Rohnert Park man arrested in counterfeit check operation

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A Rohnert Park man was booked into jail Thursday afternoon after officers searched his home and found apparent fraudulent check and credit card-making tools and stolen credit cards.

The suspect, identified by the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety as Ernest Alfonso Reed, 56, was arrested on suspicion of violating his parole, passing a counterfeit check, forgery and burglary. He remained in the Sonoma County Jail Friday morning on $20,000 bail, inmate records show.

The case started late last month when a man was alerted by his bank that a check given to him was fake, and he filed a police report. Rohnert Park officers began investigating Reed, who reportedly gave the man the check.

After learning Reed was on parole for kidnapping, police conducted a parole search of his trailer on Heath Circle in northeast Rohnert Park on Thursday. Officers found tools used to make fraudulent checks and credit cards, stolen credit cards, Social Security cards in other people’s names and methamphetamines, among other things, police said.

A woman living on the Heath Circle property, Danyell Bonds-Thrower, 44, also was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and violating her probation, police said.

You can reach Staff Writer Nashelly Chavez at 707-521-5203 or nashelly.chavez@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @nashellytweets.

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