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Man wanted in counterfeiting case might be armed

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Counterfeit bills like these have been surfacing with more frequency in the Columbus area.
Counterfeit bills like these have been surfacing with more frequency in the Columbus area. PHOTO BY ANDREW LAKER

Authorities are searching for a second person in connection with several cases of counterfeit money being distributed in Columbus and surrounding areas.

One arrest in the case was made early Tuesday, when authorities apprehended Michael G. Orr at his Columbus residence. But police now also are searching for Garry P. Moore, 63, formerly of Hope.

Moore, who has had convictions on drug offenses, could be armed and should be considered dangerous, said Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers.

Moore was the subject of a search south of Scipio early Tuesday morning. As a SWAT team from Columbus looked for Moore at a home off Jennings County Road 600N, another team of officers was arresting Orr, 56, at his home on McKinley Avenue.

Fake currency was found during both searches, Myers said. Orr is facing preliminary charges of forgery, dealing in methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance

Myers said safety precautions were taken during the Tuesday morning search for Moore because of his drug-related convictions.

While an arrest warrant has not been issued, Moore’s status was changed late Tuesday from a person of interest wanted only for questioning to a suspect in the counterfeiting cases, according to Myers.

He added that investigators began to center on both Moore and Orr after detectives received tips that people were trading small amounts of real money for larger denominations of counterfeit bills.

Myers said previously that counterfeit bills have been showing up at fast-food restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores.

The department started receiving as many as five calls a day since Dec. 8, when The Republic and its sister newspaper, The Tribune of Seymour, published stories detailing the counterfeiting activity.

Myers said more arrests and additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.

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