Deputies take down forgery team - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Deputies take down forgery team

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Offices reports that on Friday Deputies arrested a three-person fraud team that traversed Spokane, bank to bank, stealing thousands of dollars using counterfeit Oregon driver's licenses and inactive, counterfeit or stolen credit cards.

Deputies booked into the Spokane County Jail on one count each of First-Degree Theft 25-year-old Corey Jones, 24-year-old Lukeisha A. Harris and 23-year-old Elicionne L. Washington, all reportedly from the Seattle area.

Harris, who is described as six feet tall and 400 pounds, reportedly had just under $26,000 and several bank receipts hidden in her bra when searched during the booking-in process.

Deputies Bret Pierson, Rob Cunningham and Jim Reed were called to the Washington Trust Bank branch at 438 E. Hastings Road about 1:15 p.m. Friday by an employee who reported that a woman had attempted to gain money using a stolen credit card.

By the time deputies arrived, the suspect had left in a black Nissan Altima. The suspect was described as a "heavyset" black woman wearing black clothing and pink shoes.

The complainant at the bank said the suspect left driving toward the Wandemere branch. Deputies arrived there and again missed the suspects, but learned they were now at the North Pointe branch of Chase Bank. The deputies drove there and contacted Washington, Harris and Jones, as well as a man driving the Nissan.

Both women identified themselves to different deputies as Aurora Wright. As they dug through a bible for their identification, several pieces of identification reportedly fell out. The ID's all had the name of Aurora Wright, but with different photos. When they ran Jones' Oregon driver's license, they learned it did not exist.

During the investigation, an employee of the Washington Trust Bank at 3810 N. Maple informed the deputies that a black female had taken $8,000 from that branch. The suspects' method of operation was to present a credit card, ask for a cash advance, and then provide a phone number to get the amount approved when the card would not work.

The confederate on the other end of the phone would provide an authorization number which would override the card's inactive status.

Deputies said the suspects were carrying counterfeit Oregon driver's licenses in each of their names, as well as inactive or stolen credit cards from American Express, Wachovia Bank, Discover, Visa, Master Charge and Capitol One.

Search warrants were executed on both the suspect's Nissan and the group's motel room at the Comfort Inn on North Division. Results of those searches were unavailable Saturday.

Reed said that deputies were unable to establish with any of the banking witnesses that the driver of the Nissan had been involved in the thefts. He was released pending additional investigation.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:04 PM EDT2017-05-26 00:04:42 GMT
    2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The bodies of a man and woman have been found in a pickup truck near a Washington highway. KCPQ-TV reported Wednesday that the Chelan County Sheriff's Office says it appears someone had been trying to conceal the vehicle. The deputy who went to the call had said someone attempted to conceal the truck with a blanket, duct tape and natural vegetation from the area. The bodies had been in the driver's seat and front passe...

    >>

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The bodies of a man and woman have been found in a pickup truck near a Washington highway. KCPQ-TV reported Wednesday that the Chelan County Sheriff's Office says it appears someone had been trying to conceal the vehicle. The deputy who went to the call had said someone attempted to conceal the truck with a blanket, duct tape and natural vegetation from the area. The bodies had been in the driver's seat and front passe...

    >>
  • Woman's warning after she says a stranger followed her home

    Woman's warning after she says a stranger followed her home

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:04:30 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane woman wants to warn people to be careful when they’re out by themselves after she says she had a run-in with a strange man. “He made the hairs on my neck stand up. He gave me a weird feeling,” she says. She didn’t want to be identified because she’s still afraid. She was out walking her dog near 55th and Freya when a man suddenly appeared very close to her “I looked up and he was right there,” she 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane woman wants to warn people to be careful when they’re out by themselves after she says she had a run-in with a strange man. “He made the hairs on my neck stand up. He gave me a weird feeling,” she says. She didn’t want to be identified because she’s still afraid. She was out walking her dog near 55th and Freya when a man suddenly appeared very close to her “I looked up and he was right there,” she 

    >>
  • Young inventor from Post Falls appears on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

    Young inventor from Post Falls appears on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:16 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:16:56 GMT
    Courtesy Ellen TVCourtesy Ellen TV

    POST FALLS, Idaho - A young inventor by the name of Alex Knoll made his big debut on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday. 12-year-old Alex is from Post Falls, Idaho and is the creator of an award-winning app. He developed Ability App to help improve the lives of those with disabilities by giving them resources to make informed decisions. On the talk show, Alex shared with Ellen stories of his hero and background on the app. Alex is 

    >>

    POST FALLS, Idaho - A young inventor by the name of Alex Knoll made his big debut on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday. 12-year-old Alex is from Post Falls, Idaho and is the creator of an award-winning app. He developed Ability App to help improve the lives of those with disabilities by giving them resources to make informed decisions. On the talk show, Alex shared with Ellen stories of his hero and background on the app. Alex is 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/