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Twelve arrested, eleven more sought in forgery ring

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Twelve people have been arrested and eleven more are being sought in connection with a forgery ring that cost several Columbia businesses more than $11,000.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott detailed the ring in a news conference Friday morning.

Lott says back on Jan. 3, the owner of Star Music Company called Richland County Sheriff's investigators to report several transactions that were made without her authorization on her business account.

Investigators determined the victim's account was compromised and checks had been cashed at a Check Into Cash check cashing branch on Broad River Road.

Lott says deputies arrested 24-year-old Carla Rachel and charged her with criminally receiving goods/services fraudulently obtained, conspiracy, and forgery.

Officials say Rachel helped to create checks used in this forgery ring and recruited other suspects.

Those other suspects include:

  • 22-year-old Anthony Canada
  • 20-year-old Devon Montgomery
  • 19-year-old Diamond Scarbough
  • 19-year-old Nicole Pearson-Gainey
  • 21-year-old Linda Brooks-Gainey
  • 19-year-old Rashin Gibbs
  • 29-year-old Kristal Davis
  • 23-year-old Martika Breeland
  • 18-year-old Jazmine Shepard
  • 19-year-old Kadeem Robinson
  • 22-year-old Tykeria Capers
  • 29-year-old Terrell Golson

Lott says investigators found that seven Columbia businesses and another business out of Clearwater, Florida, were sent forged checks from this operation.

In all, investigators say this operation defrauded these businesses of $11,247.09.

All twelve suspects were arrested and transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Lott says his department is also seeking these eleven other suspects on charges of forgery and conspiracy:

  • 23-year-old Christopher Lowe
  • 34-year-old Oliver Childs
  • 18-year-old Trenton Portee
  • 21-year-old Hakeem Douglas
  • 23-year-old Antavius Brown
  • 20-year-old Nicholas Bamberg
  • 19-year-old Devin Richardson
  • 32-year-old Benjamin McCoy
  • 34-year-old Necole Richardson
  • 33-year-old Precious Foster
  • 23-year-old Porsche Thomas

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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