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Police arrest one in counterfeit cases

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The arrest of a Jackson County woman Friday could help clear up some of the investigation into more than 40 counterfeit bills passed in Seymour in recent weeks, police report.

Samantha Perez, 32, of Seymour faces nine counts of forgery in connection with the investigation.

Her arrest is not likely to be the last made in the case, Detective C.J. Foster said Friday.

“This is an ongoing investigation, and there will be least one more arrest,” Foster said.

Foster said counterfeit bills, including a couple of 100s, some 50s as well as 20s, 10s and 5s, began showing up in the city at restaurants, liquor stores and convenience stores about the end of October. Counterfeit bills also have been discovered in Brownstown and other nearby towns and cities, Foster said.

“We don’t know if there is a connection,” he said.

Perez is accused of passing nine counterfeit $20 bills, Foster said.

Foster said Perez has been a “person of interest” in the case, and police have talked to her in the past.

“We put out the word that we wanted to talk to her again, and she came in Friday,” Foster said.

Foster said investigators believe Perez was not acting alone.

“We have information she was working with a number of people,” he said. “We don’t know if they are responsible for all of the counterfeit bills, but that’s not an impossibility.”

Perez was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 2:53 p.m. Friday and was being held in lieu of $10,005 bail.

Forgery is a Class C felony, punishable by two to eight years in prison.

Foster said police have no evidence that Perez made any of the counterfeit bills. If so, she could have been charged with a counterfeiting, a Class D felony punishable by six months to three years.

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