Arrests in fake cash case
Craig Police on Wednesday arrested two teens who officers say were involved in a rash of counterfeit $100 bills passed at local stores in the past two months.
Ray Siqueiros, 19, of Craig, and Aaron Gallegos, 18, of Olathe, were among five people arrested after police served a search warrant Wednesday at a home on Third Street.
Siqueiros is charged with forgery and committing a fraudulent financial transaction.
Gallegos is charged with possession of tools used to commit forgery.
Police seized money from the home, a computer, several printers, drug paraphernalia and suspected stolen mail, credit cards and checks, according to a statement from Craig police.
Police also found tools they say they think were stolen in a previous burglary, according to the statement.
Police obtained a search warrant on the home based in part on information from local retailers, who reported receiving more than 20 fake, $100 bills in the past two months, Craig police Chief Walt Van–atta said.
One local retailer was able to get the name of one of the suspected counterfeiters when the man returned to the store a day after passing a bogus bill there, Vanatta said.
Vanatta said the store clerk recognized the man and asked him to fill out a credit application and take a picture for the store’s scrapbook.
Police expected to find stolen mail, checks and credit cards at the home, Vanatta said. But officers didn’t expect to find stolen tools, he said.
When officers served the search warrant, they also arrested Dwayne Duncan, 21, of Craig, on charges of violating a restraining order, distribution of narcotics, possession of less than 1 gram of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Diane Hull, 20, of Craig, also was arrested at the residence and was charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
Mathew Hoffman, 28, of Craig, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Vanatta said more arrests are expected in the case.
Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or email@example.com.
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