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Bogus Bills

Posted on 22nd April 2013 at 15:46

Two men are under arrest for allegedly trying to use counterfeit cash at garage sales around the area, including one man who was arrested for doing exactly the same thing a year ago. The Daily News reports that Jeremiah James Anderson, 35, and Austin Gregory Murray, 21, of Kelso were arrested on Saturday, as they allegedly tried to pass bogus $20 bills at garage sales in Lexington and Longview. It’s reported that Anderson was arrested last summer, after he had made as much as $20,000 in counterfeit money, which he then used to buy drugs and pay off other debts. Murray reportedly told Deputies that he watched Anderson print the bills, and showed him where some of the more defective bills had been discarded. Last September, Anderson had pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery, and was sentenced to eight months in jail. It’s unclear when he had been released. Both men are now being held on charges of forgery, held without bail pending their first court appearances. Anderson also faces a no-bail contempt warrant from the Cowlitz County Drug Court. The investigation continues, and the Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on the case to call Captain Craig Shelton at 577-3092, or call Crime Stoppers at 577-1206.