Atravius James
Atravius James
MADISON — Police broke up a forgery ring last Friday afternoon, arresting seven men who all lived outside the city. 

Police first received a call at 12:19 p.m. on Nov. 16 from the Bancorp South branch on Main Street regarding someone who was attempting to cash a forged, counterfeit check. 

According to police, the man in question was 56-year-old Christopher K. Talley of Gulfport. He was arrested and charged with uttering forgery. 

From there, an investigation revealed that two men from Georgia were nearby at the time and acting as accomplices for Talley. 

Taurus J. Jeffereies, 22, of Villa Rica and Tre’Von T. Ponder, 29, of Stockbridge were subsequently charged with uttering forgery also. According to Madison Police, Ponder was wanted for home invasion out of Clayton, Ga. 

According to police, the investigation continued and they were able to obtain a search warrant to search a hotel room in Ridgeland where the first three arrested individuals were allegedly staying. 

“With the assistance of the Ridgeland Police Department, officers and investigators executed the search warrants and located printers and other devices believed to be involved in the forgery and production of the counterfeit check,” a release from MPD stated.

Three more suspects wanted in connection with the counterfeit operation were then arrested with the help of the Clinton Police Department off I-20. 

Ronald M. Wince, 27, of Stockbridge, Atravius James, 24, of Atlanta, Eugene Warner, 59, of Vicksburg, and Willie Hobson, 38, of Jackson were all arrested and charged with uttering forgery. 

As of Monday afternoon, the seven men remained incarcerated at the Madison County Detention Center pending a bond hearing. 

Police say the investigation is not over and more arrests and charges are possible.