Sources within the Martinez Jail have confirmed that a recent probe into a counterfeiting ring has netted three arrests.
Police say they had received a handful of tips that people were trying to use counterfeit money at local retailers.
A manager from a big-box store is among those who called law enforcement officials after fake money was used to make more than $1,000 worth of purchases. Some of the bills were even used to buy a large flat-screen TV, they said.
Other stores in throughout the Bay Area came out with similar stories; people would walk in, spend a lot of money and would always pay using fake bills. The real twist, though, came when other suspects started to return the high-ticket items to other stores for a full cash refund.
Investigators say this practice is known as “cleaning the money.”
Officers were eventually able to gather enough evidence to get a series of search warrants. Several suspects were detained and jailed throughout Northern California. Another 35 year-old man was taken into custody in Contra Costa County, they said, and has since been booked at the Martinez Detention Facility.
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