Multiple Warrants Issued in Widespread Check Fraud Case
Warrants were issued in Sawyer County Circuit Court earlier this month for five individuals charged with felony forgery in the widespread check fraud case that resulted in over $36,000 worth of fraudulent checks being cashed in the county.
The five persons failed to appear in court on Jan. 2 for their initial appearances. A sixth person also didn’t appear, but it was unclear if a warrant was issued for his arrest.
The five persons include (Pictured from L-R) Betty Belille, 61, Kelly Bridget Martin, 36, Andy Shannon, 36, Carrie Lee Enoch, 33, and Anthony Stephenson, 55, who is not pictured because he hasn’t been booked into the Sawyer County jail yet on his charges.
Robert Thayer didn’t appear in court and a warrant and bond forfeiture was authorized, but it’s unclear whether the warrant was issued. No future court date is set for Thayer, according to CCAP. He was on a $5,000 signature bond, and has other cases combined including a 3rd OWI, 4th Driving after OWI revocation, and misdemeanor bail jumping.
Previous stories with information on the charges and all 18 individuals charged in this case can be read;
Justin Gordon remains in custody on a $10,000 cash bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 23, 11:00 a.m.
Justin's father, Louis Gordon, remains in custody on a $2,500 cash bond and he is on probation. His court date is Jan. 26, 3:30 p.m.
Justin's sister, Renae Gordon has several combined cases which she will appear in court for Jan. 23 at 10:00 a.m. A previous story was reported in regards to meth dealing charges brought against Gordon;
Renae Gordon has a new charge of Delivery of Meth-Party To A Crime, filed Jan. 12, which will be combined with these other charges. This new charge comes from her involvement in a felony meth delivery charge against Josh Luce where a controlled buy was made against them by a confidential informant on Nov. 28, where they sold 2.7 grams of meth for $300. Renae called the CI to tell CI where to go in that case and was there for the sale, thus resulting in the new additional charge.
Other persons involved in the widespread check fraud case did appear in court and several remain on $2,500 signature bonds and are ordered to have no contact with any other persons implicated in the case. These individuals include Patrick White, Denise Hamilton, Vanessa Hamilton, Robert Corbine, and Denelle Sharlow. They also have their next court appearances scheduled for Feb. 27, 2:30 p.m.
Angelina Blackdeer also has the same bond conditions but here next court is scheduled for Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m.
Chalice Wade is on a $5,000 signature bond because her charge is combined with a misdemeanor failure to report to jail case. Her court appearance is on Feb. 27, 11:00 a.m.
Johnny Ray Smith Jr was in custody from Jan. 5 to Jan. 16, at which time he was released on $10,000 signature bond. Smith was on a $5,000 signature bond, forfeited, for failure to appear in November. He is to have absolute sobriety and no contact with any other persons in this case. Smith also faces an additional charge of delivery of prescription pills.