published Friday, May 11th, 2012

Three in Calhoun, Ga., charged in counterfeit check cashing scheme

Three residents of Calhoun, Ga., were arrested in connection with a large-scale counterfeit check cashing operation, police said.

Jonathan Johnson, 34, and Jennifer Vazquez, 30, were arrested on multiple charges, including several identity theft charges and first-degree forgery, Calhoun Police Chief Garry Moss said in a news release.

Mary Russell, 68, was arrested on a drug charge and multiple counts involving possessing a firearm, police said.

Police searched a home off Mountain Laurel Lane on Tuesday and found numerous items linking the suspects to the check-cashing scheme and evidence of identification theft and drug sales, Moss said.

All three remain in Gordon County jail.

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