Ten arrested in D.A.'s bad check sweep,
BY PAULA M. FELIPE/Public Safety Reporter
The holiday season started out badly for 10 people arrested
during the District Attorney's Pre-Holiday Economic Crime Sweep
Of the 22 people targeted in the sweep, six are from Oroville;
nine from Chico; and others are from Palermo, Cohasset, Paradise,
Magalia, and Durham.
During a press conference, District Attorney Mike Ramsey
announced the details of the annual sweep, saying, "Lets people know
there are consequences to writing bad checks in Butte County."
Ramsey explained those being arrested in the sweep had the
opportunity to avoid arrest by paying off their bad checks,
including having the option of making payments along with paying
fines and taking a financial management class.
"Those who are arrested today ignored these two options," he
The sweep began at 7:30 a.m. and lasted all day. At the time of
press, 12 people were still being sought and the District Attorney's
Office is asking anyone with information as to their whereabouts to
call: (530) 538-7411. Merchants who have been given bad checks can
also report them to this phone number.
"Those arrested will be arraigned, and those with felonies could
face three years in state prison while misdemeanor charges could
carry a year in the county jail," Ramsey said, adding: "The Bad
Check Unit is here to prevent the crime of writing bad checks and
was started in 1993. Since that time, it has collected and given $2
million back to merchants."
For more information, see: www.buttecounty.net/da, and click on
District Attorney's list of who was taken into custody and who's
still at large in the bad check sweep that took place in Butte
The District Attorney's Office "Pre-Holiday Economic Crime Sweep"
took place on Thursday, and the following were either taken into
custody or still at large at the time of press.
Cindy Looney, 37 (in
Maria Saechao, 30 (at large)
William Baker, 42 (at large)
Richard Colbourn, 44 (in
Jennifer Grubbs, 28 (at large)
Brandie Ledford, 22 (in
Michael Livermore, 21,
of Palermo (in custody)
Keith Madson, 43 (in
Janette Mooney, 44, (at large)
Brian Sawn, 38, (at large)
Brandy Thornton, 31(at large)
Alma Velasquez, 22 (at large)
Mark Carver, 51 (in custody)
Lauri Burke, 41 (at large)
Joseph Corral, 42 (in custody)
Steven Inman, 37 (at large)
Barry Liersch, 36 (in custody)
Cary Palmquist, 52 (at large)
Lance Palmquist, 27 (in
Cynthia Debose, 35 (in
Michele Cramer, 50 (at large)
Christian Mccoy, 34 (at large)
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of those who are
still at large, call the District Attorney's Office at:
For more updated information on arrests made, see:
www.buttecounty.net/da and click on "bad checks."