CONTERFEITERS CLOGGES TOILET & GET BUSTED

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CONTERFEITERS CLOGGES TOILET & GET BUSTED

 user 2006-01-12 at 11:08:00 am Views: 53
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    Suspected counterfeiters arrested after toilet gets clogged with fake bills
    PUEBLO, Colo. JAN 2006 — Two people suspected of counterfeiting money spent at least a week relieving themselves in plastic shopping bags because the plumbing stopped working in their apartment when they flushed wads of suspected fake cash down the toilet, authorities said.
    Selina Jean Valdez, 28, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for forgery, possession of forgery instruments and criminal mischief. Her suspected partner, Daniel Marquez, 41, is wanted on the same charges.
    The two are suspected of running a low-tech counterfeiting operation, using a combination printer-scanner-copier and a personal computer to make fake $50 and $100 bills, detectives said.
    Investigators said they think Marquez and Valdez flushed wads of the counterfeit money down the toilet on Dec. 26 when detectives tried to question them. The rental duplex where Valdez and Marquez were staying was discovered flooded with sewage Thursday when police executed a search warrant.
    Detective Shane Pope said police believe the fake money was widely circulated among the couple’s acquaintances, who spent it at local businesses. Investigators plan to compare the serial numbers on bills seized Thursday to those taken by police after being spent at businesses.