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Two of Five Arrested in Large Deceptive Practice Ring in Centralia Formally Charged

January 10, 2017

Marion County State’s Attorney Bill Milner has filed felony deceptive practice charges against two of those who are believed involved in a group passing checks on accounts with no funds. Meanwhile, no charges are being filed at the present time against three others arrested in connection with the case.

30-year-old LeRoy Evilsizer was charged with two counts of felony deceptive practice for passing a total of six bad checks to two different businesses. 25-year-old Sierra Shaw was charged with writing three bad checks to one business. Both list an address in the 100 block of South Cherry.

Bond for Evilsizer was set at $10,000. Bond for Shaw at $7,500. Both had public defenders appointed to represent them and a preliminary hearing set for January 26th.

The checks involved date back to March of last year. Milner says the two appeared to know the checks they were passing were not good.

Milner is holding off on charging three others that have been arrested until it is more clear about their role in the check cashing and if they knew the checks they were passing were bad. 38-year-old Judy Scott of Peach Street in Wamac and 32-year-old Natasha Benitez of South Poplar in Centralia were released from the Marion County Jail following their weekend arrests. 28-year-old Brian Ely of South Elm in Centralia has not been charged in connection with the checks, but remains in custody in connection with an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant.

Centralia Police say up to 15 people may be involved in passing the bad checks. However, they report it is not clear all of them knew the checks they were passing were bad at the time they were passed. The investigation is continuing.

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