckett earned the ire of Superior Court Judge Michael Price last month when she was arrested for the sixth time.
“I've seen Ms. Beckett time in and time out,” Price said at the time. “I'm certainly not trying to be gruff or rude to her, but…every time she bonds out, arguably, she just goes right back out and does it again, possibly within hours."
Beckett's bond was set at $150,000 Thursday.
She's expected back in court for four no-bail warrants for the cases she's awaiting sentencing on. Her lawyer, Tim Note, told Price he was "speechless" over her latest arrest.
A Spokane woman arrested on felony prescription forgery charges six times in one year has been jailed on an usually high bond of $125,000.
Theresia L. Beckett, 56, has at least eight pending felony charges related to alleged prescription forgeries at Spokane pharmacies since last June.
Beckett was arrested June 16, July 20, Sept. 26, Oct. 14 and April 12 but was out of jail on $60,000 bond when she was arrested again Wednesday at a Walgreens in Spokane Valley.
Beckett is accused of forging a prescription for hydrocodone at the pharmacy, 15510 E. Sprague Ave. Deputies said she tried to flee the business before she was arrested.
Prosecutors asked Judge Michael Price to impose the extraordinarily high bond after Beckett's latest arrest.
Her lawyer, Tim Note, said he "understands the state's frustration."
Price said the prosecutor's request was reasonable.
"I've seen Ms. Beckett time in and time out," Price said. "I'm certainly not trying to be gruff or rude to her, but…every time she bonds out, arguably, she just goes right back out and does it again, possibly within hours. I have some real concerns for Ms. Beckett."
Beckett was convicted of six counts of prescription fraud in 2008 and given two years of probation.
A suspected methamphetamine dealer was arrested early today after deputies spotted him driving on a suspended license, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said.
Anthony L. Haines, 23, had a checkbook and credit card stolen in a burglary when deputies stopped his 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass at West Dean Avenue and North Cedar Street about 3 a.m., according to a news release. One of the checks was written to Haines and dated after the theft.
Haines was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Deputies found a cigarette package with seven baggies of meth on Haines, then found a larger baggie of methamphetamine in a sunglasses case in his car.
"Despite it being 3 a.m., Haines received nine calls on his cell phone during the investigation.," according to a news release.
Haines was booked into jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, forgery, second-degree possession of stolen property and third-degree driving while license suspended.
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.
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.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of an ex-car salesman accused of ripping off his former place of employment.
Jeremy M. Frechette, 37, was to buy a 1999 Dodge Durango from TCS Auto Wholesale, 2915 E. Sprague Ave., for $2,985, but employees say he only made two $300 payments.
Police believe Frechette, who worked as a sales manager, forged a dealership employee's signature and sold the Durango to a woman for $1,000 last March.
Prosecutors filed charges of second-degree identity theft and making false statement on certificate of ownership on Feb. 2.
A $20,000 warrant was issued for Frechette's arrest after he didn't show up for an arraignment on Feb. 16.
Frechette, 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, last gave ha home address in the 7900 block of East Valleyway Avenue in Spokane Valley.
Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
A violent home-invasion robbery in Spokane Valley last month targeted a former sheriff's deputy with a history of DUI crashes.
James L. Crabtree, 49, was struck in the head with a claw hammer early Jan. 21 by a man who demanded "dope and money," according to charging papers filed Wednesday against suspects Matthias "Payback" Piggot and Sandy K. Perreira, both 29 (pictured left to right).
The man, who detectives believe was Piggot, had arrived at the apartment in the 12700 block of East Shannon Avenue with a woman Crabtree said had been at his home two days earlier, police say. Detectives believe that woman was Perreira.
Crabtree told police he grabbed a folding knife but dropped it after he was threatened with the hammer. He told his attackers he didn't have any drugs or money, so the two left with his checkbook, wallet and credit cards, according to court documents. Crabtree suffered a concussion in the attack. His girlfriend, Cheryl L. Dassow, told police the robbers threatened to harm them further if they reported the attack.
Perreira faces an additional forgery charge for cashing a check on Crabtree's Numerica Credit Union account. She also faces drug and malicious mischief charges for an unrelated incident last December.
Piggot's criminal history includes convictions for domestic violence and attempting to elude police. In June, he was suspected of stabbing a man in Spokane Valley but an uncooperative victim halted the police probe. He also was present when Andrew T. Burns allegedly shot a man last June.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Piggot, who last gave an address in the 2900 block of North Maple Road, and Perreira, who last gave an address in the 800 block of East Sitka Avenue.
Anyone with information on their locations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
In November, Crabtree, (left) who worked as a Spokane County sheriff's deputy in the 1980s and caused a crash that injured Lt. Earl Howerton in 2001, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after motorists noticed him passing out at the wheel of his Cadillac and blocked in his car. Police found an open can of Four Loko in the car. But Crabtree's blood-alcohol level was under the legal limit for driving, and prosecutors haven't yet filed charges.
A forged prescription intended to garner 90 Hydrocodone pills instead led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Spokane Valley man on Thursday.
Employees at Walgreens, 2702 N. Argonne Road, suspected Robert G. Morey was handing them a forged prescription and called 911 after an employees confirmed the forgery by calling the doctor's office listed on the prescription, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said today.
Deputy Tom Edelbrock arrived just as Morey was receiving the medication and arrested him about 3:45 p.m. He believes Morey had been offered cash to obtain the pills.
Morey was booked into jail for felony possession of a controlled substance and is due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon.
