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Richland Business Owner Charged With Forgery & Theft

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RICHLAND, Wash - A Richland business owner is in jail on several counts of check forgery and theft.

This is not Mark A. Mahuka's first run-in with the law.

He's previously pleaded guilty to assault with sexual motivation and forgery, Richland Police Captain Mike Cobb said.

Mahuka is the owner of Mahuka Computers, a business he runs out of his home and on a website.  Police said he made checks and fake licenses to cash checks in the Tri Cities, Walla Walla, Yakima and Hermiston.

Police served search warrants at his home and business at 1900 Stevens #536 and at a family member's home at 1519 Van Giesen in Richland on Friday. 

Fake identification cards, forged checks and stolen property were found. Police said at least $20,000 was spent at Wal-Mart.   Police said they also have evidence that the same type of purchases were made at Home Depot, Schuck's, Fred Meyer, and Circuit City.