MOBILE, Alabama July 22 2011— Police here today released the name of the woman they accuse of making hundreds of dollars’ worth of counterfeit money.
Officer Chris Levy, a police spokesman, said authorities arrested Jennifer Sanders, 23, on Tuesday at her home on a probation violation. They seized $752 in fake bills, a HP printer and several ink cartridges. Sanders had been on probation for an offense she committed as a youthful offender, giving her probation officer the right to go into her home.
“They don’t have to have a warrant to enter into a house,” Levy said.
Police have said they began searching for the person or people who make fake currency after some $1,600 in funny money turned up at area businesses in the last few weeks. They said they identified Sanders as a suspect after a Quality Inn motel received fake bills.
Authorities said fast-food restaurants and convenience stores got other phony bills.
Investigators said Thursday that the quality of the some of the bills was fairly high, although they lacked certain security features that are difficult for counterfeiters to mimic.
Levy said the U.S. Secret Service has agreed to take the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution in federal court. He also said further arrests are possible.
Court records show that Sanders has been arrested several times on worthless check and traffic charges, but most of those have been dismissed.