Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested four San Tan Valley residents in conjunction with counterfeiting $20 bills and passing them at local businesses.
Alicia A. Green, 31; Henry R. Stevenson, 27; Nancy L. Burke, 42; and William C. Burke, 45; were arrested Sept. 2 at their home at 2183 W. Tanner Ranch Road, according to a press release.
All four suspects were booked on charges of fraudulent schemes and forgery into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center, where they are being held on a $50,000 bond, according to the release.
According to PCSO spokesman Mark Clark, the sheriff’s office began its investigation on Aug. 19, when deputies took a report from the Wal-Mart store at 1725 W. Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley where a fake $20 bill was passed. A surveillance video showed the suspect, later identified as Mr. Stevenson, passing the bill and driving away in a black Mercedes sedan, Mr. Clark said in the release.
PCSO deputies recognized the suspect and his vehicle because of a June 2015 traffic stop and arrest, where he was found in possession of counterfeit currency, Mr. Clark wrote in the release.
Sheriff’s deputies began to investigate the matter and on Sept. 2 a search warrant was executed at the suspect’s home where investigators said they found evidence of counterfeit-bill production such as hardware, paper and waste. Deputies said also they discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at the home.
During interviews with the suspects, detectives said they determined the suspects all either knew of the counterfeiting or helped circulate the fake bills for profit, according to the release.
The matter remains under investigation.
The U.S. Secret Service publishes updated guides on how merchants can train their staff to recognize counterfeit money, PCSO said. They can be viewed online.
People who suspect they have been a victim of counterfeit money should contact the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5111 or call their local police department.
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