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Six Arrested in Counterfeit Operation


Prineville Police say six people have been arrested and charged with a number of crimes related to possessing methamphetamine and passing counterfeit $5 bills in Prineville. Chief Eric Bush says the counterfeit $5 first surfaced a in late May and then again last week. He says phony $5 bills are rare, because usually they make larger bills, like $20's. He says counterfeiters may be counting on the merchant to not report a crime involving smaller bills. “I strongly encourage any retailers who receive counterfeit currency to report that to police right away, regardless of the size of the denomination. $5 doesn't seem like a lot of money but when you look at the scale you can mass-produce those bills. You can have a pretty negative impact on the retail community; it costs a lot of people a lot of hard earned money, accepting those $5 and then being out that cash." Four of the people arrested are from Prineville and two are from Mead, Washington. The four Prineville residents are: Seth Jokinen, 30, Shannon Smith, 42, Rudy Nino Parras, 51, and Leanne Jean Thompson, 59. 

 

 

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