Rangers investigating $4,500 jail fund forgery
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Feb. 20, 2004 -- Hopkins County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation earlier this month after discovering multiple forgeries on the jail's inmate fund during December and January. The investigation is being conducted by the Texas Rangers with assistance from sheriff's investigators.

While going over bank statements on the Hopkins County Inmate Fund, officers discovered several forgeries on the fund, used as a holding account for money belonging to inmates, according to County Sheriff Butch Adams.

"Someone apparently got the tracking and account numbers for Hopkins County Inmate Fund," Adams said Monday. "The count was at $4,300, but we found $300 more today. So we're talking about $4,600 worth of forged checks now."

Local government department and business names were put on the homemade checks and passed at various locations, including a local grocery store. Included among the names in which the suspects used were the child support office, an Oklahoma gas and electric company, an attorney's office and others.

"Most of it was last month, but there was a little bit starting in December," Adams explained. "Pinkie Cooper [who oversees the account] discovered it when she was going over the bank statements. The January statement is where we really began to see it."

The old account has been closed and a new one started for the inmate fund. The bank is also on alert should any other forged checks be made on the account and will send them back as forgeries.

As of late Monday morning, officers suspected a man and woman of perpetrating the forgeries, but had no further information to release on the pair's identities as the case is still in the initial phases and a warrant has yet to be obtained for their arrests.

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