Two forgery suspects on lam after faking IDs to city police

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Vicksburg Police and a local bail bond company are searching for two women released from the Warren County Jail a day after falsely identifying themselves to police.

“We had no reason to think they weren’t who they said they were,” said Al Farrish, the Vicksburg detective assigned to the case that began with the women’s arrest at Rainbow Casino on Aug. 31.

One of the women arrested on forgery charges after a counterfeit check was presented at the casino showed police a driver’s license identifying her as Delphine Yolanda Davis, 34, of Memphis.

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Farrish said the suspect is actually Jacquelyn Jones.

“When we ran her fingerprints, we discovered her real name because she was once arrested in Memphis,” Farrish said.

He said fingerprints were not checked until after the department began receiving calls that the identities used when the women were being booked into jail were forgeries.

The second woman arrested and charged with passing counterfeit payroll checks was holding a driver’s license with the name Ethel M. Cain, 33, of Cleveland, Miss, but with the suspect’s photo.

A woman identifying herself as Ethel M. Cain of Cleveland told The Vicksburg Post that her purse and identification were stolen eight months earlier from a mall in Memphis. Farrish said Davis also had reported her purse stolen in Memphis in 1997.

“At this time we don’t know the real identity of the woman who claimed to be Ethel Cain,” he said. The suspect was fingerprinted, but no results were available.

Although as recently as last week police were saying both women were still in jail in lieu of $50,000 bonds, both were actually released Sept. 1 after $30,000 bonds were posted for them by A&A Bonding Company.

Owner Anderson White said he wouldn’t discuss the case until it has been resolved.

Each of the women paid $3,000 to White’s company in order to get out of jail. If they don’t return for their scheduled appearances before the grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court on Oct. 16, warrants could be issued for their arrests. Their cases then could be moved to the January grand jury and if they are indicted but don’t show up, White would have to pay the $30,000 bonds.

Police said they believe the women are linked to 18 forged checks passed at Rainbow, Ameristar and Harrah’s casinos, Morgan’s Bestway and Wal-Mart over the past five or six months.

“We are actively looking for both of these women,” Farrish said.