Tifton residents indicted on federal charges

Tifton residents arraigned in Albany federal court on charges involving Treasury checks

ALBANY — Department of Justice officials said that two Tifton residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Macon on Tuesday on charges involving U.S. Treasury checks.

A DOJ release issued Thursday states that Jatin Patel, 42 and Donna Evans Moore, aka Donna Evans Furguson, 38, were indicted for conspiracy to possess stolen U.S. Treasury checks, passing forged securities and embezzling public monies, embezzling government property, and aggravated identity theft. The pair were arrested Wednesday and arraigned in federal court in Albany the same day, the release states.

According to the release, if convicted, the defendants face up to 17 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Tift County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. McCullers.