Traffic Stop Helps Lead Police to Suspected Counterfeit Bill Operation

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A traffic stop in Roseville last week led to the discovery of $350,000 in counterfeit bills, police announced Friday.

Back on July 12, a Roseville Police officer pulled over a car near Harding and Douglas Boulevard for not having license plates or registration displayed.

A search of the car uncovered burglary tools and other items – some of them being several $100 bills suspected to have been counterfeited. Interviews with the man and woman inside the car suggest that the two came to Roseville in order to commit some burglaries.

Both were booked and released, but police soon found that the man had given them a false name. The man’s real identity led officers to Sacramento, where he had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest.

Officers with the Roseville and Sacramento Police Department soon showed up at the man’s Sacramento home to re-arrest him. However, a search of the home uncovered stacks of counterfeit money, paper, printers and other equipment that lead police to believe he was running a counterfeit bill-making operation.

Due to the nature of the suspected crimes, the U.S. Secret Service was contacted and they have since taken over the investigation.

The man, 35-year-old Bobby Louis Jones-Hanley, was re-arrested that day and now faces forgery, fraud, possession of stolen property charges. He is being held without bail at Placer County Jail.

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