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February 23, 2014

Bogus billers: Four men jailed for role in counterfeiting operation

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PALESTINE —

Additional counterfeit money also was located on his person, according to the PPD news release. Viator was charged with evading arrest/detention, resisting arrest/search/transport, engaging in organized criminal activity, and one warrant out of Crowley, La. for burglary.

In total, 18 counterfeit $50 bills were recovered during the initial and secondary investigations.

“The initial officers’ investigation, as well as the follow-up investigation by the patrol sergeant were outstanding,” Powell said. “This was definitely a team effort. Between the business representatives calling the offenses in, and the officers doing a thorough investigation, it went well for us today.

“Sgt. Johnson’s follow-up investigation, by contacting the area businesses and alerting them of the potential for ongoing offenses shows how community policing can benefit both law enforcement and the community,” Powell continued. “I am proud of all involved.”

At least one of the suspects may have ties to a neighboring community in Houston County, according to the news release.

“Detectives are in the process of contacting those law enforcement agencies to ascertain if any counterfeit was passed in their area,” Powell said.

All four suspects remained in the Anderson County Jail on a $100,000 bond each.

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