Spokane fugitive known as "master of forgery" caught in Florida

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 10, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 10 at 1:40 PM

SPOKANE – A Spokane man wanted for leading organized crime in Spokane has been arrested on the other side of the country.

The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Task Force arrested Ronald Foreman, 45, Wednesday in White Springs, Florida.  A warrant was issued for Foreman in Spokane in December.

Just last month, Spokane Superior Court issued four more warrants for Foreman’s arrest including Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Forgery, 1st Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

In March 2010, Foreman was charged with making fake checks and I.D.’s.  He told authorities that he forged hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of checks to support a meth habit.  Authorities said the checks looked legitimate because they displayed the names of Spokane area businesses.

Foreman bonded out of jail, and fled Spokane County while awaiting trial.

A tip led U.S. Marshals in the Pacific Northwest to notify officers in Florida.

Foreman was arrested when he stepped out of a stolen motor home officers believe he was traveling in.  Inside the motor home, officers seized an assault rifle, a sawed off shotgun, two rifles, material used to make credit cards, a small quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana and a computer used to produce fake titles.

Foreman’s wife, Joanna Foreman, 41, and two children where also detained pending possible charges.

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