Two Spokane men who used the names of dead people to create driver’s licenses and pass bad checks are headed to federal prison.
Alphonso Guster, 46, and Vladimir A. Bibas, 25, were arrested in December after passing checks at Walmart in Moscow, Idaho. The men had about 25 fraudulent driver’s licenses they were using to pass checks at area businesses, according to court documents. Prosecutors say they bought merchandise with the checks, then returned the items for cash refunds.
The men faced felony forgery charges in Nez Perce County, but those charges were dismissed after a federal grand jury indicted them in February 2010.
Guster was sentenced Monday to 39 months in prison and five years probation after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in August.
Bibas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud in August and was sentenced Oct. 25 to six months in prison and two years of probation. Both men are to pay $6,628.11 in restitution.
A report from the Coeur d’Alene police report caught my attention a couple weeks ago.
A flower shop owner said a man who claimed to be an Iraq war veteran duped her out of a $100 order, and police said the suspect had recently been jailed for similar crimes. After some initial reporting I wavered on whether it was worth a story. Then I left for two weeks.
Imagine my reaction when I learned the same guy made news after he failed to return to the Kootenai County Jail after a one-day furlough and was arrested in Seattle with the help of a TV news crew.
Registered sex offender Ferrell David Arnold II, 32, (right) returned to custody after talking to a TV news crew at Seattle’s Hempfest, who recognized him and alerted authorities.
Arnold had been given a furlough Aug. 18 after pleading guilty to grand theft and forgery in two cases. He was to be sentenced Oct. 15; the plea deals dropped two felony theft and fraud charges.
The forgery conviction stemmed from him reportedly stealing checks and debits cards from a girl’s mother’s home after he met the girl at a Coeur d’Alene bar.
Like the alleged flower shop theft, Ferrell allegedly lied to the victims about his military service. One victim “is active military and said he was able to find several lies in Ferrell’s stories of being in the military and just returning from Afghanistan,” according to a July 21 report from Spokane police. Arnold also allegedly stole a debit card and cash from a woman he stayed with after meeting at a Coeur A’lene bar. (The Coeur d’Alene Press wrote a hilarious story about the theft here.)
Arnold also is charged with failing to register as a sex offender. He was convicted of lewd conduct with a minor under 16 in Washington County, Idaho, in 1997, according to state records.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department released his photo the media late Aug. 19 after he skipped town, but that didn’t stop Arnold from yakking away to a Seattle TV station while hanging out in a busy park.
A Spokane woman’s alleged attempt to hide her identity during a drunken driving arrest apparently backfired - twice.
Police suspected Megan M. Managhan, 28, was drunk when she was stopped last week at University and Springfield for an alleged vehicle equipment violation.
But Managhan added to her charges when police say she used her 26-year-old sister’s name.
Turns out the younger Managhan has a suspended license. But that additional misdemeanor was dropped when police learned Managhan’s true identity after checking her mug shot and tattoos. In its place are four felony forgery charges related to paperwork Managhan signed using her sister’s name, police said.
Managhan, who had been cited and released, was re-arrested Wednesday. She’s already on probation for a drunken driving conviction March.
A 23-year-old Spokane man arrested after he reached 100 mph during a police chase on Interstate 90 is a suspect in two burglaries that occurred about a week before the chase.
Allen S. Easley appeared in court on May 3 on charges of forgery and two counts of second-degree burglary after a suspected check forger told Spokane police that Easley stole the check from Alfonso Motors, 3206 N. Division, according to court documents.
A suspected accomplice, 36-year-old Kimberly L. Fawver, appeared in court today on possession of a stolen motor vehicle, forgery and identify theft charges.
Easley reportedly told police that he used Fawver’s car during a second burglary in the 600 block of W. Kiernan. Easley also told police that Kristina Fricke has equipment to make checks using account numbers stolen from mail boxes, according to court documents.
Detectives arrested Fricke and Easley’s girlfriend, Randi Shepherd, April 30.
All three left jail but Easley quickly returned after allegedly fleeing a police officer who tried pulling him over for driving reckless in a stolen vehicle May 9. Easley was arrested after spike strip flattened a tire.
He’s already out of jail. It was his third stint in a month - he was arrested around April 12 on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.
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A Spokane woman who reportedly told police she’s a problem gambler is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from her employer.
Wendy J. Tappa, 55, was arrested Thursday on charges of fraud and first-degree theft after Spokane Valley police say she forged and cashed checks from Northwest Consulting Solutions LLC, where she was hired as an office manager in October.
Bank officials notified the owner earlier this month that the company’s account was overdrawn. They also said Tappa regularly cashed payroll checks, “and that a Spokane Valley gambling business had been in to cash checks payable to Tappa,” according to police.
The owner said Tappa forged his signature on as many as 15 checks. Police found one of the checks in her pocket at the time of her arrest, according to a news release.
Tappa is is in Spokane County Jail and will appear in Superior Court today via video.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help identify a suspected check forger.
The man pictured in the Nike sweatshirt is accused of cashing checks stolen from 1997 Dodge Dakota in the 3700 block of North Audubon. A GPS device also was stolen from the car.
In the days following the break-in, the unidentified man forged and cashed checks totaling more than $1,200 at Fred Meyer, Huckleberry’s and other businesses, according to Crime Stoppers.
Anyone with information on the identity of either woman, or of the man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111 or (800) 222-TIPS, or submit tips online.
Tipsters do not have to give a name but should provide a code name or number.