As of Tuesday, March 27, 2018
GRANGEVILLE Starting with reports made early last year, Grangeville police initiated a months-long investigation that resulted in multiple felony charges against a local woman, with possibly more pending.
Jeri Dannell Hanger, 50, is charged with five counts of forgery and two counts of grand theft. In magistrate court last Friday, March 23, Hanger was released on her own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing set for April 10.
Charges in this case involve three victims and a total $850 in alleged forged checks. According to court documents, Hanger is alleged to have taken checks from victims Cynthia Cox between Oct. 1-Nov. 24, 2017; and Teresa Alley between Jan. 14-30, 2018; and alleged to have forged and passed a series of five checks belonging to Alfred Merel Oman at The Depot and Asker’s Harvest Foods from July 8 to Aug. 19 last year.
“We believe there are more incidents,” said Chief Morgan Drew, with victims as yet unidentified. Those with concerns they may have been victimized by the suspect are asked to contact the Grangeville Police Department, 208-983-1351.
According to Drew, inquiry into these cases began in early 2017. How these worked is Hanger is alleged to have befriended some of the victims or other friends of the victims to gain access to their residences. The case involved more than 80 hours of investigation work, conducted by officers Philip Graham, Mike Quintal and Drew.
“These are the kinds of cases that matter,” Drew said. “At least two of the victims were elderly, and we need to protect these folks to keep these things from happening.”
“Even though this case took a long time,” he continued, “it was very much worth the effort put into it because at the end of the day you know you are helping folks.