Three charged in alleged check cashing ring in Harris County

Author: Matt Aufdenspring, Web Managing Editor, Click2Houston.com
Published On: Nov 26 2013 03:54:00 PM CST
HOUSTON -

Three people have been charged in an alleged check cashing ring believed to be operating in Harris County since 2007.

Ronald Thibodeaux, 57, Naomi Onezine Givens, 25, and Ronald Givens, 28, are charged with engaging in organized crime. Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies say they have been identified as the ring leaders.

Investigators are still searching for a fourth suspect, Donnell Thomas, who is charged with forgery. The whereabouts of Thomas, 44, are unknown at this time.

According to deputies, the criminal ring would steal checks from mailboxes of residences and apartment buildings in greater Harris County and alter the checks. Deputies say they would then hire homeless and low income people to cash the checks at local businesses in exchange for a percentage of the money.

Investigators say they have charged over a dozen of these individuals with forgery for their involvement in this criminal ring.

HCSO investigators and postal inspectors say they made these arrests after months of investigating and connecting the players in this intricate and extended operation.

Anyone with information about the suspects' identity in this case and/or location is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS or to submit a tip via the iWatchHarrisCounty phone app.