Teen in counterfeit case qualifies for defender | CraigDailyPress.com

Teen in counterfeit case qualifies for defender

A teen arrested in connection with a series of counterfeit $100 bills passed at local stores was in court Tuesday for a status conference.

Aaron Gallegos, 18, qualified for a public defender, but who that will be won’t be determined until Feb. 15. Attorney Sheryl Uhlmann had a conflict of interest.

Ray Siqueiros, 19, of Craig, and Gallegos, of Olathe, were among five people arrested in December after police served a search warrant at a home on Third Street.

Siqueiros was charged with forgery and committing a fraudulent financial transaction.

Gallegos was 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 Vanatta 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.

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