*NEWS*CONTERFEITERS & THE CLOGGED TOILET

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*NEWS*CONTERFEITERS & THE CLOGGED TOILET

 user 2006-01-12 at 11:09:00 am Views: 61
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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.