Police seek counterfeit ring suspects
High Point police were looking for drugs Wednesday when they raided a home on South Road, but they got more than they expected.
“Late Wednesday evening we did a narcotic investigation on South Road and executed a search warrant, “ said Capt. Mike Kirk. “We went to a back room and found two printers and counterfeit money sitting out. We seized everything and have put some names with this.”
When police raided the home at 716 South Road, they arrested Christopher Mark Simmons.
The 24-year-old was placed in the Guilford County Jail under a $6,000 bond.
Police also confiscated Hewlett Packard printers, printing paper, 244 fake $20 bills and seven fake $100 bills. The total amount of money seized at the home was $5,580.
Police have obtained warrants for seven suspects related to an ongoing counterfeit operation.
Police are still looking for:
• William Alan Edwards, 27
• April Dawn Bowman, 29
• Lisa Blair Jackson, 27
• Melissa Ann Hoyle, 24
• Todd Richard Kaufman, 43
• Michael Dacotah Link, 25
• Timothy Allen Beard, 25
The investigation has resulted in 16 felony counterfeiting charges on the eight people. Each person received two charges. The suspects allegedly were making counterfeit money and passing the money to local businesses, according to police.
Police believe Edwards is the one who is teaching others how to make the counterfeit money.
“We think he may have coached people on how to do it. Everybody keeps pointing back to this one guy,” Kirk said. “We think that he is the main one we should be talking to. His name has come up in the investigation a lot. He is the one we want to talk to about how all of this is set up.”
Meanwhile, as part of an ongoing counterfeiting investigation, police are matching up the bills with the counterfeit bills they have seized from businesses the past few months.
“We are going to try match up inks and serial numbers. We are trying to get video of who was passing the bills,” said Detective Richy Jones. “Today’s technology is getting better and better.”
The investigation involves High Point, Winston-Salem and Thomasville police, along with the U.S. Secret Service.
Anyone with information about those wanted can contact Crimestoppers at (336) 889-4000.
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