JPD on lookout for 5 in felony forgery case

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department is looking to the public to help locate five suspects wanted for felony first degree forgery.

The months long investigation stemmed at a local apartment complex. The management company for Garden Manor apartments in Jonesboro was the first victim in the forgery case.

"What's sad about this case is that you have individuals that are now the victims that were really helping these people out," Sgt. Doug Formon with JPD explained.

Sgt. Formon said that company, along with Jonesboro Urban Renewal and Housing Authority, assisted the individuals who then took advantage of them

"They were either getting subsidized housing, other programs and then they were turning around and using their information and forging checks and then using those checks on their accounts," Formon explained. "We don't know the total number of checks, we estimate somewhere around a dozen in Jonesboro but tens of thousands of dollars in forgeries have taken place at this point," Formon said.

Due to the ongoing investigation, an exact amount of how much cash the suspects got was unknown.

Formon, who's been with JPD since 1988, said he can't remember the department working a counterfeiting case of this magnitude before.

"With it being that they actually preyed on individuals that were actually helping them in the first place, I don't recall a case similar to this in Jonesboro," Formon said.

JPD issued bench warrants for the suspects. Five have been arrested.

Enrique Barber, Daniel Barrow, Shanequa Anderson, Brittany Collins and Janea Ross have been charged with felony first degree forgery.

Five are still at large though. JPD needs your help in locating Travis Johnson, Reginald James, Jordan Foster, Orlantha Ross and Japrice Ross.

They will be charged with the same.

"The detectives feel right now that most of them are in the Region 8 area," Formon said. "{they} can either turn themselves in and make it easier on them or we'll be following up on leads and finding them very soon."

The forged checks were used at local retail stores.

JPD is also working with other agencies in multiple states in this investigation.

They anticipate more arrests to come.

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