A second suspect, Zykirria Kenyonna Jackson, has been arrested on one count of RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), with Douglas Police Department investigators still seeking three other wanted individuals charged in the case.
Last week, the DPD released the names of five individuals charged with “various white-collar crimes,” including RICO, accusing the suspects of being “related to the forgery of numerous checks all over Georgia.”
Jackson, listed as 19 years old, is the second suspect to be apprehended, with Macorian Toran Saffold, Jr., age 22, taken into custody on August 4.
According to a copy of the jail roster, Jackson was booked into the Coffee County Jail at 8:13 p.m. on one count of RICO. Jackson and Saffold, Jr. were charged with one count of RICO and granted a $15,000 bond.
The release states a person may be charged with RICO if they “participate in an interrelated pattern of criminal activity motivated by or resulting in monetary gain or economic or physical threat or injury.”
According to Georgia law, there are four ways an individual can be guilty of violating the RICO act, including the following: directly or indirectly squiring or maintaining any interest or control of any enterprise, real property through a pattern of racketeering or the proceeds derived from the activity; participating in an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity while being employed by or associated with, the enterprise; conspiring or endeavoring to directly or indirectly squire or maintain any interest in, or control of, any enterprise, real property or person property through a pattern of racketeering activity or the proceeds revived from a pattern of racketeering activity and by conspiring or endeavoring to participate in an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity while being employed by, or associated with, the enterprise.
The law states that RICO is a crime that has a federal statute and Georgia state statute, with the Georgia statute defining racketeering “more broadly” than the federal charge. Georgia’s RICO law also “does not always require the existence of an enterprise to constitute racketeering.”
The DPD is currently still seeking three other individuals charged in connection to the investigation, including Zacheyus Venisee, Ricky James Smith, and Chance Kyrell Mack.
Venisee and Smith are both being charged with one count of RICO, four counts of transaction card fraud, three counts of transaction card theft, four counts of identity theft, and four counts of forgery in the third degree. Mack is wanted on one count of RICO.
DPD officials said the investigation is still underway, with other charges expected in other jurisdictions and states.