Ivy Gene Thomas Donaghue and Douglas Ray Gore
By Daniel Elizondo
A Silsbee man was taken into custody on June 9, after a Silsbee officer recognized him as a suspect in a recent investigation.
Ivy Gene Thomas Donaghue, 30, was questioned and later arrested when officer Justin Rogers recognized him as he entered the police station in order to conduct a specimen test with a parole officer.
After questioning, Donaghue was found to be wearing a “Whizzinator”, a device that is intended to fraudulently defeat drug tests, police said.
The device has a small pouch that holds fake urine or even someone else’s urine. It is strapped around the individual.
Rogers arrested Donaghue and charged him with unlawful use of criminal instrument. The charge is a state jail felony.
Prior to the incident, Donaghue was being questioned in a recent check forgery case in Silsbee
According to reports, a man had broken into a business and stole business checks. Two men were forging the checks and cashing them at a business in Silsbee.
After investigations, police also found that some checks were being reproduced and also forged before being cashed over a 2-½ week period, according to reports.
Justice of the Peace Chris Ingram issued a warrant for the arrest of Donaghue and transferred them to the Hardin County jail, where he had been incarcerated on the previous charge.
Donaghue was charged with three counts of forgery of financial instrument and three counts of fraudulent use of indentifying information.
Two days later, Douglas Ray Gore, 33, of Fred, was issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with the forgery spree.
Gore was arrested and charged with two counts of forgery of financial instrument and two counts of fraudulent use of indentifying information.