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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.
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.
The leading organized crime charge has been filed a number of times in Spokane County Since its inception in 2001.
When police found Dustin C. Rauscher, he had a sawed off shotgun and enough shaved keys to steal a fleet of Nissan cars.
That was in 2007.
Three years and a prison stint later, Rauscher is back in police custody, this time accused of holing up in an apartment during a four-hour SWAT team standoff that ended with his surrender early Thursday.
Described by police as a prolific car thief, 25-year-old Rauscher is considered one of the city’s top 10 repeat offenders.
Read my story here.
Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said Rauscher is an associate of accused ATM burglar/drug dealer/gun possessor/bail bondsman threaten-er George W. Butrick.
Butrick is in jail on about a dozen state charges ranging from drugs to assault, as well as one federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm.
Police say Butrick worked with Ronald Foreman, who has been charged with leading organized crime.
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.
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.
Read the rest of my story here.
Read more about Butrick: Gunman threatens bail bond employee
A multi-state check fraud ring police say was masterminded by a convicted methamphetamine maker led to the SWAT-team arrest of the suspect Thursday night.
Ronald R. Foreman, 43, is to appear in Superior Court today on one charge of leading organized crime via video feed from the jail and could face an additional felony for allegedly possessing methamphetamine, police said today.
Foreman is thought to be the ringleader of up to a dozen people who, since December, have been writing fraudulent checks in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, police said. More arrests are expected.
Court records show he was arrested on similar charges two months ago, as well as bank robbery charges in 2008. The robbery charges were dropped after he pleaded guilty to eight counts of riot, according to news archives. In 2003, he was sentenced to 29 months in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Foreman surrendered peacefully Thursday about 6 p.m. as the SWAT team was preparing to enter his home at 13718 E. 21st Ave.
Detectives think Foreman manufactured counterfeit check and identifications “which were used by confederates to bilk banks and businesses out of thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise,” according to a news release. Checking account numbers often were stolen from outgoing mail at residential and roadside mailboxes, police said.
“Victim businesses included Leo’s Studio, Our Golden Flax, Vorpahl-Wing Securities and Sterling Savings,” the news release said. “Some checks were produced to look like payroll checks while other phony checks were used to purchase merchandise.”
Investigators also seized 15 computer hard drives, a safe, at least 13 laptop computers, a pair of flat-screen televisions and other computer components from Foreman’s home Thursday, which was wired with surveillance cameras.
Authorities found ingredients that could be used to make explosives at a building in Spangle, but no evidence was found that Foreman intended to do so and the substances were not seized, police said.
Leading organized crime carries a hefty sentence. Read about a conviction that sent a woman to prison for 12 years here.