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Four indicted in fraud scheme

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010

A Kenai grand jury on Friday handed down indictments to four people allegedly involved in a check forgery scheme.

Those indicted include David W. Henry, 36, of Nikiski; as well as Lisa E. Samson, 41; Joanna Lee Samson-Sills, 37; and Bridget Lee Samson, 20.

Henry was arrested on Sept. 22. According to Friday's indictment, he is charged with one count of scheming to defraud, and 10 counts of forgery in the first degree. Henry is charged with forging checks totaling $10,355.69.

Joanna Lee Samson-Sills is charged with four counts of fraudulent use of an access device for passing forged checks at several local businesses.

Lisa Samson is charged with five counts of fraudulent use of an access device for passing the forged checks, as well as one count of coercion.

Bridget Lee Samson is charged with one count of fraudulent use of an access device.

Fraudulent checks were first reported to Soldotna police in early September. Businesses targeted in the scheme include Radio Shack, Computer Renaissance, A-1 Enterprises, M&M Market, Fred Meyer and Alaska Industrial Hardware.

In the course of investigating the fraud, authorities also discovered and dismantled a 31-plant marijuana grow at Henry's residence in Nikiski.

Henry is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in Kenai on Tuesday. Samson-Sills, Lisa Samsom and Bridget Lee Samson are scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in Kenai on Dec. 7.



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