August 17, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Three Arrested on Forgery Charges

The Springfield Police Department has arrested three Texas residents for Forgery. Lawanna N. Everage, 18, of Dallas, TX, Evelyn Haley, 30, of Arlington, TX and Ronald Ngure, 35, of Balch Springs, TX were charged with Forgery by the Greene County Prosecutor on 08/14/09.

Police were called to Cheddar’s Restaurant, 1950 E. Primrose, last Thursday afternoon just before 1:00 p.m. when Everage was arrested after attempting to pass a forged American Express check. Further investigation found that the trio had passed or attempted to pass the forged checks at several other Springfield businesses.

At the time of the arrest officers recovered forged travel checks worth an estimated $14, 200, as well as a variety of fake identification cards, and materials to produce fake travel checks.

Springfield Police want to remind businesses that asking for proper identification, and often more than one form or identification, is a good way to prevent being a victim of this type of crime.

SPD Case Number: 09-35165

Media Contact: Major Kevin Routh, phone: 417-864-1754; Release authorized by: Major Kevin Routh

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Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
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