Man suspected in counterfeiting operation arrested - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man suspected in counterfeiting operation arrested



















SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A man suspected of making counterfeit checks and IDs was arrested Thursday night after SWAT team members surrounded his Spokane Valley home.

Ronald Foreman, 43, may be responsible for the passing of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of counterfeit checks, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities believe once Foreman made the phony checks and IDs he distributed them to a group of "subordinates" who would spend or cash the checks in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

Checking account numbers were frequently stolen from outgoing mail at residential and roadside mailboxes.

Some checks were produced to look like payroll checks while other phony checks were used to purchase merchandise.

During the office's investigation, which started in November 2009, authorities received information that Foreman may also possess explosives which is why, in part, the SWAT team was called in to assist in his arrest.

Although ingredients were located that could be used to make explosives, no evidence was found that the suspect intended to do so and the substances were not seized.

Authorities add that Foreman was paranoid and had surveillance cameras both inside and outside his home near Evergreen and 21st. It appears he was also using his children, ages 10 and 15, to patrol the area around his home, according to an office spokesperson.

Foreman was in his garage when SWAT team members closed in on his home. He came out of the garage and surrendered in his driveway.

"This guy was certainly somebody you'd probably not want to be neighbors with," said Sgt. Dave Reagan, "kind of a scary dude."

Stay with KHQ.com for more information.

Some checks were produced to look like payroll checks while other phony checks were used to purchase merchandise
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