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October 22, 2002

Dougherty County -- Three people are under arrest and warrants have been issued for four others, as Dougherty County Police break up a check forgery ring.

Nine phony checks worth over $4,600 that were passed at a convenience store in Dougherty County. But investigators say more of the forged checks, printed on a home computer, have been cashed in Worth, Tift, Turner, and Lowndes counties.

Thirty-year-old Alfreda Shelton was arrested and charged with three counts of felony forgery. 20-year-old Willie Bob Stevens and 18-year-old Andrea Carter remain in jail also on charges of check forgery.

Lt. Jason Hager is seeking other members of the forgery ring, including a woman from Macon who is on probation for check fraud.

Lt. Hager reports crimes involving forged check are on the rise in South Georgia. He warns businesses to check the Identification of customers and to look over checks before accepting them.

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