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2 more arrested on forgery charges

Two more people have been taken into custody on forgery charges in connection with a scam to try and defraud a Thomson bank out of more $3,000, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.

Thomson Police Department Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle identified the latest suspects as Alsynnia Laquinn Radford, of Marietta, and Dedric Lamont Colbert, of Atlanta. The couple was arrested last week after, police say, they each attempted to cash fake payroll checks at Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company, located at 549 West Hill Street.

They each were charged with one count of forgery in the first degree, Lt. Whittle said. The couple was taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center where they were jailed on the felony charges.

The police investigator said Ms. Radford attempted to cash a check in the amount of $1,500, while Mr. Colbert attempted to get one cashed in the amount of $1,175. In both instances, the suspects presented proper identification.

The fake payroll checks were drawn on a business in Evans, which is located in neighboring Columbia County. Lt. Whittle said he had been in contact with investigators at both the Columbia and Richmond counties sheriff's departments in an attempt to share information, which could be useful in catching more people attempting to scam area banks out of large sums of money.

A bank employee called police to report the possibility that the couple was passing off phony payroll checks -- something that has happened on several occasions at area banks. The scams have led to several suspects being arrested by Thomson police and the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department.

"We've alerted area banks to be on the lookout for any suspicious activities like this," Lt. Whittle said. "When they suspect some isn't just right, they call us and we check it out. In this case, their suspicion was right which led to this couple being arrested."

Thomson Police Officer Don Hilson, along with McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Deputies Kerry Johnson and Barry Whitfield helped in the apprehension of the latest suspects.

Web posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010

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