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Police searching for suspects in check counterfeiting operation

Stacy Pretty-Bowen (Source: Jonesboro Police Department) Stacy Pretty-Bowen (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
Clinton Wade Carter (Source: Jonesboro Police Department) Clinton Wade Carter (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
Thomas Eldon Degood (Source: Jonesboro Police Department) Thomas Eldon Degood (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Three suspects have been named during a check counterfeiting investigation and one is in custody. Police are still looking for two of them.

According to Jonesboro police, Thomas E. Degood was arrested during the execution of a search warrant Wednesday. Degood was charged with first degree forgery and bond was set  $150,000. He will appear in court again May 29.

Bench warrants have been issued for two other suspects involved. Police are looking for Stacy Pretty-Bowen and Clinton Wade Carter on warrants for first degree forgery. Carter is also wanted on a charge of financial identity fraud.

Detective Jason Simpkins with the Jonesboro Police Department said they believe Bowen and Carter are in the Northeast Arkansas area.

Information from Lepanto police helped the Jonesboro Police Department shut down the possible check counterfeiting operation.

According to Lyle Waterworth with JPD, the police department SWAT team executed a search warrant at 1105 W. Nettleton on Wednesday. Officers collected evidence relating to the operation. They also recovered evidence dealing with financial identity fraud.

Computers, counterfeit checks and a credit card processor were just some of the items found during the bust.

Jonesboro police have contacted the U.S. Secret Service and the Arkansas Criminal Electronic Identity Theft (ACE IT) Task Force to aid in the ongoing investigation. Multiple victims have been identified according to Waterworth.

If you know the whereabouts of Pretty-Brown or Carter you asked to call CrimeStoppers at 935-STOP, or the Jonesboro Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, at 935-6710.

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