Friday, April 13, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police arrested two people this week on charges they had a bagful of stolen tax return checks hidden in their rental car, officials said Friday.
More than 30 checks confiscated by police belonged to Georgia residents, most of them from metro Atlanta, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.
Smith said both the Secret Service and U.S. Postal Service are investigating how the checks were obtained.
The checks were uncovered in the trunk of a rented Dodge Charger during a traffic stop Monday night on southbound Interstate 85 near Buford.
Gwinnett police with the highway interdiction team pulled the car over for tailgating another vehicle. An officer smelled marijuana and noticed the glovebox was stuffed with cash when the occupants -- Jimmy Rush, of Decatur, and Porchia Rumph, of Conyers -- were rummaging for vehicle paperwork and their identification, Smith said.
Police found a total of $8,100 in cash throughout the vehicle, and "many, many" tax return checks bagged in a well for the car's spare tire, Smith said.
Both suspects are charged with 33 counts of second-degree forgery and possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. They remain at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.