One arrested, others sought in series of check forgeries covering multiple counties in the area

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

June 24, 2007 - Hopkins County sheriff’s officers have taken one woman into custody and are seeking warrants for another man and woman in connection with a string of check forgeries spanning as far south as Jacksonville.

Stacy Ann Hill, 22, of Sulphur Springs was arraigned Friday morning on the forgery charge.

Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigator Lewis Tatum arrested Hill at her residence, where he found her hiding in a closet. After she was arrested, Hill was interviewed and confessed to the offenses, according to arrest reports.

�Investigators were working Friday to secure warrants for the arrest of a 41-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman who have been implicated in the forgeries, according to Tatum.

Reports of the forgeries began turning up in April. So far, sheriff’s officers have reports of at least 10 checks belonging to a local resident being forged. The forged checks were mostly written for relatively small amounts for purchases at gas stations and tobacco shops, while one for a few hundred dollars was written to Wal-Mart. The checks have been passed from Paris to Sulphur Springs and southward to Jacksonville.

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