On Your Side: Check Forgers Arrested

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6, August 1, 2007

Augusta -- Richmond County Sheriff's Deputies say they're one suspect away from breaking up a check forging ring.

Deputies say the thieves stole checks out of mailboxes like yours and ended up stealing thousands of dollars.

Deputies call this trio the Red Flag Thieves and that is "red flag" as in they see a red flag up on a mailbox, which let's them know there might be something good inside.

They'd actually take checks from inside, use a chemical to clean the ink off and then clean out their victim's bank accounts.

Ralph Kiner was caught around two months ago after passing several forged checks. He's in jail now.

Terrell Polen was caught this week after trying to use a stolen Lowe's credit card. He too is in jail.

But deputies are still looking for Rachel Lee Padgett who they say is still on the loose. One investigator says she will turn herself in on Monday, but that has yet to be seen.

All three suspects will be charged with several counts of forgery. Each of them could end up in jail for quite some time.

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  • by Cease Location: Augusta on Feb 2, 2009 at 09:15 PM
    Befor anyone gets the wrong idea about this man you must know his situation. Yes he may have done wrong but he is NOT guilty of all of the alligations that he has been accused of. Mr. Polen was fighting for survival, trying to provide for his little brother and sister. befor anyone attempts to speak out against my brother please try to get deeper information on the truth as well as his side of the story. my brother is innocent and i desperately want him to come home.
  • by Heather Meadows, News 12 Web Producer Location: North Augusta, SC on Aug 1, 2007 at 04:24 PM
    We do archive old On Your Side stories on the On Your Side page, and you can find the oldest ones using the site search. However, this archive only goes back to fall of 2005, when we switched our website to a new system. I'm looking in our archives here at the station and the Tub Doctor story is from all the way back in 2002! This is almost certainly out of date. If you want to check out a company, your best bet is to check with the Better Business Bureau.
  • by Evelyn Sellers Location: aiken on Aug 1, 2007 at 04:15 PM
    Is there a way to find past "on your side items? Trying to find an old story about Tub Doctor before I deal with them.
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