Palestine police bust accused counterfeiter

Published on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 21:56 - Written by KYTX CBS19 Reports

 

 

 

Police announced a major cash counterfeiting and identity theft bust Monday morning involving a local woman accused of printing fake $20 bills and applying for credit cards in other people’s names.

Lt. Jeff Powell said an officer made a traffic stop on Thursday after a red Chevrolet Cavalier left a home that was under surveillance.

The officer first determined the driver, Robbie Dudley, 33, was driving with an invalid driver’s license and arrested him.

Powell said Jennifer Bailey, 30, was a passenger inside the car and gave consent for a search. The search allegedly revealed an ink jet printer used in the production of counterfeit bills and about $3,000 worth of the fake $20s.

Powell also said there were credit cards inside the car in the names of unknown people, which the department believes Bailey applied for using stolen personal information. He said a later search turned up additional evidence and a syringe full of methamphetamine.

Bailey was charged with forgery and fraudulent use or possession, both of which are third degree felonies punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Palestine police at 903-731-8484, text “PALPD + (your tip information)” to 847411 or go towww.cityofpalestine tx.com and click on the link for TIP411.

“This investigation, it appears, will clear at a minimum of between 10 (and) 12 active cases that the department is working regarding the disbursement of counterfeit bills in our area,” Powell said.

Powell indicated that an additional $10,000 worth of the counterfeit bills had already been passed in the Palestine area. He said it was not clear whether others were involved in the counterfeiting or whether it extends beyond Palestine.

Dudley is still being interviewed about whether he was involved.

The Secret Service, which investigates large counterfeiting operations involving U.S. currency, could take over the case.

Palestine police are asking people to closely examine their $20 bills to see if they might have received some of the counterfeit money. The counterfeit bills carry a serial number of ID11725049C.

Bailey was charged with forgery and fraudulent use or possession, both of which are third degree felonies punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Palestine police at 903-731-8484, text “PALPD + (your tip information)” to 847411 or go towww.cityofpalestinetx.com and click on the link for TIP411.