Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Alleged Counterfeit Ring

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Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Alleged Counterfeit Ring
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

At approximately 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning, June 19, 2018, a Buellton Motorcycle Deputy observed a white 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage speeding westbound in the 200 block of E Hwy 246. The Deputy stopped the car for the speeding violation and contacted the driver, who despite providing a false information to the deputy, was identified as being 30-year-old Jennifer Howard of Long Beach.

Howard was placed under arrest for providing false information and false impersonation. The investigation revealed that Howard had two felony counterfeiting/forgery warrants for her arrest and was driving on a suspended license.

A subsequent search of her vehicle led to the discovery of a case containing methamphetamine, a stack of washed genuine U.S. currency, partial forged, and fully forged $100 bills. The case also contained items used to produce counterfeit bills. Howard was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail under various charges relating to forgery/counterfeiting, false impersonation, drug possession, driving on a suspended license, and her warrants. Howard is being held without bail.

During the course of the investigation, deputies learned that Howard was on her way to a hotel in Thousand Oaks. Sheriff’s deputies alerted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office who sent deputies to the Hotel. There, they contacted 31-year-old Lauren Freeman of Santa Ana who was on probation. 

Ventura County deputies searched her room and located numerous washed / partially forged, and forged $100 bills. They also located a computer and printing materials. Freeman and 35-year-old Jordyn Naona of Dana Point 

were arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail.
The United States Secret Service was contacted and their agents are assisting in the investigation.

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Flicka Jun 22, 2018 07:06 PM
Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Alleged Counterfeit Ring

Pretty dumb to speed when carrying illegal goods, suspended license, etc. There have been people caught with a trunk full of drugs and a broken tail light (it'll get you stopped) or once I read, dragging a tailpipe.

Luvaduck Jun 22, 2018 08:11 AM
Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Alleged Counterfeit Ring

Since different denominations of bills have different men's pictures, it wouldn't be as 'simple' as placing zero(s) behind the one on Washington bills to make them Hamilton tens or Franklin hundreds. I'm not going into that line of work, but it would be interesting to see what was being done. There's a currency museum in D.C. I wonder if they have counterfeiting exhibits?

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