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Counterfeiting ring suspected, police say

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Three Indianapolis-area men arrested in Columbus over the weekend are believed to be part of a statewide counterfeiting, forgery and theft ring, police said.

Security specialists at the Walmart Supercenter, 735 Whitfield Drive, called police at 5:54 p.m. Saturday to report fraudulent transactions were being attempted by three men, police spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris said.

When officers arrived, security specialists told them the same men had been at the store two weeks earlier, Harris said.

While officers arrested two men, a third — identified as Michael T. Reichel, 37 — tried to run from the store. However, the Cicero resident was quickly chased down and taken into custody, Harris said.

Mikiael Mosiman, 43, of Indianapolis, Jordan W. Fry, 31, of Cicero, and Reichel were arrested on charges of counterfeiting and forgery and theft, according to a Columbus Police Department news release.

If convicted of those two charges, each man could be sentenced to serve six months to three years behind bars and ordered to pay fines of up to $15,000.

At the time of his arrest, Reichel was being sought on a Marion County Superior Court warrant issued May 15. It charges him with two counts of forgery and two counts of theft, according to court records.

Due to his attempt to flee police, Reichel faces a Bartholomew County charge of resisting law enforcement, Harris said.

The office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what, if any, charges to file in connection with Saturday’s incident.

Harris said the three men were placed on a 48-hour hold in the Bartholomew County Jail while officers continued their investigation.

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