Five arrested after probe of huge forgery, ID theft ring in Macon

Macon police released few details Wednesday about an investigation that yielded five arrests on allegations that suspects stole identities, passed counterfeit checks and participated in tax fraud and money laundering.

Police detective Christopher Paul said the investigation began last fall. Federal authorities from the Secret Service, FBI, IRS and U.S. Treasury became involved when Paul and his federal counterparts discovered they were investigating the same people.

Although details of the investigation and the alleged crimes weren’t released, Paul said authorities served search warrants Tuesday. Authorities still are combing through the evidence seized and are trying to determine the scope of where victims are located.

Paul said he couldn’t say how the group allegedly stole identities.

“We’re still trying to figure it out,” he said.

Macon police and Bibb County deputies served search warrants on Richmond Street, New Clinton Road, Chisholm Trail and Marse Allen Road about 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to a police news release.

Lillian Ann Tharpe, 54, of Richmond Street, was charged with forgery. Bridgette Sabrina Williams, 29, of Chisholm Trail, was charged with two counts of identity theft. Antonio Lamont Kendricks, 31, of Woodliff Drive, was charged with 100 counts of identity theft. Yolanda Yvette King, 30, of New Clinton Road, was charged with five counts of identity theft. Rhonda Meshelle Everett, 37, of Marse Allen Road, was charged with 35 counts of identity theft, according to the release.

Additional charges are pending against all five suspects. They were being held at the Bibb County jail without bond Wednesday afternoon.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.