2 arrested for forgery following traffic stop

by Wes Mayer

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Forged cards found in Simpson's possession.

After pulling over a vehicle for speeding more than 100 mph on Interstate 85 in Coweta County, authorities discovered the two occupants were in possession of a large number of forged financial transaction cards.

Around 9 p.m., Capt. Mark Fenninger with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Suppression Unit clocked a 2014 Dodge Charger traveling 104 mph around mile-marker 38 on I-85 southbound, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. Fenninger was able to stop the vehicle and identified the two occupants as Alton Everton Simpson, 21, and Nile Antonio Christopher, 26.

Fenninger searched Simpson and Christopher and the vehicle, Yarbrough said, and in Simpson’s possession, he found five counterfeit financial transaction cards with Simpson’s name on them. Fenninger then searched the vehicle and found 12 more of these counterfeit cards, all bearing Christopher’s name.

According to Yarbrough, on May 19, Simpson was caught on surveillance footage at The Home Depot on Bullsboro Drive purchasing about $400 worth of items using a counterfeit card – that card’s information actually belonged to a victim in Tennessee. Yarbrough said further investigation, led by Inv. Chad McDonald with the sheriff’s office, is under way to see if there are any similar crimes in and around Coweta County.

Simpson, who was driving, was charged with speeding, five counts of forgery and identity fraud, and Christopher was charged with 12 counts of forgery and identity fraud. Both were transported to the Coweta County Jail.



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