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Police: Focus shifts in counterfeit investigation

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Authorities searching for a second person in connection with distribution of counterfeit money have shifted their focus to gathering evidence in other counties and states.

Lt. Matt Myers, public information officer for the Columbus Police Department, said city police and the U.S. Secret Service backed off in their search for Garry P. Moore, 63, formerly of Hope, because of a greater priority for gathering of facts.

Myers said no formal charges have been filed against Moore and declined to share additional details on the investigation.

Police arrested Michael G. Orr, 56, at his McKinley Avenue home last month after authorities seized thousands of dollars in counterfeit money from businesses in a five-state region that includes most of Indiana.

Myers said Columbus police are continuing to concentrate mainly on Columbus while they make themselves available to help the U.S. Secret Service with investigations in the other areas.

Moore, who has convictions for drug offenses, could be armed and should be considered dangerous, Myers said.

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