Arrested: Wilkinson, Justin; 33 year of age male, Richland Resident
Charges: Forgery, ID Theft
Suspect: Vinson, Stephanie; 40 year of age female, Richland Resident
On 11-30-11 members of the Richland PD Street Crimes Unit (SCU) began investigating a fraud case. Two subjects, later identified as Wilkinson and Vinson, had used a counterfeit check to purchase a gift card at the Les Schwab tire store on Stevens Drive. The gift card was later used to purchase tires. Information was developed that led SCU officers to contact Wilkinson and Vinson at Wilkinson's Richland apartment.
As officers made contact, they found Wilkinson and Vinson engaged in producing counterfeit checks. They detained the two and applied for a search warrant. A search of the premise resulted in the recovery of counterfeit checks (drawn on personal accounts), computers and multiple copies of identities which had been stolen from other people.
After consulting the Benton County Prosecutor's Office, Wilkinson was booked into the Benton County jail. Vinson will have her involvement reviewed and a charge determination made at a future date.
For additional information, contact Capt. Mike Cobb at 509-942-7362.