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One Arrested After Passing Counterfeit Bills

Last updated on Sunday, December 9, 2012

(SEYMOUR) - The arrest of a Jackson County woman Friday could help clear up some of the investigation into more than 40 counterfeit bills passed in Seymour in recent weeks, police said.

Samantha Perez, 32, of Seymour faces nine counts of forgery in connection with the investigation.

Her arrest is not likely to be the last made in the case, Detective C.J. Foster said Friday.
"This is an ongoing investigation, and there will be at least one more arrest," Foster said.

Police have seized thousands of dollars in counterfeit money from Columbus businesses since November, and authorities are urging consumers and employees to remain vigilant - especially during hectic holiday shopping.

From small, local restaurants to large national retailers, police have taken fake money in denominations ranging from $1 to $100, though $20 and $50 bills were the most common.

"It is alarming, and it is a trend right now that we need to get control of," said Lt. Matt Myers, public information officer for Columbus Police Department.

Anyone with information about the counterfeit money or those passing it are asked to call police.

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