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Check-Cashing Ring Suspects Plead Not Guilty

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The five men suspected of being involved in an illegal check-cashing ring were in court Tuesday.

Elijah Bearing, Chaney Sibley, Fernando Allison, Justin Phillips and Demario Brooks were all charged with five counts of forgery. Brooks was also charged with assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest. They pled not guilty to all counts.

Police say four of the men bought a transient food and clothing and then had that transient cash checks illegally. The suspects were caught after a local bank was suspicious about a check and called police. Court documents state the group cashed more than $24,000 worth of checks.

The co-defendants can't have any contact with each other.

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