Hearing set for accused counterfeiter

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The last of three people accused of running a counterfeit operation at the Colusa County Library in 2018 will be in court next month to face the charges.

Joseph Michael Main, 40, lately of Stonyford, pleaded not guilty on Feb. 5 to conspiracy to commit a crime, two counts of forgery, and identity theft.

A preliminary hearing has been set in Colusa County Superior Court for March 4, where he is also scheduled to enter a plea on charges of shoplifting, identify theft, and forgery in a separate case.

Main, along with convicted felons Tamu Joy Walker and Anthony Goodson, were accused of using equipment at the library to print replicated checks from Papa Murphy’s, in addition to possessing forged documents related to identity theft, court records indicate.

Walker, 43, pleaded no contest to a single felony charge of conspiracy to commit a crime in a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced Nov. 12, 2019, to two years in state prison.

Walker, who has a lengthy criminal history, is also serving time concurrently for felony assault with a deadly weapon, committing a felony while on bail, and other charges related to crimes committed in Sutter County. She is currently incarcerated at Central California Women’s Facility, in Chowchilla.

At her sentencing hearing, Colusa County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Ufkes Olivera said Walker actively participated in criminal behavior and showed no remorse for her crimes.

Goodson, 52, of Yuba City, pleaded guilty to a single charge of attempted forgery in exchange for a dismissal of the conspiracy and forgery charges.

He was sentenced on Jan. 15 to 18 months in jail.

Goodson also has a lengthy criminal record, and has multiple misdemeanor convictions for shoplifting, drug possession, and probation violations in Sutter, Yuba, and Sacramento counties, court records indicate.

Main, who has been in and out of prison since 2004, failed to appear in court after being released on bail. He was arrested on a warrant by the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office in Stonyford on Jan. 20.

He is currently in custody at the Colusa County Jail on $60,000 bail, pending the outcome of his two cases. ■

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at susan@colusacountynews.net