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Authorities find $20,000 in fake checks

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ATKINSON COUNTY, GA (WALB) –A multi-county fake check and identity fraud ring was uncovered by investigators in Atkinson County.

They found $20,000 worth of counterfeit checks in a Willacoochee home.

They're trying to figure out how many forged checks were cashed and where.

29-year old Donta Thomas and 30-year-old Mary Day are charged with several counts of possession of fictitious checks, forgery in second degree, identity fraud, and possession of cocaine.

"We conducted a search warrant at the residence and upon entry of the house we found approximately $20,000 in checks," said Investigator Ferrell Howell.

This is one of those checks.

"The routing number, the account number is not the correct number for this company, neither is the bank" said Howell. "I've verified that through Swift Transportation this morning."

Here's something else odd about this check.  The check number is too high. Thomas' name was listed on the check but investigators have a list of possible names that may have been used.

"If you've had a check returned as a fraudulent check by all means contact us," said Sheriff David Moore.

The GBI is doing a forensic search on the computers found in the home.

"I think when we get that information back, we'll all be amazed at how deep this thing is," said Howell.

Authorities also found paper for making checks, fake tax returns, and books on fraud.

Authorities say they have sufficient evidence to prove the two were running a counterfeit check operation. Computers, printers, and even some ID's of those incarcerated were found inside this home off Old Florida Road.

"We also have recovered a few credit cards that are in other people's names besides their own," said Howell.

Investigators believe some of the checks have been cashed in Cook, Irwin, Berrien, Lowndes, Coffee and possibly Thomas counties.

Authorities say the investigation is still in its early stages and at least a dozen more people could be arrested.

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