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14-time felon arrested for check counterfeiting scheme

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 14-time convicted felon is facing up to eight new felony charges following his arrest Thursday morning for production of counterfeit checks.

Members of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Investigative Task Force, Spokane Valley Property Crimes Detectives and US Postal inspectors served a search warrant at 11910 E. Broadway in relation to the check counterfeiting scheme involving Robert Childress.

During the execution of the search warrant, authorities recovered numerous laptop computers, items purchased with counterfeit checks, stolen identification from several victims and methamphetamine.

Childress, 38, was arrested on August 31 and booked into the jail for possession of a controlled substance.

Authorities allege that Childress has been using counterfeit checks at businesses across Spokane County which has resulted in the loss of thousands of dollars to those businesses.

This isn't the first time Childress has been arrested on counterfeiting charges; he was arrested back in 2009 on similar charges.

On Thursday Childress was booked on two counts of identity theft, four counts of forgery, one count of second degree theft and one count of unlawful production of a payment instrument. The investigation into Childress' criminal enterprise is ongoing and more charges are anticipated.